New products

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).


SeboTek Launches New RIC and BTE Instruments


A new HD2 RIC product family
Available in six technology levels from premium to ultra-value devices, HD2 products incorporate a host of premium adaptive features that provide fully automatic adjustment to the user’s environment with HD sound quality and balance of speech audibility and listening comfort. The intro-HD2 is a new ultra-value instrument which is targeted to be a very affordable and attractive RIC solution in the industry.With it comes a bold, new category of RIC technology.

LiFT2 family
SeboTek also announces the launch of their new LiFT2 family of BTEs and Faceplate assemblies. The LiFT2 family will feature both programmable and non-programmable BTEs in power and super power models, as well as faceplate assemblies in a multitude of options.

Audifon launches vico and eox & via


vico – Simplicity redefined
Elaborately designed and well equipped with advanced hearing system features like the newest Adaptive Noise Reduction and Adaptive Feedback Cancelation, vico measures up to highest standards. vico is available as complete family of BTE- and ITE-devices at a fair price-performance ratio.

eox & via – New family members
With the eox family audifon offers a premium solution for wireless comfort. eox is available in ITE (IS+, IS) as well as BTE housing (M, S). Featuring real-time wireless streaming, eox allows customers to enjoy hands free telephone communication, to watch TV or listen to music through their hearing systems. Moreover, easyclick binaural synchronization allows customers to adjust volume and choose a program by only touching one hearing system. Using the audifon multistreamer, customers will be able to connect to various devices for ease and comfort in listening. Introducing the via IS, audifon’s wireless CROS/BiCROS family now offers additional choices for customers with an unaidable hearing loss on one side. All via products use high-bandwidth audio transmission to transfer audio signals from the customer’s unaidable ear to the better ear. via guarantees best speech intelligibility and superior hearing quality.
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Unitron Introduces Moxi Kiss


Unitron announces Moxi™ Kiss, a 312 receiver in canal (RIC) hearing instrument with a design aimed at improving patient acceptance. Released on the Era™ platform, it represents an evolution in design for Unitron’s Moxi product family, putting the comfort of the patient at the forefront. Within Moxi Kiss is Unitron’s Automatic Program incorporating SmartFocus™ and SpeechZone™ technologies which provide natural sound quality, speech intelligibility in noise and undetectable transitions to changing sound environments.Additionally, a RIC slider pin makes changing receivers easier. The programming jack is angled for easy cable plug in for fitting."Beautiful in form and powerful in performance” says Jan Metzdorff, President, Unitron.
Moxi Kiss will be available beginning in March 2013. Contact your local Unitron representative for availability in your market.

International Launch of SONIC BLISS 100 & BLISS 80


Sonic has launched its newest full line of premium hearing instruments that are designed to maximize user delight. It is built on the Speech Variable Processing (SVP) platform of Sonic. Bliss is equipped with the latest Adaptive Feedback Canceller from Sonic. This Canceller proactively attacks feedback, resulting in consistently squeal-free, easy listening. Add to this the finesse of Speech Priority Noise Reduction, which preserves speech clarity in noisy situations, as well as the convenience of Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, and the result is a host of benefits that users will find blissful. Hearing care professionals can order Bliss as a miniBTE in a selection of matte or sleek metallic hair and skin colors, or as custom instrument models in 4 skin tones. The Bliss lineup is offered at both premium (Bliss 100) and advanced (Bliss 80) technology levels with fitting ranges that cater from mild to severe hearing losses, including custom Power products.

New tool soon available for different languages

As any audiologist can tell you, it’s not always easy providing effective hearing solutions for people who speak different languages. But that could soon change, according to Toronto audiologist Marshall Chasin. Chasin says a new piece of software, now in development, could soon allow various language speakers to work with their audiologists to capture