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Audioscan Launches Software Updates for Verifit2 and Axiom

Audioscan announced a new software updates for its Verifit2 and Axiom hearing instrument verification systems. Benefits include new tools for improving the efficiency and accuracy of Speechmap verification, counseling enhancements, and new BAHD devices for DSL-BCD target verification using the Verifit Skull Simulator, among other additions, according to the company.

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Cochlear Announces FDA Approval of Three New Products

The approval of the Cochlear Nucleus Kanso 2 Sound Processor, Nucleus 7 Sound Processor for Nucleus 22 Implant recipients, and Custom Sound Pro fitting software reflects Cochlear’s “ongoing commitment to innovation in hearing technology, providing access to smartphone connectivity and helping to improve hearing performance, and enhancing the cochlear implant fitting experience for hearing health professionals.”

Effects of Probe Tubes Inserted Through Earmold Vents on Real-Ear Probe Microphone Measurements

Effects of inserting the probe tube through various sized vents, as well as under the earmold, during real-ear probe mic testing were examined in this study by Stephen Painton, PhD, and Taylor Sweeney. Results seem to support the practice of inserting the probe tube through the vents of earmolds for a “truer” low-frequency measure. This seemed to be the case regardless of the diameter of the vent. All conditions with the probe tube under the earmold seemed to show a “slit leak” effect on the low-frequency output measures that was larger than any effect shown by the probe tube being placed through the vent.

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Improving Patient Perception of Clinical Services Through Real-ear Measurements

This study assessed the impact of REMs on consumer satisfaction as a service component during hearing aid fittings. For the SERVAL scale, overall results revealed that the REM protocol reduced emotional distress, and improved perceived quality of service and value of the fitting compared to the Quick-fit protocol in 3 groups of participants.

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Effects of Hearing Loop Systems on Speech Understanding and Sound Quality of Normal-hearing Listeners and Hearing Aid Users

Despite the advantages of hearing loop systems, there has been little evidence-based research validating their benefits. This study examines whether hearing loop systems could improve speech understanding and perceived sound quality for listeners with normal hearing and hearing loss in a large area.

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Performance and Preference of an Automatic Hearing Aid System in Real-World Listening Environments

A recent study assessed the capability of Phonak AutoSense OS to provide optimal and preferable listening in three complex, real-life listening environments: 1) A highly echoic room with presentation of speech from behind and noise interference, 2) a running car, and 3) a busy coffee shop. The findings suggest that AutoSense OS not only provides significantly greater ease of use than a manual program, but can also provide optimal hearing in challenging, realistic listening environments.

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