As hearing aids become more and more complex, laboratory evaluation of constituent technologies requires novel methods. This course will review two such methods including a novel perceptual task designed to evaluate specific signal processing features and a battery of acoustic and perceptual measures designed to evaluate and compare environmental classification among premium hearing devices.
This course is part of the 2021 Industry Innovations Summit on AudiologyOnline.
Course created on March 18, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the limitations of traditional measures and the benefits of the Continuous Number Identification Test (CNIT) in the context of evaluating the impact of audio signal processing features.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the purpose and contributions of environmental classification of sound to hearing aid signal processing.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how to evaluate differences in environmental classification among different hearing aid manufacturers and associate them with principles that may guide signal processing strategies.
|5-25 Minutes||Review of speech-in-noise testing for signal processing feature evaluation|
|25-50 Minutes||Review of the goals of environmental classification, measurement methods, and performance differences among devices|
Dr. David A. Eddins is a Professor in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida where he is the Director of the Auditory & Speech Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Eddins earned an A.B. and M.S. in audiology from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Florida. He is a certified clinical audiologist and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. His research interests include development and evaluation of hearing enhancement technologies, with a focus on spatial hearing systems and treatments for debilitating hyperacusis. He studies auditory and speech perception as they relate to underlying acoustic features, central auditory plasticity and aging, and the perception of voice quality. His research has been funded by NIH NIDCD, NIH NIA, NSF, the U.S. Department of Defense, and several hearing industry partners.
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