AudiologyOnline Phone: 800-753-2160


Phonak Lumity - September 2023

What Makes Phonak's Sky V Pediatric Portfolio Unique?

Angela Pelosi

June 27, 2016

Share:

Question

What makes Phonak's new pediatric portfolio, Sky V, different from other pediatric technology?

Answer

First of all, the pediatric operating system called AutoSense Sky OS is able to recognize and analyze the unique environments a child is in during a typical day in real time, and to continually select the best settings.

Phonak HQ conducted an internal study with students in multiple classrooms and schools (both mainstream and deaf) across several countries.  Investigators observed children with hearing loss during daily activities, recorded those activities, and classified the different situations based on the teaching style or teaching method used and the type of learning activity in the classroom.  

This pie chart below shows the breakdown of the percentage of time in a student’s day that is spent in particular activities.  We can see that roughly 35 percent of time is spent in frontal lecture type listening situations or in independent work activities. For classroom lecture, we know that Roger can overcome the effects of distance and help bring the teacher’s voice directly to the child.

But there’s also a significant amount of time - approximately 34 percent -  spent in group work, conversation or interactive classroom activities. Historically, access to more than one Roger microphone for many children has not been available due to policies of funding limitations that support only one microphone that is usually only worn by the teacher.  

breakdown in percent of time in a students day

We discovered from the children that it is these group and interactive lessons that are most difficult for them to understand their peers, either one-on-one or in groups. They also commonly reported significant discomfort during exciting activities, like recess, sports and even class change.  During these types of activities, other children can be quite loud, even shouting or yelling.

This study then obtained recordings of these listening situations throughout the day with a microphone placed very close to the students’ actual hearing aids, to ensure the recorded input matched what the hearing aids picked up. These recordings were then played into and processed by the operating system in ‘adult’ hearing instruments to determine how successful the automatic system is at tackling these very kid-specific listening environments.  This analysis showed that situations such as group work and yelling are unique to children’s daily listening environments, and are not optimally recognized in the ‘adult’ signal processing unit. AutoSense OS was retrained by using additional hours of classroom recordings from the study to develop the pediatric automatic classifier, AutoSense Sky OS.

In terms of outcomes, marked improvements include:

  • Up to 30 percent more precise Speech in Noise classification during noisy classroom activities
  • Up to 39 percent more precise Comfort-in-Noise classification
  • Improvement in listening comfort for yelling and shouting throughout a child’s day during school, extracurricular and home activities

These results support the need for an operating system tailored to the specific listening environment of a child.  

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from an interview about the new Phonak Sky V pediatric portfolio - read the full interview here or visit www.phonakpro.com for more information.


angela pelosi

Angela Pelosi

Angela Pelosi is Global Head of Pediatrics at Phonak headquarters in Switzerland. She graduated as an Audiologist from Melbourne University and has worked in numerous settings ranging from pediatric clinical audiology, adult clinical audiology, to leading a sales team in Phonak Australia. Since 2012, she has had the pleasure of leading a dedicated and committed Pediatric team in Phonak headquarters in Switzerland, where she is responsible for the development of an innovative and comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services to provide children of all ages with the best possible outcomes.


Related Courses

Phonak's Suite of eSolutions
Presented by Brandy Pouliot, AuD
Recorded Webinar
Phonak

Presenter

Brandy Pouliot, AuD
Course: #37386Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Though I won't be using the pediatric apps much, I found the information interesting'   Read Reviews
Join us as we review Phonak's complete line of eSolutions including the myPhonak, myPhonak Junior, myRogerMic, and myRogerCoach apps.

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

Only $129/yr

Learn More

The State of Education for Students with Hearing Loss During the Pandemic
Presented by Erin Schafer, Dana Ulakovic, AuD
Recorded Webinar
Phonak

Presenters

Erin SchaferDana Ulakovic, AuD
Course: #36636Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'So very relevant to know what we are up against in helping resolve the learning loss crisis for all students and students with hearing loss'   Read Reviews
Audiologists and school personnel serving students with hearing loss continue to face challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic due to dramatic changes to students’ learning environments and formats. Join Dr. Erin Schafer, of University of North Texas, to review key findings and the resulting recommendations to promote learning, engagement and educational access for K-12 students with hearing loss.

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

Only $129/yr

Learn More

Phonak Pediatric Roger Solutions: At Home and in School
Presented by Brandy Pouliot, AuD
Recorded Webinar
Phonak

Presenter

Brandy Pouliot, AuD
Course: #38447Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'I watched this as a recording'   Read Reviews
Well-fitted Phonak hearing instruments paired with Roger technology offers students access to speech and multimedia content in the classroom and beyond. This course will review solutions beyond the hearing aid fitting including Roger applications for school and home.

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

Only $129/yr

Learn More

Phonak Audeo Marvel. Fully Connected to a Teen's Life
Presented by Angela Lawfield
Recorded Webinar
Phonak

Presenter

Angela Lawfield
Course: #32817Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Love all the stats of success'   Read Reviews
Teens today face pressures with school, sports, relationships and media. Participating and feeling accepted takes confidence which is not always easy for teens with hearing loss. When teens hear well, they can connect socially resulting in them feeling more comfortable in their own skin and confident enough to break out and be different. Hearing technology that allows them to fully participate and communicate in every situation will give them the sense of well-being so that they can make sure to make the most of those exciting and challenging teenage years. Phonak Marvel does just that! In this course, we will review Phonak Audeo Marvel as a solution for teens with hearing loss.

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

Only $129/yr

Learn More

New Roger for Education Solutions
Presented by Stacy Michels, MA, FAAA
Recorded Webinar
Phonak

Presenter

Stacy Michels, MA, FAAA
Course: #36687Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Really enjoy Phonak presentations!'   Read Reviews
Roger microphones and receivers are the key components of an adaptive remote microphone system. This session educates attendees about two new receivers and one new microphone that help children with hearing loss and normal hearing in educational environments.

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

Only $129/yr

Learn More

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.