This course will discuss current differences in advanced versus basic technology hearing aids, and use experimental data to discover how hearing aid features relate to user preferences. Objective and subjective outcomes from a clinical trial will be presented.
Course created on March 26, 2020
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- After this course, participants will be able to describe feature differences between currently available premium and entry-level hearing aids, previous studies of hearing aid technology outcomes, as well as details of best-practices fitting protocols used in these studies.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the outcomes, such as speech recognition and sound quality ratings, associated with each hearing aid model.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the factors that drove user preference for either the entry-level or the premium device.
|5-10 Minutes||What have previous studies found when comparing across technology levels?|
|10-15 Minutes||What hearing aids did we use and how do they differ?|
|15-25 Minutes||Best practices fitting protocol and outcome measures in the lab.|
|25-30 Minutes||Measurements of user preferences|
|30-45 Minutes||Maps of user preferences|
|45-55 Minutes||Clinical Implications|
Assistant Professor at the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario
Dr. Susan Scollie is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Together with colleagues Dr. Marlene Bagatto and Dr. Danielle Glista, she participates in the development of the DSL Method for hearing aid fitting, and leads the Child Amplification Laboratory. We work closely with the Ontario Infant Hearing Program and the Manitoba Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program. We evaluate outcomes with frequency compression and noise reduction, and have developed both universal outcome measures protocols for the 0 – 6 age range as well as targeted outcome measures protocols aimed at high frequency hearing aid signal processing. Current research studies are focused on the use of aided evoked potentials as outcome measures, outcomes of early intervention, and the effects of novel signal processors for children who use hearing aids. Dr. Scollie also collaborates with colleagues including Drs. Paula Folkeard, Vijay Parsa, and Ewan Macpherson to develop studies within the Translational Research Unit, a new laboratory that partners with industry to evaluate new products and procedures.
Hasan K. Saleh is a PhD. candidate at Western University in London, Canada. He also holds a master’s degree in Audiology from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. His research focuses on the effect of hearing aid features on users’ hearing aid preference and developing methods to predict preference
Hasan Saleh: Financial: The research discussed in this course was funded in part by a grant from Signia. Non-financial: Hasan Saleh has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Paula Folkeard: Paula Folkeard is employed by the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario. The research discussed in this course was funded in part by a grant from Signia. Non-financial: Paula Fookeard has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Signia in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on Signia products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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