This course reviews the pros and cons of open-canal versus occluding ear-coupling systems for hearing aids, and presents comparative data of three different options. Data was collected for both laboratory testing and real-world judgments.
Course created on May 6, 2019
- After this course learners will be able to explain the history of the study of earmolds, and the pros and cons of an open vs closed earmold fitting.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the basic study set-up that can be used to differentiate different earmold coupling systems.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the objective and subjective findings obtained for open vs. closed earmold coupling systems.
Head of Global Marketing Audiology, Sivantos
Dr. Matthias Froehlich is head of Audiology Strategy for Sivantos in Erlangen Germany. He is responsible for the definition and validation of the audiological benefit of new hearing instrument platforms. Dr. Froehlich joined Sivantos (then Siemens Audiology Group) in 2002, holding various positions in R&D, Product Management, and Marketing since then. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Goettingen University, Germany.
Dr. Ulrich Giese is a Key Expert in the field of audiology at the Sivantos Group. He holds a B.Sc. in audiology from the Luebeck School of Audiology and a Ph.D. from the Free University in Berlin. Dr Giese’s tasks include the development, optimization and clinical evaluation of hearing aid algorithms, and also various issues regarding hearing protection. Dr. Giese holds patents in the fields of acoustics and signal processing.
Thomas A. Powers
Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., is the Managing Member of Powers Consulting, LLC, providing management consulting to the hearing health industry. Dr. Powers serves an expert audiology consultant for the Better Hearing Institute, and as a Senior Consultant for Sivantos, Inc. Dr. Powers received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Audiology from Ohio University. He began his career as a partner in an Audiology private practice and has over 35 years of experience in the hearing health care industry. Prior to his current role, Dr. Powers was Vice-President, Government Services and Professional Relations for Sivantos, Inc.
Ulrich Giese : Financial: Ulrich Giese is employed by Sivantos in Erlangen, Germany. Non-financial: Ulrich Giese has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Thomas Powers: Financial: Thomas Powers is the Managing Member of Powers Consulting, LLC. He is an Asst. Professor at Salus University. Dr. Powers serves an expert audiology consultant for the Better Hearing Institute, and as a Senior Consultant for Sivantos, Inc. Non-financial: Thomas Powers has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This study discussed in this learning event was conducted with Signia hearing aids, but the basic research question was regarding the influence of different earmoldcouplings, the results of which apply to hearing aids of all manufacturers.
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