6-Channel Devices
Apherma Corp, Sunnyvale, CA, introduces its digital product line featuring Adaptive Echo Cancellation (AEC)—Apherma’s patented feedback cancellation system, exclusive to the 180 model. Model lines utilize independently adjustable 6-channel WDRC, signal fidelity preservation, adjustable time constants, and compression knee points. Optional features include adaptive directionality, multi-channel noise reduction, multi-channel expansion, volume control, and telecoil. Up to three independently programmable memories are available. (877) 274-3762; www.apherma.com.  


 Hearing Device Software
Audina Hearing Instruments, Longwood, FL, introduces the EzFIT 4.0. Additions to this new version include: the revised AutoFit to better assist in tackling out-of-the-ordinary hearing loss configurations; an interactive Fitting Wizard that streamlines fittings quickly and easily; and six new environmental fitting programs, including restaurant/noise, telephone/telecoil, and music listening to allow customization of patients’ multi-memory settings. Additionally, Audina has expanded its fine-tuning guide for setting fittings as needed. (800) 223-7000; www.audina.net.


 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.


 Digital Hearing Instrument
Beltone™, Chicago, introduces the Beltone Oria™ digital product line. The Oria circuit can be found in the Invisa, Petite Plus, Opera Plus, and Optima models. The Oria line features: 12 channels of digital signal processing; speech pattern detection; SelectaFit and Beltone AVE software systems; delayed start-up; a low-battery indicator; Satisfy software, which enables instrument settings to change gradually and automatically; Gain Explorer, which limits feedback or whistling; and a multi-channel compression system and silencer system. Visit Beltone at booth #1515 at the AAA show. (800) 621-1275; www.beltone.com.


 Digital Product Line
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces Genesis 4.0 digital product line. Improvements in the line include flexible digital platforms and functionality. Products in the Genesis line include Axent II, Sequel Digital, Endeavour, and the new Arista. All Genesis products feature proven compression architecture, directionality, and Precision Audio Imaging™, enabling maximum audibility and comfort. Low-level expansion, memory, end-of-battery indicator tones, and a variety of custom power configurations are also available for all instruments. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


 Cordless Amplified Phone
Clarity®, a division of Plantronics Inc (formerly Walker Ameriphone), Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the CL-40 Cordless Amplified Telephone, designed to increase 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; www.clarityproducts.com.


 BTEs, ITEs, and CICs
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, introduces GO and Atlas Plus digital products. GO is 100% digital and features 2-channel WDRC processing and fitting flexibility. Options include volume control, programmable telecoil, and directional microphones. GO is available in BTEs and ITEs. A mid-priced digital solution, Atlas Plus features Oticon’s OpenEar Acoustics™, which enables increased vent sizes through Dynamic Feedback Cancellation technology. Atlas Plus offers reliability, fitting flexibility, and is available in CICs and BTEs. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


 Mid-Level Digital Family
Bernafon Inc, Somerset, NJ, features the Smile Plus mid-level digital family line of 100% digital hearing instruments. Bernafon also offers the high-end Symbio and the entry-level Flair solutions. A multi-channel system, Smile Plus can be fully automatic, be adjusted with local controls, or come with an optional remote control. Smile Plus also features two listening programs, and an optional dual microphone for maximum speech understanding in noisy environments. Smile Plus is available in a range of models, from CICs to power BTEs, and it is an excellent choice for children. In addition, the OASIS Plus unified software platform fits Smile Plus, and all Bernafon programmables and digitals through intuitive, fast, and efficient fitting sessions. (888) 941-4203; www.bernafon-us.com.


 Digital Hearing Instruments
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Emotion digital hearing instrument. Emotion incorporates a two-channel, four-band, fully digital processing system with up to three programmable memories—the third is telecoil—for maximum fitting control. Emotion’s “own voice” programming feature allows hearing professionals to easily improve the sound quality of their patients’ own voice. Additional features include sensitive voice processing, microphone noise reduction, adjustable crossover frequency, two-channel AGC-I, adaptive feedback detection, low battery and memory selection alert tones, power on delay, and programmable volume control. All of Emotion’s main programming features are conveniently found on the Parameter Assistant programming screen. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.


 Insert Earphones
Visit E-A-R Auditory Systems at booth #506 at the 2004 AAA Annual Convention, and see how the E-A-RTONE® 3A and 5A have been improved to be the best insert earphones ever. If you’re not using insert earphones in your practice, stop by and pick up a copy of "The Inside Story About Insert Earphones." If you already use an E-A-RTONE 3A or 5A, find out how your insert phone can be upgraded. Need a front tube, Velcro clip, neck-loop, or instruction booklet? Stop by, problem solved. (800) 624-5955; www.aearo.com.


 Programming Interface
HIMSA Inc, St Paul, Minn, offers the NOAHlink™ hearing instrument programming interface. Designed to replace the HI-PRO interface, NOAHlink utilizes Bluetooth technology, which provides improved speed, portability, and flexibility. The NOAHlink interface can be used with hearing instruments from Widex, Oticon, Siemens, GN ReSound, Hansaton, Audio Service, Electone, Rexton, and Viennatone. (800) 435-9246; www.noahlink.biz.


 Personal Sound Amplifier
Microsound Inc, Ontario, Canada, offers the Microsound Pilot, a fully digital and programmable personal sound amplifier. Features include seven channels, 32 bands, two memories, wide dynamic range compression, feedback suppression, noise reduction, and a rechargeable battery. The Pilot is for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. (519) 742-4499; www.microsound.com.  Please visit us at booth #1737 at the AAA show.


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