Richard C. Seewald

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The Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method was revised to support hearing instrument fitting for infants, young children, and adults who use modern hearing instrument technologies, including multichannel compression, expansion, and multimemory capability. The aims of this revision are to maintain aspects of the previous versions of the DSL Method that have(More)
There is a growing trend for hearing aids to incorporate wide dynamic range compression. The input/output (I/O) hearing aid formula, presented in this report, is a general frequency-specific mathematical approach which describes the relationship between the input level of a signal delivered to a hearing aid and the output level produced by the hearing aid.(More)
This study evaluated prototype multichannel nonlinear frequency compression (NFC) signal processing on listeners with high-frequency hearing loss. This signal processor applies NFC above a cut-off frequency. The participants were hearing-impaired adults (13) and children (11) with sloping, high-frequency hearing loss. Multiple outcome measures were repeated(More)
The primary purpose of this study was to compare the overall listening benefit in diffuse noise provided by dual-microphone technology in an in-the-ear (ITE) hearing instrument to that provided by dual-microphone technology in a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instrument. Further, the study was designed to determine whether the use of the dual-microphone + the(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to test the theoretical advantages of a single-channel wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) circuit for speech intelligibility and loudness comfort for five speech spectra. DESIGN Twelve adolescents and young adults with moderate to severe hearing loss were fitted with the Siemens Viva 2 Pro behind-the-ear instrument(More)
A discussion of the protocols used particularly in the clinical application of the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method is presented in this chapter. In the first section, the measurement and application of acoustic transforms is described in terms of their importance in the assessment phase of the amplification fitting process. Specifically, the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the real ear to coupler difference (RECD) and the real ear to dial difference (REDD) in predicting real ear SPL (RESPL). DESIGN The RESPL, RECD, and REDD were measured in the right ear of 24 normal-hearing subjects using probe microphone equipment and both insert and(More)
The Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Method was originally developed in the early 1980s to provide clinicians with a systematic, science-based approach to pediatric hearing instrument fitting that ensures audibility of amplified speech by accounting for factors that are uniquely associated with the provision of amplification to infants and young children who(More)
In 1994, Moodie, Seewald, & Sinclair described the development of a clinical procedure for predicting real-ear hearing instrument performance in young children. The purpose of the present study was to determine the validity of this procedure for predicting the real-ear aided gain (REAG) and real-ear saturation response (RESR) of hearing instruments worn by(More)
The preferred listening levels (PLLs) of children with sensorineural hearing loss were elicited using conversation-level speech, heard through the children's own hearing aids. All hearing aids were fitted using the desired sensation level (DSL) method. Comparisons were made between the PLL and targets from the following prescriptive formulae: DSL version(More)