New products

Dry Caddy: Voted Best New Product on AAA 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.

The RONDO cochlear implant from MED-EL

The RONDO cochlear implant


Hear What DREAMS are made of

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.

Maico unveils next generation of MA41


Introducing the next generation of the classic MA41 portable audiometer from Maico-Diagnostics! This air/bone/speech audiometer has a new ergonomic design, lightweight portability, and many features. A full color display lets you view settings and results on the screen as you test. It also features integrated wavefiles eliminate the need for a separate CD player, while on-board data file and PDF storage. NOAH compatibility allows thresholds to be stored directly into your NOAH database for seamless hearing aid fittings.

XS miniBTE – Think small!


At AudiologyNOW! 2013 in Anaheim, audifon is excited to present its smallest BTE-housing ever built. The very compact XS miniBTE is 45% smaller compared to audifon’s M-housing and 19% to the S-housing. It comes in a nice design, is most comfortable to wear and offers discreetness. Of course the XS miniBTE delivers the same sound quality and features you have come to expect from audifon’s Exclusive Line. The XS miniBTE will be first introduced in the elia and prado family. Stop by at Booth 1637 and see for yourself how small - small can be.

Phonak expands its Quest platform


Phonak introduces the new Phonak Audéo Q and Phonak Naída Q portfolio, based on the Quest platform launched six months ago. Both product families feature the unique Binaural VoiceStream Technology™ and will be available in the market with immediate effect.
Phonak Audéo Q enhances the spontaneous acceptance and enables more signal, less noise and better understanding in more listening situations – even with open fit. The new Tinnitus Balance Portfolio – available with Audéo Q – offers hearing care professionals tools to support a variety of tinnitus management philosophies. The Naída Q product family delivers premium performance for people with severe to profound hearing loss.
Phonak, a leader in FM technology, also introduced Roger on Audiology Now, a new digital standard that bridges the understanding gap, in noise and over distance, by wirelessly transmitting the speaker’s voice directly to the listener. Roger systems run on the 2.4 GHz band and employ adaptive algorithms to avoid interference and optimize operating range. Intelligent frequency-hopping technology selects only free frequencies, ensuring interference-free performance in every class. It will be available for the education market from June 14.

Bernafon launches Acriva

Bernafon announces the market introduction of Acriva 9¦7.The launch took place at the 25th annual AudiologyNOW! Convention. Thanks to Audio EfficiencyTM 2.0,a new integrated circuit platform, precision - "Akrivís" in Greek - is enhanced. With Acriva, customers will benefit from the new Frequency CompositionTM, the improved Adaptive Noise Reduction Plus, and a new level of wireless connectivity with SoundGate 2, amongst other features. Bernafon’s Frequency Composition™ delivers a new solution. It ensures the audibility of high-frequency sounds for people with severe high-frequency hearing losses. The system takes the high-frequency cues and shifts them to lower frequencies where the hearing capacity of such clients is better. The shifted signal is overlaid onto the original signal, keeping the bandwidth in the output signal unchanged and therefore the sound natural. Acriva also focuses on comfort and speech understanding, thanks to ChannelFreeTM signal processing, frequency-lowering, and directional modalities.

New MADSEN Capella2 for Otoacoustic emission testing


The new MADSEN Capella2 from Otometrics is the result of a technology partnership between IHS, a recognized leader in clinical OAE, and Otometrics, a leader in clinical usability. It gives the clinician an objective and accurate analysis of cochlear function for all ages. The user interface of the MADSEN Capella2 is integrated into OTOsuite. Amongst other features, it allows to check the probe fit at both the beginning and end of a measurement, pre-define user-tests, swap ear data, and to easily compare results with normative values. Additionally, Precise Points was designed with researchers in mind, but is a powerfully simple tool. Optimized In Situ Calibration strikes the balance between accuracy and efficiency. These are just two examples of the most advanced features in Capella2.

Only released in the USA

MedRX: Newly Designed Stealth Clinical Audiometer


MedRx, Inc unveils a completely redesigned AVANT Stealth Clinical Audiometer which is part of the next generation of micro PC-based instrumentation developed by MedRx. The new advanced AVANT Stealth is a 2-channel audiometer, allowing multiple signal routing options utilizing cutting edge sound processing and sound generating technology. This audiometer has a small footprint (Approx 8” x 5” x 1.25”) and contains 2x20 watt built-in amplifiers and can be upgraded to include high frequency testing. This PC-based audiometer allows air, bone and speech testing, has dedicated transducer outputs and offers an intuitive user interface for data collection, patient monitoring and counseling. The Stealth is USB-powered and requires no additional external power supply when used as a diagnostic audiometer, 125-8K. The Stealth comes standard with insert ear phones, bone oscillator, patient response switch, talk back microphone, operator mic/monitor headset and speaker outputs. Optional transducers include: TDH 39 headset and HDA200 high frequency headset. This audiometer is NOAH™, TIMS® and Sycle.Net compatible.

Storytelling? There’s an app for that

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iPad has just released a new app for story telling aimed at deaf and hard-of-hearing children. It’s called The Baobab. The app tells the story of “a curious little girl who embarks on an adventure”, aided by watercolor-style illustrations, English text and a video-narrator using American Sign Language (ASL).