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The New Hearing Innovations at AAA 2013
AAA Product showcase
The New Hearing Innovations
at AAA 2013
What products were new at the 2013 American Academy of Audiology Convention? Plenty.
If you missed the show or couldn’t spend enough time on perusing the exhibit halls, here’s
a rundown of some of the latest products that were released during AAA 2013.
Able Planet
At AAA, Able Planet featured the Personal Sound™ amplifier PS2500, the first in-ear personal sound amplification
product with LINX® DSP, an Environment Management™ technology with 8 channels, 12 bands, 4 preset environment
filters, noise reduction, and an adaptive feedback manager. Personal Sound is designed to amplify hard to hear sounds,
reduce background noise, and enhance hearing in difficult listening environments. A light 2TAP™ over the device
switches between preset environment filters and generates an indicator tone. Personal Sound is designed to provide a
natural acoustic directionality and, with its small size, is nearly invisible.
Able Planet also featured its Personal Sound™ amplifier PS1600BTE, which is the first BTE amplification device with the
company’s LINX® DSP technology. The PS1600BTE includes a volume control, multichannel processing, 12 bands, noise
reduction, an adaptive feedback manager, and four preset Environment Management programs that alter the frequency
response and amplification to accommodate for varying listening environments. The small size and behind the ear design
make it virtually invisible, and it is held secure by an over the ear sound tube for a comfortable fit for extended wear. The
product comes in a variety of 10 colors. (877) 266-1979; www.ableplanet.com
AuDBling.com
AuDBling introduced new products at AAA, including clocks, golf ball markers, and money clips using its different
designs. AuDBling’s designs support its mission to promote awareness about hearing loss and also create excitement
surrounding getting treatment. The company announced that more new products using the same designs will be introduced in the near future. Other new products included magnetic necklaces that use AuDBling’s cochlea shaped and
heart designs. (941) 320-6167; www.AudBling.com
audifon USA Inc
AAA 2013 saw the release of audifon’s new and smallest BTE housing, the XS miniBTE. Offering exclusive features,
the XS miniBTE comes in a new design and offers a more discreet profile. XS miniBTE includes the same sound quality and features in audifon’s Exclusive Line. The XS miniBTE is available in the elia and prado family. (800) 776-0222;
www.audifon.com
auditdata
The Primus Fitting System from auditdata consists of a portable, high frequency diagnostic audiometer with full-featured
audiometry, REM, Speech Mapping, and counseling tools. A Hearing Instrument Test unit is also part of the system. The
system is modular, so users only choose the modules they need. A future implementation in Primus that was demonstrated at AAA was a feature called Comfort Optimizer, an objective way of determining loudness and sharpness impressions for hearing-impaired people. Comfort Optimizer can assist hearing care professionals by objectively interpreting
a user’s feedback to make appropriate hearing aid setting changes, thereby enhancing the clinician’s customer care.
(800) 635-1748; www.auditdata.com
CaptionCall
At AAA, CaptionCall introduced a new marketing opportunity to drive traffic into hearing care practices. CaptionCall is
inviting clinicians to become an authorized CaptionCall provider, offering a CaptionCall phone and service to patients
absolutely free. To qualify for a free phone, patients must visit your office to certify that they have a hearing loss, and
that it makes it difficult to communicate effectively by phone. CaptionCall positions this free phone as a great offer to get
“tested-not-sold” candidates back into the office, or to motivate patients to keep their service/annual checkup appointments. (877) 557-2227; www.CaptionCallProvider.com
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Comfort Audio
Comfort Audio has released the Comfort Audio Digisystem Micro Receiver DT20, the world’s smallest real-time*
digital receiver (*Transmission latency <0.5 ms), according to the company. DT20 fits with all hearing aids
equipped with an audio shoe with a Europlug input and is compatible with most BTE hearing aids on the market.
The receiver is powered by the hearing aid battery. To configure and test the mini receiver, the new Programmer
DT20 is also available. DT20 comes with a clear color display and integrated software, so no computer is needed.
The step-by-step guide makes it easier for audiologists to do a fitting; additionally, the current settings of the mini
receiver can be read.
Comfort Audio also introduced the Comfort Digisystem Microphone DM30 with 2,4 GHz. The school microphone DM30
is designed to enable children at school with a hearing loss to experience clear and natural communication with their
teacher and classmates. Users are able to listen and talk with one single unit. The Microphone DM30 also can be used
as a team teaching tool. (888) 421-0843; www.comfortaudio.us
Conversor Limited
Conversor Limited introduced a new listening device for hard-of-hearing people at AAA. The new Listenor Pro is designed for one to one conversations, for meetings, and for listening to telephone conversations. Simple and easy to use
with volume and tone controls, Listenor Pro has an omnidirectional microphone, neck lanyard, belt clip, and option to use
with headphones, earbuds, or an inductive neck loop for use with hearing aids. Optional accessories include an audio
cable for listening to smartphones, PCs, and other audio devices; telephone connector kit for telephone listening; and a
directional microphone for focusing on a speaker’s voice. (888) 515-8120; www.conversorproducts.com
estron
At AAA, estron introduced es-Linum® Audio, a new cable system that allows clinicians to modify the sound in an inear-monitor or earphone. The company also featured es-Connect® T2, an extremely small Jack plug. Combining with
the thin, 6-conductor, and very strong es-Linum makes this product unique. It is available in three versions and can be
optimized for music or vocal. Cost-effectively, clinicians can simply use the cable after any use, or replace it to change
the specifications. www.estron.dk
ExSilent
ExSilent featured Ytango at AAA. Ytango offers users the convenience and comfort of a BTE hearing aid, as well as
the advantage of using the ear’s pinna to collect sound. Ytango utilizes the pinna by placing both the microphone
and receiver inside the ear canal. ExSilent calls its pinna-BTE innovation a “MaRiC” (Microphone and Receiver in
Canal). Ytango Pro comes with AirTAP™ functionality, with which switching between the four programs is as simple
as gently tapping the ear.
The company also highlighted its Qleaf Pro, designed to be one of the smallest, invisible, and instant-fit digital CIC hearing aids, with AirTAP functionality. No need for a button, switch, or remote control. The modular concept and patented
soft tip, which is available in open and closed versions, safeguard the Qleaf Pro against problems such as poor ear
impressions and a high defect rate of the receiver caused by earwax. +31 20 6751004; www.exsilent.com
Frye Electronics
The FDA has approved the HEARLab Cortical Auditory Evoked Potential Analyzer for marketing by Frye Electronics. Similar to existing ABR technology, it measures the auditory evoked response of a patient. HEARLab tests a later “potential”
than ABR (measures 100-300 ms after the signal instead of 1-3 ms). This both allows it to be used with signals that
are more speech-like than the very short pips used in ABR measurements, and allows it to be used on patients wearing
hearing aids. This can be especially useful in measuring the aided auditory signal of patients who are unable to tell the
clinician if their hearing aids are functioning, such as infants and adults who are unable to respond.
Frye Electronics also featured the FONIX Colt Audiometer. The FONIX Colt is a new breed of audiometer, controlled
completely by the touch screen interface of an Android tablet computer. The user interface is designed to be intuitive, allowing the operator to perform all operations with a simple touch. The tablet computer sits on top of the
FONIX Colt’s advanced hardware platform, which creates an accurate signal generation. This platform contains
an advanced collection of both digital and analog circuits. Flexibility and power are combined in one package.
(800) 547-8209; www.frye.com
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G.R.A.S. Sound & Vibration
After G.R.A.S. celebrated KEMAR’s 40th anniversary last year, it was time to give it a face-lift. So at AAA 2013, the company unveiled the new KEMAR with improved construction that is more robust. KEMAR’s head angle indication allows for
repeatable measurement, and it is now easier to access the inside of the head. The mounting is also improved, allowing
for more tripod options. KEMAR is available in several application-specific configurations and is assembled, calibrated,
and delivered as a complete out-of-the-box system. (330) 425-1201; www.kemar.us
Grason-Stadler
The GSI AudioStar Pro™ is the latest offering from Grason-Stadler’s clinical audiometry line. This two-channel
audiometer provides the flexibility of a stand-alone audiometer with seamless data transfer to a computer. GSI
AudioStar Pro features an extra-large display for reducing eyestrain, an ergonomic housing for improving hand
and wrist comfort, and light pipes around selected test buttons. Configurable test keys allow access to protocols
that are customized to clinic preferences. Tests are preprogrammed to optimize efficiency and workflow. Complete with integrated wordlists, the AudioStar Pro facilitates repeatable and reliable recorded speech testing.
(800) 700-2282; www.audiostarpro.com
Hansaton USA
Hansaton featured the new X-Mini RIC Hearing Instrument at AAA. Utilizing the new XearA platform, the X-Mini includes
a fast processor, 40 processing channels, new compression architecture, and a response up to 10 kHz to support numerous features, including Conversation Lift, which combines adaptive directionality with speech enhancement; Sound
Restore frequency compression; Situation Optimizer for categorizing inputs accurately; and Acclimatization Manager,
which helps new users adjust to amplification gradually. Also, a new receiver offers four gain levels and a connector that
resists moisture and dust. Both Telecoil and BiCom Wireless connectivity are also available.
Building on its rechargeable line, Hansaton also introduced an expanded family of AQ Rechargeable Hearing Instruments. New are the AQ Slim BTE, along with AQ Customs (ITE and Half-Concha), and the AQ X-Mini RIC. The AQ family
offers high rechargeable performance with inductive charging, 20+ hours of operation per charge, 4-6 hour average
charge time, no memory issues, and a 5-year battery guarantee. (888) 984-7432; www.hansaton-usa.com
Harris Communications
Harris Communications featured the new Clarity® Ensemble™ Amplified Captioned Phone at its booth during the 2013
AAA Conference. The phone has amplification up to 50 dB with conversations displayed on a large 7” tablet-based
display in real time. A touchscreen display has adjustable font sizes and contrast with scalable on-screen dial pad. Any
captioned conversations can be saved for later reference. The captioning for the Clarity Ensemble is free, but the phone
requires land line phone service and high speed Internet. More information on this phone is available at the Harris Communications website.
Harris also featured the LightOn Mobile Phone Signaler by DreamZon at AAA. The LightOn alerts users with a flashing
light when a call or SMS message comes in on a cell phone. The phone is simply set to vibrate mode and placed in the
LightOn cradle. When a call or message comes in, the vibration activates a flashing LED.
An optional LightOn Bed Shaker can be added for vibration notification. More information on the LightOn is available at:
http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_Lighton. (800) 825-6758; www.harriscomm.com
Health Enterprises Inc
Health Enterprises Inc introduced the Dri-Eze™ Hearing Aid Dehumidifier, designed to remove damaging daily
moisture that can cause a hearing aid to malfunction. Dri-Eze uses proprietary technology to prolong hearing aid
life, improve sound quality, and help prevent costly repairs. With Dri-Eze, patients no longer need to recharge or
reactivate their dehumidifier. They can simply replace the new Dri-Eze Dehumidifier after every 6 months of use.
(800) 633-4243; www.healthenterprises.com
HearingFusion
HearingFusion highlighted its new advanced cloud-based office management program. HearingFusion is an enterprise system that continually stays up-to-date and current with the ever-changing field of audiology. Modules include
scheduling, patient profiles, sales, billing, inventory, and reports to organize and track every aspect of the hearing health
business. It also offers insurance billing with CBO capabilities, Carecredit integration, as well as collection capabilities.
HearingFusion is NOAH compatible and HIPAA compliant. (855) 822-2900; www.hearingfusion.com
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Hearing Technologies International Inc
Hearing Technologies featured the new Universal Sanitizer Dryer™, designed to be easy to use and low cost for all
styles and models of hearing aids. No desiccant required. A UV-C Germicidal lamp sanitizes for the first 7 minutes of
use. Gentle heat during the drying cycle can prevent costly breakdowns and help to maintain the hearing aid’s peak
performance. It is designed to safely remove harmful moisture and help dry wax for easier removal. A free custom label is
also available through Hearing Technologies International Inc. Available at Hal-Hen, Oaktree Products, or through Warner
Tech-Care. (800) 553-6003; www.hearingtech.com
Interacoustics
Interacoustics launched new and enhanced diagnostic capabilities for its Titan audiometer. Use of Absorbance
and a click stimulus incorporating the speech bandwidth now allows clinicians to improve differential diagnosis
for middle ear effusion, otosclerosis, ossicular discontinuity, and perforations. Titan’s newly enhanced neonatal
screening also helps to differentiate middle ear disorders from normal. Clinicians also can more easily reference
Normative Data overlaid with measurements. New Wideband Technology expands understanding of middle ear
status, demonstrates strong correlation with OAE results on ears with conductive hearing loss, and is not affected
by ear canal effects. (800) 947-6334; interacoustics-us.com
Maico Diagnostics
The new Maico easyTymp® screener was released at AAA. With a new extended probe, clinicians can now perform
tympanometry, ipsi and contra reflexes, reflex decay, and Eustachian tube function tests all in a handheld design. The
easyTymp Pro comes with preloaded protocols, allowing hearing professionals to run a series of tests with one press of a
button. The easyTymp Pro is available with or without thermal printer. An upgrade to an existing easyTymp screener and
an optional 1000 Hz probe tone are also available.
Maico Diagnostics is featuring the next generation of its MA41 portable audiometer with a new ergonomic design and
lightweight portability. The air/bone/speech audiometer includes a full color display that lets clinicians view settings and
results on the screen during the test. Integrated wave files eliminate the need for a separate CD player, while on-board
data file and PDF storage enhances its portability. The MA41 is also NOAH compatible and allows thresholds to be stored
directly into a NOAH database for more convenient hearing aid fittings. (888) 941-4201; www.maico-diagnostics.com
McKeon Products
Mack’s Earplugs, a division of McKeon Products, has introduced a foam earplug for musicians and music aficionados.
The new Mack’s® Acoustic Foam Earplugs are designed specifically for musicians and music lovers who do not want
to sacrifice quality sound while protecting their hearing. With a noise reduction rating of 20 decibels, the product is designed to allow users to preserve their hearing while enjoying music. The hollow-cut and grooved design provides clearer
acoustics and allows for improved communication, whereas traditional foam earplugs may muffle music and speech.
(586) 427-7560; www.macksearplugs.com
Micromedical Technologies Inc
New for 2013 at AAA, Micromedical Technologies featured the Binocular Firewire (up to 250 Hz video recording)
VHIT—Video Head Impulse Test—now available through Micromedical’s VORTEQ as an option on VisualEyes, or
as a stand-alone VORTEQ/VHIT system. The unit is also available as a single software package. The company
also displayed its System 2000 Reclining Rotational Vestibular Chair at AAA, as well as the Air Fx & Aqua Stim
Caloric Irrigators interface with Spectrum Software on the Reclining Chair, and VisualEyes VNG. (800) 334-4154;
www.micromedical.com
Oaktree Products Inc
Oaktree featured the new Heine Mini 3000 LED Fiber Optic Otoscope at AAA. The new Heine Mini 3000 is a highquality pocket otoscope with the added feature of built-in LED technology. Compared to standard xenon halogen
bulbs, the LED technology offers illumination that is twice as bright and white, resulting in enhanced image quality.
Additionally, the integrated LED technology is guaranteed for the life of the pocket otoscope.
Oaktree also featured the Fiber Earvision Universal Probe Tip, a durable probe tip designed to resist cracking. An extension of the Nelson Tool product line, the ear light attachment of the Fiber Earvision Universal Probe Tip is rubber, making
it virtually unbreakable. The tip is designed to fit on most ear lights, including the Led Lenser, ENT Pocket Light, and
Otoprobe ear lights. (800) 347-1960; www.oaktreeproducts.com
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Oticon Inc
At AAA, Oticon featured the Alta Pro custom canal instrument, a new member of the Alta premium custom family and
powered by Oticon’s Inium wireless signal processing platform. Oticon’s newest custom manufacturing process offers
flexible, free-floating components that provide the freedom to configure Alta Pro to optimize performance, size, and battery life. Alta’s Inium chip powers the exchange of real-time information continually and seamlessly between both ears
for more natural, authentic sound. The new custom manufacturing process also focuses on size at every production step
and uses the latest production techniques, including digital configuration and 3D printing of instrument shells for high
quality and fast turnaround.
Oticon has introduced Oticon Alta, which combines premium hearing technology and innovative fitting tools to empower
practitioners to factor more personal dimensions into each fitting for a highly customized solution. Built on Oticon’s
new wireless signal processor, Inium, Alta is designed to deliver exceptional performance, a compact size, and ultralow-power consumption. Inium provides the ability to exchange real-time information continually between both ears for
more natural, authentic sound. With Alta, Oticon also introduces a new generation of RITE receivers, domes, and molds
called MiniFit, designed to provide a more personalized fit with improved flexibility, comfort, and listening performance.
(800) 526-3921; www.oticonusa.com
Otodynamics
Otodynamics expands its Otoport series of handheld OAE instruments. The newest model, the Otocheck LE, is designed
to be a fast and affordable pediatric screener. It performs automatic DPOAE cochlear status analysis within seconds and
with minimal training. All screening models feature fast testing and interactive graphic displays, powerful frequencyband analysis, customizable automatic protocols that give clear pass/refer indications, and a long battery life. Clinical
models offer colorful high resolution OAE analysis. (800) 659-7776; www.otodynamics.com
Otometrics
This year at AAA, Otometrics launched a series of new hearing assessment products with new features designed
for an efficient workflow. The new MADSEN Astera2 offers a complete and dedicated module for pediatric testing, as well as a tinnitus test modality. The AURICAL OTOcam features a powerful light source for clear image
displays. Along with the company’s OTOflex immitance and AURICAL fitting modules, all of the new products are
fully integrated in the OTOsuite™ software, which can be operated through either a PC or a touch-screen panel,
giving clinicians the freedom to focus on patients. With the addition of the new MADSEN Capella, it is now possible
to run OAE in the OTOsuite.
Additionally, Otometrics announced that its AURICAL test chamber is now available for purchase in the United States.
The latest addition to the modular AURICAL fitting solution, the test chamber offers a new approach to Coupler Based
Fitting and Hearing Instrument Testing. Its OnePosition feature is a method for easily placing the hearing instruments
correctly and not having to reposition them for directionality and induction coil measurements. Plus, clinicians can replace single tasks with customized sequential processes for a workflow without interruptions. The feature is designed to
provide an accurate and consistent picture of every hearing instrument, regardless of manufacturer or type, every time.
(800) 289-2150; www.otometrics.com
OTOVATION
OTOVATION has expanded its audiometer product lines with OTOSphere®. Designed with the audiologist and dispenser
in mind, OTOSphere is a portable, two-channel clinical audiometer that offers multiple headset configurations, built-in
speaker amplifiers, high frequency testing, QuickSIN™, TrackWizard® speech material utility, REM (coming soon), and
integration with NOAH 4. OTOSphere is controlled by OTOVATION’s fully redesigned Symphony NOAH Module software.
The Dashboard screen allows clinicians to work with patient information and results from a variety of equipment platforms through NOAH. (866) OTOVATION; www.OTOVATION.com
Pehratek Products
Pehratek Products introduced the new Video VRA Console/Speakers system at AAA. It combines a stylish and lowprofile sound field speaker along with the Video VRA pediatric test system into one integrated unit. The corner-mounted
speaker/VRA is available in black or white color to enhance the appearance of the sound suite. Space-saving, low profile
design offers a 10-inch footprint and has a removable front grill cover for cleaning. The 8-inch JBL loudspeaker meets
ANSI specifications and is warranted for 2 years. The contemporary design hides all cords and permits the Video VRA
monitor to swivel and tilt for best visibility to the child. The Video VRA Console/Speakers can be purchased as a system
or separately to accommodate any existing VRA system. (866) 470-3532; www.pehratek.com
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Phonak
Phonak announced that it had added the new Audéo Q RIC hearing instruments to its Quest platform. With a focus on
sound quality and discreet fit, Audéo Q is available in four performance levels and three styles: Audéo Q-10, Audéo
Q-312, and Audéo Q-312T (including a telecoil). The external receivers, available in three power levels, have been
improved to enhance fit rate and patient comfort. All Audéo Q RIC instruments include the new Tinnitus Balance
noise generator to support common tinnitus management philosophies. Speech understanding in multiple listening
environments is improved with Binaural VoiceStream Technology™ features, including Speech in Wind, auto StereoZoom, and DuoPhone.
Additionally, Phonak launched its Naída Q portfolio, now available in four performance levels on the Quest platform.
Naída Q is a complete, water-resistant power portfolio, including an SP and UP BTE along with a RIC in three power
levels. A Power SlimTube is available for a more discreet BTE look, and all Naída Q instruments are available in a new
color palette. Powered by Binaural VoiceStream Technology to improve understanding in challenging listening environments, optimized features include Speech in Wind, auto StereoZoom, and DuoPhone. Other features important to power
patients such as SoundRecover and Wireless Connectivity are available in all performance levels. (800) 777-7333;
www.phonakpro-us.com
power one
power one featured its ACCU plus nickel-metal hydride rechargeable hearing aid batteries at AAA 2013. power one
ACCU plus batteries provide a rechargeable option for every size of hearing aid. In a single life cycle, each power one
ACCU plus brand battery may replace up to 57 conventional primary batteries, delivering voltage and performance
comparable to conventional zinc air batteries. Adding to environmental considerations, ACCU plus batteries contain 0%
mercury, 0% lead, and 0% cadmium. Featuring a protective stainless steel housing, ACCU plus cells deliver constant
performance even after frequent recharging.
power one also now offers an alternative to conventional zinc air batteries. With the introduction of mercury-free hearing
aid batteries, power one reports that it has reached its goal of becoming an environmentally friendly battery manufacturer. Previously, power one was able to hold mercury content to a minimum; now, it supplies cochlear implant and
hearing aid batteries that are mercury-free. power one’s Hg0% cells are manufactured in a large, modern hearing aid
battery plant in Ellwangen, Germany, where mercury-free cells are produced under strict clean room conditions. (800)
468-2782 ext 203; www.powerone-batteries.com
ReSound
GN ReSound featured the Phone Clip+, made for iPhone*. Designed with a simple user interface, high sound quality,
and hearing aid connection, the Phone Clip+ allows patients to seamlessly connect to their smart phones. As a 3-in-1
accessory, the Phone Clip+ offers patients binaural control of their hearing instruments, music streaming capabilities,
and a variety of new phone functionality, such as call reject and voice dialing. The Phone Clip+ is compatible with all
ReSound wireless hearing instruments. *Apple and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and
other countries.
ReSound also highlighted 360˚ hearing with ReSound Verso’s Binaural Fusion to help patients choose what’s most
important to focus on. Designed with high sound quality, Verso includes Music Mode for a more natural listening
experience. Verso instruments work together to reduce background noise and provide patients with a comfortable,
clear, and enjoyable sound experience. With Binaural Environmental Optimizer II, push-button convenience, and a
durable, water-resistant nanocoating, Verso instruments can read and adjust to various sound situations. (800) 2484327; www.gnresound.com
SeboTek
SeboTek highlighted its second-generation of Sebo HD2 instruments at AAA 2013. The new Sebo HD2 incorporates
a host of new features designed to provide SeboTek’s sound quality, noise reduction, and speech enhancement
technology. The Sebo HD2 hearing system also features a 14 kHz bandwidth and 111 high resolution processing
channels.
The Intro HD2 is SeboTek’s newest solution for cost-conscious patients. HD2 is designed to provide a visually attractive
style, a virtually invisible fit, and exceptional sound quality and performance. The unique design of the Intro HD2 is aimed
at reducing the time spent on fittings, making it more cost-effective to dispense. The Intro HD2 also includes the same
type of housing as SeboTek’s premium Sebo HD2 models, making the Intro HD2 an attractive solution for patients on a
limited budget. (800) 388-9000; www.sebotek.com
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Serene Innovations Inc
Serene Innovations introduced the Model SA-40 Smartphone Amplifier. This wireless amplifier is designed to work with
virtually any cell or smartphone with Bluetooth. The amplifier boosts sound up to 100 times louder (40 dB) and features
tone control, making incoming voices clear and more intelligible, even in noisy environments. A padded speaker grill
adds comfort and noise isolation. The unit is designed as a handset for ease of use, and includes a selectable, speakerphone mode for loud and hands-free conversations. The SA-40 also is fully T-coil compatible. A rechargeable battery
allows for up to 8 hours of talk time. (866) 376-9271; www.sereneinnovations.com
Siemens Inc
At AAA, Siemens announced expanded availability of its micon™ technology into more hearing instruments and
additional performance levels. The expanded portfolio means hearing care professionals can offer patients micon
for nearly every hearing loss, age, lifestyle, or cosmetic preference. The technology will be available in the newly
released Insio™ micon product family of custom instruments, as well as the Motion® micon behind-the-ear (BTE)
line. This spring, micon technology will be extended to the 3 mi performance level for the Pure®, Siemens Life™,
and Aquaris® hearing instruments.
Siemens also introduced its new Android™-based miniTek Remote App, designed to transform an Android smartphone
into an easy-to-use, convenient, and discreet control for the miniTek. Once paired, wearers can select an audio source,
adjust volume, and access other hearing instrument settings directly from their smartphone. What may look like texting
from a phone is really a hearing aid adjustment or command to connect to an audio source, such as a TV. The miniTek
remote app is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. (800) 766-4500; www.usa.siemens.com/hearing
Sonic
Sonic introduced Bliss, with features designed to make everyday conversations more enjoyable. Bliss includes Speech
Variable Processing for more natural sound, Speech Priority Noise Reduction to provide comfort and preserve underlying
speech signals, and sophisticated directional systems so that patients can focus on the important everyday sounds happening right in front of them. Select custom and BTE models come ready to communicate with Bluetooth®-compatible
external audio sources via the reliable and easy-to-operate SoundGate unit. Bliss is available in four powerful custom
models and a miniBTE. (888) 423-7834; www.sonici.com
SoundCure Inc
SoundCure Inc launched version 2.0 of its tinnitus treatment software for Serenade®. Serenade 2.0 enables audiologists and other certified hearing care providers to evaluate a patient’s tinnitus, determine its unique characteristics,
and program customized, patented treatment sounds (S-Tones®) onto the Serenade device, in the office. New features include a way to assess key aspects of the perceptual component of a patient’s tinnitus, and an improved user
interface with test reporting, data-logging, and detailed help functionality. The Serenade device offers a form of sound
therapy with proprietary tones that were originally invented at the University of California, Irvine. (855) 77-SERENADE;
www.soundcure.com
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Starkey has introduced 3 Series, the company’s most advanced, full line of wireless products that are designed for better
personalization, from fit to features to sound, for more patient satisfaction. Powered by IRIS Technology, Starkey’s proprietary wireless platform, 3 Series connects seamlessly to Starkey’s SurfLink Accessories and offers all of the benefits
of wireless capability, including wireless programming/media streaming. The 3 Series features Voice iQ2 and InVision
Directionality, and improved high frequency audibility through Spectral iQ. It also comes with HydraShield2 nanocoating,
new electronic packaging, and a revamped design.
Starkey also introduced Xino Tinnitus, a Starkey hearing aid that includes patent-pending Multiflex Tinnitus
Technology. Xino Tinnitus tackles the subjective nature of tinnitus in a nearly invisible RIC 10 device. Designed
with personalization and flexibility in mind, Multiflex Tinnitus Technology provides a way to customize relief
to match a patient’s unique tinnitus by creating a patient-preferred sound stimulus designed to deliver the
greatest relief. Starkey’s “best-fit” tinnitus algorithm first sets the tinnitus stimulus according to the patient’s
audiogram, then allows for flexible adjustments in 16 bands of frequency and a novel modulation algorithm.
Xino Tinnitus also can be integrated with most sound therapy protocols, including retraining therapy and masking. (800) 328-8602; www.starkeypro.com
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Unitron
Flex:trial™ from Unitron is designed to be a risk-free business solution for providing immediate amplification to patients
without compromising care. By building flexibility into the hearing instruments and software, Flex:trial gives hearing
care professionals immediate control over fittings and technology trial. The result is an improved potential to meet the
patient’s expectations quickly, easily, and risk-free. Patients can leave the clinic with the right hearing aid, right away,
while clinicians reduce inventory and increase business efficiencies.
Unitron also unveiled Moxi Kiss, its newest 312 receiver in canal (RIC) hearing instrument with a design aimed at improving patient acceptance. The latest product to be released on the Era™ platform, Moxi Kiss marries a fluid, refined design
with Unitron’s technology designed for better speech understanding in noise and clear, comfortable, automatic listening.
It is available with five levels of technology, and also can be offered through Unitron’s new Flex program, mentioned
above. (800) 888-8882; www.unitron.com/us
VitaSound Audio Inc
VitaSound Audio Inc introduced the Personal Audio Enhancer (PAE-300), a new multifunctional audio enhancement
device for TV, face-to-face conversation, cellphone, and MP3 Player Use. The PAE-300 is designed to allow users
to better hear and distinguish sounds in everyday situations. It features four sound modes, each of which has been
designed to address a common, “hard to hear” listening situation: Watch Mode for watching television, Talk Mode for
conversing face-to-face in noisy environments such as restaurants, Listen Mode for talking on a mobile phone or listening to an audio player, and Relax Mode, which provides soothing sounds for relaxation or temporary relief from tinnitus.
(877) 967-0742; www.pae300.com
Warner Tech-care Products
Warner Tech-care Products, a broad line distributor of hearing aid accessory supplies, demonstrated products by Bionix
at AAA. Bionix has created a line of disposable products for audiologists. They include Lighted Ear Curettes, with various
sizes and shapes. These provide a brilliant white light for viewing the ear canal. Bionix also has developed an articulating
ear curette and a bright LED disposable ear light. A full catalog of Bionix products is available on the Warner website.
(800) 328-4757; www.warnertechcare.com
Westone
Inserting earpieces is made easier with the new and improved Oto-Ease, a sterile, unscented lubricant designed specifically for custom earpieces. The proprietary formula provides a nongreasy, water-soluble solution for patients while also helping create an effective acoustic seal. (800) 525-5071;
www.westone.com/store
Widex USA Inc
At AAA 2013, Widex featured DREAM™, a new family of hearing aids. Powered by Widex True, the company’s new
technological platform, DREAM includes TRUE Integrated Signal Processing (TRUE ISP™) with four performance levels,
each with six models. DREAM is fit using Widex’s new COMPASS™ GPS fitting software, which has an updated user
interface. Hearing professionals also can utilize the new my.widex.com smart website, which can be personalized for
every wearer and includes information about their hearing loss, hearing aids, and other information.
Additionally, Widex introduced ZEN2GO, a ready-to-wear device designed for people with tinnitus who have normal hearing. ZEN2GO is a tinnitus management device that uses the Widex patented ZEN Program, a unique sound therapy tool
that has shown promise in the treatment of tinnitus in a published clinical study. (Contact Widex for further information
on the study.) ZEN2GO is preprogrammed for a flat 10 dB hearing loss, and can be worn right out of the box, and used
in combination with a personalized counseling program. (800) 221-0188; www.widexpro.com
Summer 2013
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