Adaptation managers in hearing aid fitting software

  • Eberwein C
  • Mack H
  • Pallett S
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New hearing aid users are often overwhelmed by amplified signals and may reject amplification. Some hearing aid companies have attempted to facilitate adjustment to hearing aids by providing different levels of am- plification for differing amounts of experience. Twenty-nine hearing aid companies were initially contacted for inclusion in this survey. Five compa- nies indicated having a built-in adaptation manager, but only four compa- nies (Electone, Oticon, Phonak, and Siemens) released information. The adaptation managers were compared using six simulated hearing loss con- figurations. Data are presented in tabulated form displaying the difference between initial and final gain levels for loud,medium, and soft input levels. The primary strategy employed in the hearing aid fitting software is a step- wise increase in the amount of gain provided by the hearing aids. KEYWORDS: Adaptation, hearing aids, gain Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to (1) review various m

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  • Gain
  • Hearing aids

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  • C. A. Eberwein

  • H. A. Mack

  • S. Pallett

  • G. A. Lindley

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