New Products for Enhancing Sound
ReSound introduced two new products at AudiologyNOW! in March: the Unite Mini Microphone, a hearing aid sound booster, and ClearPath, a free iPad application designed to help audiologists assessing patients.
The Unite Mini Microphone helps Alera hearing aid users experience better sound by amplifying and extending the reach of the hearing aid. The ClearPath iPad application helps audiologists show patients how an investment in technology can deliver a satisfying listening experience. The app features a simple assessment, customizable audiograms, audio files for educating patients and their friends and family, and a reference library.
Tool for Placing Foam Blocks
The Lighted Placement Tool developed by Bionix allows audiologists to place foam blocks in the ear under direct visualization. The tool features a light source, magnification lens, and a placement tip with 5 mm depth markers. The light is projected at the tip and enhanced by magnification.
Discreet Hearing Aid
Sonic has released its new miniature receiver-in-the-canal hearing solution for consumers who would like to improve their hearing discreetly.
The Flip hearing aid incorporates Sonic's brand of features, but also provides an aesthetic appearance designed for self-conscious consumers. The aid comes in four colors that match hair and skin tone, and includes a speech variable processing platform and speech priority noise reduction.
Modular Fitting Solution
GN Otometrics, a manufacturer of hearing and balance instruments and software, introduced the Aurical Hit at AudiologyNOW! in March, providing another addition to GN Otometrics' modular fitting solution.
The Aurical Hit features the OnePosition Concept, placing the hearing instrument securely inside the test chamber, eliminating the need to reposition it further.
Red Dot Award for AMP
Starkey Hearing Technologies has been honored for the second time with a red dot award for product design for its AMP hearing aids. The AMP was designed for those who are not ready to commit to wearing hearing aids.
It will be featured with other prize-winning products July 3-29 in the exhibition, “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2012,” at the red dot museum in Germany.
Introducing XCEL Technology
Siemens Hearing Instruments announced XCEL, a technology that balances speech intelligibility and sound quality for hearing aids to help increase hearing aid acceptance.
The new models are Pure XCEL, Motion XCEL, and Eclipse XCEL. The Eclipse XCEL, a deep-fit, completely-in-canal hearing aid is designed to minimize occlusion effects and offer a more natural hearing experience.
Siemens also introduced VoiceLink, a voice transmitter accessory that connects to a plug-in microphone, delivering sound via Bluetooth technology.
Expansion of Nanotechnology
P2i, a liquid-repellent nanocoating technology used in hearing aids, is implementing its Aridion technology into other electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Aridion's ultrathin coating prevents corrosion damage build-up caused by sweat, moisture, and liquids. It is now in more than 2.5 million phones and tablets.
miniBTE Product Line Extended
Hearing aid manufacturer Oticon has expanded the miniBTE style to fit the Oticon Agil, Acto, and Ino brands.
The miniBTE is powered by Oticon's RISE 2 signal processing, and features a small design. Agil, Acto, and Ino miniBTE solutions are compatible with the ConnectLine system and microphones to conduct one-on-one conversations in loud environments.
Smartphone Sound Adjuster
SK Planet has released SoundBest Player, an audio enhancement app for PCs, iPhones, and Android smartphone music libraries.
The app extracts and saves the listener's personal hearing curve, uncovering the listener's weak frequencies and adjusting audio levels accordingly. The app is available for $2.99 in the Apple App Store and in Google Play, and is also available for Windows PC download for $35.99.
Cerumen Removal Product Revitalized
Bionix Medical Technologies released a redesign of its OtoClear Ear Irrigation Tip for cerumen elimination.
The tip features a Gentle Touch design manufactured from a soft material that fits in the ear. The angle of the three-streamed tip was adjusted to work more efficiently and sprays divergent streams onto the ear canal wall.
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