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Course # 14950
Have Digital Hearing Aids Lived Up to their Promise?

CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/0.1; AHIP/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; Calif SLPAB/1.0; IHS/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0

Course Abstract

The history of digital hearing aids has followed a pattern that is extremely common in technological development. The new technology is introduced with high expectations and great enthusiasm followed soon after by reality-based deflation, followed in turn by a resurgence of measured enthusiasm driven by new technological advantages. So it was with digital hearing aids. With hindsight, it is of interest to go back to the anticipated advantages of digital hearing aids, as predicted in the early eighties, and to compare the promise with the reality.
This course was recorded on December 1, 2009

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to detail the development process of digital hearing aids from laboratory to actual implementation.
  • Participants will be able to state the objectives originally proposed for digital hearing aids versus the actual delivered product.
  • Participants will be able to describe realistic goals for future applications and the rate of change of development of hearing devices.

Time-ordered Agenda

20-30 Minutes Development of Hybrid Devices
30-45 Minutes Development of Digital Hearing Aids
45-55 Minutes Anticipated Advantages and Promises Compared to Reality
55-60 Minutes Summary/Q and A

Average Rating

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Most Recent Comments

Displaying 3 most recent comments out of 8 reviews

Review by: Member on October 13, 2015
It was interesting to me about the past, present but also the future of Digital Hearing Aids.
Review by: Dave on July 30, 2013
easy tounderstand
Review by: Carol on December 18, 2012
Dr. Levvitt's unique insight

Course Information

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Course Presenter

harry levitt

Harry Levitt, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Speech & Hearing Sciences, City University of New York

Harry Levitt is Emeritus Professor at the City University of New York, and President of Hearing Concepts, his own research and development company based in Bodega Bay, California.  Dr. Levitt wrote the most cited publication in the Audiology literature, and continues  to publish on topics of signal processing, assessment, rehabilitation, and anything interesting.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: AAA/0.1 Intermediate; ACAud/0.1; AHIP/1.0; BAA/1.0; CAA/1.0; Calif SLPAB/1.0; IHS/1.0; Kansas DHE, LTS-S0035/1.0; NZAS/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

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American Academy of Audiology

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Australian College of Audiology

AudiologyOnline courses are approved for Continuing Education Points by the Australian College of Audiology. Automatic ACAud Approval Number 20000. This course is offered for 0.1 CEP.

Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario

The Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario (AHIP) represents and guide its members in their practice which include, the testing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and associated devices in the best interest of the hard of hearing of Ontario. Audiology Online is an approved provider of approved educational activities for AHIP Members. One hour of coursework equals 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

British Academy of Audiology

This course has been accredited with 1 CPD point/s by the British Academy of Audiology.

Canadian Academy of Audiology

The Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) supports and assists its members in the attainment of continuing education towards an individual professional development plan as required by their Provincial Regulatory Colleges and Provincial Associations. Audiology Online is an approved provider of educational activities for CAA members. Each hour of activity may be counted as one Continuous Learning Activity Credit (or equivalent) as allowed by the applicable regulatory college or association.

California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 267. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for audiologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits:

International Hearing Society

This program is approved by the International Hearing Society and its educational committee, the International Institute for Hearing Instruments Studies. To learn more about earning IHS CE Credit, click here.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Approved for 1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number LTS-S0035. is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board to provide CEUs, approval number PDP 267.

New Zealand Audiological Society

This course is offered for 1 Continuing Education points through the New Zealand Audiological Society.

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