Hearing Device for Severe Loss
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Piscataway, NJ, introduces the NITRO 16 CIC, a completely-in-the-canal hearing instrument designed for wearers with severe hearing loss. NITRO 16 features 16-channel signal processing that automatically adjusts to the wearer’s listening environment, and Siemens SoundSmoothing™ technology, designed to automatically distinguish and suppress sudden or impulsive sounds. Features Advanced Speech and Noise Management, as well as up to 70 dB of gain and a datalogging feature that collects information on hearing preferences to assist with faster, more precise fittings. The device’s feedback cancellation is engineered to reduce or eliminate whistling sounds. C-Guard™ wax protection system is included. Instrument features a noise reduction system designed to reduce steady-state environmental noises; and microphone noise reduction to reduce low-level, unwanted microphone noise. Manufactured using a special receiver suspension that provides shock resistance, improved reliability, and acoustical stability.
EAR Inc, Boulder, Colo, offers RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people with tinnitus. The product is a homeopathic formula available in capsule form containing amino acids, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.
Individualized Fit Technology
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, presents Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600. Using best-fitting practices once required a great deal of time. But with Starkey’s Inspire OS 2.0 and Destiny 1600, a more accurate, individualized fit is said to take less time than a fitting using averaged data. This new hearing system is designed to work in perfect sync, using real-ear data immediately throughout Inspire OS. Auto Path provides one screen that leads users through a fast, automatic fitting protocol in less than 2 minutes. Additionally, all Destiny instruments have expanded output controls for greater fitting flexibility, access to maximum stable gain through active feedback intercept, and a visible indicator of all screens accessed during the fitting session. All Destiny products will be compatible with the newest Surround Town scene: a dynamic theater that allows the patient to experience a virtual theater environment.
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.
Bone-Conduction Hearing Aid
Ear Technology Corp, Johnson City, Tenn, announces the next generation of the TransEar® bone-conduction hearing aid for single-sided deafness: the TransEar 270. Using a new, improved, and smaller oscillator, TransEar can now fit patients with small ear canals, including children. The new, soft wire connector and half-shell design almost eliminate the possibility of feedback, while making the new model much less visible without compromising performance.
Wireless Communication System
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, has introduced the Contego, a full-performance wireless communication system designed to improve and enhance sound quality. The microphone (transmitter) and receiver have built-in zoom microphones that are user-adjustable for maximum customization. The microphones can be set for omnidirectional or directional, based on conditions, and the volume level can be adjusted by remote.