New products

Introducing the online review system for hearing aids

Hearing Tracker

Tracking patient outcomes using traditional tools can be costly and time-consuming. HearingTracker.com (free) allows patients to complete outcomes anonymously from the comfort of home, with instant feedback provided to the audiologist. Outcomes are displayed on a professional dashboard, where you’ll gain insights into which hearing aids are working the best for you and your clients.

Keep your results private or compete with other local audiologists to attract new customers. Hearing Tracker will be hosting a series of Quick Solutions sessions at AudiologyNOW! Attendees will learn to use Hearing Tracker while earning CEUs.

Unitron wins iF product design award 2014

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iF International Forum Design GmbH is an international provider of design services. The group also runs the well-known iF design competitions for products, packaging, and communication, open to a wide range of organizations and individuals including manufacturers, designers, entrepreneurs, architects, and developers. Its annual awards in these areas are a mark of design quality recognized worldwide.

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NEW Oticon Ria re-defines the essential category

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New Oticon Ria is the latest addition to Oticon’s Performance Line: It provides excellent sound quality without adding to the strain of listening. Ria combines Binaural Synchronisation, Inium feedback shield and YouMatic Essential.Oticon Ria Pro and Ria complete Oticon’s Performance Line of hearing instruments which include premium technology, Oticon Alta and advanced technology, Oticon Nera. ConnectLine allows Ria users to enjoy easy connectivity to modern communication devices in one integrated system. With the addition of the Streamer Pro, users can connect easily, comfortably and wirelessly to landline and mobile phones, digital office phones, TVs, music, video chatting and streaming, teleloop, FM, and more. Robust and reliable, Ria RITE and BTE style solutions are IP57 certified and feature an intelligent mechanical design that prevents water, dust and debris from getting inside.

Clients can choose the shape, size and style that best suits their lifestyle. Another innovation within the essential category, Oticon offers Ria in all styles including the discrete Ria Pro IIC and Ria Power ITE. All Oticon miniFit receivers, Corda miniFit and miniFit domes can be used with the entire line of Performance families including Alta, Nera and Ria hearing instruments.

Improving hearing tests: no more beeping

RESEARCH

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A team of researchers in Melbourne, Australia, has developed a new hearing test aimed at replacing the traditional audiogram. They hope that the new test will help to bring in more people to evaluate their hearing. According to the researchers, the traditional test has become a barrier to people who would benefit from a hearing aid but who do nothing about it.

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Low-cost solar-powered hearing aids from Africa

SUSTAINABILITY

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Providing people in need with hearing aids is, of course, an important step in the right direction, but if they cannot afford to buy new batteries, the success story stops there.

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Mimosa Acoustics OtoStat®

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OtoStat® is a handheld, touchscreen, device for testing middle- and inner-ear status using wideband acoustic immittance (MEPA reflectance and absorbance) and DPOAEs. Audiologists, ENTs, and other hearing-health clinicians have access to a portable, clinically-friendly wideband immittance system, that doesn’t need daily calibration. With the same probe fit and two-taps on the color touchscreen, middle- and inner-ear status is obtained quickly and easily, aiding differential diagnosis. Clinicians can choose from 3 DPOAE protocols, all with smart early-stopping rules to optimize testing time. Analysis and norms are provided for four age-groups: newborns, infants, children, and adults, using the latest clinical findings. “Our customers asked for a handheld version of our successful HearID+MEPA reflectance system – we are delighted to offer them the OtoStat”, said company president Dr. Patricia Jeng. Mimosa Acoustics have been serving clinical and research communities since 1994 with high-quality otoacoustic emission and wideband immittance test equipment. OtoStat is a legally marketed device (FDA 510(k)).

New features in Noah System 4.4

Noah System 4.4 is a free upgrade, released in January 2014. This five minute video describes the new features in this Noah software upgrade.

GSI Corti™, a new hand-held OAE instrument

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Grason-Stadler (GSI), a world leader in audiometric assessment instrumentation, introduces the GSI Corti™, a new hand-held Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) instrument for screening and diagnostic testing. The Corti provides both Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE) and Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions (TEOAE) in a battery powered instrument. The Corti is designed for fast paced screening and diagnostic clinical environments for testing patients of all ages, infant through adult.The intuitive color OLED display on the Corti provides color graphics that are easy to interpret. Assessment may be completed in two ears in as little as three button presses. The four-button operation is easy to learn and use. The Corti introduces smart technology that maximizes accuracy and speed. Corti’s Auto Start automatically assesses the probe fit, background noise and probe stability. When conditions are acceptable, in-the-ear calibration is conducted providing stimulus precision. Immediately following the Auto Start routine, the testing automatically initiates. During testing, Corti continually assesses the probe fit and background noise to ensure test results are accurate. The patented Adaptive Noise Algorithm which uniquely identifies and manages the emissions in challenging variable noise conditions is pivotal to Corti’s speed and accuracy.

Using either DPOAE or TEOAE, the Corti provides fast, accurate screening with results acquired in seconds, and includes data compatibility to HiTrack and OZ eSP which may be a requirement for reporting newborn-screening data. Corti DPOAE and TEOAE protocols are designed to meet U.S. CPT code requirements for a fast return on investment.

Oticon Medical launches new Ponto Plus family

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Built on the Inium platform, the latest chip technology from Oticon Medical’s sister company Oticon, the Ponto Plus family features a new powerful transducer, an efficient and innovative Inium feedback shield and the newest Bluetooth 2.4 GHz wireless technology, all designed to deliver better sound quality, less feedback and fewer artificial sounds.

Innovative wireless capabilities make it possible to connect Ponto Plus directly to smart phones, to loop systems in public venues and to other modern communication devices to allow conversation, music and other sounds to transmit from the Ponto Streamer directly to the sound processor. In combination with Oticon Medical’s proprietary OptiFit™ and OptiGrip™ implant design concepts and the newest tissue-preserving surgical techniques, Ponto Plus creates exciting new possibilities for clinicians to increase long term prospects and well-being for both new and experienced users of hearing implant technology.

The DREAM continues – new BTE model

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Since its launch in January, the DREAM™ family of advanced hearing aids from Widex has set a new standard in hearing aid performance. By dramatically increasing the input range and maintaining the fidelity of all sounds entering the hearing aid, DREAM gives users incredibly rich and detailed sound.

The DREAM family now also includes the elegant FASHION model. It is perfect for those hearing aid users who appreciate the power of conventional BTE’s but would like the discretion of smaller models. Despite its slim design, FASHION has a new and improved receiver that provides more output and its better input range allows users to enjoy a larger and richer sound picture. In addition, a new housing design makes it easier for users to control the volume and change programs.