ReSound Exhibitor Courses and Industry Updates at AudiologyNOW!

Below are some teasers for the various exhibitor courses and industry updates that ReSound’s Global Audiology Team will be presenting at AudiologyNOW!

EXHIBITOR COURSES

Device-to-Device Decisions for Hearing Instruments (Code: EC203)
With John Nelson, Jennifer Groth, Tammara Stender & Laurel Christensen

Laurel Christensen, GN ReSoundWireless communication between bilaterally fitted hearing instruments takes many different forms. The Main goal at ReSound has been to provide the brain with binaural information that allows the auditory system to choose the signal of interest and fuse the signal into a single experience. This empowers the listener instead of the hearing instrument on signal of interest. The Resound Verso is unique in the industry to provide this listener-based solution.

Hearing Aids: Not Just Four Components Anymore (Code: EC209)
With John Nelson & Jennifer Groth

Jennifer Groth, ReSoundRemember when hearing aids had four components: microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery? Explaining hearing aids was much simpler. Today’s hearing instruments come with many more options and technology – where does one begin the explanation? ReSound has created a structure that organizes the signal processing into four chapters: Model, Clean, Balance, and Stabilize. This provides audiologists with a structure to discuss amplification and technology with the end user.

Wireless Technology: The Evolution (Code: EC212)
With John Nelson & Jill Mecklenburger

JohnANelsonWireless is not a new concept – even for hearing instruments. The challenge is what technology to use and how to use it. An overview of hearing instrument wireless solutions will first be provided. This will include the advantages and limitations of different systems. Following the review of available systems, applications of these systems will be presented. Some applications have already been realized. However, the industry is only beginning to use the technology.

The Evolution of Directionality: Omni to Binaural (EC006)
With Snehal Kulkarni & Erica Koehler

erica-koehlerProviding excellent speech intelligibility in noise continues to be a challenge for hearing instrument manufacturers. The benefit provided by directional microphones in improving signal to noise ratio is well known, however, some current directional technologies utilize bilateral synchronization strategies rather than binaural strategies that facilitate the auditory processing occurring in the brain. This course will review the evolution of directional microphone technology and how current technology can support true binaural processing, promoting audibility and intelligibility.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Aventa 3.4 – Binaural Fusion: Device-to-device communication (IU103 & IU112)
With Lotte H. Hernvig & Lisa Sjolander

LotteHernvigReSound Aventa 3.4 supports the ReSound Verso product family and include new device-to-device functionality. Resound Binaural Fusion compares data from two hearing instruments via device-to-device communication in order to provide the brain with the most accurate sound picture possible. This allows people with hearing instruments to make instantaneous, instinctive decisions about which sounds to focus on and what to ignore. In Aventa 3.4, this functionality is referred to as device-to-device communication functionality.

Innovative Technology Meets Invisible Design: ReSound Verso IIC (IU203 & IU212)
With Kimi Møller & Jill Mecklenburger

KimiForBio-aThe ReSound Verso family will include an Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) hearing instrument. This style provides increased cosmetics appeal for individuals who prefer a deep-fitting device. The new IIC also offers reduced wind noise, preserved natural localization and easier use on the telephone. In addition, no special or excessively deep earmold impressions are required. This presentation will provide fitting and technical information about the IIC including candidacy and fitting criteria.

Making the Most of Music with ReSound DFS Ultra and Music Mode (IU121 & IU130)
With Tammara Stender & Stephen A Hallenbeck

TStenderFor the audiophile, hearing aids often fall short of expectations for reproducing music. Audiologists fitting musicians or music-lovers need to understand the tools available to limit any negative impact on the musical signal. In this way the highest fidelity reproduction of sound quality can be achieved. This presentation reviews inherent issues for hearing-aid processed music and how advanced signal processing can improve the listening experience.

Binaural Fusion by ReSound: Technology Optimized as Nature Intended (IU### & IU113)
With Tammara Stender, Erica Koehler, Snehal Kulkarni & Rena Appleby

SKulkarniBinaural Fusion is a new, revolutionary approach to hearing instrument signal processing. Taking advantage of wireless information exchange between the hearing instruments, it optimizes the signal while allowing for user intent of the signal of interest. Binaural Fusion is characterized by two new features, introduced with the ReSound Verso product line: Binaural Directionality and Binaural Environmental Optimizer II. This presentation will cover the background and applications to this new advance feature.

The Advantages of FM Without the FM (IU307 & IU316)
With Astrid Haastrup and Mona Dworsack-Dodge

Astrid-haastrup-aTo ensure proper functional status of hearing assistive technology, verification guidelines for FM systems have been published (ASHA, 2002; AAA, 2011). The procedures can also be applied for hearing instruments with integrated wireless 2.4GHz technology. With this technology, the hearing instruments themselves act as the FM receivers. This short course will describe the protocol for measuring transparency, SNR advantage and maximum output of the Unite™ Mini Microphone using AURICAL HIT.

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