BENSON RELEASES NEW FIT-TESTER TO EVALUATE EARPLUG EFFECTIVENESS
Benson Medical Instruments (http://www.bensonmedical.com/) introduced a new hearing protection fit testing system, the CCF-200 Fit Tester, to help occupational health professionals verify that their hearing conservation programs are providing them with optimal on-the-job hearing protection from earplugs. If there are issues of poor fitting technique, incorrect insertion, or improper choice of earplugs, the test will produce real-time Personal Attenuation Ratings, which indicate the need for follow-up. Other features of the CCF-200 include graphical display of occluded and unoccluded measurements, automatic retests, keep-busy mode, and full-page reports.
By making the CCF-200 compatible with its audiometer and sound level meter products, Benson hopes to integrate fit testing into the hearing testing process. The CCF-200 can be installed into multiple sound booths to test multiple people at the same time on a single computer. It also comes with a specially designed headset that doesn't touch the ear or the earplug to ensure a comfortable experience during the test and valid results. The fit tester can be used with all manufacturers’ earplugs. The CCF-200 will be showcased at the American Occupational Health Conference in Denver and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Conference in New Orleans.
PHONAK INTRODUCES NEW RECHARGEABLE HEARING AIDS AND ITS SMALLEST CUSTOM DEVICE
Phonak (http://www.phonak.com/) has extended its built-in rechargeable technology to its behind-the-ear hearing aids and created the smallest custom hearing device that it's ever produced. The new lithium-ion rechargeable Bolero B-PR builds on the success of Phonak's first rechargeable hearing aid Audéo B-R. It offers up to 24 hours of use with a single charge. Using 3D printing technology, Phonak created its smallest, custom-made invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid Virto B-Titanium. The titanium shell is half as thin as traditional shells, the overall size of the device is reduced significantly and the fit rate increases by 64 percent. Phonak said the Virto B-Titanium is perfect for first-time hearing aid users and patients with smaller ear canals.
Both devices run on Phonal's operating system AutoSense OS, which automatically analyzes sounds every 0.4 seconds and blends them to create over 200 distinct settings to precisely match different sound environments. The Bolero B-PR and the Virto B-Titanium are available in the U.S. and most countries in Europe.
STARKEY SPONSORS STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN AUDIOLOGYNOW! THROUGH GRANT
Starkey Hearing Technologies (http://www.starkey.com/) announced that it will be sponsoring 20 students to attend the American Academy of Audiology annual conference, AudiologyNOW!, through the Fellows-In-Training (FITT) Student AN! Grant. This year, 33 students applied for sponsorship. The FITT program offers the accepted audiology graduate students a stipend of up to $500 for transportation and lodging expenses. Students who receive the funding are required to provide the Academy with post-conference statements about the experience and learning outcomes.
Speaking about the benefits of attending AudiologyNOW! for the students, Sara Burdak, the chief audiology officer at Starkey, said, “Whether they end up working in a private practice, a faculty role, or in a research setting, the opportunity to experience, learn, and network is invaluable to their future and the future of audiology.” AudiologyNOW! takes place on April 5-8 in Indianapolis, IN.
LISTEN TECHNOLOGIES EXPANDS PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION TO MEXICO
Listen Technologies (https://www.listentech.com/) is partnering with Rentraduce to bring its assistive listening technologies to Mexico. Rentraduce, which provides text translation, interpretation, and subtitling services, is now the exclusive provider of Listen Technologies’ products in Mexico. Russ Gentner, CEO of Listen Technologies, said Rentraduce shares the company's passion for providing exceptional listening experiences. “Rentraduce is crucial to our international expansion and to our commitment to educating individuals, academic institutions, governments, and businesses about the life-changing impact of assistive listening solutions,” Gentner said.
Through Rentraduce, the audio streaming system ListenWifi, the ListenIR sound transmitting system, and ListenRF products will be available to consumers in Mexico. Customers can request a demo of ListenWifi on Rentraduce's website.