Every one of us holds a different capacity for completing cognitively demanding tasks. With age, our ability to complete these tasks unavoidably declines. In the context of hearing care, considerations related to cognitive ability are especially relevant as the typical patient demographic includes aged individuals who are experiencing some extent of cognitive decline. We have grown accustomed to patients with hearing loss showing great variability in hearing aid outcomes. It has been suggested that cognitive status accounts for a significant proportion of the individual variability observed in hearing aid outcomes. In order to better understand connections between cognitive ability and hearing aid outcomes, we completed an analysis of relationships among a variety of hearing aid factors and global scores on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA).; assessed factors included: age, sex, pure-tone average (PTA), aided Hearing-in-Noise Test (HINT) performance, and overall satisfaction with hearing aids (self-report). Our results revealed significant correlations between MoCA scores and each of the assessed factors. The results of this study point toward an opportunity in which measures of cognitive ability can be used to predict a patient’s performance in challenging listening situations. For instance, an audiologist may use an observation of mild cognitive impairment as a prospective indicator of poor speech recognition in noise ability, prompting selection of appropriate counseling strategies and technologies.
Over just the last handful of years, advances in vital brain imaging and electrophysiological recording have propelled our understanding in the cognitive neurosciences to unprecedented heights. We are on the brink (if not already over the top) of cracking the neural code for speech, understanding attentional control of speech processing and identifying the neural processes underlying semantic processing. When coupled with the game changing impact of digital technologies, these discoveries have profound implications for how we address and manage problems with hearing and listening. In this course we will review some of the most important and relevant discoveries and technology developments that will impact the manner in which we deliver and manage hearing health care over the coming decade.
The usage of smartphones, tablets, and now wearables/hearables is growing at a remarkable rate. Though mobile applications for the hearing aid industry were a novelty just a few, short years ago, they have now become an integral part of creating a great, listening experience. It’s no longer sufficient for a hearing aid manufacturer to have one or two apps; a variety of apps for both the professional and the consumer is an expectation. In this breakout, we’ll discuss the current state of mobile apps that have been designed and developed to enhance the listening experience. Additionally, we’ll present potential new apps and features that can be used to create the best possible listening experience.
Patient input is one of the most important things for a successful hearing aid fitting and for tinnitus management. As hearing healthcare professionals, we are always striving to provide a satisfactory listening experience for our patients. Soundpoint and Soundpoint Tinnitus offers a new concept in patient-centered care that allows the patient’s input to take center-stage in the fitting process. This approach allows for greater levels of patient satisfaction with their hearing aid fitting. SoundPoint utilizes a simple user-interface with complexity behind the scenes. This allows the patient to become an active partner in the fitting and adjustment process while removing the guess-work. For Halo 2.0 users, the TruLink mobile version, SoundSpace, puts this tool into the patient’s hands anytime & anywhere! This course will review the background and development of SoundPoint. Implementation within the Inspire software, the TruLink app and how to use the tool will also be highlighted.
These courses are intended for Government Services audiologists. Starkey’s Muse and Halo 2 hearing aids utilize state-of-the-art environmental detection algorithms. This course will review the latest additions to the government contract, including our new Muse BTE 13 as well as our state of the art feature sets and wireless accessory offerings for both our 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz product families. This session will also focus on how the Acuity Lifescape Analyzer works and how it is integrated into the latest hearing aid families and the Inspire X software.
Wireless technology is an integral part of today’s hearing aid technology. Starkey’s proprietary 900 Sync technology is the most flexible wireless technology available. This course will focus on 900 Sync and how it is integrated into the Muse product family. Wireless accessories, user control syncing, CROS/BiCROS fittings and phone solutions will be discussed. How to access 900 Sync features within the Inspire X software will also be illustrated.
These courses are intended for Government Services audiologists. These courses are intended for Government Services audiologists. Inspire X 2016 is our next generation fitting software providing better control and counseling tools. Inspire X 2016 features a fresh new look and easy navigation that has been implemented based on usability studies conducted with our customers. This course will walk through each screen of the Inspire X 2016 software highlighting new features and the easy to navigate refreshed look of each screen.
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Real Ear Measures (REM) are an important component of the hearing aid fitting process, yet many of today’s hearing healthcare professionals admit that they do not routinely perform REM. Often, the focus on matching targets overshadows the true purpose of REM: to verify the audibility of conversational speech. This course will review how to perform basic REM on the Verifit and discuss how to integrate these measures into the hearing aid fitting protocol.
Government Services audiologists, Inspire X 2016.2 continues to feature our fresh look and easier than ever navigation. Our software development team has examined usability testing feedback with our customers to create the most efficient and effective software to date! This course will walk through each screen of the fitting software, highlighting newer features and reviewing key elements to help professionals be experts with every fitting, every patient, every need.
Introducing Starkey’s all new Synergy platform. Starkey’s new wireless platform, Synergy, provides power, flexibility and integration to deliver the most advanced hearing solutions for today’s next generation patients. This course will provide an overview of the new Muse, Halo v2 and SoundLens Synergy product lines and Synergy platform which incorporates patient-preferred wireless technology, a twin compressor operating system, speech optimization, music prescription and an extended bandwidth of 10 kHz.
Starkey’s Muse and Halo 2 hearing aids utilize state-of-the-art environmental detection algorithms. The Acuity Lifescape Analyzer is Starkey’s most rigorously tested system designed for today’s complex listening environments. This system can automatically classify seven different sound environments; music, speech, speech-in-noise, wind machine noise and quiet. The system can also handle multiple environments simultaneously. This session will focus on how the Acuity Lifescape Analyzer works and how it is integrated into the latest hearing aid families and the Inspire X software.
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With SurfLink Mobile 2 and Starkey's 900 sync wireless technology, your patients can stay connected at home and on the go. SurfLink Mobile 2 provides truly hands-free cell phone communication, audio streaming, remote control functionality, and can perform as an assistive listening device.
Starkey’s Halo 2 RIC utilizes the latest Synergy platform. This provides power, flexibility and the most advanced signal processing for today’s patients. This course will provide an overview of the Halo 2 product line and its features. The latest TruLink 3.0 mobile app will also be demonstrated.
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Starkey’s Synergy platform and 900 Sync wireless technology provides fast and efficient performance. This allows for versatile CROS/BiCROS technology. This course is designed to review the goals of CROS/BiCROS amplification, including candidacy criteria for CROS/BiCROS utilization. Finally the technology and programming features of the Starkey Muse CROS/BiCROS devices will be described.
Inspire X 2016 is our next generation fitting software providing better control and counseling tools. Inspire X 2016 features a fresh new look and easy navigation that has been implemented based on usability studies conducted with our customers. This course will walk through each screen of the Inspire X 2016 software highlighting new features and the easy to navigate refreshed look of each screen.