Category: Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

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Nuheara IQbuds2 Max Selected for ‘TIME’s 2020 Best Inventions’

According to Nuheara, what makes IQbuds² MAX unique is the EarID clinically certified personalization system embedded in the IQbuds App. EarID helps allow consumers “to self-assess, self-fit, and auto calibrate their IQbuds² MAX to their own personal hearing profile using National Acoustic Labs NAL-NL2 hearing aid prescription algorithms.”

Behind the Ear

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Whisper: A New Subscription Hearing Aid with Big Brains for Hearing Care

Whisper may have a quiet name, but it could reverberate loudly in the hearing healthcare industry. Launched by an impressive group of AI, Silicon Valley, and hearing care executives, Whisper features an external brain for the dedicated processing of sound, a subscription-based system, and regular software-based upgrades for consumers.

Over the Counter

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Speech in Noise?

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Reducing Hearing Aid Delay for Optimal Sound Quality: A New Paradigm in Processing

Sound quality in digital hearing aids is often compromised due to signal-processing delay and the resulting “comb-filter effect.” To change this, Widex recently introduced a new solution, designed particularly for mild-to-moderate hearing losses, which employs an ultralow delay. This results in a sound quality that has, until now, been unattainable in digital hearing aids. This article describes the physics of hearing aid delay, and presents a field study on the sound quality experience of the new system.

Personal Sound Amplification

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Full Bandwidth Streamed Audio with an Open-fit: Is It Possible?

With the proliferation of smartphone usage amongst hearing aid users, good sound quality during streaming is no longer a ‘desire’ but a ‘need.' Unlike conventional acoustic hearing aids, the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid’s unique mechanism of action allows for the provision of low-frequency output for streamed sources while maintaining a widely vented fitting. Using an industry-wide standard method for evaluation of sound quality, subjective judgments of streamed audio quality of the Earlens compared with other MFi-capable acoustic hearing aids reveals that the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid offers the best streamed audio sound quality for both speech and music.

Apps

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‘Face Mask Mode’ Now Offered in Signia Hearing Aids

Signia has announced the debut of what it calls the world’s first setting for a hearing device which specifically improves audibility for those communicating with someone wearing a face covering. Built within the company’s proprietary app, Signia’s Face Mask Mode is reportedly the most complete solution on the market, requiring no in-person adjustments with a hearing care professional.