- ASSISTIVE DEVICES
- CERUMEN MANAGEMENT
- EARMOLDS, EARPLUGS, AND IMPRESSION MATERIALS
- HEARING INSTRUMENTS
- HEARING INSTRUMENT ACCESSORIES
- HEARING INSTRUMENT COMPONENTS AND PRODUCTION/REPAIR SUPPLIES
- MARKETING, PRACTICE MANAGEMENT, AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
- TESTING AND FITTING EQUIPMENT
Bellman & Symfon, Vastra Frolunda, Sweden, has announced the introduction of its Bellman Audio Domino, a personal hearing system that the company says uses digital state-of-the-art sound processing and wireless wideband technology to bring out speech in difficult listening situations. The assistive listening device reportedly delivers clear stereo sound while minimizing background noise and feedback, and can be used in a variety of situations and enviroments such as at work, school, and home, and in restaurants and vehicles. Fully digital, the Bellman Audio Domino features remote control of omni- and directional microphones, and all functions can be accessed using a single push of a button. Domino comes with a 2-year warranty.
Emergency Awakening System
SafeAwake, from SafeAwake LLC, Columbia, Md, a safety device for awakening deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to emergencies, listens for the smoke alarm and activates a patented vibrating bed shaker, a low-frequency, high-decibel signal, and a visible strobe. The device, which is portable and user-friendly, works in conjunction with standard smoke detectors. Users place the bed shaker under the mattress and plug it in. It is always on, listening for sound from the smoke detector. SafeAwake plugs into standard electrical wall outlets and includes a battery backup providing alert protection for up to 24 hours if the power is out, says the company.
ADCO Offers Sennheiser 830-S
ADCO Hearing Products, Littleton, Colo, has the Sennheiser Set 830-S available. Using infrared transmission, the sound from a TV stereo system or radio can be wirelessly transmitted from the 830-S receiver to a hearing aid with a T-switch via the included induction loop. Alternatively, induction silhouette couplers or headphones can be connected to the lightweight clip-on receiver. System features of the Set 803-S include transmission frequencies of 2.3-2.8MHz with a range of up to 40 feet. Volume and balance controls with selectable hearing settings ensure ideal speech intelligibility.
Somerset, NJ-based Oticon Inc’s new ConnectLine Bluetooth adaptors are plug and play, energy efficient, and part of Oticon’s integrated connectivity protocol. The TV adaptor overcomes the latency issue experienced with Bluetooth; the phone adaptor turns existing landline phones into cordless Bluetooth phones. Streamer maintains an energy efficient system for hearing aids while streaming.
Telephone Ring Amplifier
Sonic Alert, Troy, Mich, now offers the new Geemarc CL1 Telephone Ring Amplifier with strobe light to alert hard-of-hearing individuals to incoming calls using both a flasher and extra-loud (up to 95 dB) ringer alarm. The CL1 can easily be installed in any home by simply connecting the adapter to an electrical outlet and inserting the telephone line from the CL1 into the wall jack. No telephone is required for the signaler to work, just an active telephone line and electricity. Also available is an optional shaker. The signaler features tone and volume control as well as four alarm options.
New Irrigator Can Help Reduce Repairs
Health Enterprises Inc, North Attleboro, Mass, has announced the arrival of its Ear Irrigator, which offers patients the same patented cleansing technology used in physician offices. Ear Irrigator features a safe saline solution and clinically tested “tri-stream” tip coupled to an easy-to-use pressure bottle. Used regularly, it is effective in preventing earwax building, which can lead to costly repairs.
EARMOLDS, EARPLUGS, AND IMPRESSION MATERIALS
Passive Hearing Protection Filters
The Dynamic Ear Company, Delft, The Netherlands, has announced the introduction of its DM series of passive filters for hearing protection, which the company says offers high-quality acoustic performance in a discreet, miniature package. The filters measure 6.4 mm in diameter, and 3.5 mm in height. The series has been designed for musicians, music lovers, and concertgoers who require state-of-the-art hearing protection while maintaining clarity of sound and full music dynamics, the company says. Its DM series allows communication in music venues and the placement of instruments without removal of the filter.
HearPlugz-DF Successful in the Field
According to Ear Inc, Boulder, Colo, a safety manager from the Army Corps of Engineers has regularly provided its HearPlugz-DF hearing protectors to personnel on convoys, and says that when explosive devices have impacted them, their hearing remains intact, allowing them to radio for help. HearPlugz-DF feature variable attenuation. As noise levels rise, noise suppression goes up, allowing speech and radio communications to be heard. Advanced filter technology improves speech and radio communication without distortion or muffling, and the plugs fit under helmets. A breathable filter allows for pressure equalization, and the external filter is removable.
ReSound Offers Tinnitus Solution
ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has recently introduced ReSound Live TS, an instrument that unites the surround sound experience of the company’s Live hearing instruments with a unique tinnitus sound generator. For patients who suffer from debilitating tinnitus and hearing loss, ReSound Live TS now provides an individually customizable sound that, over time, reportedly assists patients in decreasing their perception of tinnitus while simultaneously addressing their amplification needs.
InSound’s Lyric Is Out of Sight
Newark, Calif-based InSound Medical Inc offers Lyric, the first 100% invisible extended-ear hearing device. Placement in the ear canal requires no surgery or anesthesia, and Lyric can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for up to 4 months at a time. Patients can shower, sleep, and exercise with Lyric without removing the device. Both the microphone and speaker are positioned deep in the ear canal, millimeters from the tympanic membrane, providing exceptional sound quality and improved directionality, localization, high frequency gain, and reduced feedback.
Sonic Takes Top Honors in CES Health and Wellness Category
Salt Lake City-based Sonic Innovations Inc has been named an International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards honoree for the company’s Touch hearing aid. Touch was named the Best of Innovations honoree in the Health and Wellness category. The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. It is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America.
Fully Implantable Hearing System
Otologics, Boulder, Colo, has announced the introduction of Carina, a fully implantable hearing system that picks up sounds using a microphone implanted under the skin. Sounds are amplified according to the wearer’s needs and converted into an electrical signal. The signal is sent down the lead and into the transducer, the top of which is in contact with the middle ear anatomy. The implant component consists of three primary parts: a capsule that houses the electronics, a microphone system, and the middle ear transducer. It consists of four primary components: the implant, the programming system, the charger, and the remote control.
New OTE Features Tinnitus Sound Generator
New Orleans-based General Hearing Instruments Inc has announced the release of its Tranquil Simplicity micropoly tube OTE featuring a broadband tinnitus sound generator. The device offers a secure fit for extended wear time, and since it is not custom fit, it allows for same-day fitting scenarios. If amplification is needed to accommodate a hearing loss, tinnitus combo devices are available that combine high-tech amplification circuits with a quality sound generator in a cost-effective, in-the-ear device. Tranquil Combo is available in an open-ear design or a closed shell with venting, depending on the hearing loss. Several amplification circuits are available, including digital, with one or two manual controls.
Surround Sound by ReSound
ReSound, Bloomington, Minn, has introduced Surround Sound by ReSound, a processor providing sound in six new hearing instruments. Surround Sound processing handles different sound inputs with the same goal as audio mixing in movie and music production—the hearing instruments capture bass and treble independently, and then blend them to create a vibrant sound, says the company. The line is available in the new product families of ReSound Live and dot2 by ReSound.
Audina Introduces Intuition 12
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, has announced the addition of the INTUITION 12 custom digital hearing instrument to its family of INTUITION products. The new 12-channel instrument offers exceptional power output control with eight independent compression channels and eight adjustable WDRC channels, providing broader fitting flexibility. With 110 dB dynamic range and Audina’s Softwave system, the Intuition 12 offers excellent bandwidth to achieve added stable gain in the low frequencies, providing an opportunity to fit a wider range of patients with severe hearing losses.
Effective, Efficient Fitting
Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, is now shipping its Clik open-fit BTE, an instrument that provides an innovative, efficient fitting protocol for patients with mild to moderate high-frequency hearing loss. Clik’s processor is preloaded with a variety of algorithms, so instead of programming via traditional cable connections, the appropriate setting is selected with a fingertip. Clik features digital volume control, directional microphones, and two telecoils. Clik allows for 24-bit precision computing with up to 110 dB of input dynamic range and eight channel wide dynamic range compression.
New S Series BTE with Sweep Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has announced the introduction of a new S Series BTE with Sweep Technology, which provides a completely new way to adjust hearing aids. Sweep Technology replaces all of the traditional hearing aid buttons and dials with an innovative touch surface that allows users to adjust volume up or down and change memories with the simple sweep or touch of a finger. Sweeping a finger up increases the volume and sweeping down decreases the volume. Memory adjustments are made with a simple touch of the surface. The new S Series BTE can be fit with standard earmolds or open with thin tubing. The instrument includes Advanced HydraShield as well as T2, giving patients the ability to adjust hearing aid volume or memories with a touch-tone phone.
HEARING INSTRUMENT ACCESSORIES
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the Branson 200 Ultrasonic Cleaner. Ultrasonic energy (40 kHz) creates millions of bubbles in the cleaning solution that work their way into the small crevices of clinical equipment and earmolds to loosen dirt debris. The compact (83/4″ length x 41/2″ width x 5″ deep) cleaner weighs only 3 pounds and features a 15-ounce steel tank.
Custom Cochlear Implant Covers
Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif, has announced a partnership with San Diego-based Skinit Inc to offer custom-made covers for AB’s Harmony and Auria cochlear implant sound processors. With Skinit designs, recipients can customize processors to match their mood or wardrobe, or to simply make a fashion statement. Processors can be dressed with favorite colors, sports teams motifs, or works of art. From patriotic flags to popular movie characters, from leopard prints to college team logos, and much more, the Skinit Web site offers hundreds of designs to choose from or the option to upload graphics for a unique look. The designs are a new addition to the 20 colorful caps and covers already available from Advanced Bionics.
Home-Use Desiccant Container
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, St Paul, Minn, wants you to send your patients to the LooneeBin, a complete home-use desiccant container large enough to hold large BTEs or multiple ITEs. The jar’s diameter is 3.25 inches with a screw-on lid. Directions for reactivating the desiccant are printed on the side.
HEARING INSTRUMENTS COMPONENTS AND PRODUCTION/REPAIR SUPPLIES
The Jodi-Press/Vac from Jodi-Vac LLC, Portland, Ore, is the same size as the Jodi-Pro Plus (6.5″ x 4.5″ x 2.5″) offering the additional benefit of air pressure and reinforced flexible vent reamers. Cloned after the XL minus the desiccator, the Press/Vac offers 20 PSI of pressure with coiled tubing that extends to a working length of 35 inches. Pumps are serviceable and motors are rated at 2,000 hours.
Hearing Aid Workstation
With its all-steel construction and attractive powder-coated cabinet, the Audio Repair Bench from Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, includes a two-speed Model 26A Red Wing Lathe with Mod Tool Kit, Dual-Lite UV Cure Unit, VAC-1B Hearing Aid Cleaning System, VAC-1D Desiccator Chamber for hearing aid drying, two Model 550 Dust Collectors with splash hoods, and CM-3 Control Module, as well as extended sides to give the technician plenty of working room. The table top is designed to resist scratching and wear, and under-shelf fluorescent light illuminates the work area.
Quality Control System Introduced
Copenhagen-based 3Shape A/S, a global CAD/CAM technology developer (US headquarters, New Providence, NJ), has announced the release of its 3D quality control and reverse engineering system targeted to the needs of hearing instrument manufacturers. The company says its new 3Shape Quality Control and Reverse Engineering solution will allow hearing instrument manufacturers to introduce or upgrade quality control validation procedures, thereby achieving significant improvement in savings and production workflow efficiency. This new solution is available either as a stand-alone platform or integrated with 3Shape’s 3D CAD/CAM products for hearing aid instrument design and production.
MARKETING, PRACTICE MANAGEMENT, AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
Winter Mailers Available
Despite a high demand for its “winter mailer,” Chicago Advertising and Marketing (CAM), Yorkville, Ill, is offering special pricing so you can promote your January and February event dates! Contact CAM for a PDF sample.
New Software from Audioscan
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, has announced the release of a new version of its software. Version 3.4 builds on the company’s position in objective hearing instrument fitting by adding a unique test for verifying frequency-altering hearing instruments, the ISTS speech signal, and other refinements. Four new speech passages are available, which can be used to show that previously unaidable speech information has been rendered audible through the use of frequency manipulation. The ISTS signal allows health care professionals to adjust and fit the instrument using speech that is not language specific. Version 3.4 is free to download from Audioscan’s Web site.
Automated Sound Processor Replacement Service
Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif, has announced the launch of an automated sound processor replacement service called Processor Direct. The new program streamlines the system by which a sound processor can be replaced, thereby shortening the time a cochlear implant recipient is without sound. Under the new Processor Direct program, audiologists can log on to a secure, fully automated Web site and upload the unique program file for the patient’s sound processor. Advanced Bionics will then load the patient’s customized program into a replacement device and ship it directly to their home.
New LACE DVD
Neurotone, Redwood City, Calif, has released LACE Unplugged, an interactive, auditory training DVD designed to improve the listening skills of the millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss. Based on the company’s LACE computer auditory training technology, it provides 5 hours of listening training exercises, featuring more than 250 communication strategies and hearing aid acclimatization tips to help new and existing hearing instrument wearers improve communication skills.
30 Days with Hearing Aids
Auricle Ink Publishers, Sedona, Ariz, has available Hearing Aids—The First 30 Days, by Jess Dancer, EdD. The professor emeritus of audiology serves as a guide to patients as they begin their new journey, providing warmth, focus, technical advice, and practical wisdom along the way as wearers move toward understanding and acceptance of their hearing aids.
TESTING AND FITTING EQUIPMENT
Spanish Language Auditory Test Battery
AUDiTEC Inc, St Louis, now offers The Santiago Auditory Processing Disorders (SAPD) Test Battery for native Spanish-speaking adults. Developed by Adrian Fuente, PhD, of the University of Chile, the battery includes: Dichotic Digits, Speech In Noise, Filtered Speech, and Binaural Fusion. Comprehensive normative data is included.
Equinox 2.0, Titan from Interacoustics
The Equinox 2.0 and Titan, new from Assens, Denmark-based Interacoustics, offer ease of use and speed without compromising flexibility and reliability. With them, clinicians can now combine middle ear test data with audiometric results for a more comprehensive report. Reports can be individually customized to align to local requirements with regard to content and graphical layout. Data is automatically retrieved from OtoAccess or NOAH for a particular patient and sessions and placed in the associated template. Reports can be either printed or saved as a PDF document.
Earscan 3 Manual Audiometer
Micro Audiometrics Corp, Murphy, NC, offers its durable, palm-sized Earscan 3 Manual Audiometer, a pure tone, air conduction audiometric device that features a large, easy-to-read LCD screen, a talkover feature for communicating with test subjects, and a 3-year limited warranty. The Earscan 3 allows test frequencies and levels to be selected to meet your requirements, and can be changed at any time. Calibration mode is password protected to ensure data integrity.
OTOPod Upgrade, Addition
Otovation, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced an upgrade and addition to its OTOPod line. The OTOPod M1 is now shipping with Otovation’s newly designed OTONet wireless adapter, which provides significant improvements in the speed and reliability of the wireless communications. Also included in this release are enhancements to the company’s Symphony and Symphony NOAH Module software. OTOPod M1 customers wishing to upgrade may purchase the OTOPod, OTONet Adapter, and Symphony Upgrade Package and exchange their existing OTOPod. All new OTOPods will include the OTONet Adapter. Amplitude T-Series audiometers will continue to be supplied with the Ezurio Bluetooth adapter.
Frye Becomes Sole Manufacturer of ANL Test
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, has announced that it has became the sole manufacturer and distributor of the Acceptable Noise Level (ANL) Test, originally developed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Frye purchased the rights from Cosmos Distributing. This ANL program, which requires a two-channel audiometer like the FONIX FA-10, provides the dispenser with information in as little as 2 or 3 minutes on the likelihood that the customer will be a good candidate for a hearing aid.
Touch-Screen Control Center
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces The Client Center, designed to integrate display information from various audiological, diagnostic, and fitting equipment into one centrally controlled system. With the touch of the Command Controller Display, audiograms, REM graphs, hearing aid pictures, otoscopic images, and almost any other image can be displayed on a large-screen LCD that is center stage to the client. A built-in media player stores graphics or video for presentations.
MedRx Offers AVANT REM Speech+ and A2D+
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers two new systems: The AVANT REM Speech+ Real Ear and Live Speech Mapping System, and the AVANT A2D+ diagnostic audiometer, both featuring an advanced ergonomic design. New features of the REM Speech+ include the Sure Probe microphone system with lighted visual cues and an adjustable loop design that will fit any ear. Also new is a selectable dual probe measurement option that allows the user to do live speech mapping on both ears simultaneously. The AVANT A2D+ is a two-channel, air, bone, and speech audiometer with a new integrated Quick SIN testing feature. The A2D+ audiometer comes standard with insert ear phones and custom carrying case. Both systems weigh less than a half pound each, connect to a USB port, and are NOAH System 3 and TIMS compatible.
In-Ear Sound Level Analyzer
Sensaphonics Hearing Conservation Inc, Chicago, has introduced the dB Check in-ear sound level analyzer, the first device capable of accurately measuring sound pressure levels (SPL) with the earphones inserted. Designed to work with Sensaphonics custom earphones, the dB Check is a handheld unit that measures and displays the actual A-weighted SPL and, more importantly, the recommended safe exposure time for that level on both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) scales.
Hear Reliever from Clearly Heard Inc, Glendale, Calif, is a supplement formulated to assist patients with the symptoms associated with ringing or buzzing in the ear. Hearing supplements have been shown to be effective in reducing and/or eliminating tinnitus in some patients. Hear Reliever’s formula includes glutathione (a key element in reportedly helping to prevent free radical damage), CoQ10 (an antioxidant said to promote cellular energy), and NAC (an amino acid shown to repair damaged hair cells of the inner ear). Health Care Professional discounts and affiliate programs are available.