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Neuro Kinetics presents new Research in Balance and Dizziness

NEURO KINETICS PRESENTING NEW BALANCE & DIZZINESS RESEARCH AT AMERICAN BALANCE SOCIETY CONFERENCE

PITTSBURGH (March 3, 2011) — Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) (www.neuro-kinetics.com), manufacturers of noninvasive medical diagnostic equipment used worldwide to test for vestibular and neurological conditions, said today that it co-presented two research studies at this week’s American Balance Society conference meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Balance and Dizziness Clinical Testing Expanded and Refined

The research continues the company’s push to expand and refine the clinical testing that can be conducted with its medical equipment in the diagnosis of balance and dizziness conditions. Studies suggest that 50 percent of all individuals suffer from balance and equilibrium conditions during their lifetimes. The elderly are particularly vulnerable as falls can lead to devastating life-threatening consequences.

The first paper for the American Balance Society conference detailed the collection of normative patient data using video oculography (VOG) based eye tracking with a rotational (Barany) chair. The paper — co-authored by Dr. Alexander Kiderman, NKI’s chief technology officer, and Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, a professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at Bloomsburg University – reported on the data collection work at Bloomsburg.

Data was collected for four types of rotational tests: Sinusoidal Harmonic Acceleration (SHA), Step Testing, Visual Enhancement (VVOR) and Visual Suppression (VF).

(data can be found on Neuro Kinetics web site: www.neuro-kinetics.com/news_2011abs.aspx.)

The second paper focused on comparing static and dynamic tests of Subjective Visual Vertical (SVV) which measure the deviation between a patient’s vertical perception and actual gravitational perception. The study addresses a question in the testing for balance and dizziness disorders about whether or not to consider the static SVV results during the dynamic SVV test.

The paper was co-authored by Dr. Kiderman; along with Dr. Howard Mango and Dr. Cara Makuta, both of the Newport Mesa Audiology Balance & Ear Institute in Newport, California, where the research was conducted.

(Abstract can be found on Neuro Kinetics web site: www.neuro-kinetics.com/news_2011abs.aspx.)

“We’re delighted to be able to offer important new research to the community of balance specialists from around the world,” said J. Howison Schroeder, NKI president and CEO. “Great strides are being made in the understanding of balance and equilibrium disorders and we’re proud to be a leader in expanding the knowledge base.”

ABOUT NEURO KINETICS, INC.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) is the world leader in eye tracking technology and non-invasive neuro-otologic diagnostic testing.

Central to its product mix and technological advances is the premise that the eye is the portal to the brain. Research has shown the detection of abnormal eye reflexes can indicate the presence of over 200 diseases and medical conditions.

For more than 25 years, NKI has supplied comprehensive neuro-otologic diagnostic tools to audiologists, ENT’s, neuro-otologists, neuro-ophthalmologists and neurologists around the globe. The company’s patented products include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center), I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography), along with related accessories, software, training and support services.

The Canadian Manufacturer and Supplier of Neuro Kinetics Products in Canada is AIM Instrumentation Ltd.   Contact us at 1 800 444 9386!

Otovation Initiative for Remote Diagnostic Service

Otovation announces development of a Remote Service that will enable hearing health care professionals to perform remote hearing diagnostic and patient counseling across the Internet!

Otovation Announces Initiative for Remote Diagnostics and Patient Counseling

King of Prussia, PA — April 12, 2011 — Otovation today announced its RemotEAR initiative, an upcoming service that enables hearing care professionals to perform remote hearing diagnostics and patient counseling across the Internet. RemotEAR is scheduled to be launched this fall, and will be an affordable service that enables audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, occupational health testers, researchers and other hearing care professionals to administer a complete diagnostic exam and counseling session with a patient at a remote office location. The RemotEAR offering is based on a series of U.S. patents that Otovation licensed from East Carolina University (ECU), that were developed beginning in the late 1990’s by Dr. Gregg Givens, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at ECU.

RemotEAR

The RemotEAR technology enables the hearing care professional to perform a patient exam and provide face-to-face counseling with the patient using videoconferencing and remote desktop technology. The diagnostic exam can consist of audiometry, tympanometry, video otoscopy, and otoacoustic emissions among other types of tests. Use of RemotEAR requires only a high-speed connection to the Internet, and can also be utilized in a local-area or wide-area network environment. The service enables the hearing care professional to control the diagnostic exam with the help of an assistant at the remote office where the patient is located, and provides a secure and robust set of features for managing the patient care process.

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Dave Davis, CEO and founder of Otovation commented, “We’ve been working with ECU and Dr. Givens for some time now on the development of the RemotEAR technology model, and we are very pleased to be able to bring this new and innovative type of service to the hearing care market. More than ever, busy hearing care professionals are challenged to deliver high-quality diagnostic services in remote and difficult to reach geographic areas, and RemotEAR is a unique solution to help bridge these time and distance issues. Telemedicine has been in use for various medical specialties since the early 1990’s, and we think that a robust but affordable tele-audiology implementation like this is an idea whose time has come. We’re working hard to ensure that RemotEAR meets the clinical needs of hearing care professionals, and yet can be offered as a very affordable subscription-based service to enable everyone to make use of it. We always look for innovative ways to improve how and where hearing care can be delivered, and we believe that RemotEAR will provide new and exciting opportunities to extend the care delivery model and improve patient care.”

 

A beta program for RemotEAR will launch later this spring, and Otovation expects the service to go live by fall 2011. For more information on this innovative new service, please contact Dave Davis at Otovation. As always, visit Otovation’s website for information on our line of market-leading products (www.otovation.com).  In Canada, contact AIM Instrumentation for Sales Service!

 

Otovation Software Update Available

Otovation announces that the Symphony v1.3.1 and Symphony NOAH Module V1.3.1 is now available.

Update for Symphony Software

Symphony® v1.3.1 and Symphony NOAH® Module v1.3.1 software is now available and will accompany all new system purchases.

Symphony v1.3.1 should be installed by all customers using OTOPod and Amplitude T-Series. The software is available FREE and the update process is simple and quick.

Authorized dealers may download the contents of the Symphony Installer CD (CD version 1.7) and the application components.

Contact AIM Instrumentation for assistance in Canada    1 800 444 9386.

Now Available in Canada – New 3M Sound Detector

New Product Announcement

New 3M™ Sound Detector SD-200

Introducing the 3M™ Sound Detector SD-200, a compact, lightweight sound level meter that provides advanced integration at an exceptional value. The SD-200 includes key features for the assessment of workplace noise levels, including integration, which computes the average sound pressure level. In addition, the SD-200 has LED indicators that flash green, yellow and/or red when preset thresholds have been reached. The SD-200 offers an intuitive five-button design that makes it easy for users to measure sound levels and to help determine the level of hearing protection that may be required.

Entry-level sound level meter is easy to operate

The SD-200 Sound Detector is lightweight and compact enough to accommodate one-hand operation. An intuitive, five-button interface makes it easy to operate, and the user selectable LED alert screen provides a quick visual reference of sound levels with green, yellow and/or red LED’s that flash when preset noise thresholds are reached. The rechargeable lithium polymer battery helps to lower the total cost of ownership versus other sound level meters that use replaceable batteries.
Contact Sales at AIM for more information!

Canada and Australia negotiate Medical Devices Registration

Australia / Canada Agreement:

A new agreement has been reached between Canada and Australia for mutual acceptance of regulatory requirements. This may mean that products registered as Manufactured in Canada may also be registered in Australia. We will keep you updated as these details evolve.

Otodynamics announces a software update for Otoport and Otocheck

Otoport Service Pack 1

Otoport Service Pack 1 is an update for your Otoport or Otocheck which will add new features and fix issues. It ensures that you have the latest firmware for your Otoport and the latest Otolink PC software.


Otodynamics OtoportOtoport Service Pack 1 is free of charge and includes:

* A new version of Otolink to install on your PC

* New firmware for your Otoport or Otocheck

* Full update instructions and a Help menu

* Details of what the Service Pack contains for your Otoport or Otocheck

* New product manuals

The Service Pack update is simple to install.  Just visit the Otodynamics website to download or Contact your nearest AIM office for assistance.  AIM is a proud supplier of Otodynamics products.

The NEW Fonix 8000 Hearing Aid Test System with REM is now available in Canada!

Frye Electronics is pleased to announce Real-ear Measurements on the FONIX 8000 Hearing Aid Test System.

Frye’s Fonix 8000 with REM – now available in Canada!

Frye Electronics is pleased to announce Real-ear Measurements on the FONIX 8000 Hearing Aid Test System. The Real-ear Option includes single or dual probe microphones with Visible Speech, Real-ear SPL, and Insertion Gain testing.  All existing 8000 analyzers can be upgraded!

The FONIX 8000 Hearing Aid Test System features the Polar Plot sound chamber:

A new innovation in the world of hearing aid testing. This unique sound chamber has a special configuration in which the directional hearing aid is mounted vertically and automatically rotated 360° in order to obtain polar plot measurements within a clinical test environment. With directional hearing aids becoming more and more popular every year, this technology is a vital tool for any hearing health professional.

Advanced Computing Power on the Fonix 8000:

The FONIX 8000 analyzer has new advanced computing power with extremely fast measurements, USB computer connectivity, and the ability to add new innovations such as the directional polar plot measurements.

AIM Companies Canada are proud to sell Frye Electronics products.  Contact our sales department for information and quotations!

Frye 8000 Hearing Aid Measurement System with REM

AIM Companies Canada helps manufacturers register in Canada!

AIM Companies Canada is actively seeking qualified medical device manufacturers who wish to market their products in Canada.

Sell your Medical Device in Canada!

AIM Companies Canada is actively seeking qualified medical device manufacturers who wish to market their products in Canada.

AIM Companies Canada is a group of three companies that specialize in the importation, distribution and manufacture of medical devices for the Canadian marketplace.  Strategically located west in British Columbia’s Greater Vancouver, the companies are placed serve customers across Canada.

Registered with Health Canada as a licensed Medical Devices Distributor, AIM is able to assist foreign manufacturers to achieve Canadian certification and distribution for their medical device products. With over 35 years of successful business operations, AIM provides a solid foundation for manufacturers wishing to register and promote their products in Canada.

We are pleased to invite you to contact us for further information about how AIM can help you to register and sell your medical devices in Canada.

Otovation M2 Audiometer now available in Canada!

Audiometer – New to Canada!

Miniature audiometer, the Otovation M2

OTOPod M2Audiometer

This audiometer model builds on the innovative design of our M1, and adds hearing instrument programming for Widex hearing aids. The wireless operation and unique form make it easy and convenient for both the hearing aid dispenser and the patient.

The M2 can be operated within NOAH to provide a complete diagnostic testing and fitting process for the following Widex hearing aid families: Passion 440, mind 440, mind 330, Passion 115, Passion 110, Passion 105, Inteo, AIKIA, Flash, REAL, Senso, Bravo, and Bravissimo.

Now Available in Canada!

Otovation Announces Release of Symphony® 1.3

Otovation Announces Release of Symphony® 1.3

King of Prussia, PA – November 1, 2010 — Otovation, a leading provider of innovative diagnostic products for the hearing care industry, is pleased to announce the release of version 1.3 of its Symphony software. Symphony is a robust and full-featured software suite distributed with the company’s Amplitude T-Series and OTOPod audiometers.

Otovation releases new software for their audiometer

Symphony 1.3 adds significant new features:

including various enhancements for speech testing. Following is a recap of some of the features in the new version for both Symphony and Symphony NOAH Module software:

  • Increased maximum output levels for tone and speech testing
  • Supports 1 dB and 2 dB step levels for pure tone and speech testing
  • Supports both speech graph and table data formats
  • Supports phoneme and keyword scoring as well as whole word
  • Supports up to 9 WRS scores
  • Provides the ability to plot WRS and SRT curves
  • Provides the ability to define and display multiple speech norm curves
  • Displays individual word lists and corresponding scores
  • Additional report customization to support regional preferences
  • Ability to copy prior test results to a new test session
  • Output reports to PDF format for subsequent input to EMR and other systems
  • Improved calibration reminders

Dave Davis, founder and President of Otovation commented, “We’ve worked hard to implement a variety of new features in Symphony, and have added significant new capabilities to speech testing, results reporting, and in a number of other areas. We’ve also focused on making Symphony even easier to use and faster and more efficient for our customers. This new version of Symphony is a shining example of how we listen to our customers and always endeavor to meet their needs.”

The new version of Symphony and Symphony NOAH Module software is now available, and is included with all new OTOPod and Amplitude T-Series audiometers.

Contact AIM Technologies for more information on acquiring and upgrading to Symphony 1.3. or call us toll-free in the USA at 1-800-444-9386 for information on how to purchase Otovation products.