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Manufacturers News covers the latest products, programs, and news from hearing healthcare companies. News releases and photographs are welcome. Please submit information to HJ@wolterskluwer.com.

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SONIC LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAM, PRODUCTS

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Sonic's (sonici.comhttp://www.sonici.com/) Everyday Sounds Better Program (everydaysoundsbetter.comhttp://everydaysoundsbetter.com) introduces the company's hearing products for first-time, cost-conscience patients.

Through the program, Sonic works with participating hearing care professionals to schedule appointments with interested callers. Practitioners’ participation is free.

In other news from the company, the new Celebrate instrument is designed to deliver clear and natural sound and is available in receiver-in-canal (RIC), behind-the-ear (BTE), and custom models. The new Journey Super Power BTE aims to give people with extreme hearing loss more confidence in daily conversations.

Both products are built on Sonic's Speech Variable Processing technology and include Frequency Transfer, Reverb Reduction, and updated wireless capabilities.

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UNITRON INTRODUCES NORTH, MOXI FIT

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Unitron's (unitron.comhttp://unitron.com/content/unitron/us/en.html) North sound-processing platform identifies and classifies seven distinct environments, four of which focus specifically on conversation. The company's new generation of receiver-in-canal (RIC) Moxi hearing instruments, Moxi Fit, runs on the North platform, as do the earlier Moxi Kiss and Moxi Dura.

Moxi Fit has a 312 battery, push button, and telecoil, and is integrated with the company's Flex:trial and Flex:upgrade programs.

Also compatible with this technology is the newly introduced Log It All data-logging feature, which captures and displays patients’ experiences with their hearing instruments across seven environments regardless of technology level.

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AHAA HONORS AUDIOLOGISTS

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Practice owners and audiologists were awarded for their successes during the American Hearing Aid Associates’ (AHAA; ahaanet.comhttp://www.ahaanet.com/) 20th anniversary convention.

Pat D. Biondi, AuD, the owner of Audiology & Hearing Aid Solutions in Clifton, NJ, received the President's Award, AHAA's highest recognition.

Five additional award winners were recognized.

  • Terri Ellert, BC-HIS, and Ric Felder, owners of the Hearing Centers of Arizona: Growth Award.
  • Kristin Davis, AuD, owner of Davis Audiology in Greenville, SC: Leadership Award.
  • Suzette Pace, AuD, owner of Cortland Hearing Aids in Cortland, NY: All the Right Things Award.
  • Elizabeth Patterson, AuD, owner of REM Audiology Associates in Philadelphia and New Jersey: Organizational Development Award.

The convention's theme was Transformation, with an aim to solve challenges faced on every level of a practice.

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BERNAFON EXPANDS DEVICE LINE

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Bernafon (bernafon-us.comhttp://www.bernafon-us.com/) introduced three new hearing instruments:

  • The Juna Pico receiver in the ear (RITE), Bernafon's smallest RITE instrument, fits hearing losses up to 100 dB HL. It comes with the new miniFit speaker and dome system, which are geared toward improving fitting flexibility, performance, appearance, and reliability.
  • Saphira comes in 14 different styles in the mid-range price and performance categories, including completely-in-canal (CIC), RITE, and behind-the-ear (BTE) devices. The instruments use the company's Audio Efficiency technology, designed to shift high frequencies to a more audible range, reduce transient noise, and enhance the music-listening and movie-watching experience.
  • The Supremia Super Power BTE, for adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss, is IP58 rated, provides a peak maximum power output (MPO) of 143 dB SPL, and has enough battery power to last up to 184 hours.
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OAKTREE RELEASES DIGITAL OTOSCOPE

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Oaktree Products’ (oaktreeproducts.comhttps://www.oaktreeproducts.com/site/default.aspx) CellScope Oto Pro is a smartphone-enabled otoscope designed to work with iPhone 5 or higher. It converts the iPhone into a video otoscope that can capture, view, and share images or video of the tympanic membrane through the CellScope mobile app.

The product includes a phone case, an optical otoscope attachment, two pediatric-size reusable specula, two adult-size reusable specula, and a storage container with an attachable lanyard.

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