Flex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com; www.knowles.com.


Wireless Video Otoscope
Audio Optics, Old Tappan, NJ, is introduces the SSM-22 Wireless Video Otoscope. It features one-button operation and 192 image storage. The SSM-22 is lightweight enough to carry in a pocket, or bring to a health fair. It transmits up to 100 feet from the base unit—even through walls. Use it with almost any capture device from monitors to printers. It is so versatile that it can be used with most video otoscope and computer systems just by plugging it in. The DPM-6 features wireless operation without the image storage. Optional accessories TP-10L wireless monitor or the USB-9 computer adapter is available. (201) 767-5431; www.audiooptics.com.


Warranty Coverage
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has expanded its warranty coverage into one comprehensive program designed for a variety of patients’ needs. Coverage is available in four unique programs: Worry Free Deluxe Loss, Damage, and Repair Warranty Protection; Worry Free Loss and Damage Warranty Protection; Worry Free Repair Warranty Protection; and Worry Free Extended Warranty Protection. The new warranty plan gives hearing professionals the opportunity to set their own pricing based on their individual services and policies. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


ITE to ITE Wireless System
Interton, Minneapolis, reports success with its wireless digital CROS/BiCROS product line. This product line includes the industry’s first ITE to ITE wireless system and gives dispensing professionals a new means to reach another segment of the hearing impaired population. Reports from both patients and dispensers praise the CROS systems for their convenience, comfort, and ability to deliver high-quality sound processing through its digital platform. CROS and BiCROS systems are ideal for patients who have normal or aidable hearing loss on one ear, but suffer an unaidable loss in the other. These wireless systems represent a break from the limitations of older CROS/BiCROS systems and incorporate all new wireless technology, a new transmission scheme, and the latest digital hybrid. By using the latest digital hybrid, hearing professionals can take advantage of modern fitting algorithms and fit targeted hearing solutions with greater flexibility than previously possible. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Free Hearing Test
For a limited time, Audiocare Inc, San Diego, Calif, is offering a free hearing test, performed by a factory-trained specialist with state-of-the-art Fiber Optic Otoscope technology, while the subject watches on a large computer monitor. The painless procedure will help identify such problems as excess earwax, visible obstructions in the ear canal, congenital or traumatic deformities, or possible damage to the hearing nerve, thus enabling selection of the proper amplification technology. (800) 974-4100; www.audiocareinc.com.


New Standards, Technology
Sonion, Minnetonka, Minn, presents a new technology in hearing instrument microphones, incorporating the power of silicon and the technology advantages of MEMS all in a convenient, ready-to-use package. Silicon technology offers high precision performance, increased stability against environmental extremes, and high design flexibility. The benefits of silicone are unsurpassed performance for directional instruments, increased robustness for longer lasting microphones, and a smaller size for smaller applications. (952) 543-8400; www.sonion.com.


Marketing Program
Hearing HealthCare News®, White Plains, NY, announces its new Practice Development Program™. The program provides tools, tips, and techniques designed to stimulate practice growth by increasing patient utilization of audiology services, significantly increasing battery and hearing aid sales to current patients, encouraging patient and physician referrals, and improving patient satisfaction and loyalty. These strategies are based on nearly 18 years of work with hundreds of practices, and have proved to be effective at increasing growth and income by marketing to a practice’s most productive group of customers, its own patients.
Hearing HealthCare News will be providing the Practice Development Program, including its new 150-page workbook, at no charge to all of its current and new subscribers. (800) 342-1643; www.hearinghealthnews.com.


Shooter’s Protection
Electronic Shooters Protection, Brighton, Colo, offers the ESP-Digital, its state-of-the-art digital high-fidelity ITE hearing protectors for shooting enthusiasts. This digital technology enables sound to be processed using bits and bytes, which are noise free unlike analog circuitry. With an effective dynamic range of 95 db, and 16 khz-bandwidth, the ESP-Digital offers low noise, while providing true high-fidelity audio processing without compromise. The difference to the shooter is comparable to hearing music played on a CD versus a cassette tape. Standard electronic hearing protectors shut down when excessive noise levels are detected, removing the shooters ability to hear. All ESP amplifiers are designed to limit their output to 90 db without shutting down, leaving the shooter with their sense of hearing intact. This safety factor is relied upon by instructors and competition shooters who depend on being in touch with their students, fellow competitors, and surroundings. (800) 767-7791; www.espamerica.com.


Infection Control Resource
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers a complete line of waterless or no-rinse hand degermers, including the CleanShape Instant Hand Sanitizer. At 1,000 ml, the CleanShape Instant Hand Sanitizer offers clinicians an alternative solution to traditional hand-washing at an economical price. An extensive line of liquid, foaming, and antimicrobial soaps, as well as moisturizing lotions, is also available. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com


Auditory Components
Wilfan Electronics Inc, Torrance, Calif, offers a variety of auditory components. The HB-7 headset is made of tough stainless steel bands that maintain original shape, covered with soft rubber tubing. It has machined one-piece yokes. The headset fits adults and children. The one-piece molded MX41/AR Ear Cushion is made of foam neoprene. It is comfortable, durable, and nontoxic. The company also offers a variety of audiometric cordsets to fit the needs of many different audiometers. (310) 782-0579; [email protected].


Practice Management Software
Sycle.net, San Francisco, offers Sycle®, practice management software, specifically designed for hearing health care professionals. Sycle users can implement an easy-to-use appointment scheduling and patient tracking system, leverage automated mail-to-drive more sales, and meet HIPAA security standards instantly. Also, the software enables the management of one or more clinics from anywhere at anytime, the submission of insurance claims electronically, as well as the ability to sync sales data with Quickbooks Pro. (888) 881-7925; www.sycle.net.


Amplified Phone
HITEC Group, Burr Ridge, Ill, announces the release of the Freedom Phone. The ClearSounds 40XLC has Caller ID, amplification up to 50 dB, and hands-free operation with both a 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm audio jack for use with any headset, neckloop, T-hook silhouette, or patchcord. It is a speaker phone with volume control, and it has a built-in signaling system including a loud ringer, a flashing strobe, or an optional bed shaker. A three-level speech output control enables volume adjustment of outgoing voice control. Large buttons and memory dial make it easy to use. It is stylish, elegant, and hearing aid compatible with a 2-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Practice Resource Center
CareCredit‚ Anaheim, Calif, a nationwide patient financing program, has developed a new Practice Resource Center, specifically designed for the hearing market. The Resource Center features audio programs, article reprints, and other information providing valuable insights and techniques from leading consultants and field experts like J. Scott Bailey, a top professional sales trainer for the Sandler System, and Frank Conaway, a 30-year marketing and advertising veteran and mature market expert. In addition, the Resource Center gives practices access to materials they can use to effectively market and present patient financing including patient brochures, patient payment presentation charts, and other high-quality promotional materials. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of plans, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest arrangements, and up to 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment options. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; [email protected].


High-Output Receivers
Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill, announces the expansion of its family of Pantograph high-output receivers by offering the PHF+, an increased high-frequency output version of the PHF receiver. The new designs offer additional output in the critical 2 kHz to 6 kHz range under both nominal drive (low-power levels) and maximum power output level conditions. Used in today’s modern hearing aids, the PHF+ can help provide additional sound quality and speech clarity for patients with high-frequency hearing loss. The PHF+ also provides for increased output for patients with moderate to severe losses that require significant acoustic gain. The PHF+ receiver uses Knowles’ patented Pantograph drive linkage to minimize receiver vibration while emphasizing high-frequency output. Combined with Knowles’ high-output armature geometry, the PHF+ provides increased acoustic output and maximizes gain-before-feedback in BTE and power ITE hearing instruments. (630) 250-5100; www.knowleselectronics.com.


Hearing Booklet
Audiology Inc, Arden Hills, Minn, announces the second printing of Understanding Your Hearing®, by Robert H. Margolis, PhD, professor of audiology at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, featuring improvements based on suggestions by audiologists and patients. The Understanding series of patient education materials is based on 30 years of experience in evaluating children and adults with hearing loss, and counseling patients on the nature, consequences, and treatment of auditory disorders. The format of each brochure is a four-page, 8.5 inches x 11 inches, high-resolution, color publication on high-quality, semigloss paper. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com; www.audiologyincorporated.com.


New Product Line
In’Tech Industries Inc, Ramsey, Minn, a leading supplier of miniature plastic hearing aid components, introduces its new VTM™ product line. Services include providing high-quality, highly accurate, digitally created ear shell services and rapid manufacturing to hearing instrument manufacturers. Proven technology includes precision scanning, electronic detailing, and stereo-lithography services while offering multiple surface finishes and color options that can improve your customer satisfaction ratings. This service is now available to all hearing aid manufacturers. www.intech-ind.com.


Hearing Instrument
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, introduces the newest member of its Genesis 4 product family—Arista, featuring three-channel compression with advanced seven-band filter shaping, memory-selectable directionality, adaptive noise management, and a robust feedback management system. Arista is available in all custom styles and exclusively in S13 and A312 BTE package designs. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


National Education Workshops
Audina Hearing Instruments Inc, Longwood, Fla, has more than 5 years’ experience with its national “Recognition and Enhancement of Hearing Healthcare Issues” educational workshops. These workshops provide a balance of theory and practicality to better understand today’s sophisticated digital technology and provide constructive ideas to help grow your business. Earn ASHA, AAA, and IHS continuing education credits. Workshops are scheduled on September 18 (Piscataway, NJ); October 2 (Grand Rapids, Mich); and November 8 (Sacramento, Calif). (800) 223-7700; www.audina.net.


Portable Test Device
Maico-Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the EroScan, a versatile, portable diagnostic otoacoustic emissions test device that measures OAEs in 10 to 30 seconds. Testing can be performed by nurses or trained volunteers and no interpretation is needed, nor is any response necessary from the patient. Users can customize the testing parameters, and the data quickly transfers to a printer or an optional EroScan database program for very low, disposable costs. Maico provides a free demonstration video, as well as the Guide to OAEs for Newborn Screening. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com.


Lifestyle-Fitting Protocol
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, features the Regatta 2, which incorporates the Rexton lifestyle-fitting protocol in 12 bands, four channels, and three programmable memories. Regatta 2 features the new Alpha-Logic lifestyle fitting system, which adjusts the adaptive noise reduction (ANR), speech preservation system (SPS), and wind noise cancellation (WNC), based on an individual’s personal lifestyle and predominant listening environments. Other features include adjustable microphone noise reduction; adaptive feedback suppression and optimization; a notch filter with adjustable frequency, width, and depth; as well as a custom directional microphone option on full shell, half shell, and canal instruments. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton-online.com.


Impedance Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the AT235 impedance audiometer. The unit includes a multi-probe feature, which quickly transforms the standard clinical probe into a pencil probe for screening procedures. The AT235 smart software recognizes which probe is in use and automatically compensates for calibration differences. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.


Dealer Program
TV Ears, El Cajon, Calif, offers its “Authorized TV Ears Dealer Program” marketing campaign. Authorized dealers will be listed on the TV Ears Web site and included in the TV Ears telephone referral program. The “Put On Your TV Ears” marketing kit includes everything an office needs to generate doctor referrals, attract new customers, and stimulate existing customers. Each kit includes ads, postcards, statement stuffers, brochures, “TV Bucks,” and an eye-catching point of purchase display. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.


Engineering Expertise
At In’Tech Industries Inc in Ramsey, Minn, engineering experts strive to produce a product that matches its customers’ design criteria. Whether producing a complete design based on generic sketches or integrating an existing design into a final product, combining the company’s services with its customers’ creativity is the key. (763) 576-8100; www.intech-ind.com.


Tympanometer
Maico-Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the MI 24 tympanometer, which offers an optional high-probe tone feature with automatic impedance testing, as well as ipsi and contra reflex testing. The lightweight, portable model includes a backlit LCD screen and an internal thermal printer, making it a strong performer in its price category. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com.


Digital Hearing Instruments
Lotus Technology Inc, Mooresville, NC, offers the LEGACY® series of 100% digital hearing instruments. Available in both two and four channels, LEGACY features DSP technology designed to fit most hearing losses with high-quality digital sound. LEGACY is fitted using simple-to-operate, yet powerful, programming software. The software actively involves patients in the fine-tuning of their instruments with its seven adjustable parameters and independently adjustable compression ratios and time constants. LEGACY is available in all models, and with optional features including multi-memory buttons, manual VCs, telecoils, and a directional microphone designed to improve speech intelligibility in difficult listening situations. (877) 483-1072; www.lotustechnology.net.  


Tubing
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, distributes the Tygon and Tygothane tubing. Hocks stocks the following sizes TYGON: 12S (.085 X .125), 13S (.076 X .116), 13M ( .076 x .122), 13T (.076 X .130), 13DW (.076 X .142). TYGOTHANE: 13T (.076 X .130). A few stock items using tubing are Temp Tips, sold in bags of 25 or individually, and Pre-Bent Quilled Tubes, packaged 25 to a resealable bag with a 3/4-inch tapered tip for easy insertion. Communication Comm-Coil tubes are approximately 9-inches long, coiled, and come with a standard female connector and eartip. Hocks also offers the above sizes in 1,000 foot rolls. Custom sizes are available upon request with a minimum order. (800) 657-6245; www.noisebrakers.com.


Rotational Chair
SYNAPSYS, Austin, Tex, offers the Ulmer™ VNG-enabled MED4™ Rotational Chair. The combined features of the chair allow for enhanced vestibular testing, without requiring the patient to move to various locations during the course of testing. A rotary chair is necessary to assess the whole range of frequencies to obtain the most positive clinical outcome of vestibular patients. (866) 796-2779; www.synapsysusa.com.


Credit Card
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, has introduced a consumer financing program exclusively for patients’ hearing needs—SoundChoice. In conjunction with GE Consumer Finance, SoundChoice provides affordable monthly payments with low rates, flexible terms, and easy approval. Provider benefits include increased revenues and additional customer contact. Funding for all transactions occurs within three business days, and low processing rates guarantee the practice receives the majority of the sale. Monthly statement messages enable direct contact with patients on a regular basis. (800) 328-8603; www.starkey.com.


Automatic Impedance Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the AT235h automatic impedance audiometer with functionality for clinical, screening, and diagnostics work. Neonatal screening programs will particularly benefit from the presence of high-frequency probe tone tympanometry, which provides more reliable tympanometric results in newborns. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.


Software Updates
Audioscan, Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, has released the 2.0 version of software for its Audioscan® Verifit® real-ear hearing aid analyzer. Among the program’s improvements are a real-time Speech Envelope, which offers a clearer picture of how a fitting is mapping speech into the residual auditory area, and Speechmap®, with a choice of DSL®, NAL-NL1, or auditory-area mapping approaches to hearing aid fitting. NAL-NL1 is also provided as an insertion gain fitting method. Additional features include networking of screen images and data that may be exported to network files via the Verifit LAN port. This software update is free, and is automatically mailed to all Audioscan Verifit owners. (800) 265-2093; www.audioscan.com.


Digital Hearing Solution
Rexton Inc, Plymouth, Minn, offers the Regatta 1, which features six bands, two channels, and three programmable memories. Regatta 1 is an efficient digital hearing solution that incorporates an easy-to-use guided fitting protocol for immediate wearer benefit. Other features include an adjustable crossover frequency control, microphone noise reduction, a programmable volume control, and power on delay. (800) 876-1141; www.rexton-online.com.


Ear Wax Removal Kit
Warner Tech-care Products, Minneapolis, offers its Ear-wax Removal Aid Kit formula. The kit is complete with an ear bulb syringe and ear drops (part #927732). Refill drops are available (part #927745). (800) 328-4757, www.warnertechcare.com.  


Amplified Stethoscope
Effective Communication Solutions Inc, Independence, Ky, announces the addition of specialist diaphragm and bells for the ESCOPE II amplified stethoscope. These new specialist heads feature Delrin stainless steel construction that offers superior sound conduction. The ESCOPE II belt-clip model provides headphones for CIC and ITE users and offers other solutions to BTE users. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.com.


Live Speech Mapping
MedRx Inc, Largo, Fla, offers the DSM-PRO™, an affordable system that can interface with a computer, via the USB port, and provides the practitioner with the ability to use a variety of fitting protocols. Features include live speech mapping, a hearing loss simulator, and a hearing instrument simulator. It is NOAH™ compatible. (888) 392-1234; www.medrx-usa.com.


Wireless Video Otoscope
Audio Optics, Old Tappan, NJ, introduces the SSM-22 Wireless Video Otoscope. Featuring one-button operation, and 192-image storage, the SSM-22 Wireless Video Otoscope is lightweight enough to carry in your pocket or bring to health fairs. It reportedly transmits up to 100 ft from the base unit, and through walls. The SSM-22 can be used with almost any capture device from monitors to printers, and with most video otoscope/computer systems. Other products by Audio Optics include the DPM-6, which features wireless operation without the image storage, and optional accessories such as the TP-10L wireless monitor or the USB-9 computer adapter. (201) 767-5431; www.audiooptics.com.


Open House
San Diego, Calif-based AudioCare Inc’s professional consultants will plan open house campaigns, direct mail advertising, and ad placements in local papers to help promote your company. AudioCare’s consultants work directly with each company to help bring new patients into increase a company’s current client base and provide immediate cash flow to the business. (800) 974-4100; www.audiocareinc.com.


Cochlear Implants Battery
Rayovac, Madison, Wis, introduces Cochlear Plus, a battery designed specifically to meet the needs of patients with cochlear implants. The specialized battery will be available in a 60-pack carton in size 675. It will feature Rayovac’s familiar, user-friendly dial packaging. Cochlear Plus will be available in May/June 2004 through hearing care professionals and through a limited number of specialty retailers online. (800) 331-4522; www.rayovac.com.


Potentiometer-Controlled Instruments
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers an alternative to analog technology—GENESIS DX, a new family of nonprogrammable, potentiometer-controlled instruments, offering the flexibility and control of digital technology. The DX line features Inteli D, available in three configurations, WDRC, S-Amp, or high frequency; Discovery D, available in 3k Hz standard or 2k Hz mid-frequency responses; and Inteli Power D. Directional microphone, telecoil, and wax prevention options are available. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Wireless Hearing System
TV Ears Inc, El Cajon, Calif, 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 level they desire. TV Ears will also work in nearly all movie theaters, playhouses, concert halls, and other public places, according to the company. (888) 883-3277; www.tvears.com.


Digital Sound Processor
SeboTek® Hearing Systems introduces the Voice-Q™ 720 Digital Sound Processor, the latest addition to the Voice-Q series of PAC hearing instruments. The new model features a water-resistant, easy-touch activation switch for high moisture environments and algorithms to automatically manage feedback, reduce background noise; and provide a more focused listening experience for conversation. New Pro-VES™ 4.2 software includes “Modification Wizard,” a quick reference guide that directs the hearing professional to recommended adjustments in response to wearer comments. (800) 388-9041; www.sebotek.com.


Online Supply Ordering
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, offers 24-hour, online service through its hearing health care Web site at www.westone.com/supply. An easy three-step process is categorized to correspond with the Westone Price Guide, and includes such categories as impression materials, batteries, battery testers, and point of purchase products. Users must have a Westone account number and a recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com/supply.


Weather Alert System
Harris Communications, Eden Prairie, Minn, features Silent Call’s Weather Alert Systems, designed to alert deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to NOAA weather notices in their area. The systems include a Weather Alert Radio with choice of transmitter, flashing light, or vibrator alert. (A dual connector may be used to attach more than one alerting device to the system.) The Weather Alert can be used on the road with the addition of a 12v DC adapter cord. (800) 582-8569; www.harriscomm.com.  


Infection Control Material
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers infection control solutions, including the newest tool designed to help teach patients appropriate hearing aid cleaning and disinfecting techniques. The How to Clean Your Hearing Aid prescription pad (exclusively from Oaktree Products) provides dispensing professionals with a means to advise the use of only those products approved by the hearing health care professional. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com


Artificial Intelligence
Oticon, Somerset, NJ, offers Syncro, a new breed of hearing instrument that uses artificial intelligence to improve hearing performance in the user’s unpredictable world of sound. Syncro reinvents directionality, noise management, and compression and employs a unique application of artificial intelligence to manage the synchronous interaction of these complex systems. The decisions that are made are based on real-time analyses of actual outcomes of the various features, and several solutions are evaluated before the actual outcome is chosen. Syncro provides solutions to the user’s unpredictable sound environments. Syncro is available in a full range from CIC to BTE. (800) 526-3921; www.oticonus.com.


Infrared System
Oaktree Products Inc, Chesterfield, Mo, offers a line of Sennheiser® ALD products to hearing health care professionals. The products include the Direct Ear Set 810 and 810s. The easy-to-install, easy-to-use Direct Ear Set 810 consists of an infrared transmitter that connects to the audio socket of a TV. The adjustable headset, which houses the receiver, comes with a large, easy-to-use volume control. The Direct Ear Set 810s is similar to the Set 810 with the exception that it does not come equipped with a headset as it is designed to directly plug into a BTE hearing aid via direct audio input (DAI), a neckloop (sold separately), or headphones. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com


Single-Wall Screening Booths
Acoustic Systems, Austin, Tex, offers single-wall screening booths for screening environments where the ambient conditions require increased attenuation, or clinical testing may be required. The booths are constructed with the company’s standard, Type 2, four-inch-thick wall panels and provide isolation. Acoustic Systems is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) and submits its audiometric rooms and suites to regular testing. (512) 444-1961; www.acousticsystems.com.


Amplified Trimline Phone
HITEC Group, of Burr Ridge, Ill, introduces the Liberty Phone, the ClearSounds 30T, a new amplified Trimline phone. It has three-level volume control with up to a 30 dB gain, has a visual ring indicator, and is wall mountable. It is hearing aid compatible and attractive in design, making this cost-effective phone an ideal phone for every household. One-year warranty. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com.


Silicone Earmolds
Mid-States Laboratories, Wichita, Kan, now offers Crystal Clear, the newest in its silicone family of earmolds. The unique material blends cosmetically into the wearer’s skin tone for an appealing appearance. Also, the material is strong and durable, as well as soft and pliant. In addition, it offers excellent sealing qualities. (800) 247-3669; www.mid-stateslabs.com.


Natural Ear Treatment
MiraCell Inc, Orem, Utah, offers the MiraCell skin conditioning ear care product. Made of botanical extracts, MiraCell is used to soften earwax before appointments for easier removal, is applied to the otoblock to make taking ear impressions less irritating, and is used to prep patients’ ears 2 to 4 weeks prior to fittings. (800) 748-5040; www.miracell.com.


Hands-Free Communication
All American Mold Laboratories Inc, Oklahoma City, offers custom earpieces for a variety of communication devices for cellular telephone users, air traffic controllers, news broadcasters, etc. The custom devices increase clarity and comfort. (800) 654-3245; www.Allamericanmold.com.


Presentation Chart
CareCredit, Anaheim, Calif, a national patient payment program, has developed a new patient presentation chart to assist dispensers in the discussion of fees and payment options. The chart is designed specifically for the unique needs of the hearing aid patient. Included are details on no-interest and low-interest payment plans in an easy-to-read format. As part of the practice resource center, which includes other promotional, marketing, and patient education materials, the Audiology Patient Payment Presentation Chart is available to enrolled practices at no cost. For treatment fees from $1 to more than $25,000, CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of payment plans, including 3-, 6-, and 12-month no-interest and 24-, 36-, and 48-month low-interest payment plan options, and is currently at work in more than 40,000 practices nationwide. (800) 300-3046, ext 4519; www.carecredit.com.


Impedance Screener
Maico-Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers the MI 34 impedance screener with the added function of reflexes and reflex decay tests that are usually found only on more expensive diagnostic equipment. The screener/diagnostic tympanometer also features ipsi and contra tests, as well as perforated and intact ETF testing. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com


Lighted Ear Curettes
Warner Tech-care Products Inc, Minneapolis, offers Lighted Ear Curettes by Bionix. The product combines illumination and safety, creating a powerful tool that gives medical professionals the confidence to perform safe curettage in what has typically been a blind procedure. Single-patient-use tips reduce risk of cross-contamination. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com.


Office Management Software
Starkey Laboratories Inc, Eden Prairie, Minn, offers ProHear office management software for hearing health care professionals, providing fast, accurate methods for accessing customer information, finances, analyzing business trends, creating marketing strategies, and scheduling. ProHear 5.5 now provides instant access to NOAH 3.0. Measure and record a patient’s hearing loss with any NOAH 3.0 certified device using 5.5’s audiogram, speech test, or loudness scaling features. Results are then passed automatically to a common database, for use by any fitting system from any manufacturer. (800) 328-8602; www.starkey.com.


Flex Strips
Deltek, the electromechanical solutions division of Knowles Electronics, Elgin, Ill, has released Models 9200 and 9201 battery door style programming flex strips. The Model 9200 is a replacement flex strip that can be used with existing press-fit modules. The Model 9201 incorporates a Deltek Model 0009 four-pin socket at one end to accommodate a standard micro-plug/mini-DIN style programming cable. Its design offers superior resistance to lead fracture as a result of torsion or flexion during use. Deltek does not seal the contact ends in Kapton (popular among existing products) eliminating the need for overprinting of gold-plated contacts, known to be susceptible to contact fracture through normal use. Deltek’s design provides a consistent and reliable contact point and minimizes contact resistance. (847) 841-3000; www.deltekelectronics.com;   www.knowles.com.


Multipurpose Clinical Audiometer
Interacoustics, Eden Prairie, Minn, features the AD229e, a powerful multipurpose clinical audiometer in a small package. Connect a keyboard to input patient data, transfer data to NOAH, and generate professional reports with a direct printer connection. (800) 947-6334; www.interacoustics.com.


Digital Hearing Instruments
Lotus Technology Inc, Mooresville, NC, offers conventional, programmable, and 100% digital circuitry in all its CIC products. LEGACY®, Lotus’ 100% digital circuitry, is available in both two and four channels and has seven adjustable parameters, individual compression ratios, attack and release times, and up to four memories. The programmable AGC-O circuitry comes with five adjustable parameters and up to two memories. Both the LEGACY and programmable AGC-O circuitries are programmed via PC fitting software and HI-PRO interface. Conventional circuitry comes standard with one trimmer, and all CIC products may have a set screw or manual volume control. (877) 483-1072; www.lotustechnology.net.


Large Area FM System
Effective Communication Solutions, Inc, Independence, Ky, offers Listen Technologies large area FM system for consumers who want to hear better in church. This large area system is simple to install, has limited lifetime warranty, and has selectable channels for total flexibility. The versatile system can offer individual amplification with receivers and remote speaker access for other areas. (800) 838-1649; www.BeyondHearingAids.com.


Amplified Phones
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, has expanded its selection of amplified telephones, offering an amplified telephone to address virtually any need. Featured are a variety of cordless phones, speakerphones, multi-line phones, and phones with integrated answering machines. Manufacturers include Williams, Sound, Vtech, Uniden, Ameriphone, and ClearSounds. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Open House Program
Commonwealth Hearing Aid Marketing, Roanoke, Va, is an open house specialist offering a variety of affordable programs to grow the business of hearing industry distributors. Available service programs include direct mail, telemarketing, full-page four-color print ads, and newspaper inserts. Negotiable commission rates and a client “Key Dispenser Program” are available. Ask about the “Commission-Free Open House” promotion. (757) 810-3616; www.commonwealthhearing.com.  


Wireless Connectivity
Gennum Corporation, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, offers its Hearphone™ technology, which combines advanced hearing instrument capability with Bluetooth™ wireless connectivity. This technology will enable seamless transition from a hearing instrument to a wireless cellular headset—all at a touch of a button. Leveraging Gennum’s own outstanding digital signal processing capability, this technology features FRONTWAVE™ directional processing (boom-less microphone), second-generation adaptive noise reduction, and a rechargeable battery that is lightweight, stylish, and comfortable to wear. (905) 632-2996; www.gennum.com.


Communication Program
Lightning Enterprises, Limington, Me, announces the release of Lightning eDirect, a free communication program that resides on the computer desktop, and gives direct access to a private section of Lightning Enterprises Web site. Subscribers receive special pricing on popular products and equipment, as well as instant notification of special offers, company and industry news, and any factory seconds that might become available. Lightning eDirect can be installed in about 1 minute from the company Web site. (877) 546-1797; www.lightningenterprises.com.


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.


Conditioning System with Cochlear Implant System
Ear Technology Corporation, Johnson City, Tenn, has announced that a Dry & Store® Global unit will be included with every Cochlear Americas implant system shipped in this hemisphere (North America, South and Central America). With two models available, Dry & Store accommodates all types of hearing instruments including cochlear implant hardware. (800) 327-8547; www.dryandstore.com.


Powerful Personal Amplifier
HITEC Group, Burr Ridge, Ill, offers its redesigned Sound Wizard ergonomic powerhouse of a personal amplifier. Use the new Sound Wizard II alone for personal amplification with tone control for clarity, or share it with a friend (it has two headset jacks). A choice of the omni directional or the directional built-in microphone is adjustable for optimum listening. Use it with the optional 95 kHz infrared receiver module for TV listening or theater use. The optional teleconnect module lets you use it as a powerful in-line telephone amplifier. You can even hook it up to optional speakers to use in a conference room. It comes with powerful ear buds, but you can use it with a headset or neckloop. (800) 288-8303; www.hitec.com


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.


Reduced Price Batteries
Westone Laboratories Inc, Colorado Springs, Colo, announces reduced pricing on both Power One and private label batteries. Power One batteries are the OEM battery choice of some of the largest hearing instrument manufacturers, and are promoted as the industry’s longest lasting. Westone’s private label batteries provide that same German precision and quality, but are even more economical. In addition, private label batteries are an excellent marketing tool. Whether the batteries are retailed, provided with a service agreement, or both, private label batteries are an easy and convenient way to keep the business name in front of loyal customers and serve as a constant reminder of the professional services provided. Power One and private label batteries from Westone—high quality and great value. (800) 525-5071; www.westone.com.


Clinical Vacuum
jodi-Vac, LLC, Portland, Ore, offers jodi®-XL, a clinical vacuum desiccator for office, clinic, and hospital use. Two 2,000-hour vacuum pumps power this unit. The desiccator has a heated plate and a desiccant for maximum moisture absorption. The motor turns off when it reaches vacuum, until needed to keep the desiccator at vacuum. The second pump powers the needle vac, which is identical to the pro unit. It is a 15-volt DC unit with a dual 110-230 transformer, and can be used anywhere in the world. (866) 856-5634; www.jodivac.com.


Impression Blocks
Hocks Hearing Healthcare Products, Portland, Ore, offers its complete line of impression blocks. Hocks Blocks come 50 to a resealable bag. Cotton Dams are made with medical grade cotton, are securely pre-tied to assure against breakage and come in five sizes. Slim Foam Dams are smaller in bulk than regular foam dams and come in sizes small, medium and large. Memory Foam Dams are made from Memory Foam, similar to EAR plugs, and will expand to each individual ear, providing the best seal and protection of any impression blocks. Open cell material eliminates the vacuum effect. (800) 657-6245; www.noisebrakers.com.


New Software
In order to give greater flexibility for dispensers, Interton, Minneapolis, has released an updated version of its fitting program, CompuFit 3.7.2. The driving force behind the upgrade was the availability of Interton’s Adaptive Beamforming (ABF) technology for its IQ line of hearing products. ABF is a new directional capability that offers improved noise control over background noise. In noisy environments, ABF automatically switches to a directional mode. ABF positions the null, or angle of attenuation, toward the location of the noise source. When the sound source moves in space, ABF tracks the directivity pattern to correspond with it; thus reducing noise and maximizing the signal to noise ratio. In quiet environments ABF functions as an omni-directional microphone. The 3.7.2 edition includes enhanced fitting protocols and new safety features to prevent loss of patient information. In addition to these improvements, Interton engineers were careful to safeguard CompuFit’s properties as a very user-friendly program. CompuFit 3.7.2 can be used with Noah 3 or as a stand alone program. (800) 247-4741; www.interton-usa.com.


Medical Grade Silicone Swim Plugs
Perfect Seal, Wichita, Kan, offers Aqua-Tite swim plugs, which are reportedly made from medical-grade silicone. They are hypoallergenic and can be tinted to almost any color, or swirled up to three colors for the same price. Each plug comes with embedded handles, which are designed to make them easier to insert and remove. A connecting cord can also be ordered. (800) 311-9810.


New Released Batteries
ZeniPower, Zhuhai, China, features patented hearing aid batteries with low impedance and stable voltage (above 1.1v) with high drain use to ensure longer wear with new high-power hearing aids. A strictly controlled manufacturing process guarantees high reliability and consistency. Free samples are available. (814) 825-8398; www.hearing-aid-batteries-co.com; www.zenipower.com.


Laser Shell Patching Kit
Warner Tech-care Products, Minneapolis, offers a patching kit designed for laser shell patching. The patching kit contains a small portable UV light, polymers, buffing, and Tech-care Products’ new Clean Wipes, pop-up wipes especially formulated for cleaning hearing products. (800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com.


Marketing Tool
Sycle.net, San Francisco, is a practice management and automated direct mail marketing tool designed specifically for audiology practices. It combines the efficiencies of real-time electronic appointment scheduling and patient outcome management with a unique electronic direct mail fulfillment function. Patient retention direct mail is automatically printed and sent to patients. Be instantly HIPAA compliant, submit insurance claims electronically, and sync sales data with Quickbooks. (888) 881-7925;