It’s the Great Pinna Charlie Brown?

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the evening of October 31 and, according to some historians, originates from an ancient Celtic festival intended to commemorate the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. On the contrary, if you are Linus Van Pelt, it is the night when the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys for all the children of the world.  Either way, this time of year does mark the end of a “clinical season” of sorts where it makes sense for clinicians to take stock of supply needs to prepare for the winter, including some items that may not be on your ordering radar.

Have you ever wished that you had an extra pair of hands available to hold something in place while trying to repair an item? Check out Extra Hands (item #55150), a pair of mechanical arms designed to hold whatever you need firmly in any position, leaving your hands free for gluing, soldering, or other positional work.  The product is also available in a version with a magnifier (item #55150M) for more detailed repair or modification work.

Rather than handling razor blades, a couple of alternatives are available for use in the hearing aid clinic.  For example, a cutting blade with aluminum handle (item #15040) offers a stainless steel surgically sharp blade on an aluminum handle that comes packaged with a tube and plastic cap for safe storing.  Better yet, try the executive retractable knife (item #2460), a stainless steel blade that retracts into the handle when not in use.  Looking for other sharp items? Dental carvers (item #dpicks) are a set of six premium dental carvers that are great for cleaning hard to reach areas of earmolds and hearing instruments.

For any and all your clinical supply needs, check out to browse the-online catalog at your own leisure and pace.  If you prefer, contact Oaktree Products directly and simply ask for customer service who can certainly navigate you through the product catalog of nearly 4,000 products. And, just so we are clear, there is no such thing as the Great Pinna who will emerge from his testing booth to fly through the air with his bag of supplies for all the Audiologists of the world….you will need to buy supplies on your own.  Happy Halloween!

About AU Bankaitis

A.U. Bankaitis, PhD is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. Dr. Bankaitis created this blog to educate her colleagues on viable product solutions for their patients and/or clinical practice.
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