Ambient Noise Effect on Hearing – A Primer

The Effect of Ambient Noise on the Speech Reproduction of Hearing Aids For the hearing impaired, ambient noise is a greater hindrance to the intelligibility of speech than for those of normal hearing.  Fortunately, contemporary hearing aids incorporate a number of designs and algorithms to reduce the disturbing effects of noise.  Still, in the fitting…

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Hearing Aid Verification Using Functional Gain – Part I

A University teaching faculty member asked me recently if I would write a review about the use of functional gain as a method for hearing aid verification. My initial reactions were that I thought we were beyond this with real-ear measurements, and then, that this might be as exciting as watching grass grow, not only…

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