An electrical engineering researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington is developing more efficient, integrated circuits for better hearing aids with improved directionality, based on studies of a parasitic fly.
Unitron's new North platform is designed to bring patients closer to natural hearing and address the number-one desire of hearing aid users: understanding conversations in a wide range of situations.
New adaptive behavior of Phonak binaural beamformer StereoZoom provides significant benefit in speech intelligibility and subjective rating as compared to static or monaural beamformers. This benefit is most evident in difficult listening environments such as when noise is predominantly present from the sides.
At two independent research sites, sentence recognition in surrounding background noise was found to be significantly superior for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, when aided with a new binaural beamforming technology, compared to individuals with normal hearing. The performance advantage for the hearing-impaired groups was 2-3 dB SNR.
Introduced in this paper are two key features of the new Siemens binax system: 1) Narrow Directionality, an enhanced binaural beamforming algorithm designed for very difficult listening situations, and 2) Spatial SpeechFocus, a self-steering binaural beamforming algorithm designed especially for situations with talkers from side and back directions in noisy environments.
More than 500 US hearing care professionals attended the 2014 Human Link Conference, “Hearing Care is Health Care,” hosted by Oticon which focused on the growing body of research showing the connection between hearing health and brain health.
BrainHearing combines four features—Speech Guard E, Spatial Sound, YouMatic, and Free Focus—that are designed to work together continuously to provide the brain with the input needed to hear more clearly, with reduced listening effort.
An introduction to localization, factors that influence localization when wearing hearing aids, and what steps can be taken to improve localization ability for hearing aid users.
"Can we get to the point where hearing aids, like glasses, are the symbol of a solution, rather than a problem?" Dennis Van Vliet, AuD ponders that question in the August 2014 Final Word column.
Commoditization and changes in hearing aid distribution are unsettling. Hearing Review Editor-in-Chief takes a look at the issues of concern in his July 2014 Staff Standpoint column.
Understanding speech on the phone is one of the reasons given by hearing impaired individuals for seeking amplification. Phone use is made difficult by the absence of visual cues, inappropriate or inadequate coupling to the phone, and the presence of background noise. Many hearing aid users feel they are unsuccessful on the phone. This article outlines considerations that should be made by the hearing care professional as an aid to facilitate successful phone use. Data from a study comparing four telephone listening methods is presented.
US hearing aid unit sales in the first quarter of 2014 increased by less than a percentage point (0.95%) for the total market, and by one-tenth of a percent (0.12%) for the commercial (non-VA) sector compared to the same period last year, according to recently released HIA statistics.
Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Halo, a Made for iPhone® (MFi) hearing aid engineered to be compatible with iPhone, iPad® and iPod® touch.
A review of previous methods, as well as a new method, for assessing sound quality is presented along with results from a recent study.
Two studies that analyze the capabilities of a new system designed to fully utilize the performance of today’s microphone and analog-to-digital converter technology.
A discussion on the differences between Lyric and traditional hearing aids, as well as one practice’s experience in dispensing the device for over 5 years relative to equipment requirements, relationships with physicians, and the dramatic positive changes in the 2nd-generation Lyric device.
A recent study suggests that most people view retirement in three different phases. And this has some important implications for hearing aid use.
By providing information about hearing aid retention strategies throughout early childhood, collecting accurate information about daily hearing aid wear challenges, and working as a team, it should be possible to find appropriate strategies to keep children “on the air,” facilitating listening, language, and learning.
A short history of e2e wireless from Siemens’ perspective, as well as the new wireless advances in the hearing instrument industry and the benefits provided.
Are hearing aid markups as high as Internet operators and others claim? Are dispensing professionals routinely using a “5x markup?