Impressions from AudiologyNOW! 2017

Widex showcasing their Beyond range

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.

Signia unveils Pure 13 BT Primax, a hearing aid made specifically for iPhone

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Today, Signia announced the latest addition to their hearing aid line up, the Pure 13 BT Primax, scheduled for release in May.

The new instrument offers some of Signia’s most innovative technology and will be the only hearing aid in Signia’s line-up that combines binaural audio exchange and direct streaming thanks to the e2e™ wireless 3.0 and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Pure 13 BT also offers better adaptability when the user is moving by connecting to an iPhone’s motion sensors via Bluetooth.

The Pure 13 BT runs on an updated primax star platform, which is compatible with TeleCare 2.0. This system lets hearing healthcare providers remotely modify hearing aid frequency. Provider can also access real-time data on the patient’s experiences in different settings through the myHearing App and make adjustments, saving both the provider and the patient multiple trips to the office.

The Pure will be available as a RIC model, offering advance technology in a discreet form factor. For more information on the Pure 13 BT and the revolutionary systems it use, check out the Signia website.

If you are interested in purchasing a hearing aid process, contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687.

 

 

Starkey wins an Interactive Innovation Award at SXSW

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Congratulations to our friends over at Starkey, whose Halo 2 hearing aid won an Interactive Innovation Award for Wearable Tech at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin last week.

Launched in March of 2016, the Halo 2 continued the innovative line of “Made for iPhone” hearing aids; upgrading the both the compressor technology and installing a new operating system. This new hardware made it so the aid could process multiple sound sources at the same time, allowing for a more crisp and natural sound. It also added Starkey’s tinnitus technology for customized tinnitus relief.

Starkey released the TruLink app with the Halo 2 launch. TruLink connects with the aid through any Apple (or select Android) device, giving users an easy-to-use control app for their aids. The app gives users an easy way to adjust their levels as necessary and allows for customized geotagged locations that will automatically adjust levels at some of their most frequently visited environments.

The Wearable Tech awards was given “for the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally ‘on you.’”. The Halo 2 was nominated for the award with four other finalists in the category, including companies like Samsung, Intel and Oakley.

To find out more on the Halo 2 products or to schedule an initial appointment, please call (877) 426-0687 or visit hearingrevolution.com