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CONCLUSIONS Speech understanding is better with the Baha Divino than with the Baha Compact in competing noise from the rear. No difference was found for speech understanding in quiet. Subjectively, overall sound quality and speech understanding were rated better for the Baha Divino. OBJECTIVES To compare speech understanding in quiet and in noise and(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the patient benefit of the Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (Baha) Divino and the Baha BP100 sound processors. STUDY DESIGN Prospective experimental study. SETTING Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS Twenty experienced Baha Divino users with conductive or mixed hearing loss. INTERVENTIONS Speech understanding in quiet and in noise was(More)
A simple, contactless electromagnetic transducer design for implantable hearing aids is investigated. It consists of a coil and a permanent magnet, both of which are intended for implantation in the middle ear. The transducer is modeled and optimized using computer simulations, followed by experimental verification. It is shown that the proposed transducer(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of low-frequency attenuation of Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids (Bahas) in users with single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD). The underlying notion is that low-frequency sounds up to approximately 1500 Hz reach the contralateral ear without significant attenuation and that Bahas tend to show more distortion at lower(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare hearing and speech understanding between a new, nonskin penetrating Baha system (Baha Attract) to the current Baha system using a skin-penetrating abutment. METHODS Hearing and speech understanding were measured in 16 experienced Baha users. The transmission path via the abutment was compared to a simulated Baha Attract transmission(More)
The spectra of sounds recorded over the trachea of adults typically reveal peaks near 700 and 1500 Hz. We assessed the anatomical determinants of these peaks and the conditions contributing to their presence. We studied five adult subjects with normal lung function, measuring sounds at the suprasternal notch and on the right cheek. The subjects breathed at(More)
Recommended by Chein-I Chang Users of cochlear implants (auditory aids, which stimulate the auditory nerve electrically at the inner ear) often suffer from poor speech understanding in noise. We evaluate a small (intermicrophone distance 7 mm) and computationally inexpensive adaptive noise reduction system suitable for behind-the-ear cochlear implant speech(More)
A novel noise reduction method and apparatus to be used in connection with the measurement of evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAE) are presented. The noise reduction method is based on an adaptive noise canceller and requires a noise-only reference microphone placed in the vicinity of the OAE-probe. The method was implemented in real time on a custom built(More)
OBJECTIVE To confirm the clinical efficacy and safety of a direct acoustic cochlear implant. STUDY DESIGN Prospective multicenter study. SETTING The study was performed at 3 university hospitals in Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland). PATIENTS Fifteen patients with severe-to-profound mixed hearing loss because of otosclerosis or(More)