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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

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Serenade® Tinnitus Treatment System launched in the UK

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Apple, iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple, Inc, registered in the US and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc.

DM filters, new filters for hearing protection

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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

Serenade 2.0 Software for Tinnitus Treatment

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Serenade® device is offered by certified audiologists in 43 states, and has been helping patients with debilitating tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”) to find relief thanks to a form of sound therapy. Serenade 2.0, launched at Audiology Now! enables audiologists and other certified hearing healthcare providers to evaluate a patient’s tinnitus, determine its unique characteristics, and program customized, patented treatment sounds onto the Serenade device. New Serenade proposes multiple new features and enhancements, and test reporting and data-logging features have been optimized. A smooth user interface with new help text functionality makes Serenade 2.0 faster and easier to use for the clinician. In particular, an new way to quickly assess key aspects of the perceptual component of a patient’s tinnitus has been implemented.

Personal Audio Enhancer, by VitaSound

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PAE-300 is a hearing enhancement product, designed for those with early-stage hearing loss. The PAE-300 helps users better hear and distinguish sounds in situations where background noise or low-sound levels make hearing difficult. It features four sound modes – Watch Mode. Talk Mode. Listen Mode. and Relax Mode. – which provide users with an enhanced hearing experience during everyday ‘hard to hear’ listening situations; primarily while watching TV, conversing in noisy environments, talking on a cellphone, or listening to music through an MP3 player. The product features an advanced noise-suppression technology and is powered by the Neuro-Compensator® hearing engine, which leverages a computer-learning algorithm to enforce an optimal electrical signal from the root of the auditory nerve to the brain.

Dry Caddy: Voted Best New Product on AAA 2013

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Ear Technology’s newest product, Dry Caddy, was voted “Best New Product” at the recent AudiologyNOW! Conference held by the American Academy of Audiology in Anaheim. President and Founder of Ear Technology, Dr. Daniel R. Schumaier said, “It’s always an honor when your peers select you as a winner of a new product.” Ear Technology recognized the need to have an economical solution for hearing instrument wearers while traveling and in less demanding environments. “I wanted to invent a passive drying kit that was easy to use and more importantly a product that was worthy of the Dry & Store name,” he said. Dry & Store therfore introduced Dry Caddy™, a passive dryer for hearing instruments, be it hearing aids, personal sound amplifiers, cochlear implant hardware, noise/tinnitus maskers, and in-ear monitors. It requires no recharging, reactivating, batteries or electricity and comes with 6 Dry-Discs. It is not based on silica gel like other desiccants but on a molecular sieve to remove moisture from the tiny crevices, pores, openings, and tubes of hearing devices. It makes it an alternative to electronic devices, that cannot be carried everywhere.