Month: May 2011

New Computer-aided Measurement System for Hearing Aid Fitting

The ACAM 5 audiological measurement system from Acousticon is designed to provide advanced fitting solutions via integrated percentile analysis. In particular, the percentile analysis function analyzes real speech, music, or any sound—as well as the output of the hearing device over every frequency and loudness level—for objective, data-driven, target gain settings.

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A Different Look at Noise Exposure, Hearing Loss, and Time Limits

Most hearing care professionals can talk to their patients about the issue of noise exposure and even provide them with generalities that include OSHA guidelines and/or advice about hearing protection. But is there a way for professionals and laymen alike to assess their “hearing load”? The authors propose an easy-to-remember and easy-to-perform calculation designed to yield a guideline of hearing loss risk and comparison with OSHA, NIOSH, and EPA limits.

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Dos and Don’ts of Open Fittings

Much of the sea change in BTE hearing aids—a style that increased in usage from about 20% in 2000 to over 60% today—is due to open-fit and feedback suppression technology. What have we learned relative to fitting methods since the widespread introduction of open-fit devices in 2003? Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind…

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