Free Web Tool Kit Helps Practices Grow
CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has developed a new Web Site Tool Kit to help its enrolled practices attract more patients. Practices can use the tools to link to the CareCredit Web site and tap into the more than 700,000 reported unique visits the site gets each month. The Web Site Tool Kit includes graphics and buttons that practices can place on their Web sites to motivate patients to schedule appointments immediately. Practices can use the sample Web pages and sample text included in the kit to create a financial policy section online that lets patients know how easy it is to fit hearing aid technology into their lifestyle and budget. This Web Site Tool Kit is available free to enrolled practices.
AVANT REM Speech+ Offers New Design, Features
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, has introduced a new ergonomic Real Ear and Live Speech Mapping System. The AVANT REM Speech+ includes an improved housing design that is available in black or white. New features include the Sure Probe microphone system with lighted visual cues and an adjustable loop design that will fit any ear, ensuring the probe tube will always be correctly placed in the ear canal. Also new is a selectable dual probe measurement option that allows the user to do live speech mapping on both ears simultaneously. This new device weighs less than a half pound, connects to a USB port, and is NOAH System3, Sycle.net, and TIMS compatible.
2008 Assistive Listening Products Catalog Available
Williams Sound Corp, Eden Prairie, Minn, has announced the release of its 2008 Assistive Listening Products catalog. Showcased in an a blue and gold palette with silhouetted lifestyle photos, the new Assistive Listening Products catalog appeals to a more active, health-conscious hearing product user.
Unique Mail Pieces Available
Chicago Advertising & Marketing (CAM), Yorkville, Ill, now has available two distinct and specialized mail pieces titled “Daisy Mailer” and “Lunch & Learn” that can be customized and used to reach out to your patients. These response-triggering mailers are available for review on CAM’s Web site.
SlimTip Offers a Customized Solution
Phonak AG, Stafa, Switzerland, has debuted SlimTip, a small custom-made earpiece that offers a comfortable and durable alternative to the standard mass-produced domes found on micro BTEs and BTEs fitted with SlimTubes. SlimTip is available in two styles—hollow and solid (pictured)—featuring the FlexFit connection system that allows full 360-degree rotation and flexible positioning so the device can rest comfortably behind the ear.
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces the Welch Allyn Digital MacroView Otoscope. Offering clear, live, and still images of the ear canal and tympanic membrane, the Digital MacroView Otoscope requires no additional purchase of software and plugs directly into your computer via a USB port. A zoom feature allows for enhanced viewing, and digital images can be stored in patient records for enhanced documentation of examination findings. It is compatible with the range of Welch Allyn 3.5V power sources.
Tax Credit Site Is Live
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI), Washington, DC, has been working on a dedicated Web site to encourage people to contact their representatives and senators in support of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit (HR 2329/S 1410). Unveiled during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, the site is live and offers a quick and easy way for the hearing health community to express its support for the tax credit. Featuring a simple zip code search function, draft letters, and personalization suggestions, the site provides a voice for the 32 million Americans with hearing loss.
Improved Audiometer Is NOAH and TIMS Compatible
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, has unveiled the new AVANT A2D+ diagnostic audiometer featuring an advanced ergonomic design that is available in black or white. The AVANT A2D+ is a two-channel, air, bone, and speech audiometer with a new integrated Quick SIN testing feature. This system offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring, and counseling. The PC-based audiometer comes standard with insert ear phones and custom carrying case, and weighs less than a half pound. The AVANT A2D+ is NOAH System3 and TIMS compatible.
Better Hearing Month Special at Hocks
The original Hocks Noise Braker Standard is available from Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, through May for $8.95 per pair.
Sweatband Now in Rainbow of Colors
Introduced at the AAA tradeshow in April by VanB Enterprises, West Valley, NY, the Hearing Aid Sweatband has added to the line a rainbow of 11 popular colors including four superbright fluorescent neon colors. All 17 colors are now available in all sizes including the popular slim series. The Hearing Aid Sweat Band is an economical protection against moisture and dirt infiltration and allows you to leave your hearing aid in place during high perspiration activities and/or in dirty environments.
Customized Patient Reminder Cards Offered
Hearing Practice Solutions, Minneapolis, invites you to “turn up the volume on your practice” with its customizable patient reminder cards. The 5 x 7-inch folded cards feature full-color printing on both sides and high-quality paper and envelopes, and can be ordered in quantities of 500, 1,000, or more. There is no additional charge for art direction and layout.
iCellTech Corp, Seoul, Korea, introduces its 10DS batteries with 105-mAh capacity. Strong stainless steel housing cuts bulging and is guaranteed to be rust-free under any weather conditions. Nickel plating promotes better conduction, and high technology provides extra running time.
Cable Management System
Pehratek Products, Chaska, Minn, introduces the NOAH’S ARC Cable Management/ Storage System for the many programming cables that dispensers have to store and find to fit programmable hearing instruments. This new system neatly and efficiently winds up programming cables into color-coded pods that store on top of the HI-PRO box or on any flat surface. Up to 10 cable pods can be stored in each NOAH’S ARC tray within easy reach of the computer. This new system eliminates tangled cords and the time spent searching for the right cable in a drawer or hanging behind a door. Each NOAH’S ARC comes with 10 cable pods, storage rack, Mylar cable combiners (to wrap right and left cables together in one pod), and manufacturer’s labels to find the right pod quickly. Save time and the trouble of always have to untangle programming cables before each fitting.
Handheld OAE Screener
UK-based Otodynamics Ltd unveils Otoport, a handheld OAE instrument with the power and flexibility of the Echoport, with software tailored to the hearing professional’s needs. The light, compact, handheld OAE system features “ILO” compatibility, an interactive graphic display, frequency band or waveform analysis, and 1,000-patient database accessed by a cell phone–style keypad. First in the family is the newborn screener, with later models designed to address pediatric screening and clinical diagnosis. Advance notice of features pending FDA clearance.
Binaural Hearing System
Hansaton Hearing Systems, Tampa, Fla, offers the Leonardo Exclusive. Using the same housing design that won Leonardo the Red Dot Design Award, Leonardo Exclusive now features i-com, making it a truly binaural hearing system. With i-com, the two hearing instruments are constantly exchanging information to achieve a balanced sound that is far more adapted to the environment than what can be achieved with two instruments working independently. Leonardo Exclusive also features datalogging to allow hearing health care professionals to use real data about a customer’s various hearing environments and truly customize the hearing instrument. Leonardo still features multiple memories, adaptive directional microphones, 4D noise cancellation, and its patented push/scroll memory/volume wheel—just like the scroll button on a mouse—for a familiar look and feel. Available in every fitting style.
Beyond Hearing Aids Inc, Florence, Ky, a distributor of amplified stethoscopes and accessories, has years of practical experience working with consumers who have all types of hearing loss. The new Cardionics Escope with specialist diaphragm and bells provides superior sound conduction and allows for a variety of accessories that interface the stethoscope to hearing aids. The new version has a sleeker design and better-output jack placement.
Ready-To-Hang Hearing Posters Available
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, introduces the Art of Hearing series of eye-catching posters showcasing anatomical aspects of the auditory or vestibular system as a piece of art. The durable 20-x 24-inch posters are constructed of premium quality materials. They are gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in the reception area or examination rooms. No framing required.
Accessories Improve Earmuff Convenience and Comfort
Howard Leight, Smithfield, RI, has introduced two new accessories for its broad line of earmuffs. Compatible with all Howard Leight earmuffs, the balaclava-style Polar Hood (pictured) provides protection in cold climates while ensuring optimal earmuff attenuation. Patented side panels eliminate any gaps between the earcup and ear, forming a tight acoustic seal around the ears—without distorting sound or attenuation. The Slim Belt Clip is designed to provide handy storage when earmuffs are not in use. Easy to attach to a belt or pants pocket, it has a low profile so it is not in the way when not in use, and is very lightweight. Earmuff headbands simply slip onto the underside of the clip and remain readily accessible when entering or experiencing hazardous noise.
Quick Pro Earmolds
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, now offers its new direct-fit Quick Pro Earmold material. The gun-dispensed silicone is well suited for “on the spot” earmolds. Quick Pro will set up in 5 to 7 minutes once dispensed into the ear canal, providing your practice with a custom mold that can be made, tubed, and vented in your office while customers wait. Quick Pro material is clear and high-strength with a 45 shore value. It is available in a complete kit or by individual cartridge.
Noise Brakers Giveaway
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, is giving away custom Noise Brakers. Enter to win by sending a business card with “free pair of Noise Brakers” written on the back. Every order of custom Noise Brakers in the month of May will also enter you to win. Winners will be notified on June 2, 2008.
Innovative Educational Posters, Brochures Offered
Oaktree Products Inc, St Louis, now offers a cost-effective product designed to promote patient counseling and your clinical practice. Healthscapes posters are engaging teaching tools designed to inform patients about common audiological conditions, including presbycusis, tinnitus, noise-induced hearing loss, Meniere’s disease, and unilateral hearing loss. The durable 20 x 24-inch posters are constructed of premium quality materials. They are gallery-wrapped and ready to hang in the reception area or examination rooms. Each poster can be customized to include your practice name or logo. Take-home brochures for each condition are also available.
Cash Back Offer from Hocks
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, is offering $5 cash back with every carton of iCellTech hearing aid batteries ordered—10-carton minimum.
Improved ICS Chartr 200
GN Otometrics North America, Schaumburg, Ill, has announced the availability of the Interpretation Assistant, a new integral part of its ICS Chartr 200 vestibular test solution. Along with caloric interpretation, the Interpretation Assistant now offers users interpretation for static positional tests. The algorithm behind the Interpretation Assistant was developed to allow users to test with greater confidence and to assist with patient counseling by presenting the results in clear text. Other new features of the Chartr 200 are: a new look and feel, helpful icons, and easy access to video recording of eye movements.
New Handheld Speech Recognition Device Available
Speak N Read Inc, Tampa, Fla, has announced the release of a handheld portable computer that allows the hard-of-hearing and late-deafened to communicate without the use of sign language or lip reading. The Speak N Read device uses advanced speech-recognition software to convert spoken word into text on the display screen.
Amplified Mobile Phone Unveiled
Clarity, Chattanooga, Tenn, has debuted ClarityLife, an easy-to-use mobile phone that amplifies incoming sound up to 20 decibels. Featuring a large display with prominent buttons, it is also equipped with a one-touch emergency response button that will call and send text messages to five preprogrammed numbers, instantly notifying seniors’ loved ones in case of an emergency. The phone also features a strong vibrating ringer and a flashing orange LED to signal incoming calls. ClarityLife is slated to be released in late summer 2008.
New Series of Monitors Available
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, has introduced its new Epic line of Musicians’ Monitors. Available in two models that fit any size ear, these universal monitors feature the patent-pending swiveling nozzle that offers the best fit of any universal product. Designed for a wide range of wearers, from the professional musician to the everyday iPod user, the EPIC Series offer a number of benefits, including noise isolation, comfort, and the very best in quality, and are available as custom-molded products.
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.
GE’s Amplified Phones Find New Distributor
Warner Tech-care Products, Roseville, Minn, has announced it now distributes the Amplified phones of GE whose full line provides a variety of price points and features, including answering machines, visual ringers, expandable handsets, and more.
MED-EL OPUS 2 Receives FDA Approval
MED-EL Corporation, Durham, NC, has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved of the new OPUS 2 cochlear implant speech processor. The OPUS 2 is the first speech processor that is designed for switch-free operation, with special features for bilaterally implanted listeners. It is operated entirely by a remote control unit, the FineTuner, which enables changes to settings without removing the processor from the ear. The FineTuner is designed to communicate with two speech processors, providing ease of use for people who use cochlear implants in both ears.
Cost-Efficient Hearing Aid Vacuum
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, has introduced the cost-efficient portable Pro-Power Vacuum-Aspirator. Designed for use as an aspirator, it is pictured set up as a hearing aid vacuum whose features include adjustable suction control and a variety of cleaning tools and suction tips. Available in 110V and 230V.
Advanced-Performance Hearing Instruments
Siemens Hearing Instruments Inc, New York, announces ARTIS™ 2 and CIELO™ 2. Designed for advanced performance, the ARTIS 2 is equipped with DataLearning technology that automatically learns and adjusts to wearers’ volume preferences. DataLearning allows a faster, more precise fitting by recording usage data that enables the hearing care professional to fine-tune the instrument and counsel the wearer. ARTIS 2 also offers Siemens’ proprietary e2e wireless technology, designed to provide a natural and effortless binaural hearing, including precise sound localization, harmonized volume and program settings, and better hearing comfort in noisy environments. CIELO 2 is equipped with a data-logging feature that collects information on hearing preferences, such as duration of instrument use, volume control position, hearing environments, volume changes, and program usage. The information obtained from data logging can be used for easier fine-tuning of the instruments, resulting in a more customized fitting.
Destiny Now Powered by BluWave
From Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, Destiny hearing solutions bring exceptional performance to patients around the world. And now Starkey’s new proprietary BluWave™ Signal Processing is driving Destiny to levels never before attainable. From the eXtreme Power CIC, to its Power Plus BTE, and now the new mini, Destiny is one of the broadest, most high-performing hearing aid families on the market today.
Small Audiometer, Big Features
Otovation LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, has announced the release of OTOPod, a wireless diagnostic audiometer whose small size makes it ideal for testing in the office or in a patient setting. Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, the OTOPod can be used with a variety of transducers and wirelessly connects with a computer running Otovation’s new Symphony software. Features includes manual and automated air and bone conduction testing, and speech testing with prerecorded wordlists.
A Tygon Era
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, now offers Tygon Tubing in single-bend preformed tubes that come in packs of 25- to 1,000-foot spools in varying thicknesses.
Rayovac Launching Mercury-Free Battery Line
Underlining its commitment to sustainability and the environment, Rayovac, Madison, Wis, has announced plans to launch its latest innovation later this year: Rayovac ProLine Mercury Free batteries. “These Rayovac products will be one of the first mercury-free hearing aid batteries in the world and among the longest lasting,” said Tom Begley, Rayovac divisional vice president. “This is great news for the industry, patients, and the environment. We are excited to deliver a battery solution to the market that offers consumers an environmentally conscious option, without asking them to compromise on performance, consistency, or reliability.”
Digital Sound Level Meter Debuts
Hearing Technologies, Pinellas Park, Fla, introduced the SL-824, a new Digital Sound Level Meter at the AAA show in April. The SL-824, ANSI accredited, is a portable and lightweight instrument available for use in a variety of sound measurement applications.
Colorful Swim Molds
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, offers its colorful Neon Lights swim molds that are just the thing to keep the water in the pool and out of the ears. With 11 colors to choose from, Neon Lights swim molds are available in solids, dots, stripes, and rainbows.
Multiuse Earplugs Enhance Communication, Safety
Designed to keep workers connected to their environment without compromising protection, Smithfield, RI-based Howard Leight’s new Clarity multiple-use earplugs help to improve worker safety and communication by blocking hazardous noise while allowing voice and signal frequencies to be heard more naturally. Utilizing Bilsom Technology’s patented Sound Management Technology, the Clarity earplug delivers uniform attenuation that blocks low and medium frequency noise while enhancing the perception of higher voice and warning signal frequencies without distortion.
Clarity is available in two sizes—regular and small—to accommodate a wide range of ear canal shapes and sizes. A corded version also includes an exclusive attached Cord Adjuster that allows workers to adjust the woven cord’s length to their personal preference or application requirements.
Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo, is now offering Tube Riders “styles for the ears.” Personalize virtually any hearing instrument or cochlear implant with a Tube Rider of the patient’s choice. There are a variety of styles to choose from, and more are being added all the time, so there’s one to satisfy even the choosiest patient. No special tools are required–a ring mounted on the back of the Tube Rider simply slips over the earpiece tube. Tube Riders let kids still feel like kids, even with hearing instruments. Two per package.
Good Sense of Direction
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, now offers the Avant Polar Directional Hearing Instrument Test (HIT) Chamber to verify proper functionality of directional microphones prior to initial patient fitting. The Avant Polar HIT features a unique rotating test pad for generating directional polar plots, simple one-cable USB connectivity, and a compact size that allows it to be discreetly situated in any office setting.
Renata Throws Down the Gauntlet
Renata Batteries, Dallas, is so confident that your patients will enjoy superior quality hearing with its Maratone batteries, it is offering a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. Why? According to its customers, Renata battery performance outlasts competing brands by hours—or even days. With simple and consistent buying programs, Renata encourages you to find out for yourself.
CareCredit Makes Patient Financing Integration Easy
As part of an ongoing commitment to provide enrolled practices with valuable support programs and resources, CareCredit, Costa Mesa, Calif, has a new resource guide available, designed to assist practices in the promotion, presentation, and integration of patient financing into their daily routine. The guide features quick and easy access to proven techniques that practices can begin using immediately to increase revenue and practice growth. Using sample scripts and easy-to-follow steps, the guide illustrates how payment plans can be incorporated into the hearing health care recommendation and how to successfully present CareCredit to the patient. To complete the guide, an overview of support materials is provided to demonstrate how to present and promote the payment options and make them an effective part of the practice.
Digital Series Product Line Expanded
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, has announced the addition of the Series 3 to its digital series of custom electronic hearing protection. The Series 3 includes several preset tone modes selectable for optimum quality in different sound environments. Volume can also be controlled manually. Several new color choices include safety orange, field green, and black, in addition to tan. Unlike muffs and earplugs, they allow normal hearing and conversation, and advanced shutoff compression circuitry instantly activates at any noise of 90 dB or greater.
With extensive research and clinical evidence, Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, has taken hearing technology to the next level. Starkey’s new proprietary BluWave Signal Processing maximizes performance in the challenging listening environments patients deal with today. Like the operating system on a computer, BluWave Signal Processing concurrently runs the multiple applications necessary to achieve best-in-class results.
Hooked on Fonix
Frye Electronics, Tigard, Ore, offers the newest version of the FONIX NOAH Module, a computer program that allows you to verify hearing aid fittings and perform audiometric measurements inside NOAH 3. The FONIX NOAH Module offers visible speech and “on top” modes that allow the user to program the digital aid and measure the response simultaneously. The module works completely inside NOAH 3, with all real-ear, coupler, and audiometric measurements saved directly into the NOAH database. The FONIX NOAH Module consists of two separate submodules: an audiometry module and a hearing aid test module.
OTOVATION LLC, King of Prussia, Pa, presents the new Amplitude® T-Series wireless audiometer, offering portability and convenience for audiologists and on-the-go hearing health care professionals. The NOAH-compatible Amplitude T-Series models contain all the electronics within the handheld patient-response switch, and communicate with a Windows® PC by wireless Bluetooth® technology. Amplitude T-3 performs air- and bone-conduction testing, while the T-4 is an air-conduction testing model. Each can be used with a variety of transducers, including TDH-39, EAR 5A, and the Sennheiser HDA200. T-Series provides manual and automated test modes with flexibility to customize the testing process easily. View the entire OTOVATION family of hearing screening products at the company’s Web site.
UbiDuo Helps Bridge Communication Gap
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, now offers the UbiDuo, a type-to-text communication device that allows deaf/hard of hearing people and those with communication barriers to communicate with anyone, face to face, without a third party. Text appears simultaneously on a split screen on each UbiDuo, in real time. Instant-on functionality means it is easy to use, and at a compact 6 pounds, it is completely portable.
Custom Earmold Manual Now Available in Spanish
Microsonic Inc, Ambridge, Pa, has published a Spanish-language edition of its Custom Earmold Manual (8th edition). Recognized as a leading reference on the subject and used in university programs as well as dispensing offices, the manual examines the “whys” of earmold acoustics and selection and the “hows” of impressioning, tubing renewal, and other useful in-office procedures, along with practical applications and information on specialty products.
Low-Profile Hearing Protection
The Sonic Defender EP3 passive hearing protection from EarPro by Surefire, Fountain Valley, Calif, is designed to reduce potentially damaging noises without interfering with a wearer’s ability to hear routine sounds and conversation. The Sonic Defender matches a variable-sized EarPro earpiece, made from flexible material and shaped like the concha of the ear, with a Hocks Noise Braker filter, and its low profile design allows them to be worn while wearing masks, helmets, or hats or while using phones, headphones, or supplemental hearing muffs.
Headphones Provide Frequency Boost
Able Planet Inc, Wheat Ridge, Colo, offers Sound Clarity Noise-Canceling Headphones that feature Linx Audio technology, which alters the audio signal to increase the intensity of higher frequency harmonics and increases the perception of loudness without forcing users to crank up the volume to potentially damaging levels. Users with mild to moderate hearing loss will enjoy the same full, rich sound experience as those with normal hearing.
Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, now offers its eight models. Each model features a built-in LED light that shows children, adults, teachers, audiologists, and family members that the FM reception is working. The economical T5 transmitter and body-worn R5 receiver (pictured) are the newest additions to the Amigo line, providing people with BTE and ITE hearing aids that aren’t FM compatible two easy connection options—a neckloop or direct audio input. The Amigo R5 receiver also offers headphone options for people with minimal hearing loss who don’t use hearing aids but need assistance in noisy environments or for distance hearing, or for children with central auditory processing disorders.
Here Comes the Zon
From Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, Zon represents a receiver-in-canal device that brings together best-in-class technology, exceptional comfort, and beautiful design. At the heart of each Zon is Starkey’s proprietary BluWave™ Signal Processing. Zon with BluWave SP features feedback cancellation, superior directionality, seamless environmental adaptation, and built-in real ear measurement, all wrapped up in a small, well-designed exterior.
Filltune Bone Conduction Headphones
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, announces the availability of Filltune Bone Conduction Headphones. Unlike conventional headphones, Filltune uses magnetostrictive bone conduction technology that vibrates the sense organ directly, thus the listener can pick up high frequencies that are produced in high-quality music. Resting on the user’s temples, the headphones allow the user to feel sound through the inner ear by passing the sound-producing vibrations to the skull. It comes with a remote control that not only adjusts the volume, but has its own amplifier to produce better output, delivering up to 0.76 watts to each channel. It is fully compatible with any audio source that has a 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack.
Simplicity OTE with Bluetooth Neckloop
General Hearing Instruments, New Orleans, announces the availability of its new Simplicity Music Lover’s Communicator (MLC) micro OTE. Combining smooth, free-field, high-frequency amplification with Bluetooth connectivity, the MLC device has been specifically targeted to those who have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise, but desire the convenience and safety of hands-free cell phone operation. Utilizing the Artone Bluetooth Loop-Set, the Simplicity MLC is equipped with an amplification program and a telephone program. However, the MLC has the potential for four memories to optimize understanding speech in different listening situations.
Inspire Climbs Higher
Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the next level of its Inspire OS 3.0, created to assure patient fittings are accurate and engaging. The new Hearing Loss Simulator visually provides an effective demonstration of hearing loss, and can be used to help educate patients, friends, and family. Inspire 3.0 also enables the verification that hearing aids are performing at their best, through Integrated Speech Mapping.
FM Tour Guide System
Williams Sound, Eden Prairie, Minn, has begun shipping its new Whisper FM Tour Guide System, designed to ensure everyone on a tour has an equal hearing experience. Tour participants use the R863 receiver equipped with headset, earphone, or neckloop to pick up the guide’s transmissions from the T863 transmitter up to 98 feet (30 meters) away. Individual volume controls on the receiver allow participants to listen at their personal comfort level. The Whisper system features three selectable operating frequencies, allowing up to three groups to communicate in the same location simultaneously with no crosstalk or interference.
Multimemory, Open-Ear Instrument
Magnatone, Casselberry, Fla, introduces the Shadow X™ nonprogrammable, multimemory, open-ear instrument, a high-end digital solution. The Shadow line has a seamless unibody design and is compatible with ReSoundAIR™ tubing. Now available in a variety of colors and patterns.
Clock Offers Multiple Combinations
Potomac Technology, Rockville, Md, presents its Sonic Boom Alarm Clock, an all-in-one model that lets you select any combination of sound, flashing light, or optional bed vibrator wake-up signals. A built-in receiver allows it to pick up transmissions from other signalers.
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, offers a variety of thin-tube/open-ear fittings. Choose from a selection of styles to custom fit each client’s hearing needs. When possible, Mid-States prefers to use its Apollo or Marveltex/vinyl materials, which allow for friction fit, an advantage when considering the need to retube.
Implant Power Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, presents a new generation of Implant Power batteries, with 30%-plus improvements that can power cochlear BTE speech processors for 3 to 6 days. According to the company, comparison tests show a longer life than other brands at 30 mA discharge. The strictly controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency. Free samples are available.
Compact Personal Listening System
Connections Unlimited, part of ELT Group™, Nashville, Tenn, introduces the AudioLINK “C-series” personal listening system. If you sell TV listening systems and other infrared ALDs, lately you’ve been confronted with a new dilemma: 95 kHz (the standard for more than 30 years) versus 2.3/2.8-MHz stereo or 2.3-MHz mono (interference resistant). AudioLINK C-series provides the best of both worlds and is compatible with most stereo headphones, as well as hearing aid/cochlear implant couplings. The system consists of a 2.3/2.8-MHz stereo transmitter and a matching receiver no larger than the original iPod Shuffle. This combination provides a system resistant to IR noise generated by fluorescent lighting and flat panel–type TVs. This receiver is compatible with a growing number of 2.3/2.8-MHz stereo or 2.3-MHz mono-equipped public venues and with Group “A” channels used in many automotive video systems. A second (95 KHz) compact receiver maintains compatibility with thousands of 95-kHz infrared installations in theaters, concert halls, and worship centers.
Hearing Components, Oakdale, Minn, introduces Comply Platinum Soft Tips to help maintain a regular schedule for patient visits to replace earpieces. This allows clinicians to demonstrate their newest BTE technology as part of the diagnostic session (no waiting for custom earmolds) and build another office profit center. For patients, the Soft Tip is easy to attach, with a clear click when it engages, and it is easy to insert with no squeezing needed. Once the Soft Tips are inserted, patients will experience reduced occlusion. The built-in wax guard will minimize repairs and cleaning caused by wax buildup. Up to 60% of BTE patients can benefit from increased comfort provided by the easy-to-use Comply Platinum Soft Tips. The Soft Tips are 6 mm thick and available in three diameters—small, medium, and large—for vented (star-shaped) and nonvented styles. Assorted diameter packs are available in both styles to help the clinician choose the proper size.
(800) 872-8986 or (651) 739-9427
Health Care Financing
The HELPcard, Springdale, Ark, introduces new, lower minimums for no-interest financing options. According to the company, no-interest financing options have revolutionized the hearing industry, and consumers who previously turned down recommendations for hearing instruments are now buying in record numbers. In the past, high-minimum charge amounts prohibited some consumers from making necessary health care purchases on a no-interest plan. The HELPcard has eliminated that problem, allowing consumers to make purchases as low as $400 and still take up to 12 months to pay off the account, interest free. With no-interest plans or reduced-interest options, consumers will have every reason to say yes to purchasing needed hearing instruments.
New Vacuum Cleaner
JodiVac LLC, Portland, Ore, releases its newest vacuum model, the Jodi-Elite. The vacuum has improved performance with more power and runs more quietly than the Jodi-Consumer. Storage and portability have also been improved by having the vacuum hose, needle assembly, and new storage compartment fit into their own boxes. The Jodi-Elite will join the company’s regular line of vacuum systems to continue its commitment to preserving the sound quality of hearing aids by users and hearing aid service providers.
WCI, Santa Monica, Calif, offers Simplicity, which alerts you to the important sounds of everyday life, from the telephone ringing to the doorbell chime or a baby’s cry. Simple and easy to use, Simplicity’s system comprises attractive signalers working individually or all together, and it’s compatible with other common brands, making it easy to add on to any existing system. Just one of the many assistive devices available from WCI, the “one-stop shop” for hearing technology.
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Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers MiraCell natural ear treatment, which eases cerumen removal; makes wearing hearing aids and earmolds more comfortable; and relieves sore, dry, flaking, or itching ears caused by detaching keratin and tympanic membrane plaque. MiraCell Inc offers an income-making opportunity that will reduce returns and remakes.
Ear Cleansing System
Hal-Hen Company Inc, Garden City Park, NY, presents a new approach to ear hygiene, Murine Earigate Ear Cleansing System. Designed and tested by an ENT physician, Earigate helps keep ears clean longer. Using patented “reverse spray action,” Earigate safely rinses away earwax and cellular debris with no pressure on the tympanic membrane. Easy to use, Earigate extends the time between ear cleanings and helps prevent hearing aid failure due to wax and debris buildup. Clinically tested, Earigate is chemical- and preservative-free, is hypoallergenic, and can be used as often as necessary. Earigate is available in two sizes: adult and child. Each 100 mL can of Earigate delivers 30 to 50 applications.
Portable UV Cure Unit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces Spotty-P, a portable UV LED cure system capable of curing UV lacquers, coatings, and adhesives. The Spotty-P system includes handpiece, LED cure head, white light inspection head, 120V wall transformer, and nine-volt battery pack for remote operation. UV safety glasses and a hard shell carrying case are included. The case measures just 12 x 8 inches and includes extra space for tools and UV materials.
Hearing Aid Pillow
The Hearing Aid Pillow is now available from Westone Laboratories, Colorado Springs, Colo. Providing relaxation for any hearing instrument user, the contoured pillow features a “trench” down the middle, which serves as a sound channel. When users lie on their sides, their ears are positioned in the trench so they can recline comfortably and still receive sound (without feedback). Your patients can now nap comfortably and not worry about missing the doorbell or a phone call.
Entry-Level FM Transmitter
Phonak US, Warrenville, Ill, offers ZoomLink, an entry-level FM transmitter. ZoomLink features three different microphone modes for an optimal reception angle in all listening situations. Easy to use, the ZoomLink transmitter is compatible with all Phonak receivers. A special bundle of a ZoomLink transmitter and the universal MyLink receiver is also available.
Comprehensive Brochure for Teens
Oticon Pediatrics, Somerset, NJ, offers a new comprehensive brochure, Unique Hearing Solutions for Teens, designed for hearing care professionals. The 21-page brochure focuses on Oticon Delta and Epoq as excellent solutions to appeal to concerns that teenagers have about cosmetics and style, without compromising performance. New support materials offering advice to parents and teachers working with teens are also highlighted in the brochure. Companion consumer brochures written specifically for teens are also available.
Hearing Protection for Small Ear Canals
Etymotic Research, Elk Grove Village, Ill, offers a second size of high-fidelity hearing protection for children and adults with small ear canals. The earplugs, called BabyBlues, have the same flat 20-dB sound reduction as Etymotic’s standard ETYPlugs HI-FI earplugs. All earplugs from Etymotic are flat attenuation to protect hearing and reduce noise fatigue while keeping music and voices clear, and can be used for playing and listening to music, attending concerts, and traveling.
Portable Vacuum Pump Kit
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the Lightning Vac Traveler, a completely portable suction system designed for professional hearing aid cleaning and maintenance. New improved design includes the popular Lightning Vac 2 suction unit with blower, vacuum jar desiccator for fast drying, five various needle tips, Slip-Luer with replaceable filter, and durable hard-shell carrying case.
Wax Protection System
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has released C-Guard, its latest advancement in wax protection, available on all Calibra premier digital custom instruments. C-Guard effectively seals the receiver with a membrane barrier that protects against cerumen and moisture. This low-maintenance technology works without affecting the hearing instrument response curve. It is available on all custom instrument styles, from CIC to full shel