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Clarity Introduces New Speakerphone



Clarity ( has released Fortissimo, a speakerphone designed for individuals who have mobility challenges and hearing loss.

Fortissimo features 85 dB SPL of amplification, which allows users to have conversations from anywhere in the room where the phone is. The speakerphone also features a talking caller ID, LCD touch screen, and a voice service that enables users to post to social media, e-mail, listen to voice mails and news feeds, and check the weather with spoken commands.

The device offers several adaptations for hands-free control. Users can activate features by blowing gently on the connected puff switch or touching the connected pillow switch with their arm, leg, head, or shoulder.

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MED-EL Single-Unit Processor Approved

The RONDO, a single-unit audio processor from MED-EL (, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device combines the microphone, battery pack, and coil into a single externally-worn processor.

The device, which can be used with all MED-EL cochlear implants, obviates the need for an ear hook and separate coil and cable. The processor connects to an internal implant component magnetically.

The RONDO is available in four colors: anthracite, Nordic gray, crème, and ebony. The processor will launch in spring 2013.

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Beltone Releases New Aid

Beltone ( has introduced the Beltone Promise, an aid that recognizes different listening environments and uses communication between hearing devices to self-adjust and simulate natural hearing.

Sounds can be streamed wirelessly from electronics like the television, radio, computer, or phone directly into the hearing aid. During a phone conversation, the Promise automatically reduces the volume in the hearing aid on the non-phone ear to suppress background noise.

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New QuickBooks Synchronizer ( released its new QuickBooks Synchronizer tool, which allows for all financial entries in to be transferred to the hearing practice's QuickBooks file.

This electronic transfer helps reduce data entry errors and eliminates the need for staff members to enter information twice. Data is sent as invoices and credit memos.

The QuickBooks Synchronizer is free of charge. For practices that want one-on-one assistance with setting up accounts for synchronization, has partnered with a certified public accountant who will provide setup assistance for a one-time fee.

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