pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)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.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)State-of-the-Art Clinical Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the AC40 state-of-the-art clinical audiometer designed for performing all traditional threshold and suprathreshold tests. The unit features an easy-to-use intuitive keyboard layout, as well as such standard features as high frequency, direct printer output, PC interface, patient assistant talk-over, and remote tone presentation capability. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Direct Mail Advertising
Action Marketing, El Cajon, Calif, specializes in the design and production of direct mail advertising. The company’s marketing approach focuses primarily on new patients, which reportedly results in predictable and consistent business growth. In addition, the company’s products are tested before inclusion in its product line, a process that is designed to minimize the risks involved in a new advertising approach. The company further reports that it has invested heavily in the development of an extensive production facility, while refinements in its tracking and production systems increase accuracy and decrease production time. (800) 227-0819.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Custom Earmolds
Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, features a variety of products. Available from the company are custom earmolds for behind-the-ear hearing aids, custom earpieces for pilots and musicians, sound protection, hands-free headsets with cellphone adapters, as well as the Catamaran swim plugs in assorted colors for water protection. A selection of impression materials including Blue Ultra Cartridge System and hearing aid batteries are also available. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Impression Materials
Magnatone Corpora-tion, Casselberry, Fla, offers CopyCast™ and SunCast™ silicone impression materials and application syringes. Both impression compounds can be used for CIC impressions. CopyCast is designed specifically for use with cartridge impression guns—it flows easily with minimum pressure and cures quickly in the ear, leaving no oil or residue. SunCast is available with two dosing spoons for easy use with a silicone syringe. The compound leaves no messy residue and does not shrink or irritate the skin. Additional products available through Magnatone include Powder & Liquid impression material, Oto-blocks, and alcohol wipes. (800) 327- 5159; www.magnatone.com.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Assistive Listening Device
Oval Window Audio, Nederland, Colo, offers the InfoLoop Receiver. Developed for use by those who do not have T/telecoil hearing aids, the InfoLoop Receiver is compatible with all induction loop assistive listening systems and produces high-quality amplification of sound transmitted by induction loop ALS. The receiver provides visual and auditory confirmation of system performance. Features include an LED field strength display, power and low battery indicators, headphones, 110 dBA SPL output, neck cord, and rechargeable option. (303) 447-3607; www.ovalwindowaudio.com.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Soft-Solid Shell Instrument
Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, offers SilFlex Express, a 100% digital hearing instrument built around the company’s Staris circuit. The instrument can serve as a trial aid for the patient, a loaner, or a product the patient can walk away with. The SilFlex Express features a flexible shell material that allows it to be instantly fitted to the patient. The flexibility of the material allows the aid to flex in the ear during jaw movement, keeping it from shifting out of position. Company tests indicate the material has improved the comfort of the aid as well. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


pn01.JPG (11213 bytes)Web Site Unveiled
Ear Technology Corpora-tion, Johnson City, Tenn, has unveiled its new Web site. The site has been designed to provide greater ease of use by both consumers and professionals, and will enable visitors to download technical and product information, promotional literature, and graphics suitable for use in newsletters and advertising. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Enhanced Digital Hearing
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, has released the Rexton 3D Ultra, an enhanced version of the Rexton 3D. The Rexton 3D Ultra incorporates a three-channel, six-band processing system that features as many as three independently programmable memories for maximum fitting control. In addition to the parameter assistant fine-tuning option, the unit includes the Optifit programming feature and Timeloop compression system, which assist hearing professionals in efficiently and effectively adjusting the Rexton 3D Ultra. Other features include six-band sensitive voice processing and frequency response shaping, microphone noise reduction, extended directional microphone programming options, power-on delay, as well as low battery and memory alert tones. Rexton 3D Ultra maintains the same quality and flexibility of Rexton 3D, while enhancing software functionality, resulting in an extremely sophisticated digital circuit that can be adapted to almost any lifestyle or hearing situation. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Audiology Seminars
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, offers its third annual slate of National Seminars. Attendees of the seminars can earn continuing education units and have the opportunity to discuss recognition and enhancement of hearing health care issues. The seminars are approved by the International Hearing Society and the American Academy of Audiology; and may have state approval as well. Seminar locations include North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Florida. www.audina.net/seminar. (407) 331-0077; www.audina.net.


Digital Line Designed for Power
Phonak Hearing Systems, Warrenville, Ill, offers the Supero, a digital line specifically designed for power applications. Digital MultiMode Signal Processing (dMSP) provides a choice of signal processing strategies to suit the individual wearer. The most appropriate strategy of the three available is selected automatically, based on the audiological data. For the fitter, this represents the ideal combination of competent guidance and freedom of choice. Power Dynamic Control and multi-channel Power Output Shaping make maximum use of the existing dynamic range where reserve hearing can be limited while ensuring comfort from loud inputs. The unit can have up to three hearing programs and a dual feedback control. (800) 777-7333; www.phonak-us.com.


Tinnitus Manager
Professional Audiology Services, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada, distributes the AudioMedic Tinnitus Manager, a new PC-based software tool for the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. Flexible settings enable audiologists to accurately pinpoint the frequency and intensity of a patient’s tinnitus. In addition, audiologists can use the software to produce audio CDs that put residual inhibition and masking therapeutic techniques into practice, enabling patients to treat themselves in the privacy of their own home. The software can be easily upgraded and is available for purchase or on a subscription basis. (877) 815-7722; www.svdinc.com/audiomedic.


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.


Software Package
Casselberry, Fla-based Magnatone Corporation has released the TruVoice PocketProtm software package for use with its PocketPC 2002 handheld computers. Among the PocketPro’s features are portable fitting sessions for office use. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.


Directional BTE
Intrason, Choisy, France, announces the launch of the Digison 621MD, a digital directional BTE. The instrument’s directional algorithm was reportedly developed in cooperation with researchers at the French National Center of Scientific Research. It allows the user to switch from omni-directional to multi-directional, which, when combined with the company’s Speech Optimization System (S.O.S.®), a 32-channel noise reduction algorithm, enhances speech recognition in noisy environments, according to the company. Distributed in the United States by United Hearing Systems. (33) 1-48-53-59-00; www.intrason.com.


Zinc Air Batteries
RENATA Consumer Batteries, solely imported by Sy Kessler Sales Inc in Dallas, offers the zinc air hearing aid battery, the battery company’s fastest growing line. RENATA is a sister company of The SWATCH Group. SWATCH is the official timekeeper of the Olympics. (800) 527-0719; www.sykessler.com.


Practice Management Software
Aegis Group, Portland, Ore, recently released Sycle for beta testing. The full-service hearing practice solution handles daily scheduling, management, and marketing reports in real time. Sycle’s features include: central online appointment setting; time-automated, customized patient sales and communication direct mail; easy setup and information importation from existing data; daily follow-up call lists; lead tracking ability from initial contact to final sale; and the ability to market manufacturer offers directly to patients or prospects via opt-in marketing programs. (503) 572-6391; [email protected].


Modeling Set
Egger, Havertown, Pa, offers the EL 3 modeling kit, which features a light curing unit (available in 110 v or 220 v), lacquers, modeling pastes, and cleansers. Designed for use in laboratories, acousticians’ institutes, and home environments, the modeling kit can be used for application of adhesive coatings for surface varnishing, applying adhesive coating, and repairs. (866) EGGER-US (344-3787); www.egger-labor.com.


Hearing Payment Plan
Elite Physician Services, Chattanooga, Tenn, offers the Hearing Payment Plan, which is designed to remove the affordability concern of patients and improve cash flow via up-front payment to providers. The plan requires minimal staff. The application process can be completed via either fax or phone. The Hearing Payment Plan provides monthly payment plans to patients, which are risk-free for the provider. High approval rates and a $1,000 minimum encourage patients to accept treatment recommendations. A 90-day interest-free option is available. (877) 354-8337; www.elitedr.com.


Hearing Aid Battery Tester
S & S Laser Productions, New Port Richey, Fla, offers an affordable and effective pocket-size battery tester. It features a swing-out battery storage drawer, and can test all common battery sizes (including 675, 13, 312, 10, and 5A). (800) 934-6815.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Full-Color Catalog Available
Great Lakes Earmold Laboratory Inc, Cleveland, offers its updated 2002 catalog. The new catalog features descriptions and full-color images of more than 300 hearing health care products, including impression materials, syringes, mixing accessories, build-up materials, tubing, ear blocks, glues and cements, otoscopes and earlights, connectors, ear hooks, dampers, vacuum systems, grinding and polishing supplies, creams and drops, cleaners and disinfectants, ITE and ITC accessories, counter items, batteries and testers, listeners, and hearing aid dehumidifiers and dryers. (800) 842-8184; www.greatlakesearmold.com.


Video Otoscope System
MedRx Inc, Seminole, Fla, introduces the computerized, state-of-the-art Video Otoscope system. The Video Otoscope has a hard drive that offers 20GB of image and database storage capacity. The NOAH-compatible computer uses 128 MB of RAM, and has the capability to zoom in and out without focusing. It comes with a tracking ball mouse, 15-inch flat screen monitor, and a compact keyboard. Also available from MedRx is a new slim line digital camera with a 3-mm probe. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


Middle Ear Implant
SOUNDTEC Inc, Oklahoma City, introduces The Direct System, a tiny, implanted rare-earth magnet and a speech/sound processor. Implantation of the magnet takes less than 30 minutes, and can be performed in an outpatient clinic under local anesthetic. Patients who receive The Direct System report clearer, more natural sound, as well as a drastic reduction in problems that are associated with conventional hearing aids such as feedback, occlusion, and distortion. Typically, The Direct System costs about the same as top-quality digital hearing aids currently on the market. (800) 793-9587; www.soundtecinc.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)True To Life Sound Processing
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Axiom by Argosy. Featuring SNR enhancement, the Axiom has true to life sound processing. It adapts to each listening situation. The unit can be upgraded using computer software. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)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.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)TCST Testing
St Louis-based AUDiTEC; announces the pending release of the Time Compressed Sentence Test (TCST), which measures simple, declarative sentences compressed 40% and 60%, which is believed to be more effective than compressing single words. Data on the TCST is being gathered at several beta sites, which will be released in the near future. In addition, Spanish language and British English versions of the TCST are being prepared. (800) 669-9065; www.auditec.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Loop Amplifier
HARC® Mercantile Ltd, Kalamazoo, Mich, offers the Echo-MegaLoop. “Loop” a room, office, or meeting place with the induction wire. Connect the amplifier to TV, radio, or stereo system; use the microphone to pick up room sounds and telephone or doorbell. Use hearing aids in the T-coil position to hear via induction. The unit is easy to set up, no special tools are needed. It features a small, compact size; line input gain control; AGC technology that suppresses any sudden loud noises; and volume and tone controls; and includes about 100 feet of loop wire. (800) 445-9968; www.hacofamerica.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Soft Sound Enhancer
Precision Laboratories Inc, Altamonte Springs, Fla, has introduced Precision Ear, a soft sound enhancer entry level or backup hearing aid. Manufactured from pliant material for comfort, the unit fits most ears and is available for left and right ear. Canal or CIC versions are available. Precision Ear provides amplification for those needing mild to moderate hearing enhancement, and offers repair service for all brands and types of hearing instruments. (800) 327-4792; www.precisionweb.com.


pn11.JPG (11583 bytes)Ear Care Kit
Earmold Design Inc, Minneapolis, offers the EarGuy™ ear care kit, which includes several products that help patients provide care for their ears, earmolds, and/or hearing instruments, including: EarGuy ear gel, a lubricant for aiding insertion; EarGuy earmold cleaner, an alcohol-free cleaner and sanitizer; EarGuy Ear-fresh, an alcohol-free solution for outer-ear hygiene; and an EarGuy Desert Pouch, which is designed to provide an economical way to remove unwanted moisture. (800) 334-6466; [email protected].


Intelligent Noise Reduction
Unitron Hearing, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Nexus. The unit features intelligent noise reduction, a digital dual-directional microphone, multi-memory, and upgrade capability. The Nexus has frequency shaping through 15 bands, grouped into nine independent channels, and features adaptive, intelligent narrowband noise suppression. The I/O curve can be sculpted to control expansion, dynamic range compression, unity gain, and compression limiting. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.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.


Stereo Infrared Listening System
Manufactured by Canada-based ELT Group, the Audiolink II+ is distributed by Connections Unlimited, West Palm Beach, Fla. Audiolink II+ is an audiology grade infrared listening system (in stereo or mono) that works with any TV. The device is compatible with most 95 and 250 kHz ALD systems, like the type used in theaters, cinemas, churches, and museums, and features an auto power switch, individual ear tone control, balance control, 115 dB maximum SPL, two rechargeable NiMh batteries, a TV microphone, and a 2-year warranty. (800) 286-3481; www.eltgroup.com


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.


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.


High-Power Digital BTEs
Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, offers two high-power digital BTEs with 100% DSP. The Mega Power EVO is a three-channel instrument with 14 frequency bands (seven of which are adjustable). The Mega Power Staris is a two-channel instrument with nine frequency bands (two of which are adjustable). Both feature WDRC and wide-range AGCo, and have peak output of 136 dB with 83 dB of gain. The battery drain is less than 0.8 mA. Both models also feature Interton/AHS’s Speech Management System that instantly analyzes the time structure of the signal and reduces gain in the nonspeech channels. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Natural Ear Care Product
Miracell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers a new ear care product, Miracell Botanicals, a skin conditioner that is formulated from all natural botanical extracts. This product provides nutrients needed to maintain healthy ears and acts as a lubricant for hearing instruments. (800) 748-5040; [email protected]


Digital Amplified Cordless Phone
HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers the 2.4 GHz HT-2400A digital amplified cordless phone with caller ID. The HT-2400A is a high-performance amplified phone with caller ID and call waiting. It also features a 2.5 mm headset jack and a 3.5 mm amplified audio jack for a neckloop. Amplified to 30 dB this new cordless phone is hearing aid compatible with a T-coil built directly into the handset. It has a broad operating range while maintaining clarity. A notification indicator lets users know they are out of range. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Digital Family
Magnatone Corporation, Casselberry, Fla, offers the TruVoice® 100% digital family of products. The TruVoice features 1, 2, or 4 channel programming. TruVoice 100% digitals are customizable, featuring a manual VC, tunable low battery signal, scalable Notch Filter, and adjustable expansion with the option of a programmable T-Coil. TruVoice is NOAH compatible, and uses DigiPro6 software. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.  


Wireless Hearing System
TV Ears Inc, Park City, Utah, offers the TV Ears wireless hearing system, designed to deliver sound directly to the wearer’s ears. Television audio processing (TAP) technology ensures that all words are heard clearly, while the automatic volume control (AVC) circuit is designed to reduce loud bursts of sound. The system works separately from television speakers so that others can set the TV volume at the volume they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, play houses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.


Plastic Component Parts
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, is a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid component parts for hearing aid manufacturers. The company offers a variety of standard products along with in-house custom design and tooling capability to meet customers’ specific needs. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.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.


Lightweight BTEs
Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, offers two small, lightweight instruments for traditional fitting solutions in moderate to severe hearing losses. The Suprema 47 is an AGCo BTE generating 126/54 132/54 peak output and gain. The Suprema 48 utilizes push-pull circuitry producing 132/54 peak output and gain. Both come in a compact, anatomically contoured case that features corrosion-resistant gold-plated or stainless steel switch and battery contacts. These instruments of German design use lightweight components that facilitate a more comfortable fit. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Amplified Cordless Phone
HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces its new 900MHz amplified cordless phone with caller ID. Amplified up to 30 dB, the phone also has a headset jack for use with an optional under-the-chin headset, providing hands-free operation. Hearing-aid compatible, the phone provides excellent volume and clarity in noisy situations and long-range communications, according to the company. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Dispensers Network
Hear For You (HFY), Oklahoma City, is a network of dispensers across the United States that offers savings to the public on hearing health care products. HFY is not a buying group, however; network members receive low prices on hearing health care products. Through volume purchasing and shared economies of scale, HFY’s program is designed to maximize profits but also to pass along savings to end-users, so more individuals who need the help will be able to afford it. (866) 840-9008; www.hearforyouonline.com.


Rechargeable System
Casselberry, Fla-based Magnatone Corporation has announced that TruVoice 100% Digital Hearing Instru-ment is now available with the Liberty Rechargeable System.
The Liberty Rechargeable System offers digital sound processing, digital programming, and lower power requirements. The system recharges hearing instruments within 8 hours and offers up to 16 hours of use, eliminating the need to change batteries. The rechargeable cell is designed to last from 3 to 5 years. (800) 327-5159; www.magnatone.com.


Wireless Infrared Listening System
HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers ClearSounds II Wireless Infrared Hearing System. The cordless headset features stereo and mono capacity sound, as well as adjustable left and right tone and balance control, for individual TV or music listening.
Hearing aid compatible, the product operates at 2.3 MHz, and has rechargeable batteries, which automatically recharge when the headset rests in its transmitter cradle. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Easy-to-Use Battery Dispenser
Duracell®, Boston, offers the Activairtm with EasyTabtm is the first easy to replace hearing aid battery. EasyTab features three innovations: a “pillbox” package makes it easy for patients to store, transport, and remove batteries. The patented longer tab design makes the batteries easy to see, hold, and insert in hearing aids. The new battery cell construction delivers up to 30% longer life than previous Activair batteries. (866) 285-6264; www.phonak-us.com. (800) 888-8882; www.unitronhearing.com.


Web Site Updated
Interton/AHS has announced its updated Web site at www.interton-usa.com, completing the next phase of transition from AHS to Interton/AHS. The site allows quick navigation through company information and detailed product data sheets, and even the placing of BTE orders online, which can significantly reduce delivery time. There is also a customer side (accessed via password) where order status can be checked and the latest version of CompuFittm fitting software can be downloaded. Additional features are being added to site. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Spanish RGDT Test
AUDiTEC™, St Louis, announces the pending release of its Random Gap Detection Test in Spanish (RGDT-SP). While the test is nonlinguistic, instructions in Spanish have been added to the test to aid the non-Spanish-speaking examiner. The RGDT-SP will soon be available on either cassette or compact disc. (800) 669-9065; www.auditec.com.


Office Management System
Siemens Hearing Solutions, Piscataway, NJ, offers the Practice Navigator™ FirstStep™ edition, a free office management software system for hearing health care professionals. FirstStep belongs to the Siemens Practice Navigator family of office management software systems. Designed to enhance the way a hearing health care practice is run, FirstStep offers many of the basic features found in the Practice Navigator Professional edition. It includes a new, easy-to-use, electronic, custom products order form, which ensures that the information entered in the form is valid by allowing hearing health care professionals to choose only from the available options. When the order form is printed, it also includes a bar code that contains all the order information. Then, when that order form is received at a Siemens production facility, the information is simply scanned and is instantly entered into the production system. (800) 333-9083; www.siemens-hearing.com


Amplified Cordless Phone
Oaktree Products, Chesterfield, Mo, introduces the CL40 by Ameriphone. The CL40 is a powerful amplified cordless phone offering a 40dB gain. This phone features 900MHz technology for extended operating range, an adjustable tone control for boosting high or low frequencies, advanced noise reduction filters, an audio jack for connection to headset or cochlear implant, and a visual ring indicator. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com.


Hearing Screening Booth
Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, introduces the RE-125 hearing screening booth. Shipped preassembled, the RE-125 offers improved isolation and meets OSHA standards. The unit is easily moved through most office doors and is kept in stock for rapid delivery. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. Factory-trained representatives help with selection and installation. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com


Office Management Software
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers ProHear, office management software exclusively designed to meet the needs of hearing care professional. The software provides fast and accurate methods for accessing customer information and finances, analyzing business trends, creating marketing strategies, and scheduling. ProHear 5.5 provides instant access to NOAH 3.0. A patient’s hearing loss can be measured and recorded with any NOAH 3.0 certified device using the software’s audiogram, speech test, or loudness scaling features. Results are passed automatically to a common database for use by any manufacturer’s fitting system. The patient’s information is then instantly stored in a patient database. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Hearing Aid Batteries
HITEC Group International Inc, Burr Ridge, Ill, is the exclusive distributor of the POWER ONE hearing aid batteries. A new rebate program is available to hearing care professionals. Find out about earning bonus checks by purchasing as few as 150 six-cell cards of these high performance batteries. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Digital Sound Processing
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, introduces its newest 100% digital hearing instrument, the Sensation. Available in a range of models, from CIC to ITE, Sensation incorporates 100% digital sound processing in up to three independently programmable memories, including telecoil, according to the company. Two independent gain controls (high frequency and low frequency), two channel-wide dynamic range compression, and two channel AGC-I with adjustable kneepoint are all designed to maximize the hearing health professional’s ability to fine-tune the instrument. Other features include a programmable telecoil, volume control, microphone noise reduction, manual notch filter system, power-on delay, and low battery alert tones. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton.com.


Tinnitus Treatment
E.A.R. Inc, Boulder, Colo, introduces RingSTOP™, an all-natural product for people suffering from tinnitus.
RingSTOP™ is a homeopathic formula that includes herbal extracts, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins that have been reported to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus, for which there is no known cure. (800) 525-2690; www.earinc.com;   www.freehearingtest.comwww.freevisiontest.com


Soundfield Amplification System
Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Old Lyme, Conn, offers the Direct Ear SAS Soundfield Amplification System. The Direct Ear SAS system features the SK500 transmitter, the EMP2015 receiver, the ME 3 head-worn microphone, and two DAS Factor 5 speakers with wall mounts. The EMP2015 is a voice amplification unit designed for use in a classroom environment. Direct Ear SAS offers 1,280 frequencies for interference-free transmission. The system also features multimedia adaptable inputs and team teaching capabilities, and can be coupled with FM listening systems ensuring full classroom participation for the hearing impaired. All its components are metal. The system is easy to install and requires minimal maintenance. (860) 434-9190; www.sennheiserusa.com.  


Screening Audiometer
Eckstein Bros Inc, Hawthorne, Calif, offers the Tetra Tone II™, a compact portable hearing screening instrument for general testing. The unit features a microprocessor, push-button operation, four intensity levels, low battery indicator, auto power shut-off, and memory recall. The TetraTone is guaranteed for one ear and meets ANSI requirements. (323) 772-6113; [email protected].


Free Online Hearing Test
FreeHearingTest.com, an online resource for hearing-related products and services, also offers an online hearing test. While encouraging regular audiometric testing by certified medical or audiological professionals, the site is a compilation of hearing health care resources and information. Visitors will find the database of worldwide hearing health care professionals particularly useful, according to the company. Practices may be included in the database by completing the registration form on the site. (800) 525-2690; www.freehearingtest.com.


Middle Ear Implant
SOUNDTEC Inc, Oklahoma City, introduces The Direct System, a tiny, implanted rare-earth magnet and a speech/sound processor. Implantation of the magnet takes less than 30 minutes, and can be performed in an outpatient clinic under local anesthetic. Patients who receive The Direct System report clearer, more natural sound, as well as a drastic reduction in problems that are associated with conventional hearing aids such as feedback, occlusion, and distortion. Typically, The Direct System costs about the same as top-quality digital hearing aids currently on the market. (800) 793-9587; www.soundtecinc.com.


Directional Digital ITC
A direction digital ITC is now available from United Hearing Systems Inc, Central Village, Conn. A miniaturized multi-microphone design allows for the smallest model configuration with maximum directionality. Directional performance is switched between omni and directional as a multi-memory function. T-Coil option is also a programmable function. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com


Improved Features
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Axent™ BTE utilizing the new J13 case. The unit features increased fitting flexibility, improved hearing comfort, greater directionality, and higher output and gain. The unit includes Adaptive Feedback Cancellation. Axent’s Multichannel Expansion technology also reduces low-level circuit and environmental noise typically associated with WDRC instruments. The Axent BTE is also available with the AV Dual Microphone Directional System on multimemory instruments. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Interest Free Financing Plans
CareCredit®, Anaheim, Calif, offers 3-, 6-, and 12-month Interest Free Payment Plans to help more individuals receive treatment. The company’s range of payment options allows patients the ability to choose the plan that fits their budget. (800) 300-3046, ext 519; www.carecredit.com.


Custom Designs
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, is a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components for hearing aid manufacturers. The company works with clients to produce custom-designed products, either by complete design, or by integrating an existing design into a final product. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.


Soft-Solid Shell Material
Interton/AHS, Minneapolis, offers SilFlex, a soft-solid shell material for custom fit hearing aids that replaces the hard acrylic shell. Field trial data indicate improved patient satisfaction over identical aids using traditional hard-shell materials. The SilFlex shell body creates an improved acoustical seal that helps minimize feedback and distortion. The flexibility of SilFlex allows the aid to flex in the ear during jaw movement rather than shift out of position. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Digital Hearing Instrument
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, offers the Paragon 4 DSP. The digital instrument features WDRC, linear, and AGC-o processing strategies, adjustable time constants, four channels, eight bands, antifeedback notch, low battery indicator, and dual microphone directional capability. Also available are multi-memory and external VC. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Professional Symbol Products
The Audiology Foundation of America, Lafayette, Ind, offers products with audiology’s new professional symbol. Central to the design of the new symbol is the cochlea, representing hearing and balance. The diamond shape—which surrounds the cochlea—represents the core facets of audiology: patient care, research, and education. Available products include wall and desk clocks, ladies’ and men’s watches, business card holders, ceramic magnets and coasters, key chains, wall plaques, and lapel pins. (765) 743-7283; www.AuDfound.org.


Professional Fitting System
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the Professional Fitting System 3.3 (PFS 3.3), an easy-to-use interface that assists in the programming of Starkey’s advanced digital hearing instruments, such as the A675 Gemini Digital Power BTE, a multichannel BTE with seven independent bands for frequency shaping. The PFS 3.3 has user-friendly features that allow for easy demonstration of advanced digital noise management and expansion features. The Expert Assistant tool enables successful first-time fittings. The PFS is available free of charge—or for purchase—bundled with the latest version of NOAH or ProHear Office Management Software. (800) 328.8602; www.starkey.com.


Patching Kit
Hagemeyer Tech-care Products (formerly Warner Technologies), Minneapolis, offers a patching kit designed for laser shell patching. The 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.


Portable Hearing Aid Conditioning System
Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, offers Dry & Store Global, its newest version of the Dry & Store hearing aid conditioning system. Designed for portability and versatility, the Global accommodates all types of hearing aids and cochlear implant hardware, including body-worn processors. The Global model was developed as a full-featured product that can be used for travel and where space is a consideration. Co-developed as the export version of the Dry & Store family, Global will operate on all worldwide power supplies with the proper AC adapter and plug configuration. A variety of additional plugs and adapters will be available as optional accessories for overseas travelers. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.


Full-Color Brochure
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, a supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components for hearing aid manufacturers, offers a full-color product catalog with pricing information. The company offers a variety of standard products, as well as in-house custom design and tooling capabilities for specific customer needs. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.


Hearing Aid Batteries
Varta Batteries Inc, Elmsford, NY, offers the Power One line of hearing aid batteries. Power One features “Long Tabs” to remove and insert batteries comfortably. These batteries are optimized for all types of hearing aids and eliminate the need to stock two separate battery lines. Power One delivers long life for Super-High-Power Hearing Aids, and meets all requirements of the industry’s high power standard. (800) 431-2504; www.powerone-batteries.com.


Deluxe Hearing Health Care Kit
Hal-Hen, Garden City Park, NY, offers the deluxe Accessory Kit. The kit is designed to enable hearing health care professionals to take a comprehensive approach to hearing aid dispensing. The kit includes: Eargene, Mini Dri-Aid, Sanitize H/H, a battery tester, a wax removal tool, and a cleaning brush. The kit is ideal for use with ITE and BTE instruments. (800) 242-5436; www.halhen.com.


Clinical Impedance Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, is offering a savings of $500 on the AZ26 clinical impedance audiometer, for a limited time. The AZ26 provides all of the basic diagnostic tests available in a solid clinical middle ear analyzer, such as automatic/manual tympanometry, automatic/manual ipsilateral/contralateral acoustic reflexes, programmable reflex decay, reflex latency, guided instructions for intact and perforated ETF tests, as well as multiple programmable test setups. The AZ26 is being offered at $5,395—at a saving of $500—for a limited time. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics-us.com.


Cellular/Cordless Telephone Loopset
Connections Unlimited, West Palm Beach, Fla, distributes Teleconnector, hands-free cordless and cellular telephone solutions for hearing aid and CI users that are manufactured by the Canada-based ELT Group. The Model PL-100 provides an amplified induction neckloop. The Model PL-200 features an amplified 3.5-mm interconnect for CI patch cables, silhouette inductors, DAI cables, third-party neckloops, and other specialized hearing aid interconnects. Both products incorporate a hands-free microphone, and are compatible with the 2.5-mm headset jack standard on many cellular and cordless telephones. (800) 286-3481; www.eltgroup.com


ITE Push Button Switch
SonionMicrotronic, Minnetonka, Minn, offers the PB 100, a push button switch for use in ITE hearing instruments. The PB 100 has a diameter of 1.9 mm and is 1.4 mm in length. At almost half the area of the existing push button PB 95, the PB 100 is a step forward in the continuing miniaturization at Sonion Microtronic. (952) 543-8300; www.sonion.com.


High Power BTE
United Hearing Systems Inc, Central Village, Conn, offers value and performance for severe hearing loss with the HPPC BTE instrument. With up to 80 dB peak gain and 136 dB peak OSPL, this model provides great fidelity with the Class B circuitry and CI receiver. Its features include a new user-friendly OTM switch, three trimmers, and direct audio input. (800) 835-2001; www.unitedhearing.com.


Balance Center Software
Micromedical Technologies, Chatham, Ill, offers Version 9 software for Windows. Version 9 adds System 2000 Rotational Chair and Balance Quest Dynamic Posturography as a fully integrated Balance Center software that includes VisualEyes VNG and VORTEQ/DVAT. Version 9 complies with ANSI 3.45 Testing Basic Vestibular Function and HL-7 patient information networking. (800) 334-4154; www.micromedical.com.  


Hearing Seminars
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Casselberry, Fla, is presenting national seminars in a variety of locations around the United States, including North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Kansas, Arizona, California, and Florida. The seminars are approved by the International Hearing Society and the American Academy of Audiologists and earn CEUs. (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.