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The current study reexamined the effect of vent diameters on objective and subjective occlusion effect (OE) while minimizing two possible sources of variability. Nine hearing-impaired participants with primarily a high-frequency hearing loss were evaluated. Laser shell-making technology was used to make ear inserts of completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing(More)
BACKGROUND Frequency transposition has gained renewed interest in recent years. This type of processing takes sounds in the unaidable high-frequency region and moves them to the lower frequency region. One concern is that the transposed sounds mask or distort the original low-frequency sounds and lead to a poorer performance. On the other hand, experience(More)
BACKGROUND Hollow earmolds have become a popular type of earmold used in thin-tube, microsize hearing aid fittings. It is desirable for clinicians to be familiar with their characteristics and limitations. PURPOSE This investigation compared the effects of vent diameter between a traditional solid earmold and a hollow earmold that is used in modern(More)
BACKGROUND Children with auditory processing disorders (APD) are described to have a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) difficulty. Frequency-modulated (FM) systems have been reported to improve this situation. Yet the use of personal amplification that may be more portable has not been attempted. PURPOSE To determine whether personal amplification would result(More)
The signal-to-noise ratio advantage of a directional microphone is achieved by reducing the sensitivity of the microphone to sounds from the sides and back. A fully adaptive directional microphone (one that automatically switches between an omnidirectional mode and various directional polar patterns) may allow the achievement of signal-to-noise (SNR)(More)
The present study compared differences in subjective and objective performance in completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids with conventional uniform 1.5 mm parallel vents and another with a reverse horn vent where the diameter increased from 1.5 mm on the lateral faceplate to 3 mm on the medial opening of the hearing aid. Nine hearing-impaired persons(More)
PURPOSE To measure the subjective and objective improvement of speech intelligibility in noise offered by a commercial hearing aid that uses a fully adaptive directional microphone and a noise reduction algorithm that optimizes the Speech Intelligibility Index (SII). RESEARCH DESIGN Comparison of results on the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) and the(More)
Overviews and tutorials on important clinical and professional topics. T oday's hearing aids are frequently fitted using prescriptive formulae. Wearer satisfaction is assumed when the frequency-gain response of the hearing aid matches the target frequency-gain response prescribed by a specific formula. Although this approach simplifies hearing aid fitting,(More)
OBJECTIVES Many new processing features in hearing aids have their primary effects on information located in the high frequencies. Speech perception tests that are optimized for evaluating high-frequency processing are needed to adequately study its effects on speech identification. The goal of the current research was to develop a medium for evaluating the(More)
CONCLUSION The ovariectomy in rats does not change their auditory function. However, combining ovariectomy with Cisplatin treatment increases the risk of damaging the auditory function relative to the ototoxic effect caused by Cisplatin alone or ovariectomy alone. OBJECTIVES The auditory benefit from estrogen depends on a number of factors that make(More)