- Published on 29 May 2013
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.
- Published on 22 May 2013
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.
- Published on 22 May 2013
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.
- Published on 14 May 2013
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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- Published on 07 May 2013
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
- Published on 03 May 2013
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.
- Published on 16 April 2013
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.
- Published on 15 April 2013
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.
- Published on 05 April 2013
The new top-of-the-line WIDEX DREAM™ family of hearing aids was recently launched to much success at AudiologyNOW (AAA) congress in Anaheim, California. Delegates were impressed with the ability of DREAM to create an incredibly rich and detailed sound. DREAM does this by using advanced Widex True-Input Technology, which dramatically increases the input range and maintains the fidelity of all sounds entering the hearing aid, resulting in a much better sound picture. This unique technology also significantly improves speech intelligibility for DREAM users, particularly in noisy environments. Advanced integrated signal processing provides an artefact-free signal for optimal sound processing so that users can enjoy uncompromised speech understanding.