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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) annual conference in Indianapolis. AAA is something most audiologists look forward to all year: an opportunity to see what new products the manufacturers and vendors are releasing, a place to get continuing education for the year, and a chance to reconnect with colleagues, friends, and old classmates from the industry.
The highlight of the convention was the Pure 13 BT from Signia, which is their new direct to iPhone instrument that is also able to be adjusted by hearing healthcare providers remotely. The new myControl app from Signia allows wearers to conveniently stream phone calls, music, and TV directly into the hearing aids without an intermediary device. The Pure 13 BT is currently available in the Receiver in the Canal style and takes directionally to the next level by making use of iPhone motion sensors. These instruments react and adjust to changing listening situations when the wearer moves around. For example, when the wearer is walking in a noisy environment, the hearing aids focus on the speech of a conversation partner as well as unobtrusive ambient sounds for increased safety.
As far as impressive new products from other industry vendors, my interest was piqued at the Shoebox Audiometry booth. Shoebox Audiometry is offering the first automated iPad audiometer to perform diagnostic testing. With calibrated headphones, Shoebox conforms to current CSA standards, ANSI and OSHA requirements.