New products

Sprint announces wireless CapTel for iOS-powered mobile devices


Sprint Relay has announced that it is making Wireless CapTel available for devices using Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, with the aim of increasing accessibility of mobile communications for individuals with hearing loss. Until now, wireless CapTel was only available on certain Android devices.
The company’s CapTel application provides hearing impaired users with real-time word-for-word captions on their mobile device, to help them when receiving calls. Users place their calls in the same way as they do when using conventional phones by dialing a number, but the calls are directly connected to the CapTel service. When the callers receive a reply from the person they have dialed, they can listen to what the person says, but also read captions of the spoken content almost simultaneously on the phone’s display screen. This helps them to fill in any missing words that they may not have heard correctly.
"Sprint Relay is pleased to add another groundbreaking solution to its portfolio - and bring to the market a service that improves our customers' experience," says Mike Ellis, director at Sprint Relay, in a press release from the company. Sprint Relay has more than 20 years of experience in providing relay services to the hearing impaired and to people with speech disabilities.

MED-EL receives approval to market Single-Sided Deafness implant

MED-EL has become the first hearing implant company to receive approval for marketing cochlear implants for the indication of Single-Sided Deafness in countries that acknowledge the CE mark.


Outdoor sounds levels: There’s an app for that

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Summertime and the living can be noisy especially for concert goers who are taking in summer festivals around the world.


Cochlear’s Aqua Accessory receives FDA approval

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Cochlear Americas has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market an Aqua Accessory compatible with the Cochlear Nucleus 5 Sound Processor. The Aqua Accessory is a custom cover with a double zip lock seal designed to hold


Serenade® Tinnitus Treatment System launched in the UK


SoundCure Inc., a tinnitus solution provider, announced the launch of the Serenade Tinnitus Treatment System at the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Practitioners (AIHHP) spring conference. Serenade was launched in the U.S. in April, 2012 but this UK launch marks the first formal commercial release outside the U.S..Serenade offers tinnitus sufferers potential relief using S-Tones®, customized treatment sounds developed independently by hearing researchers at the University of California.Serenade is a handheld device that is programmed in the clinician’s office for each individual patient according to his specific condition. Through the device’s earphones, the patient listens to therapeutic sounds which are designed to address the underlying neurological cause of tinnitus. Four different treatment sounds are available, anchored by advanced, proprietary S-Tones.

New Ida Institute’s Time and Talk Tool


Ida Institute’s new Time and Talk Tool is designed to help clinicians gather information and complete required clinical tasks while also attempting to build a relationship with patients. The goal of this tool is indeed to show the practitionner how to integrate process skills and practical clinical skills in a patient-centered audiological consultation within the given time of the appointment. The tool’s experiential learning approach uses scenarios and role-plays of mock consultation sessions that allow role-players as well as observers to share in the insights gained. The newest addition to the non-profit institute’s Ida Tool Room is available for free on the Ida website and contains a flexible and easy-to-implement workshop program for practicing clinicians and students. Short video clips from a workshop conducted at the University of Bristol provide an easy-to-follow guide through the tool’s various activities and role-play exercises.

UK launches for Puretone


At BSHAA, Puretone displayed the Piccolo audiometer from Inventis to the UK hearing dispensers. One of a wide range of audiometric instruments from the Italian company, the Piccolo is a fully featured portable diagnostic audiometer that can be operated via a Windows® based computer or wirelessly via an iPad®. This iPad® functionality allows for a much greater degree of flexibility when used in the patient’s home, and also offers the opportunity to sync data to a pc-based NOAH database via iTunes®.
Following on from the success of the PerfectRITE® RIC cleaning system launched at last year’s BSHAA, Puretone chose this year’s event to launch the PerfectDRY® and PerfectDRY® Lux dehumidifying systems. The PerfectDRY® is a cost effective heatpad-based drying box; large enough for 2 BTEs with earmoulds, yet small and light enough to easy fit into a handbag. The PerfectDRY® Lux completes the range, and comprises a fan assisted drying system along with a 360° ultraviolet lamp for surface disinfection. The PerfectDRY® Lux has a 3-year warranty, with the UV lamp boasting an expected life span of 50 years*.

*When used once a day in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. iPad, iPad mini and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

MED-EL: RONDO™ The World‘s First CI Single-Unit Processor is now available!

A new kind of audio processor is available on the market! For the first time, traditional audio processor components, control-unit, battery pack and coil, are combined into one single unit.The fully-integrated design makes RONDO™ simple to wear, and is especially comfortable for people who wear glasses of any kind. With no cable and fewer parts, users benefit from enhanced durability. RONDO™ disappears easily under longer hair. It is based on the proven OPUS Audio Processor platform and features the same signature MED-EL technologies. As announced in Audiology Worldnews earlier this year (here), the CE Mark and FDA approvals were obtained at the end of last year.

Connectivity: Connect to assistive listening devices (ALDs) via the telecoil, or plug in directly by using the Mini Battery Pack and a connection cable.
Weight: 18.5g (as delivered with standard magnet and batteries)
Battery Life: Up to 5 days of use with a set of 3 high-power zinc-air batteries (type 675).
Magnet Strength: Available with soft, standard, strong or super strong magnet.
Sound Coding Strategies: MAESTRO Cochlear Implant System supports the latest generation of FineHearing Technology as well as other advanced coding strategies.
Future Compatibility: Designed for compatibility with upcoming sound coding strategies.

Rehab Apps for Adults and Assessment Apps for Children , by Advanced Bionics


Advanced Bionics announced the launch of two iPad® apps, designed to help adults learning to hear with cochlear implants and hearing professionals working with children. CLIX is the first installment in a suite of rehabilitation applications that make up the Advanced Bionics Listening Exercises (able). The free CLIX app is designed to help adult cochlear implant recipients practice listening for word differences in both quiet and noise. It can also be used by adults with hearing aids. The second app released from AB, IT-MAIS, is a version of a popular assessment tool used by professionals around the world (Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale) to evaluate a young child’s response to sound during their first few years of listening with hearing technology. The app will indeed help professionals collect and save parental reports concerning their child’s response to sound through interview format. The test allows creation of up to 30 different child accounts and for repeated interviews.

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DM filters, new filters for hearing protection


DM filter – the new filters for hearing protection. They are certified as PPE and provide a tuned and flat attenuation response throughout the entire frequency range. The system includes three different filters which can be easily replaced and therefore the DLO earmould can be adjusted to different noise situations. It is compatible with In-Ear Monitoring System DS 11 and can be used in Biopor AB earmoulds: Only one customised earmould can be used as a hearing protection system as well as an earphone system.

Noise insulation: 26 dB SNR
Sensitivity (at 1 kHz): 103 dB SPL at 0,1 V RMS