Pressure-Free Impression Material Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Flextime ear impression material. The silicone-based, low viscosity material is available in bulk kits, single-use containers, convenient new single-use cellophane packages, and cartridges. It is especially recommended for almost pressure-free impression taking. The product has a wildberry scent. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Hearing Instrument Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the newest member of its Genesis 4 product family—Arista, featuring three-channel compression with advanced seven-band filter shaping, memory-selectable directionality, adaptive noise management, and a robust feedback management system. Arista is available in all custom styles and exclusively in S13 and A312 BTE package designs. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Technology Payment Plans CareCredit® , Anaheim, Calif, a nationwide patient payment program, offers a 48-month extended payment option for the purchase of hearing technologies, which average a cost of $2,500 per instrument for better models. CareCredit’s 48-month low-interest extended payment plan has no initial costs and manageable monthly payments as low as $68. Shorter term and no interest plans are also available. A comprehensive range of plans are available, including 3, 6, and 12-month no-interest arrangements, and 24, 36, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options. CareCredit is currently serving more than 40,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
Customized Newsletter Hearing HealthCare News® , a customized newsletter for patients published since 1986, and Audiology HealthCare News®, a customized newsletter for physicians and other health care providers, are both edited by Dennis Hampton, a dispensing audiologist based in White Plains, NY. The newsletters are valuable resources for marketing a practice to patients and physicians. The newsletters are published quarterly, and delivered ready to mail. Samples and marketing videos are available. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.
Custom Sleep Plugs Products from Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, work all night. Westone’s custom sleep plugs are made from the softest vinyl earmold material available. They are small enough to cause no discomfort when lying down on the pillow, and yet offer big noise protection with 36 dB of attenuation and an NRR of 25. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.
Abrasive Polishing Points/Supplies Kingwood Industrial Products, Hackettstown, NJ, features a full line of abrasive polishing points and supplies. The line covers everything from blue, white, green, and black abrasive stones to abrasive bands and Cratex rubberized abrasives. The coarse stones are designed for trimming while medium handles trimming and smoothing, and fine are used for polishing and smoothing. Cratex rubberized abrasives are ideal for light deburring, smoothing, and polishing. The fine Cratex point has proven to be an industry standard for the smoothing of acrylics. Kingwood Industrial Products carries everything for your trimming and polishing needs. (908) 852-8655; www.kingwoodindustrial.com.
Product Line Expansion EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, announces the expansion of its product line in response to the needs of consumers participating in competitive shooting, hunting, motorcycling, law enforcement, and industry. Products for 2004 include a new series of high-end analog and digital electronic ear protectors, waterproof BTEs, EAR Mini-Canals™, Sports Monitors™, and wireless two-way radio communications. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com.
Acoustic Impedance/Microprocessor Audiometer Micro Audiometrics, Murphy, NC, introduces the Earscan® middle-ear analyzer and pure tone audiometer. According to the company, the device is lightweight, durable, and affordable; performs an acoustic impedance test in 1 or 3 seconds; and can test ipsilateral reflexes. It reportedly presents signals from 250 through 8K, at 0 to 90 dB in a pulsed or continuous mode, and can test automatically. The Earscan comes complete with the audiometric headset, impedance probe, eartips, and a limited 3-year warranty. The first factory calibration is free. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.
Personal Care Products Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies Inc), Minneapolis, features its own line of personal care products, including Earmold Cleaner, Sta-Dri dehumidifier jar, Ear-gel, Ear-fresh, Derm-aid Cream, and Tech-care ear wax removal system. All of the Tech-care products are alcohol-free to prevent ear irritation. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Tinnitus Treatment EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, introduces RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people suffering from tinnitus. The product is a homeopathic formula that is available in capsule form. Ingredients include amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus, a condition for which there is no known remedy. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com; www.freehearingtest.com.
Time Compressed Sentence Test AUDiTEC™ of St Louis recently released the Time Compressed Sentence Test (TCST) developed by Robert W. Keith, MD. The purposes of the TCST are to identify and quantify disorders of auditory processing. It is believed that time compressing sentences is a more valid measure of central processing than time compressing single words. The sentences are simple declarative sentences at zero (0) compression and 40% and 60% compression. This test will further enable audiologists, teachers, and other professionals to institute intervention programs for children who have problems learning due to deficits in the auditory modality. (314) 781-8890; (800) 669-9065; [email protected].
Portable Fitting System Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Pocket Professional Fitting System, version 4.0, for the fast, flexible, and portable hand-held programming of all Genesis 4.0, and older, hearing instruments. Pocket PFS provides full access to powerful fitting algorithms to assist in the selection of linear and nonlinear systems including DSL[i/o] and NAL-NL1. In addition, patient complaints can be easily addressed using the built-in Expert Assistant to troubleshoot an array of hearing aid issues. The Pocket PFS patient database is quickly synchronized with PFS desktop software to transfer patient data between the two platforms. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
New Look Hearing Aids Interton, Minneapolis, introduces the SilFlex Elite™, a follow-up to its successful SilFlex™ soft-solid shell material. SilFlex Elite is an upgrade package available with any custom digital product. Included in the upgrade are gold-plated components, a translucent faceplate, and the soft-solid body material to provide markedly improved comfort characteristics. The patented SilFlex material has demonstrated considerable success in field trials and regular commercial orders. Hearing aids made with the SilFlex option have had one of the lowest return rates for the company since its introduction earlier this year. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Universal Phone ADCO Hearing Products, Littleton, Colo, carries a wide range of telecommunications products, including the Uniphone 1140. The instrument can be used with normal volume, or amplified up to 20 dB for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the Uniphone 1140 can be used as a full TTY to send and receive text. VCO (Voice Carry Over) to send by speech and receive by text; and HCO (Hearing Carry Over) to send in text and receive by voice. It also includes a text-based answering machine, 8k of text memory, a built-in ringer flasher, and 10-speed dial memory slots. (800) 726-0851; www.adcopro.net.
Economical Power Instrument Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces a new addition to the SUMO family: SUMO E. Economical to own and operate, and easy to fit, SUMO E is a super power, programmable instrument with 140 dB SPL MPO and 80 dB of gain. Competitively priced, SUMO E is an ideal upgrade from conventional super power aids. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Updated Marketing Data Polk City Directories, Livonia, Mich, offers consumer and business information for marketing and advertising needs. Polk City Directories updates its resources every 4 weeks, to ensure timely and accurate data. Information includes age, income bracket, lifestyle, consumer home values, and SIC code. In addition, products from more than 900 communities can be ordered from the directory, which includes the number of employees, as well as the sales volume, for businesses in any geographical area in the United States and Canada. (888) 757-4642; (877) 542-0057; www.citydirectory.com.
Acoustic Coupler Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, offers the acoustic coupler, Comply™ Snap Tips. Snap Tips reduces time in fitting BTEs, as well as decreases the number of earmold remake and maintenance appointments. Additional products by Hearing Components include: Comply Canal Tips; Comply Soft Wraps; Ad-hear™ Cerumen Guards, and Ad-hear™ Plus Cerumen Guards. (800) 872-8986; [email protected].
Compact Battery Testers Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers two new hearing aid battery testers. Both testers are lightweight and compact. Each features a convenient compartment for spare batteries and a display that is easy to read. Within seconds, users can determine the strength of any hearing aid battery. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
2004 Catalog AUDiTEC™ , St Louis, has released its 2004 catalog. It includes an extensive list and description of the tests and measures available through AUDiTEC. Among the listed categories are: threshold measures, child and adult, word recognition, child and adult, cochlear implant tests, materials for the nonverbal and difficult to test, noises, central auditory processing, speech in noise, foreign language materials (including central processing), hearing aid evaluation, auditory training, and several unclassified tests, such as the speech Stenger test. Books and videotapes are also referenced. (800) 669-9065; (314) 781-8890; (314) 781-4946 (fax); [email protected].
Infant Screening Device Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the DP2000, a state-of-the-art otoacoustic emissions infant screening device. Weighing less than six ounces, without the computer, the DP2000 has a range from 500 to 16,000 Hz. The system allows the examiner to save up to 10 curves per ear per test session for each patient. The system comes with seven different sizes of disposable test tips to ensure a good acoustic seal. The DP2000 plugs into any Windows-compatible computer with an available PCMCIA type II slot. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Cordless Amplified Telephone Walker Ameriphone, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Garden Grove, Calif, offers the CL-40 Cordless Amplified Telephone, which increases incoming sounds up to 40+dB and features a separate tone control (600-2,400 Hz) for high-frequency sounds. The unit’s 900 MHz technology and an automatic channel scanner provide a stable, extended operating range and static-free transmission. (800) 874-3005; [email protected]; www.ameriphone.com.
Increased SPL SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, has developed the maximum SPL output 3300 receiver. Similar in size to the SonionMicrotronic 1900 model receiver, the 3300 is suitable for high-power premium BTE applications, and features tandem, twin-motor performance, 3 to 4 dB more SPL output than other BTE receivers of the same size, and significantly reduced mechanical vibration. The 3300 is specifically designed for digital applications. (952) 543-8300; www.sonionmicrotronic.com.
Evoked Potential Diagnostic System SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers AURIS™, a full-featured auditory evoked potential diagnostic system, designed for objective evaluation of auditory function. Whether it is one- or two-channel, portable or desktop, the specific technical features of the AURIS line are high performance and ergonomic software. AURIS allows the collection of superior clinical information necessary for any otoneurological diagnostic examination by covering the whole range of evoked potentials. (800) 874-9889; www.synapsysusa.com.
Free Practice Growth CD CareCredit®‚ Anaheim, Calif, a nationwide purveyor of comprehensive patient payment programs, is offering “Growing Your Practice—Effective Communication Techniques,” a free CD or audiotape featuring J. Scott Bailey, a sales consultant at the Sandler System. Bailey has more than 25 years’ experience working with companies and professional groups teaching effective communication techniques that can be used to uncover patients’ emotional needs, “buying cycles,” and buying objectives. Developed specifically for hearing health care professionals, the CD/tape provides Bailey’s insights on developing pricing approaches, and identifies the most common mistakes professionals make during sales presentations. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; [email protected].
Hearing Aid Sweat Band VanB Enterprises of West Valley, NY, offers the Hearing Aid Sweat Band, a disposable soft fabric sleeve that protects behind-the-ear (BTE) devices from moisture. Available in four colors and five sizes, the Hearing Aid Sweat Band protects BTE hearing aids from perspiration, snow, and rain, as well as from infiltration of damaging dirt and grime. The sleeve is easily slipped over the microphone of a hearing aid, without the need for a tool. (716) 942-6313; www.vanbent.com.
Impression Material Mid-States Laboratories Inc, Wichita, Kan, offers its line of impression material, Yellow Stuff™. The product is available in three formulas: oil-free Yellow Stuff; Yellow Stuff II™, with oil-added comfort and easy removal; and Yellow Stuff III™, made with a new “in-between” formula that allows ease of removal with fewer oil-related manufacturing problems. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Conversion Communication Kit Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, features the Hocks Conversion Kit, which can be used to turn solid molds into filtered molds. Included in the kit are all the necessary parts to produce or modify most communication setups. (800) 654-6257; www.hocksproducts.com.
Laser Shell Patching Kit Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies), Minneapolis, offers a patching kit designed for laser shell patching. The patching kit contains a small portable UV light, polymers, buffing wheel, UV Loctite adhesive, carbide cutter, and Tech-care Products’ new Clean-Wipes, pop-up wipes especially formulated for cleaning hearing products. (800) 328-4757; www.cambar.com.
Long-Lasting Batteries iCellTech, Seoul, Korea, offers hearing aid batteries. The company guarantees superior quality by strict piece-by-piece in-house inspections and reliability tests under ISO-9001-2000 quality management. According to the test results by our customers and authorized laboratories, the average running times of iCellTech batteries are much longer compared to most of the other leading brands. iCellTech batteries deliver enhanced power under high current drain and provide better performance for a larger range of devices including most of the cochlear implants. Magnatone (for the United States and Canada) (800) 789-6543; [email protected].
Marketing Specialists Open House Specialists (OHS) America, Beaufort, SC, offers advertising, dealer participation, sales specialists, and no-risk guarantees to increase sales. The program pays for local advertising to mobilize the market, brings hearing instrument sales specialists to the dealer’s office, and provides a higher client retention rate. (866) 624-8100; www.ohsamerica.com.
Impression Material All American Mold Laboratories Inc, Oklahoma City, offers an “intelligent” impression material by Detax. The pleasantly-scented material sets in just 3 minutes—body temperature (in the ear) accelerates the curing process, providing the hearing health care worker sufficient working time. (800) 654-3245; www.Allamericanmold.com.
In-Office Demonstration Program SeboTek® Hearing Systems, Tulsa, Okla, and Energizer Batteries offer a in-office demonstration program designed to stimulate consumer awareness and interest in SeboTek’s PAC (post auricular canal) hearing instrument and other advanced hearing technology. For a limited time, hearing professionals conducting demonstrations of PAC qualify for free Energizer “EZ Change” battery dispensing packages. (800) 388-9041; www.sebotek.com.
Engineering Expertise At In’Tech Industries Inc in Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.
Web Dispenser List Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, introduces its Web-based dispenser search service. The online search enables consumers to locate a nearby dispenser with just a click of the mouse. To get listed online, go to www.westone.com/hhc and click on “Join Dispenser List” to download the registration form. The form can also be obtained by calling the company’s customer service line. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.
Potentiometer-Controlled Instruments Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers an alternative to analog technology—GENESIS DX, a new family of nonprogrammable, potentiometer-controlled instruments, offering the flexibility and control of digital technology. The DX line features Inteli D, available in three configurations, WDRC, S-Amp, or high frequency; Discovery D, available in 3k Hz standard or 2k Hz mid-frequency responses; and Inteli Power D. Directional microphone, telecoil, and wax prevention options are available. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Rotational Chair SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers the Ulmer™ VNG-enabled MED4™ Rotational Chair. The combined features of the chair allow for enhanced vestibular testing, without requiring the patient to move to various locations during the course of testing. A rotary chair is necessary to assess the whole range of frequencies to obtain the most positive clinical outcome of vestibular patients. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.
Curing System Kingwood Industrial Products, Hackettstown, NJ, introduces the TransCure-P UV Spot Curing System. The unit is designed and priced specifically for the hearing aid industry. The TransCure-P offers an improved solution for spot curing applications. Traditional UV curing guns achieve the UV portion of the spectrum by filtering the unwanted light wavelengths emitted by a halogen lamp. This method requires the unit to overpower the system so enough light is left in the UV spectrum to provide curing. The TransCure-P unit uses LED technology, which provides the exact wavelength needed to cure, making for an efficient and less costly curing system. The system comes complete with a high intensity inspection lamp, which can be used for faceplate planning, vent track locating, or anything requiring a high intensity light. (908) 852-8655; www.kingwoodindustrial.com.
Office Management Software Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers ProHear office management software for hearing health care professionals, providing fast, accurate methods for accessing customer information, finances, analyzing business trends, creating marketing strategies, and scheduling. ProHear 5.5 now provides instant access to NOAH 3.0. Measure and record a patient’s hearing loss with any NOAH 3.0 certified device using 5.5’s audiogram, speech test, or loudness scaling features. Results are then passed automatically to a common database, for use by any fitting system from any manufacturer. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.
Consumer Guide Wilson & Company, Fort Worth, Tex, offers a lead generating system with a 7-year track record called The Consumers Guide to Hearing Aids. Here is how it works: (1) Place the ad provided in the local daily newspaper. (2) The phone will ring with qualified buyers. (3) Use the proven telephone script to set the appointment. (800) 346-6279, ext 11; www.jameswwilson.com.
Payment Plans That You Choose The Citi Health Card, Chattanooga, Tenn, enables providers to choose the payment plans that are offered by their practice from a wide variety of plans that will fit within any patient budget. Choices in payment options are important, especially the ability to finance treatment over time for hearing instruments dispensed today. Offering patient financing eliminates guessing as to whether they may need financing, while adding value to a practice and growing business. The patient financing plan offers a number of convenient options, including No Interest Payment Plans for 3 to 18 months, and a Budget Payment Plan of 48 months with 12.96% APR. Each plan is accompanied by varying Merchant Discount Rates and payment terms. With a combination of flexibility, simplicity, and practicality, the Citi Health Card can make a significant difference for health care providers and patients. (877) 354-8337; www.healthcard.citicards.com.
Impression Material Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers Blue Ultra ear impression silicone cartridges. This thixotropic formula has a low viscosity that resists slumping and distributes the material evenly. Pressure-free delivery eliminates distortion from stretching of the ear. Blue Ultra responds to the increasing need for high-quality ear impressions, a perfect fit for today’s high tech hearing aids. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Conditioning System with Cochlear Implant System Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, has announced that a Dry & Store® Global unit will be included with every Cochlear Americas implant system shipped in this hemisphere (North America, South and Central America). With two models available, Dry & Store accommodates all types of hearing instruments including cochlear implant hardware. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.
Infrared Listening System ELT Group, West Palm Beach, Fla, offers the AudioLink® PLS-951A Infrared Listening System—the AudioLink-II®. The TV listening system works with any TV, and is compatible with most public 95 kHz systems. Features include an auto power switch, low IR carrier mute, individual tone control, balance control (adjusting tool provided), 115 dB maximum SPL, two rechargeable NiMh batteries, TV microphone, and a 2-year warranty. (800) 286-3481, (866) 845-2537 (Canada); www.eltgroup.com.
Amplification System Sennheiser, Old Lyme, Conn, offers DirectEarSAS Soundfield Amplification System for classroom amplification. The wireless transmitter and comfortable headset allow freedom of movement. The high-quality condenser microphone and loudspeakers deliver lifelike fidelity and protection from feedback. The Sennheiser DirectEarSAS installs easily and requires very little maintenance. Moreover, its day-to-day use is simple and intuitive. The system ships with a Sennheiser ME3 head-worn microphone with an adjustable microphone boom. (860) 434-9190, ext 153; www.sennheiserusa.com.
Lipreading Course CD-ROM Audiological Engineering Corp, Somerville, Mass, offers a lipreading instructional course on CD-ROM (with multimedia capabilities) for hearing health professionals and self-study programs. This CD ROM can be used alone or in combination with tactile aids or a hearing aid. The course enables adults and children to participate in home therapy. The course offers lessons ranging from individual vowels and consonants to running speech. (800) 283-4601; www.tactaid.com.
New Product Line In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, a leading supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components introduces their new VTM™ product line. Services include providing high-quality, highly accurate, digitally created ear shell services and rapid manufacturing to hearing instrument manufacturers. Proven technology includes precision scanning, electronic detailing, and stereo-lithography services while offering multiple surface finishes and color options that can improve your customer satisfaction ratings. This service is now available to all hearing aid manufacturers. www.intech-ind.com.
Amplified Phone HITEC Group, Burr Ridge, Ill, announces the release of the Freedom Phone. The ClearSounds 40XLC has Caller ID, amplification up to 50 dB,and hands-free operation with both a 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm audio jack for use with any headset, neckloop, T-hook silhouette, or patchcord. It is a speaker phone with volume control, and it has a built-in signaling system including a loud ringer, a flashing strobe, or an optional bed shaker. A three-level speech output control enables volume adjustment of outgoing voice control. Large buttons and memory dial make it easy to use. It is stylish, elegant, and hearing aid compatible with a 2-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Blending Technology Lotus Technology Inc, Mooresville, NC, offers progressive technology and customer service. At Lotus, progressive technology and impressive service go hand-in-hand. Equal attention is given to circuits in the hearing device and the lifestyle of the user, recognizing that each patient is unique. Just as everyone perceives sounds differently, hearing loss is different in everyone as well, and Lotus Technology Inc takes an individual approach to solving hearing problems. (877) 483-1072; www.lotustechnology.net.
Video OtoScope System MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, introduces the Video Companion, the latest version of its video otoscope systems. The Video Companion will easily interface with a laptop computer, enabling images to be stored on NOAH™. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Professional Products Catalog ADCO Hearing Products, Littleton, Colo, announces its Volume 11P wholesale catalog for hearing health care professionals. It is filled with pictures and descriptions of tools and supplies for earmold impressions and modification, professional supplies, hearing aid accessories, hearing protection, AdcoMold products for on-the-spot earmolds and repairs, and a large range of assistive devices. Free copies available. (800) 726-0851, (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.
Custom Mold Perfect Seal Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, has developed a custom mold for the ReSound AiR. The mold is very easy to use, and takes the place of the stock tip. The mold is also available in a soft material. Perfect Seal can provide customers with a variety of finishes, including matte clear, pink, or brown tube. (800) 311-9810.
Hearing Aid Dryer S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the Moisture Guard Electronic Hearing Aid Dryer. The Moisture Guard provides users with a way to properly maintain their hearing aids. It is safe, easy to use, and portable. The unit is made of cherry wood and carries a money-back guarantee. (800) 934-6815.
Tinted Earmolds Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, offers Conseal earmolds. These earmolds contain a fiber additive in a choice of three tints—pink, beige, and smoke—which can be combined with acrylic, Formaseal, and Softech silicone earmold materials, for a cosmetically pleasing appearance. In addition, the tubing comes in a matte finish and tinted to match the earmolds. Replacement tubes are available. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
Patient Financing The HELPcard, Springdale, Ark, offers patient financing for the health care industry, including 4.9% on standard transactions, 0% interest options, and a new leasing program. In addition, The HELPcard offers instant approval via phone, fax, or its Internet application process. The HELPcard providers receive free personalized training, and a personal account manager to work with each individual office to increase profitability. (800) 945-HELP (4357), ext 316; www.helpcard.com.
Hearing Instruments Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, introduces the MUSIC® Professional. MUSIC Pro incorporates a fully digital set of features, and incorporates Siemens’ Voice Activity Detection (VAD) system as a standard. VAD sound processing system continually monitors for speech sounds and automatically reduces the level of background noises when speech is detected. Additional features of the user-friendly MUSIC Pro include: a core digital sound processor, an enhanced Directional Microphone System, two channels, flexible compression kneepoints and ratios, plus additional frequency shaping tools. There is also a “power on” delay and low battery and program change indicators. MUSIC Pro is available in a complete range of styles, from Micro-CIC™ to BTE. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens-hearing.com.
Amplified Telephone Walker Ameriphone, a Division of Plantronics Inc, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the XL-40 Amplified Telephone. The unit delivers up to 43 +dB extra amplification and features a separate adjustable tone control (500-2,400 Hz) for high-frequency sounds. Its back-lighted keypad with big buttons makes it easy to dial. Other features include an extra bright ring flasher, a superloud ringer with adjustable tone control, and voice mail and missed call indicators. The XL-40 includes 12 memory buttons, plus redial, hold, and flash buttons, is wall-mountable, and has a battery backup in case of power outage. The XL-40 is hearing aid telecoil compatible and has an audio output jack for connection to a headset, neckloop, or cochlear implant. (800) 874-3005; [email protected]; www.ameriphone.com.
High-Performance Batteries ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, offers high performance hearing aid batteries. Free samples are available. USA: (814) 825-8398; www.hearing-aid-batteries-co.com; China: www.zenipower.com; [email protected].
Powerful Personal Amplifier HITEC Group, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers its redesigned Sound Wizard ergonomic powerhouse of a personal amplifier. Use the new Sound Wizard II alone for personal amplification with tone control for clarity, or share it with a friend (it has two headset jacks). A choice of the omni directional or the directional built-in microphone is adjustable for optimum listening. Use it with the optional 95 KHz infrared receiver module for TV listening or theater use. The optional teleconnect module lets you use it as a powerful in-line telephone amplifier. You can even hook it up to optional speakers to use in a conference room. It comes with powerful ear buds, but you can use it with a headset or neckloop. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Hearing Protection Perfect Seal Laboratories of Wichita, Kan, offers many styles of hearing protection. No matter what your client’s needs, Perfect Seal can accommodate them. From the electronic series (shown) to solid plugs, Perfect Seal can provide solutions for many specific industrial applications. (800) 311-9810.
Dealer Program TV Ears Inc, Amsterdam, NY, announces the launch of its “Authorized TV Ears Dealer Program” and its “Put On Your TV Ears” marketing campaign. Authorized dealers will be listed on the TV Ears Web site and included in the TV Ears telephone referral program. The “Put On Your TV Ears” marketing kit includes everything an office needs to generate doctor referrals, attract new customers, and stimulate existing customers. Each kit includes ads, postcards, statement stuffers, brochures, “TV Bucks,” and an eye-catching point of purchase display. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.
Digital Speech Mapping MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the DSM-PRO™ digital speech mapping system. The NOAH™-compatible DSM-PRO interfaces with most computers via the USB port, enabling use of fitting protocols. Features include live speech mapping and hearing loss simulator. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.
Online Partners Interton, Minneapolis, has partnered with Audiology Online, to bring more tools to the dispensing community. The Web site, www.audiology.com, provides information about hearing health and the hearing industry to both professionals and consumers. Additional information can be accessed through the sister Web site, www.healthyhearing.com. Online CEU courses for audiologists and dispensers are also available. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.
Amplified Trimline Phone HITEC Group, of Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the Liberty Phone, the ClearSounds 30T, a new amplified Trimline phone. It has three-level volume control with up to a 30 dB gain, has a visual ring indicator, and is wall mountable. It is hearing aid compatible and attractive in design, making this cost-effective phone an ideal phone for every household. One-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.
Ear Wash System ADCO Hearing Products, Littleton, Colo, offers the Ear Wash System by Welch Allyn. This product enables an easy, safe, and effective means of cleaning the ear canal. Unlike other irrigation systems, this product automatically collects the outflow of water, cerumen, and debris through a vacuum in the nozzle. Replaceable eartips filters cerumen and debris and returns water outflow to the sink basin. Ear Wash System is non-electric and connects directly to a tap. Removes impacted cerumen, allows better impressions, and reduces plugged molds and receivers. (800) 726-0851; (303) 794-3928; www.adcopro.net.
Advanced Design Lotus Technology Inc, Mooresville, NC, offers hearing devices that incorporate state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the best sound enhancement available. The LEGACY digital series incorporates the latest in digital technology. LEGACY’s features and power accommodate most hearing losses and give users more control over their hearing. Easy to operate, the LEGACY software—assisted by interactive parameters—ensure fine-tuning, fit, and a high-quality custom product. (877) 483-1072; www.lotustechnology.net.
Directional Microphone Systems Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, offers the TRIANO family of hearing instruments, featuring both TwinMic™ and TriMic™ directional microphone systems. Directional microphones enable users to understand speech in noisy environments. (800) 766-4500; www.siemens-hearing.com.
Digital Power BTE Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, offers the digital Atlas Power BTE, a reliable, affordable instrument with a peak gain of 71 dB and an MPO of 133 dB SPL. The Atlas Power BTE also features four-band, two-channel DSP with nonlinear and linear fitting algorithms, including DSL. Atlas Power is available in HS/LP and full shell power models with auto telecoil. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.
Cylindrical Performance SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, offers its newest and smallest Series 8000 omni-directional microphone design. Cylindrically shaped for all applications, it offers performance consistent throughout environmental extremes, with EMI and ESD protection. Also offered are flat frequency response, as well as improved manufacturing and soldering requirements. Ideal for matching applications. (952) 543-8300; www.sonionmicrotronic.com.
Earmold Catalog Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, Ohio, supplier of earmolds, accessories, and expertise to the hearing care industry, has released its new Earmold Catalog. The 38-page, full-color catalog offers earmold selections, types of impression, materials, and impression techniques. This easy-to-read, informative, quick reference catalog can be a useful guide to your practice. (800) 842-8184; [email protected].
Custom Earpieces Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers its custom earpieces that attach to standard ear buds, which are designed to enable hands-free cellular phone use. The product also reportedly increases clarity by decreasing background noise and road noise. The company can provide the complete package, including the Plantronics lightweight headset #M140 or #M145. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.
Marketing Resources Polk City Directories, Livonia, Mich, a supplier of consumer and business information for marketing and advertising needs, offers the City Directory, which features regional breakdown by age, income bracket, lifestyle, consumer home values, and SIC code. Products from more than 900 communities can be ordered from the directory, which includes the number of employees, as well as the sales volume, for businesses in any geographical area in the United States and Canada. (888) 757-4642; (877) 542-0057; www.citydirectory.com.
Training Program In August, Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, began a national audiology training program with Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics, to train VA audiologist on the use of its acoustic coupler, Comply™ Snap Tips. Snap Tips reduces BTE fitting time, as well as decreases the number of earmold remakes, and maintenance appointments. Also, Snap Tips offers better fit, less feedback, and more comfort. Additional products include: Comply Canal Tips; Comply Soft Wraps; Ad-hear™ Cerumen Guards; and Ad-hear™ Plus Cerumen Guards. (800) 872-8986; [email protected].
Convenient Hearing Aid Repair Precision Laboratories, Altamonte Springs, Fla, offers a kit to repair or modify hearing aids that are made of acrylic. Use the appropriate color of polymer along with the adhesive to make a “liquid plastic” to repair and modify hearing aids. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.
Free Newsletter Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers West-Tones, a monthly newsletter for the hearing health care professional, written by Westone CEO Randy Morgan. Each month West-Tones features news, helpful hints, technical features, new products, industry developments, and good advice. There is even a bit of inspiration and humor. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.
Handheld Screening Audiometer The DSP Pure Tone Audiometer® from Micro Audiometrics Corp, Murphy, NC, is a 10-ounce, battery-operated, handheld audiometer. Signals can reportedly be presented in a pulsed or continuous mode, pure tone or warble, and from 250 through 8,000 Hz at levels from 10 to 80 dB, according to the company. The audiometer also contains an Automatic Sequencing™ function, which is designed to enable a screening test to be conducted without operator intervention. It comes with headset, batteries, carrying case, and a limited 3-year warranty. (800) 729-9509; www.microaud.com.
PLL System Sennheiser Electronic Corp, Old Lyme, Conn, offers the Mikroport™ 2013 PLL system. It reportedly consists of a receiver for the hearing impaired and a transmitter for the speaker, which is designed to enable those with hearing difficulties to play a fully integrated role in social settings. The 2013 also features a 16-channel selector, found on both the receiver and the transmitter, which provides the user with flexibility to switch to an interference-free channel at the turn of a dial, according to the company. (877) 736-6434; www.sennheiserusa.com.
Ear Gel EarGuy™ Ear-gel by Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, is a gel lubricant designed to make earmold and hearing instrument insertion easy and comfortable. It is water soluble and will not leave residue or buildup on the ear, according to the company. The squeeze bottle is used to apply the gel onto a Q-tip™, which is then swabbed at the opening of the ear canal. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].
Tabletop Displays S & S Laser, New Port Richey, Fla, offers the “ready to show” briefcase tabletop display. It sets up in less than a minute and is completely self-contained. The display morphs from a briefcase to a 48-inch x 24-inch fabric-covered display. The header attaches to the top and is stored inside when not in use. Velcro-ready fabrics are available in assorted colors. The display weighs just 9 pounds. Also available: graphics packages and larger style displays. (800) 934-6815.