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What is BrainHearing, and Why is it Our Guiding Star at Oticon Medical?

Mary Humitz, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, Melissa Tumblin

September 24, 2018

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What is BrainHearing, and why is it our guiding star at Oticon Medical? 

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BrainHearing is a fundamental understanding of how hearing works and how the brain makes sense of sound. Listening and understanding happens in the brain, and it is the most important part of hearing. It is important to provide the brain with a complete, natural sound picture. A nice broad bandwidth, from the low pitches to the high frequencies. To us at Oticon Medical, we focus on reducing the extra listening effort the brain expends to compensate for hearing loss. That is why we feel that direct bone conduction is the best way to vibrate the skull, to transmit sound directly to the inner ears, and ultimately to the brain. BrainHearing is about making listening easier by providing the brain with the best, most natural sound possible. Oticon Medical makes it a priority to not alter the signal by reducing what comes in. The Ponto 3 SuperPower will never overamplify. This processor will allow more sound to come in the natural way.

Our brains need as much information as possible, ideally from both ears, to orient based on the sound environment and to separate relevant sounds from competing noise. It's harder to make sense of what is being heard with a hearing loss. Hearing loss can have a negative effect on other processing capabilities and activities. These include language learning, completing tasks, and following directions. Children are performing these tasks day in and day out whether it's inside or outside of the classroom. Hearing loss can also have a negative effect on our ability to engage in conversation and memory. 

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from the CE Course, Unilateral Hearing Loss: Advocating for Children through Early Intervention Services and in the Classroom


mary humitz

Mary Humitz, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Midwest Clinical Specialist

Dr. Humitz is the Midwest Clinical Specialist.    During her many years with Oticon, Inc she was responsible for new and continuing educational programs, delivering presentations at local, regional, online and national training/seminars and conventions; technical product training, sales support, and audiology field support for pediatrics. Prior to joining Oticon Mary she served in a number of different capacitates, including: private practice; educational and clinical audiology; trainer for another hearing aid manufacturer; and management at a suburban Detroit Hospital.  Mary holds a clinical doctorate degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University.


melissa tumblin

Melissa Tumblin

Founder and Executive Director of the Ear Community

Melissa Tumblin is mom to Alyssa "Ally" Tumblin, a child born with right sided Microtia and Aural Atresia.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ear Community, a nonprofit organization that promotes educational and public awareness about Microtia and Atresia and hearing loss, in an unbiased manner, while promoting advocacy and connecting individuals in the same situation. She is also the founder of the Microtia and Atresia Support Group on Facebook.  She is a past board member for the Hands & Voices Organization and a past council member for the Parent Advocacy Family Council for Children's Hospital Colorado (Bill Daniels Center for Children's Hearing).  She has spoken at microtia and atresia surgical conferences and has presented at past EAA (Educational Audiology Association) conferences and for AudiologyOnline.  Melissa has over 15 years experience in marketing medical device equipment.


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