AudiologyOnline Phone: 800-753-2160
ReSound LiNX Quattro - March 2019

What Are the Latest Advances in Hearing Aid Personalization and Teleaudiology?

Dave Fabry, PhD

September 25, 2017

Share:

Question

What are the latest advances in hearing aid personalization and teleaudiology from ReSound?

Answer

When ReSound LiNX 3D was launched in April 2017, it continued ReSound’s focus on “biomimicry”: an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. This approach enabled ReSound to lead the hearing aid industry in adoption of Wide Dynamic Range Compression for comfort in noise, the development of “open” fit devices for reduced own-voice occlusion, the world’s first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid, and directional microphones that provide improved speech understanding in noisy listening environments while preserving spatial awareness and localization. Increasingly, hearing aids have evolved from “stand-alone” devices that compensate for hearing loss to “connectivity” devices that enable hearing aid users to seamlessly connect to their devices and their world in ways that were not possible just a few years ago.

Another way that ReSound has used biomimicry to enhance the user experience with hearing aids was to allow users to self-adjust their hearing aids in “real-world” environments after the initial fitting, via the ReSound Smart app and geolocation services. This personalization feature has been available to ReSound LiNX and ReSound LiNX2 users since 2014. ReSound LiNX 3D builds on that focus on personalization, giving users the option of both minor in-app adjustments and the professional intervention their hearing care provider (HCP) can provide in the form of remote adjustments via the cloud.

The new ReSound Smart Fit™ software, developed together with audiologists, brings a more efficient and intuitive solution to the clinic, simplifying the process of achieving successful and efficient initial hearing aid fittings. We have found that, on average, users typically require four to seven return visits to their clinic in the private sector to achieve optimal benefit from their hearing aids. With ReSound Assist, managed directly in ReSound Smart Fit, hearing care professionals (HCPs) have the opportunity to streamline that process by augmenting face-to-face visits with app-based remote fine-tuning (RFT) adjustments completed in “real world” settings to offer an unprecedented level of remote follow-up services. This saves time (for both HCPs and users), improves clinical results, and enhances satisfaction and benefit. These adjustments provide secure, cloud-based (asynchronous) teleaudiology using the fully-featured ReSound Smart Fit software to provide RFT anywhere in a manner that is convenient for both users and HCPs. 

This is not innovation for innovation’s sake. Teleaudiology is in direct response to users’ evolving expectations and HCPs’ desire for improving engagement and patient outcomes. In particular, teleaudiology is a great option for busy people who want or need to remain connected to their HCP without having to take time off from work, pay for parking, or fight traffic. Teleaudiology is also a perfect solution if a user doesn’t drive or has difficulty making special arrangements to travel for follow-up appointments with their HCP. For those who want the utmost in personalization, software and firmware updates help keep their hearing aids “state-of-the-art” longer. In fact, this technology provides innovation beyond the technology that fits inside the hearing aid to facilitate unparalleled innovation in hearing aid service and delivery.

Today’s hearing aid users are interested in how technology can give them greater control over their hearing health, but they also trust the expertise of their HCPs to ensure that they are achieving optimal results.  ReSound LiNX 3D provides increased engagement between HCPs and users via a convenient, secure, easy-to-use tool that requires only the hearing aids, smartphone, and fitting software to achieve hearing care, anywhere. But don’t take our word for it; survey results from HCPs who participated in pre-launch trials with ReSound Assist and RFT overwhelmingly expressed that users achieved a better hearing experience than with the traditional fitting process, and the vast majority plan to continue to use RFT in the future. 

We are thrilled to introduce ReSound LiNX 3D to the market, and we don’t plan to stop here. Every day we challenge ourselves to help people hear more, do more, and be more anywhere in life.  For more information, please visit www.resoundpro.com or the Resound Partner Page on AudiologyOnline.


dave fabry

Dave Fabry, PhD

Dave Fabry holds a Ph.D. in audiology from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes positions as a Research Audiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Chief of Audiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He was Chief of Audiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Fabry is also a prolific writer, having served as an Associate Editor for Ear and Hearing, Editor of American Journal of Audiology, Associate Editor for Audiology Online and Editor of Audiology Today. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Fabry has presented widely in the U.S. and internationally and has served as a board member and president of the American Academy of Audiology, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.


Related Courses

Externalizing Sounds - Stop Listening from Within Your Head
Presented by John Nelson, PhD
Recorded Webinar
ReSound

Presenter

John Nelson, PhD
Course: #25419Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Great info on the complexities of hearing aid directionality'   Read Reviews
Hearing aids provide a huge benefit for our patients with hearing losses. However, one common patient complaint is that sounds originate from within the head. This perception often leads to sounds being lateralized instead of localized. The loss of spatial location is a disadvantage because when sound sources cannot be separated, our brain will have difficulty focusing on the signal of interest. Adding spatial cues back into hearing aid signal processing improves sound quality and localization further increasing the naturalness of listening with hearing aids.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

ReSound TruFit Earmold Impression Technique
Presented by Brooke Townsend, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Recorded Webinar
ReSound

Presenter

Brooke Townsend, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Course: #25843Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'It was very informative'   Read Reviews
A well fit custom hearing instrument or custom earmold begins with an accurate earmold impression. This presentation details the best practices of earmold impressions.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

ReSound Tinnitus: Nature Sounds and Tinnitus Manager in the ReSound Smart app
Presented by Michael Piskosz, MS
Recorded Webinar
ReSound

Presenter

Michael Piskosz, MS
Course: #25807Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'General information discussed'   Read Reviews
This course will discuss the benefits and technical aspects of two new tinnitus features from ReSound. Nature Sounds and Tinnitus Manager in the Smart app are new tinnitus management options offered by ReSound.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

ReSound's Spatial Sense: How to Explain it to Your Patients
Presented by John Nelson, PhD
Recorded Webinar
ReSound

Presenter

John Nelson, PhD
Course: #26045Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'informative'   Read Reviews
ReSound LiNX2 introduced Spatial Sense providing the patient with cues that allow for listening in a three-dimensional space. This presentation will describe this feature in various ways, including the technical explanation and analogies.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Advantages of Bandsplit Directionality
Presented by Kimi Nina Moeller, MA
Recorded Webinar
ReSound

Presenter

Kimi Nina Moeller, MA
Course: #26230Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Talking about general directionality, the specific process of Resound's bandsplit directionality, and especially examples of what to do if'   Read Reviews
This course will describe bandsplit directionality in hearing aids and its pros and cons. It will also discuss sound quality in hearing aids and what factors are influential on this.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More