Multi-Program Options Can Help Users Meet New Listening Challenges

Jennifer GrothBy Jennifer Groth, Global Audiology

With summer upon us, many will take the opportunity to get away from it all, or perhaps seek excitement and new experiences. Regardless of what any individual might be looking for, hearing instrument wearers who are taken out of their usual surroundings and plopped into new ones can meet all sorts of new and challenging listening environments. Some automatic features in ReSound hearing instruments, such as Environmental Optimizer II and SoftSwitching, can ease listening effort and improve comfort in many situations. However, sometimes you just need your hearing aids to do something different for you. Alternative listening programs which can offer both varying frequency responses as well as different feature settings can be of great help. And, with the ease of listening program overview and switching afforded by the ReSound Unite Remote Control, multiple programs are a simple and fast way to try out different settings in a situation where the user feels a change is needed for better listening.

Hearing instruments are typically fit with the primary goal of amplifying speech in quiet at fairly close range. Obviously, hearing instrument wearers find themselves in many situations every day that are acoustically very different than this, and where their listening preferences may also be different. Music listening is a good example of a situation where the typical hearing instrument settings may not be optimum. A variety of pre-defined listening programs are available in Aventa 3, and the fitter has the freedom to adjust gains and features in any of these to best suit the individual’s preferences. The table below presents an overview of the available programs and the settings for each. The highest technology level is assumed in the table – for lower technology products, the same programs are available, but the feature settings depend on what is available for the particular product.

Environment program Description Feature settings Gain offsets
Basic General purpose “base” program.
  • NoiseTracker II: environmentally dependent
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: omni
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Basic + SoftSwitching General purpose program that automatically switches to a directional response when directionality is likely to be of benefit.
  • NoiseTracker II: environmentally dependent
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: SoftSwitching (Autofocus adaptive directionality is default but other options are selectable)
  • Directional Mix: prescribed
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Natural Directionality II General purpose program with asymmetric directional fitting strategy to ensure directional benefit and environmental awareness at all times.
  • NoiseTracker II: environmentally dependent
  • Environmnental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: Focus ear (fixed directional response) and Monitor ear (omnidirectional response)
  • Directional mix: prescribed for Focus ear
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Restaurant Program for maximizing speech understanding in group situations and other moderately noisy environments
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: AutoScope Adaptive Directionality
  • Directional Mix: prescribed
  • Wind Guard: off
Increased gain in the 2 to 4kHz region relative to prescriptive targets
Music Program for enhancing music listening
  • NoiseTracker II: off
  • Environmental Optimizer II: off
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: omni
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain decrease for soft sounds and gain increase for loud sounds across frequencies relative to prescriptive targets.
Traffic Program for increased comfort in very noisy or very loud situations
  • NoiseTracker II: considerable
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: omni
  • Wind Guard: off
Overall gain decrease relative to prescriptive targets.
Party Program for better speech understanding in very noisy situations.
  • NoiseTracker II: considerable
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: AutoScope Adaptive Directionality
  • Directional Mix: prescribed
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain decreased in low frequencies, and gain increased in 2 to 4kHz region relative to prescriptive targets.
Outdoor Program that reduces wind noise for better listening comfort outdoors.
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: omni
  • Wind Guard: mild
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
REM test Program for real ear verification.
  • NoiseTracker II: off
  • Environmental Optimizer II: off
  • DFS Ultra: mild
  • Directionality: omni
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Telecoil loop Program for listening via an induction loop.
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on*
  • DFS Ultra: mild*
  • Directionality: omni*
  • WindGuard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Telecoil Phone Program for using the phone with the hearing instrument telecoil.
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on*
  • DFS Ultra: mild*
  • Directionality: omni*
  • WindGuard: off
Gain is decreased below 500 Hz and above 3kHz, and increased in the mid frequency range.
Acoustic phone Program for using the phone with the hearing instrument microphone.
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on
  • DFS Ultra: strong
  • Directionality: omni
  • WindGuard: off
Gain is decreased below 500 Hz and above 3kHz, and increased in the mid frequency range.
DAI Program for listening via an FM system or other direct audio input.
  • NoiseTracker II: moderate
  • Environmental Optimizer II: on*
  • DFS Ultra: mild*
  • Directionality: omni*
  • WindGuard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Phone Now The hearing instrument switches to this program in the presence of a magnet. The fitter can choose “Acoustic Phone” or “Telecoil Phone” for this automatic program. Same as “Acoustic Phone” or “Telecoil Phone” Same as “Acoustic Phone” or “Telecoil Phone”
TV/Radio/PC Program for streaming sound via the Unite TV Streamer or Unite Mini Microphone.
  • NoiseTracker II: mild
  • DFS Ultra: mild*
  • Microphone-Streaming balance: -3 dB*
  • Streamer Bass Boost: mild
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets
Speech Program for streaming sound via the Unite Phone Clip.
  • NoiseTracker II: mild
  • DFS Ultra: mild*
  • Microphone-Streaming balance: -3 dB*
  • Wind Guard: off
Gain is set according to prescriptive targets with no offsets

*only if hearing instrument microphone is active

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4 Responses to Multi-Program Options Can Help Users Meet New Listening Challenges

  1. Jean Baumeister says:

    This is a good cheat sheet but too big for me to print. Can I have a cheat sheet like this sent to me.

  2. These programmes are not in my software. How do I get them

  3. Marcos says:

    Would it be possible to get a new post showing current (as of 2017) programs and feature settings and what they do in Aventa 3?

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