Rechargeable Hearing System
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, releases AQ. In addition to cutting-edge sound processing and its 21st-Century Legance surface, AQ delivers the first rechargeable hearing system that truly eliminates the need to worry about batteries. AQ’s battery will last a full 20 hours, providing customers with worry-free hearing comfort throughout their entire day and evening. At the end of the day, the user places the AQ instruments in a service station that charges the batteries and provides an electronic display that monitors the hearing instruments and informs the customer that all components of the hearing instruments are working properly. It even reminds the user when it is time for a service appointment. The device includes fully automatic, adaptive directional microphone technology, 8- or 12-channel signal processing, and a host of other high-end features. (866) 449-9757; www.hansatonusa.com.
AUDiTEC of St. Louis introduces a comprehensive central auditory processing screening test, MAPA. Developed in partnership with Ron Schow of Idaho State University, PhD, MAPA screens for auditory processing deficits in the several areas recognized as integral parts of the processing of auditory information. In addition, it has two versions for retest purposes. MAPA is available in beta form (Beta III) and has normative data. It is available in the beta version, and the final version should be available in fall 2007. (800) 669-5306; www.auditec.com.
Screener for Children
Maico Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, presents the Detective Audiometer, an automatic screening audiometer for fast, easy tests that print in seconds. Its fun look gives testing a play-like feel. The pure-tone test runs on its own—saving time and the need for constantly working the dials. Voice prompts (in English and Spanish) give patients instructions at the beginning of the test, as well as directions if they miscue during the test. The test appears in real-time on the large LCD screen. A printer is included. A manual testing mode is included for a traditional pure-tone screening process. The unit stores up to 300 audiograms. (888) 225-0380; www.maico-diagnostics.com.
Expanded Digital Line
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces Go Pro, an expanded line of entry-level digital offerings for people with mild and moderate-to-severe and profound hearing losses. Go Pro’s features include proprietary OpenEar Acoustics, noise reduction, dynamic feedback cancellation, multiple channels, and directionality. The dynamic feedback cancellation technology enables increased vent size. OpenEar Acoustics provide relief from occlusion and feedback. Go Pro offers a wide choice of options and styles, from the smallest CICs to the most reliable BTEs in the award-winning shell design. Two omni-power styles have been added to extend the range to severe and profound hearing losses. (800) 526-3921; www.gopro.oticonus.com or www.oticonus.com.
Super-Loud Alarm Clock
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers the new Sonic Bomb alarm clock from Sonic Alert. Designed to wake up even the deepest sleepers, the Sonic Bomb features an extra-loud 113 dB audio alarm with adjustable tone and volume control, pulsating flashing alert lights, and a powerful 12-volt bed shaker. It also offers battery backup to maintain time and alarm settings in the event of power failure. For overseas use, an optional 220-volt transformer is available. Each unit comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. (800) 582-4771; www.westone.com.
Hearing Loss Issues at Work Book
Beyond Hearing Aids, Florence, Ky, introduces a new book titled “On the Job with Hearing Loss: Hidden Challenges. Successful Solutions.” Written by Rebecca Morris, the book walks readers through job issues such as telephones, meetings, and background noise, and leads them to potential solutions including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and ALDs. Choose an occupation and identify challenges, issues, and proven solutions. (800) 838-1649; www.beyondhearingaids.com.