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How Can Widex TruAcoustics Lead to More Personalized and Successful Fittings?

Dana Helmink, AuD

June 7, 2021

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How can Widex TruAcoustics lead to more personalized and successful fittings?

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Widex’s most advanced fitting calculation yet, TruAcoustics™ empowers hearing care professionals to give their patients more personalized and natural sound.

TruAcoustics was developed in response to the growing use of instant ear-tips over the last 10 years. Compared to custom products or custom ear-tips, instant ear-tips create greater variability in the amount of direct sound entering the ear among individual users. To address this reality, Widex created a new algorithm to calculate gain and ensure the best sound possible is delivered at the eardrum for each Widex hearing aid wearer. TruAcoustics™ works by integrating the in-situ acoustics of the individual user’s ear canal into the hearing aid’s parameter settings.

Utilizing consented cloud data, we analyzed the fit to target properties from more than 8,500 individual fittings.  A key measure of the success of MOMENT is the fit-to-target properties and our calculation of gain to accommodate IGSoft, IGNormal and IGLoud in the residual hearing range of the user.

Leveraging cloud data inspired us to make TruAcoustics even better through a recalculation of the gain and rebalancing of the gain limits. This evolution led to enhanced Widex sound characteristics in a broader range of fittings and demonstrates our dedication to delivering natural sound.

The result is an optimization of all processes and gain settings for all initial fittings – for inexperienced and experienced users – with a target of the most natural and pure sound possible.

Learn more about TruAcoustics here.


dana helmink

Dana Helmink, AuD

Sr. Manager, Clinical Product Specialist, Widex

Dana earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from Northern Illinois University and her Doctor of Audiology degree from Salus University. She worked in clinical audiology in Illinois, where she also served more than 10 years on the board of directors of the Illinois Academy of Audiology.  With more than 15 years in product management, Dana applies her experience in user-centered design and usability testing to develop innovative training programs.  She loves creating educational experiences that make it easy for professionals to embrace new technology and provide patients with access to the best hearing care solutions.  She is a proud Chicago native and currently resides in the northwest suburbs with her family.


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