Hearing aids for severe to profound hearing loss

March 9, 2016
Surdite profondePeople with severe to profound hearing loss greatly rely on their hearing aids, which explains why the transition to new hearing aids may be difficult. A new family of hearing aids, equipped with the powerful Inium Sense platform and BrainHearing™ technology, was specifically designed for these patients.

Thanks to the customization tools available, hearing aids can now be adapted to each patient’s preferences at initial fitting, in order to make the transition to the new technology smooth and uncomplicated.

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Some hearing aids compress sounds together along the frequency axis and gather a lot of information in a very small zone without stimulating the high frequency region. The Speech Rescue algorithm in these new and powerful hearing aids was designed to solve this problem. It selects high frequency sounds where inaudible speech cues are located, copies them, and adds them at the frequency range the patient can hear. This makes it possible to recover speech signals that would otherwise be lost. Throughout the process, the high frequency sounds stay in their natural location, keeping a natural broad-frequency response across all frequencies at all times.1 Then, Speech Guard E’s superior adaptive compression preserves the speech signals. The unique Speech Rescue and Speech Guard E approach is entirely focused on increasing speech understanding.

New effective control of undesirable whistling

The Inium Sense platform and new ultrafast processor offer a management system that is extremely effective at managing feedback. The new processor is specially adapted to the Super Power output level to maintain gain for wearers. This system can detect feedback quicker, prevent it more efficiently, and eliminate it before it occurs.

Bimodal fittings

More and more hard-of-hearing people with a unilateral (one ear) cochlear implant also wear a hearing aid in the other ear. In a bimodal fitting, one ear receives electrical stimulation (cochlear implant) while the other receives acoustic stimulation (through the hearing aid). The new bimodal adaptation protocol ensures the best sound experience possible, and balances it according to the cochlear implant cartography.

References:
(1) Pittman et al. 2014 “Effects of Fast, Slow and Adaptive Amplitude Compression on Children’s and Adults’ Perception of Acoustic Information,” Journal of American Academy