Oticon Introduces New Micro BTE
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, has announced the introduction of Dual, a new hearing device designed to provide a full inventory of high-end audiological features in a stylish and discreet micro BTE. Dual’s extended 10 kHz bandwidth and binaurally coordinated compression between instruments deliver outstanding sound quality. Linking two Dual instruments into one binaural system enables Dual to surpass bilateral fittings. Dual is housed in a single-shell construction with no hinges. The shell’s nano-coating helps keep Dual moisture- and corrosion-free. The new instrument reportedly uses less power than most other RITE instruments, giving wearers up to 140 hours of battery life from a standard 312 battery.
Siemens Offers New Life, Motion Hearing Instruments
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, has debuted its new Life and Motion BTE instruments. Smaller than most hearing instruments, Life offers three performance levels to choose from in an open fitting configuration. Life requires little maintenance thanks to its durable BTE style, ultra-thin LifeTubes, and replaceable tips. Life is also powerful with Siemens’ very latest natural-sound technologies, as well as fashionable with a palette of 16 exclusive colors and designs.
Siemens’ newly unveiled Motion line of hearing instruments is designed for people with moderate through severe hearing loss who desire an easy-to-fit, technologically full-featured, rechargeable, and versatile hearing solution. Motion is available in six different BTEs, two performance levels, 14 natural color choices, and a full line of custom models.
Hearing Technologies Releases Universal Hearing Screener
Hearing Technologies International Inc, Pinellas Park, Fla, announces the release of the Universal Hearing Screener, which presents 40 dB tones independently at 500, 1,000, 2,000, and 4,000 Hz. It is powered by two easy-to-replace AAA batteries, and comes equipped with a foam cushion pad to help reduce ambient noise and allow for firm positioning of the speaker to the ear. Universal Hearing Screener is distributed by: Hal-Hen, (800) 242-5436; Oaktree Products, (800) 347-1960; Warner Tech-Care, (800) 328-4757; and Westone Labs, (800) 582-4771. Custom label and designs available.
New Instruments from Phonak, Unitron Presented
Sonova, Stäfa, Switzerland, showcased new products at the October EUHA Convention in Germany under its main brands, Phonak and Unitron Hearing. Phonak, Weaverville, Ill, introduced Versáta and Certéna, two new product families based on the CORE platform. The CORE collection now includes Power CIC (completely in the canal) hearing systems, which help people with severe hearing loss to benefit from the advantages of a cosmetically attractive, virtually invisible CIC hearing system. The 360 from Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, is specially tailored for people with severe to profound hearing loss. It offers exceptional hearing performance, quality, and durability, and fits hearing loss up to 120 dB, with a peak output of 141 dB SPL and peak gain of 82 dB SPL (2 cc).
Two Pi Launches Integrated Hearing Aid Algorithm Suite
Two Pi, Vienna, Austria, has announced the launch of Quadrate, an integrated hearing aid algorithm suite that combines signal processing and fitting software. Designed to fully exploit the processing capabilities of the Ezairo 5900 DSP audiology processor from ON Semiconductor, Quadrate targets sophisticated hearing aid products in the premium price category. Incorporating the Q-Fit fitting software, Quadrate reportedly delivers a complete software solution for any hearing aid brand. Based on .NET technology, the package fully supports all SQL-databases and provides fine-tuning tools for in situ verification. Q-Fit is optionally equipped with the NAL-NL1 fitting rule and can be customized by automatically introducing corporate identity attributes such as logos, colors, and pictures.
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New Pediatric Audiology Reference Published
From Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, comes Pediatric Audiology by Jane Madell, PhD, and Carol Flexer, PhD. Pediatric Audiology is a practical “how-to” reference for the diagnosis and technological and educational management of infants and children with hearing disorders. Distilling decades of expertise, the book provides step-by-step descriptions of testing and treatment protocols, with a special emphasis on specific pediatric behavioral assessment techniques, such as behavioral observation audiometry. A DVD-ROM accompanying the 352-page text features videos of the various pediatric behavioral assessments with audio commentary that provides straightforward explanations of key concepts. Also included on the DVD-ROM is a video on cochlear implant surgery.
TV Ears Loop System
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest addition to the TV Ears line. Hearing instrument wearers can now enjoy all the benefits of TV Ears without removing their instruments. TV Ears cuts down television background noise and amplifies the dialogue for better clarity and enjoyment. The TV Ears 2.3 Loop System allows users to receive the refined television audio through their hearing instrument’s manual T-coil. Users can adjust their own volume and tone without turning up the TV and disturbing others. The TV Ears TV Loop is compatible only with the TV Ears 2.3 MHz system.
Pulse Debuts Innovative Components
Pulse, San Diego, has delivered its latest developments in microphones, receivers, telecoils, and electromechanical components for hearing instruments, including: an innovative way for adjusting hearing aid volume, the DCU Scroller; the world’s smallest dual receivers, the 4000 Series; a tactile switch available for hearing instruments, the PB 100 Click; and the 8800 Microphone Series with an improved power supply rejection ratio. The DCU Scroller provides a simple and discreet method for adjusting hearing aid volume. The wearer can change the volume of the digital control unit almost unnoticed using a linear scroll. Its body diameter of just 3.8 mm (0.15 inch) makes it small enough to be used for both behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing instruments.
New Software Improves Cochlear Implant Tuning Process
Audigence Inc, Melbourne, Fla, has developed Clarujust, a new software program that is the first standard analytical approach to tuning cochlear implants. The program tests the patient’s hearing using actual speech sounds—not the tones used in the traditional tuning process—and analyzes speech comprehension to determine the best cochlear implant settings for a particular patient. The idea for the optimization software came when Lee Krause, a computer engineer, received a cochlear implant in 2002, soon realizing during the tuning process that he was never going to achieve an objective of being able to better understand speech. He began with his audiologist, Dr Alice Holmes, to find a better way to tune the device utilizing emerging artificial intelligence technologies.
MedRx Offers AVANT Stealth Audiometer
The AVANTTM Stealth Audiometer from MedRx, Largo, Fla, allows fast, accurate pure tone and speech testing with an intuitive user interface for data presentation and patient monitoring. Separate outputs for all transducers allow them to remain plugged in and calibrated, adding speed and convenience to the testing protocol. Features include dual channel audiometry, speakers, plug and play USB single cable connection from a PC into a sound booth, and high-power internal amplifiers (2 x 25 watts into 4 ohms). Available options include High Frequency and Quick SIN testing capability. The system is small and lightweight and has optional mounting capability inside or outside a sound booth; it is NOAH and TIMS compatible.
Hearing Instrument Dryer
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, now offers the latest hearing instrument maintenance device from the makers of Dry & Store. Zephyr is compact and easy-to-use, making it perfect for travel. Utilizing the same principles as clothes drying on a line, Zephyr gently circulates warm, dry air around the hearing instrument. The specially formulated Dry-Brik® desiccant then captures the moisture. Used daily, Zephyr removes damaging moisture, dries earwax, and removes odor. The result is hearing instruments that sound better, last longer, and need fewer repairs.
Oticon Announces Additions to Epoq, Vigo Families
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, has unveiled five new RITE Power hearing solutions. The new hearing devices are based on Oticon’s ultra-fast RISE platform that delivers extended bandwidth and significantly higher levels of processing power. The new Epoq RITE Power offers wireless technology that synchronizes compression, noise reduction, and directionality to preserve speech intelligibility in all listening situations. The new Vigo RITE Power provides a combination of design, size, performance, handling capabilities, and value. With more advanced signal processing for improved speech understanding and listening comfort, Vigo RITE Power gives users with hearing losses up to 100 dB an easier listening experience, a smoother adaptation period, fewer manual adjustments, and easier handling. All five versions operate on standard 312 batteries and are available with a full assortment of color choices featured in the rest of their family.
Sonic Innovations Launches New Bluetooth Device
Salt Lake City-based Sonic Innovations Inc has announced the introduction of sonicBLU, a wireless communication device that allows users of Sonic Innovations Velocity hearing aids to wirelessly connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. The sonicBLU device has a reported talk time of up to 4 hours and a stand-by time of up to 70 hours. In addition, it has an operating range of up to 10 meters and uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery (with a charging time of 1.5-2 hours). SonicBLU weighs 10 grams and measures 42 x 24 x 12 mm.
Rexton Releases Gem, Cobalt Instruments
Rexton, Plymouth, Minn, has announced the introduction of two new RIC instruments, Gem and Cobalt. Both instruments are small and discreet, and offer state-of-the-art automatic features such as situation detection, equalizer, acclimatization, and noise reduction. The small, ergonomically shaped housing of Gem encases technology that offers increased wearability. Cobalt’s features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, enabling easy connection to mobile phones, stereos, TVs, or audio devices through the optional, state-of-the-art remote control unit, the Blu RCU. Both product families feature a color conversion concept, allowing the colors of the hearing instrument to be changed with your customer’s personal preference.
iPhone Sign Language Application Released
iDev2, Lexington, Ky, creators of educational applications for children of all ages, has just announced the release of the iSign American Sign Language (ASL) tutorial and reference program for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. With iSign, users can choose from more than 800 signs, with each gesture modeled by a fully animated 3D character. iSign offers a diverse range of ASL signs in categories such as Feelings, Colors, Clothing, Food & Drink, School, and Sports. iSign is available on iTunes. There is currently a free “lite” version of the program containing 25 signs.
Bernafon Rolls Out New Products
The Bern, Switzerland-based, hearing system manufacturer Bernafon presented its new Avanti BTE family in the entry-level category and the new lifestyle and design hearing system Brite 50X at October’s EUHA Convention in Germany. The Avanti product range includes a small, powerful micro BTE and a compact BTE with a size-13 battery. Both instruments can be fitted with either a standard ear hook or a thin tube. Avanti features an automatic program with signal processing in seven channels, adaptive directionality and adaptive noise reduction, as well as the proven data logging. The award-winning Brite receiver-in-the-ear hearing system is now available at three price points. Brite 50X, in the mid-range category, features a highly flexible automatic program with a choice of nine different signal processing strategies.
Clarity Releases New “Unlocked” C900 Mobile Phone
Clarity, Chattanooga, Tenn, a leading supplier of communications solutions for older Americans, has announced the release of ClarityLife C900, an easy-to-use amplified mobile phone that doubles as an emergency response device. Designed specifically for seniors, the C900 provides the freedom to stay connected with loved ones and the peace of mind to know that help is just the push of a button away. Available “unlocked,” the C900 can be used on any network, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. Highlights of its seniors-friendly features include: 20-decibel amplification for seniors with hearing loss; one-touch, emergency help button to instantly contact loved ones; large four-button operation for easy navigation and dialing; large backlit display; and oversized text for easy reading.
Ear Inc Offers Free Online Hearing Device Testing
In response to the variety of issues regarding how well hearing protection works, Ear Inc, Boulder, Colo, has announced the availability of a free online Fit Check test to help determine if a choice of hearing products is working properly. It is based on providing reference tones across a number of frequencies similar to a standard hearing test. Ear Inc also provides a free Quick Check using broadband sound in addition to environmental sounds to determine intensity differences. Ear Inc emphasizes this is not the same as the results obtained from a certified clinic or laboratory environment, but can be informative in demonstrating shifts caused by wearing selected products.
Siemens Offers New Link
Siemens, Piscataway, NJ, offers Tek, a wireless accessory that allows connection of the company’s Pure hearing aids to Bluetooth-equipped devices such as cell phones, personal audio devices, TV, PCs, and more. Designed to meet the needs of today’s interactive hearing instrument wearer, Tek speaks the same language as other high-tech instruments.
Jitterbug Phones Provide Bridge to Hearing Aid Sales
Jitterbug mobile phones have established themselves among seniors because of their simplicity and ease of use as well as their hearing aid compatibility, which is why New Ear Wireless, West Warwick, RI, wants to show you the products’ potential to hearing health care professionals—not just as a way to generate extra income via phone sales, but, more importantly, as a way to generate hearing tests leading to potential instrument sales.
Ida Institute Launches New Web Site
The Ida Institute, Skodsborg, Denmark, has unveiled a newly designed Web site that provides a virtual gathering place for hearing care professionals and others seeking to develop a more holistic understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss. The Web site features educational resources ranging from lectures presented by Ida Institute faculty, commentary on current topics and issues in hearing care by advisory board members, and viewpoints and perspectives from audiologists and others who have participated in the Institute’s first seminar, “Defining Hearing.” The Ida Speaks interactive blog invites Web site visitors to share viewpoints, contribute experiences, and submit articles for publication on the Web site.
An Oasis of Relief
Neuromonics’ noninvasive, FDA-cleared Oasis device is customized to the patient’s unique hearing and tinnitus profile. It delivers a customized stimulus that promotes neural changes, allowing the brain to filter out the disturbing tinnitus sound. This stimulus is delivered within spectrally modified, customized music, which engages the brain’s emotional response center and the limbic system, and thereby reduces tinnitus-related disturbance.
Starkey Announces Product Enhancements
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has announced enhancements to its products thanks to BluWave signal processing, which includes the introduction of the Zon XM 50 receiver, providing 50 dB of gain, and the ability to use Integrated Real Ear Measurement (IREM) in most Starkey devices. BluWave allowed for the addition of the Zon XM 50, which offers usable high-frequency gain paired with Starkey’s revolutionary feedback system (AFI), giving patients significantly improved sound quality and speech audibility. Enhancements also extend IREM to nearly all Zon and Destiny hearing aids. IREM allows hearing professionals to quickly and accurately conduct real-ear measurement, providing the most precise fit possible. The system helps professionals counsel patients, reducing the number of adjustments needed for a comfortable fit and better addressing the challenges hearing aid users are facing in their environments.
New Hearing Protection Poster Available
A new poster available free from Howard Leight, Smithfield, RI, details the care and maintenance of earplugs and earmuffs. Designed for placement on worksite bulletin boards or in other high-traffic areas, the color poster provides clear instructions for each type of hearing protection device. Posters are available free for download through the Howard Leight Web site or by contacting Sperian Hearing Protection’s customer care center.
Raycare Solutions, Lincoln, Neb, introduces The Deflector hearing instrument moisture guard. Enjoy all of life’s activities without the fear of moisture damaging a behind-the-ear (BTE) investment. The wearer of a BTE instrument can be involved in everything from strenuous activity to a walk in the rain. The simple, lightweight, clear plastic design deflects moisture away from the hearing instrument. The on-and-off application allows clients to use The Deflector when moisture occurs and remove it when not needed. It also helps in dusty situations, because dirt is not attracted to dry areas.
Unitron Debuts Instrument Style, Color Selector
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, has introduced myStyle, a comprehensive digital hearing instrument style and color selector that lets consumers see how various styles and colors will appear when worn, before making a purchase. The customer and/or hearing health professional can choose any device style and colors offered by the company and apply the choices to view on the ear from various angles for all hearing instrument models. Customers select a shell style, which can be rotated 360 degrees, and zoom in closer to see how the hearing instrument looks on the ear. Styles and colors can be changed to automatically update the model for all views.