VIASYS Neurocare, Madison, Wis, introduces a new software platform (version 2.0) for the GSI® AUDERA system. With version 2.0, the GSI Audera system is a platform product offering ASSR, Auditory Evoked Potentials, Cortical Potentials, and Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) testing. New software licensing allows these functions to be ordered separately or in combination, providing a smooth upgrade path once other functionality is required. In addition to DPOAE, version 2.0 provides Electrical Auditory Brainstem Response (EABR) capabilities as an aid for cochlear implant evaluation and Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials for diagnosis of vestibular conditions. (800) 770-2282; www.viasyshealthcare.com.
In-Situ EP Pre-Amplifier
Vivosonic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, offers Amplitrode: an in-situ EP pre-amplifier. Amplitrode was designed to address the problem of electromagnetic and physiological noises that interfere with EP testing and hamper the ability of ABR/ASSR instrumentation to distinguish the signal it wishes to record. The pre-amplifier is mounted directly on the ground electrode. Amplifying at source and eliminating the wires that normally carry the signal from electrodes to amplifier allows for reduced electromagnetic and physiological noise, resulting in improved accuracy in both shielded and non-shielded environments and faster ABR/ASSR testing, according to the company. (877) 255-7685; www.vivosonic.com.
VNG Examination Software
Interacoustics A/S, Denmark, now offers new WindowsXP® versions of their VN15 and VO25 VNG systems. With this new software, the VNG kits from Interacoustics can now be installed onand operated fromstandard PCs with WindowsXP operating systems. Similarily, the MedPC platform from Interacousticswhich can hold OAE, ABR, and VNGwill come with WindowsXP as the standard operating system. New WindowsXP versions will enable the contemporary clinic to perform VNG examinations from the same computer that integrates other functions of the clinic. Upgrades to the old VNG software from Windows98 versions to Windows XP can be performed. +45 6371 3546; www.interacoustics.dk.
Wireless Communication Device
Phonak LLC, Warrenville, Ill, offers SmartLink SX, an integrated wireless communication device. SmartLink SX incorporates an advanced FM transmitter, a remote control, and Bluetooth technology. SmartLink also features: three-phase signal recognition and digital audio processing; digital AudioZoom; Phonaks Fine-Scale Noise Canceler, which reduces background noise and enhances digital voice; and digital synthesizer technology that enables online and automatic frequency synchronization between SmartLink and MicroLink. (800) 707-7333; www.phonak-us.com.
Assistive Listening Loop System
The Superloop PRO III Induction Loop Assistive Listening System from Oval Window Audio, Nederland, Colo, is compatible with all telephone-switch-equipped hearing aids, cochlear implants, and loop receivers. The PRO III accepts six microphones and two audio line inputs. Added features include adjustable 1/3-octave equalizer, peak signal limiter, and noise filters. The new system is in compliance with IEC 118-4 standards, and provides coverage of up to 325 ft in parameter; satellite systems may be linked to cover larger areas. The PRO III includes loop wire, a loop receiver, and a wall-mountable sign. (303) 447-3607; www.ovalwindowaudio.com.
Latest Innovations at Harris Communications
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