Designing Hearing Aids for Children With Severe-To-Profound LossesBy Flynn, Traci Schmidtke, MA; Flynn, Mark C., PhD; Hearing Review, Vol. 11, No. 13, pp. 36-40
Publication Date: December 2004
Article discusses hearing aid design considerations for children with severe-to-profound hearing disabilities. As newborn hearing screening has become common practice, children with hearing disabilities are identified and diagnosed at increasingly younger ages. After initial diagnosis, it is critical for hearing professionals to provide these children with appropriate amplification devices. Prescription factors that need to be addressed include the hearing instrument hardware as well as the fitting software. The hardware features include meeting the gain and headroom requirements for severe-to-profound hearing loss, as well as providing a clear, audible, and consistent signal. The ability to integrate accessories, such as FM software and technology, can help to provide a consistent and reliable signal. A technical evaluation of such design considerations is presented.
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