Acoustic classification is an important part of modern automatic hearing instruments. This course will assist in understanding the importance of a hearing aid manufacturer's development philosophy with respect to how modern hearing systems are designed to work.
Course created on September 10, 2019
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- After this course learners will be able to describe the importance of acoustic classification in modern automatic hearing aids.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the different types of sound scenes and how much time people spend in various listening environments as recorded by real hearing aid wearers.
- After this course learners will be able to explain how to evaluate hearing aid classification systems based on proper comparisons and benchmarking.
- After this course learners will be able to identify the importance of a hearing aid manufacturers development philosophy with respect to how modern hearing systems are designed to work.
|0-5 Minutes||Introduction; The philosophy behind acoustic classification|
|5-20 Minutes||How this benchmarking study came to be|
|20-35 Minutes||Designing a benchmarking tool for hearing aid classification|
|35-45 Minutes||Examples of momentary classification results for specific sound scenes.|
|45-55 Minutes||Comparing five premium hearing aids to the human gold standard|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Donald Hayes, Ph.D.As Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Donald Hayes is responsible for leading the company’s
audiology research efforts, as well as new product concept testing and validation.
Don joined Unitron Hearing in 2002 as Manager, Audiology Research. Prior to joining Unitron,
Don held the positions of Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Lecturer in the
Department of Speech Pathology at the University of Toronto. Don has also worked as an
Audiologist Consultant for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto and the Canadian
Ministry of Health as part of the Sioux Lookout Project.
Don works with a network of audiology experts around the world to develop new hearing solutions
that incorporate innovative technologies and improve the lives of people with hearing loss. Don
holds a Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati and has published articles in several
peer-reviewed and trade journals over the years.
Manager, Audiology and Education
Jan is the Manager of Audiology and Education at Unitron. At Unitron, she manages the Regional Training Department and the Technical Support Department. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Still University. She is a licensed audiologist in the state of Minnesota. Prior to joining Unitron, Jan worked as a Clinical Audiologist at an ENT clinic and as a Manufacturing Audiologist for a hearing instrument manufacturer. Jan has experience with fitting, verification and validation of hearing instruments for all patient populations. She enjoys educating professionals regarding hearing instrument fitting, verification, and trends in audiology by conducting professional presentations and performing hands-on training workshops.
Senior Manager, Global Learning & Development, Audiology
Douglas Baldwin was born and raised in the US state of Wyoming. After university, he spent 12 years in clinical audiology practice in Montana, with 4 years in a private practice setting and 8 years in a multi-specialty clinic / hospital. His experience ranges from educational audiology in rural schools to industrial audiology and hearing protection, diagnostic audiology, balance assessment and hearing instrument dispensing. Douglas educational background comprises a BS in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a MS in Audiology from University of Wyoming and an AuD in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences - A.T. Still University. Douglas moved to Switzerland 8 years ago to join the Marketing Audiology and Education team as an audiology manager at Sonova headquarters. In early 2012 he joined the international Unitron Team.
Jan Storhaug: Financial: Jan Storhaug is an employee of Unitron. Non-financial: Jan Storhaug has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Douglas Baldwin: Financial: Douglas Baldwin is an employee of Unitron. Non-financial: Douglas Baldwin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Unitron in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on Unitron products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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