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Digital Hearing aid

gandalf at aud.org gandalf at aud.org
Tue Jul 15 23:00:58 EST 1997

In article <33CC21E7.4CDD at iconn.net> "David M. Regan" <dregan at iconn.net> writes:
>From: "David M. Regan" <dregan at iconn.net>
>Subject: Re: Digital Hearing aid
>Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 21:20:39 -0400

Philips has digital now.  It has an open platform, not a preselected 
paradigm. There are thousands of modifications you can make. You can even try 
a paired comparison of two K-amps, if you wish, by programming the 
controller that way. It is clearly better than the other two. If you see it, 
you will see the superiority of it. A bit pricey, but with the software 
approach to fitting, rather than hardware, one can tell the patient truly, 
that he/she can come in five years from now and have a new aid for a fraction 
of the new aid cost, simply by purchasing upgrade software.
You need a 'puter, but if you can read this.....you have one.


Doesn't have power capability, though.

>Ramjee Raghavan,

>        Currently only two companies make fully digital aids-Oticon and Widex. 
>The Widex Senso now has a high power model, but I have not yet dispensed
>any so I can't give any first-hand information.  Oticon's digital
>behind-the-ear is not as powerful as their 380P model, but I have fit it
>successfully even on severe losses.  Your best bet is to see an
>audiologist who can evaluate your hearing needs and determine the best
>model for you.  I have personally called Oticon requesting information
>about a power model, and they were unable to give me any definite
>information.  I heard from my factory representative that plans for a
>power model weren't even necessarily in the works.  I've had great
>success with digitals, so good luck.

>Julie Bossenberry,M.A., CCC-A, FAAA

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