STARKEY RELEASES XINO CLASSIC
Starkey's (www.starkeyhearingtechnologies.com) Xino Classic is available as a receiver-in-canal 312 device with rotary volume control, noise management system, directionality, feedback cancellation, and simple connection with SnapFit receivers. It can fit up to a 70-dB gain and comes in six standard colors.
PHONAK PRESENTS COMPLETE PORTFOLIO
Phonak's (www.phonak.com) Wireless Communication Portfolio includes the new digital standard Roger microphones and the DECT CP1 cordless phone, which transmits a conversation simultaneously to both hearing aids.
The company's pediatric portfolio features Sky Q hearing aids, Roger technology, and improved fitting software. Sky Q hearing aids come in four different models, including a size-13 receiver-in-canal device, and three performance levels. All models are resistant to water, sweat, and dust (IP67), and they include the SoundRecover algorithm and Binaural VoiceStream Technology. Children can create their own hearing aid design from 17 housing color options and seven ear hook tones.
Phonak also presented its new Baseo Q-15 and Tao Q-15 devices, which are geared toward cost-conscious consumers.
In addition to these products, which are all based on the Quest platform, the company introduced the new Lyric, which cannot be seen from the outside and is worn during all daily activities, including showering and sports. The new Lyric has an increased gain of 2 dB and an additional volume level.
SIEMENS EXPANDS BESTSOUND TECHNOLOGY
Siemens Hearing Instruments (www.hearing.siemens.com) extended its micon BestSound Technology to super-power and invisible-in-canal hearing instruments, and expanded the existing micon portfolio to more performance levels. The portfolio will include the super-power Nitro micon behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear devices in 7mi and 3mi; Insio micon invisible-in-the-canal devices in 7mi, 5mi, and 3mi; Insio micon in 7mi, 5mi, and 3mi; and Motion micon in 7mi, 5mi, and 3mi.
In addition, two product families are being added to Siemens’ Essential portfolio: Orion in BTE, receiver-in-canal, and custom models, and Sirion in BTE and custom models.
SUMMIT INCLUDES AUDIOLOGISTS, DENTISTS
The 2013 Team Summit, hosted by Audigy Group, Audigy Medical, and Stratus Dental Group founder and managing member Brandon Dawson, convened about 1,200 audiologists, ENT physicians, dentists, students, and business and leadership professionals. The meeting focused on three aspects of a thriving independent business: belief in what is possible, operational effectiveness, and positive leadership. The first Team Summit, held in 2009, had 120 attendees.
IDA INTRODUCES ‘MYTHBUSTERS’
The new “Mythbusters” section of the Ida Institute's website (www.idainstitute.com) uses clinician commentary, videos, and research highlights to correct common misconceptions about adopting a patient-centered approach. The section details key aspects of patient-centered care, such as shared decision making; enhanced interaction between patient and practitioner; the creation of more sustainable, long-term solutions; and increased patient satisfaction.