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Interacoustics launches EyeSeeCam vHIT system for measurements of the VOR


EyeSeeCam Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT) has been launched by Interacoustics for quick and objective measurements of the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR).

The EyeSeeCam vHIT system comprises a light weight goggle with a high-frequency camera, head accelerometer, calibration laser and a laptop. Thanks to its no-slippage-goggle design, EyeSeeCam vHIT produces more accurate and reliable test results, and the flexible design allows for testing on left or right eye on a wide range of patients.

During data collection, eye and head movements can be viewed simultaneously in real time, and a practical “impulse guide” will help the user to adjust their impulses to the correct amplitude and velocity. EyeSeeCam vHIT features a comprehensive test report with instantaneous velocity measurements as well as velocity regression. The informative report displays both overt and covert saccades in 2D or 3D rotations as well as gain calculations @ 40, 60 and 80 ms.

Innovative solutions with the Quest platform for Phonak


With the Naída Q product family plus the expanded Wireless Communication Portfolio, Phonak presents a solution for people with severe to profound hearing loss: The Phonak wireless accessories provide the extra boost that people with severe to profound hearing loss often need in challenging listening situations. The expanded portfolio includes microphones based on the new Roger technology that bridges the understanding gap in noise and over distance: the Roger Pen and the Roger Clip-On Mic. This new technology, running on the 2.4 GHz band, improves understanding in these situations. The compact wireless Roger Clip-On Mic can be worn on the shirt. The Roger Pen with fully automated microphone settings and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity can be placed on the table, held in the hand... The new Phonak DECT cordless phone simultaneously transmits sound to both hearing aids and increases speech understanding.

The new Phonak solutions for the cost-conscious, Phonak Baseo Q-15 and Tao Q-15, enable great sound based on the Quest technology and an outstanding first fit acceptance.

In addition to its new products based on the Quest platform, Phonak presents the new Lyric.It has been engineered to perform for even more people with an increased gain of 2dB and an additional volume level. The innovative and compact design geometrically fits 75%* of the eligible users. Thanks to the improved module encapsulation, lateral oleo- and hydrophobic nano-coating plus a medial cerumen shield the new Lyric provides greater device protection against earwax and moisture.

The complete portfolio of solutions presented at the EUHA congress 2013 will be immediately available in the market.

* Fit rates calculated on a study population of 450 ears, after screening out 254 ears from an initial population of 704 ears, due to medical (e.g. uncontrolled diabetes, new to anticoagulation therapy, immune issues, poor skin quality, etc.) and other lifestyle contraindications, as outlined on the medical screening form.

Phonak Sky Q: Because a child is not a small adult


Dedicated pediatric Phonak Sky Q family and an expanded range of wireless solutions, including the new Roger technology, support children every step of the way.

The Phonak Sky Q product portfolio includes four models (including a size 13 RIC) across three performance levels based on the powerful Quest platform. The Mix & Match color range with 17 housing colors and seven ear hook tones (such as “Caribbean Pirate” and “Dragon Orange”) lets children create their personal hearing aid design. The non-linear frequency compression algorithm SoundRecover ensures maximum access to high-frequency sounds that are essential for children to develop age-appropriate speech and language skills. Furthermore, the Roger technology bridges the understanding gap in noise and over distance, ensuring optimized access to speech even in challenging listening situations (classroom, playground). The enhanced Phonak Target Junior mode allows hearing care professionals to fit even more accurately and verify that the hearing aids are programmed correctly.

Varta Microbattery showcases new products at the EUHA congress


VARTA Microbattery will be showcasing new hearing aid batteries at the EUHA Congress in Nuremberg.

The company will be presenting power one "wireless approved" MERCURY-FREE cells in types 13 and 312. Over 150 VARTA Microbattery researchers and developers designed these hearing aid batteries for maximum performance. Innovative cathode technology and continuous high voltage ensures the purest sound and premium quality in the hearing aid. The new power one "wireless approved" MERCURY-FREE cell is the optimum energy source for wireless devices and the latest generation of hearing aids as well as Bluetooth application.

The product portfolio of power one has also been expanded to include the power one IMPLANT plus 13. This battery was developed for hearing aids with high-power applications such as streaming.

SEBO HD2 - New RIC product line


SeboTek introduces a new line of six high fidelity products with the release of Sebo HD2. Continuing to build on its reputation of the best sounding hearing care products in the industry, SeboTek features industry leading bandwidth of 14kHz and 111 channels of processing that is protected by the latest in moisture protection nano-technology. HD2 utilizes Auto-Sync which is a hands free listening mode that manages the adaptive features of the hearing aid to ensure maximum listening comfort, enhanced speech audibility and a high definition sound experience regardless of the environment.

The Intro HD2 is SeboTek’s newest RIC instrument for individuals needing a low cost hearing solution. The design of the Intro HD2 brings the benefits of RIC technology at an affordable price level for every economic and social demographic.

New kind of hearing implant forthcoming

The German company Auric, known for its activities to shorten health care trajectories, is together with several research groups involved in the development of a new, tiny middle ear implant for people with average to severe hearing problems.


Bernafon: Upcoming launch of Carista 5¦3


With Carista, Bernafon’s Swiss-engineered Audio EfficiencyTM technology will be available in two complete mid-range hearing system families. The user will be able to count on improved speech understanding, enhanced listening comfort, and more opportunities for individualization. “We are especially excited to bring wireless connectivity to our mid-range instruments with Carista”, says Giuseppe Romaniello, Carista Product Manager. “A direct input from the TV, mobile phone, GPS, etc., with less background noise, can really make listening much easier and more comfortable. And, in this price category, it’s a great feature.” Carista hearing instruments are also more comfortable to wear thanks to the Adaptive Feedback Canceller Plus, Adaptive Noise Reduction Plus and Transient Noise Reduction features.Four BTE and six custom instrument styles are offered in various colors, along with a variety of acoustic options.

RESONANCE will launch new devices at 58th EUHA


RESONANCE is an Italian diagnostic solution provider of hearing assessment. The new premium product launched at EUHA is RESONANCE R17A, an innovative handheld touch-screen diagnostic audiometer. The device guarantees maximum portability, no extra-accessories needed to perform audiometric screening's tests, large editable memory included, easy to be transferred to PC thanks to Bluetooth connectivity with the MDS software for data management.

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.