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MAICO Diagnostics and Interacoustics have announced an agreement to offer a full line of hearing testing medical devices to Novation, which represents a large number of hospitals and health care providers.
GENIE Sound Rooms.
Reported to be the market leader in Canada, the GENIE series of audiometric sound rooms is now being offered by Otometrics throughout the United States and is available exclusively at Audiology Systems.
uHear Hearing Test App
Unitron has released a hearing test app and an online support kit with the goal of giving more people access to treatment for hearing loss.
The original HI-PRO series from Otometrics, developed in cooperation with hearing aid manufacturers, is well known and has long been recognized as the de-facto industry standard for hearing aid programming.
GN Otometrics has issued an alert to warn customers, partners, and distributors about imitation HI-PRO products. Invalid serial numbers, irregular CD labeling, sub-standard bumpers on the bottom of the housing, and general inferior workmanship are just a few of the signs that can identify the fake HI-PRO products by simple visual inspection, says the company.

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This October marks a new beginning for MAICO Diagnostics as it launches new devices, a new website, and a new fresh look.
Figure 1. AutoREM guides the fitter through a step-by-step process to automatically match the REIG targets of the selected fitting rule.
A new automatic REM fitting feature was found to be a reliable and fast alternative REM with less variability compared to manual REM.
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UFE Electronic Designs has developed the AcousticEar™ electronic amplifier designed to replace stethoscope-type hearing aid listening tools.
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American film composer Jeff Rona comments on Richard Einhorn's recent article in Hearing Review and proposes some more economical options for hearing-impaired musicians who need to hear the subtle nuances of their instrument in order to get the most out of their performances.
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Continuing education is the secret to helping patients with vestibular disorders.
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As a mechanic for more than 14 years, Tony uses power and impact tools that generate considerable noise. His hearing was gradually affected though he did not realize.
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Musicians can be a hearing care professional’s worst nightmare and, on occasion, their greatest teacher. The Hearing Review's August edition guest editors Douglas Beck, AuD, & Marshall Chasin, AuD, provide an overview of this fascinating and challenging area of hearing healthcare.
De Wet Swanepoel, PhD, testing a 4-year-old with hearScreen, a smart phone app. Photo credit: University of Pretoria.
The newly developed app reportedly adheres to international calibration standards, can be loaded onto a low-cost, smartphone, is automated, and continuously monitors background noise to ensure reliable testing.
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Previous research and current movement in the endeavor to provide the most natural, binaural auditory experience for hearing instrument users is discussed, in addition to the technological developments that have made these advances possible.
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In the July 2014 Final Word column, Dennis Van Vliet looks at what best practices look like in the "best practices."
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A recent commentary published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal outlines the reasons improvements in hearing screening tests for newborns are necessary.

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In just over a decade, RIC/RITE hearing aids have taken over half the US hearing aid market. What implications does this hold, and will RICs continue on their unparallelled growth trajectory?
ICS Impulse
Audiology Systems is offering practitioners a firsthand look at the new portable video head impulse testing (vHIT) device by Otometrics which provides head positioning feedback functionality and other enhancements.
The left figure shows an inner hair cell, with its hair bundle at one end and with 3 of its roughly 20 synapses with cochlear nerve terminals at the other end. The cell's nucleus is shown in red, and each synapse is marked by a smaller red dot. Immunostain recognizes a molecule present in the nucleus and also in a key synaptic component within the hair cell, called a “ribbon.” The images shown on the right were taken with a confocal microscope. The upper image shows 8 inner hair cells from a normal ear (each cell has one large red nucleus) and about 150 small red dots (arrowheads), each of which shows a synapse between a hair cell and a cochlear nerve fiber. The bottom image shows another ear a few days after exposure to a noise that caused only a transient threshold elevation. The confocal image shows no loss of hair cells, but a striking loss of synapses, which will never recover.
The new findings suggest that noise-induced hearing loss has another very important component beyond just hair cells: the loss of cochlear nerve fibers.
Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener II
Welch Allyn's new OAE Hearing Screener is designed as a connected solution for healthcare professionals who will now be able to enroll even their youngest patients in early intervention programs to help prevent language disabilities before they occur.
EAR Inc Adjustable Hearing Screener & Fit Check
A hearing screener from E.A.R. is designed as inexpensive and effective way to increase referrals, as well as check the attenuation and fit of hearing protection.