More Advanced Technologies

November 8, 2016 by Simon Dufort

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Technology continually pushes the limits of hearing aids, and the benefits are reflected in clinical and professional techniques.

The latest tools allow hearing health professionals to refine the processes used for adjustments and the objective validation of amplification and customize them to each patient.

Hearing screenings

Among the advanced technologies, iPad with calibrated headphones and a professional application now let the professionals practicing at Lobe clinics perform hearing screenings using interactive terminals for awareness campaigns with the public and workers. The mobility this affords has greatly improved access by bringing interactive and user-friendly screening to as many people as possible.

Hearing aid follow-up

In the past few months, a new tool has been used to check the performance of patients’ hearing aids in an objective and comparative way. Available at several trial clinics, the tool quickly evaluates patient fittings through a range of vocal tests (available in many languages) and tests of speech comprehension in noise. For example, a typical vocal test could compare someone’s ability to correctly repeat a 25-word list with and without hearing aids, to identify corrections to be made to amplification.

Test results can be immediately analyzed by the audioprosthetist to validate or improve hearing aid programming. Comprehensive graphics illustrate patients’ progress in their adaptation to the sound environment.

These platforms, integrated into computer equipment, show the tremendous potential of clinical applications in ensuring a smooth, positive, and customized experience for hearing-impaired people.

For more information, consult an audioprosthetist.

To determine which hearing aids are best for you, consult an audioprosthetist.