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Seminar at Speech, Music and Hearing:

Hearing instrument technology – What is important for the individual?

Peter Nordqvist

Abstract

Hörselbron (The Hearing Bridge) is a newly started Swedish research institute within hearing technology and audiology. The core activities are research, method and technology development. The institute is owned by the Swedish Association of Hard of Hearing People. The institute is placed at the Department of Speech, Music, and Hearing, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. This work presented from the Hörselbron is divided into two parts. The first part will cover and discuss limitations and possibilities available in a hearing instrument. The second part will cover results from the Swedish national quality register within hearing rehabilitation. Part i: The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) determines the possibilities to understand speech in noise. Several options are available to the user in order to improve the SNR, and the hearing aids available on the market offer different solutions. However, many of the solutions are more or less independent of the chosen hearing aid model. This is essential to understand when selecting a hearing aid: what is important for the individual. Making sound audible is easy but improving communication is difficult. Different ways to improve communication in noisy environments and how the methods are related with the hearing instrument will be discussed. Part ii: The second part covers results from the Swedish national quality register within hearing rehabilitation. The investigation covers about 25000 prescriptions and collects information about e.g. self-reported outcomes, hearing aid models, and audiogram. Methods and results from the register will be discussed and presented.

15:15 - 17:00
Friday November 30, 2012

The seminar is held in Fantum.

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