Although hearing aids are unlikely to solve all hearing related issues, the positive effects of wearing hearing aids are well-documented and appreciated by users. This article discusses the status of hearing aid technology today and its future directions.
Course created on August 11, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to name 3 ways in which digital technology has led to improvements in hearing aids.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how microphone location on hearing aids influence natural sound quality.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how directional microphone technology can both help and interfere with the listening goals of the hearing aid user.
Director of Audiology Communication, ReSound
Jennifer Groth is the director of Audiology Communications in Global Audiology at GN Hearing. With a background in clinical audiology, she has filled various roles in research & development and marketing at GN Hearing since 1996. She holds an MA in Speech Pathology & Audiology.
Dorea Ruggles is a research scientist with GN Advanced Science at GN Hearing, specializing in psychophysics, cognitive and neuroscience. She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Boston University as well as degrees in physics and architectural acoustics.
John Ellison is a behavioral research scientist with GN Advanced Science at GN Hearing. He has a background in psychoacoustics, bio-acoustic auditory diagnostics, clinical audiology and hearing aid technology. John holds MS degrees in audiology as well as architectural acoustics and has worked in both hearing aid research and development since 2010.
Dorea Ruggles: Financial: Dorea Ruggles is employed by GN Hearing. Non-financial: Dorea Ruggles has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
John Ellison: Financial: John Ruggles is employed by GN Hearing. Non-financial: John Ruggles has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by ReSound in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on ReSound products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario
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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.
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International Hearing Society
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Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
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New Zealand Audiological Society
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