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奧迪聽覺專業講座2017

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主題:Prioritizing human perception and cognition in new generation hearing solution

簡介:

New generation solution lays emphasis on empowering one to “listen well”, even in acoustically challenging situations, than just “hear well” as through restoring the lost audibility.  In this professional seminar, factors contributing to the provision of optimal listening experience to hearing aid users will be discussed; a speech-enhancement digital sound processing solution evolved from having recognized and prioritized human perceptual and cognitive characteristics in everyday listening will be introduced; and benefits of Digital Noise Reduction – a potentially undervalued sound processing feature – will be demystified based on contemporary research evidence.

講者介紹:

Douglas L. Beck, Au.D.

Dr. Beck earned his master’s degree in audiology from the University of Buffalo (1984) and his doctorate from the University of Florida (2000). His professional career began in Los Angeles at the House Ear Institute in cochlear implant research and intraoperative cranial nerve monitoring. By 1988, he was Director of Audiology at Saint Louis University; eight years later he co-founded an audiology and dispensing practice in St. Louis. In 1999, he became Editor-In-Chief of AudiologyOnline.com, SpeechPathology.com and HealthyHearing.com. Dr. Beck joined Oticon in 2005 as Director of Professional Relations, and in April 2016 he became Director of Academic Sciences at Oticon Inc. Somerset, NJ.  In 2011, he became Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Lamar University and in 2015, he became Adjunct Associate Professor of Audiology at University of Hawaii. As of Jan 1, 2016, Dr. Beck has been appointed Senior Editor for Clinical Research at the Hearing Review. Dr. Beck is among the most prolific authors in audiology with over 150 published articles and more than 1250 abstracts, interviews and op-eds written for the American Academy of Audiology (2008-2015) and Audiology Online (1999-2005) addressing a wide variety of audiology and professional topics.

內容:

BrainHearing: Maximizing Hearing and Listening (13:30 –14:30)

As we move beyond our current approach that centers on correcting for hearing loss to an approach that emphasizes feeding the brain optimal information about incoming sound, we can do a better job of allowing the hearing aid user to get the most out of their hearing. Our current approach is based on identifying people who have medical surgical options to solve their hearing problems. However, 97 percent of all people with hearing loss don’t have medically or surgically remediable hearing problems – they have age related or noise induced or congenital issues. And for the 97%, we need to test deeper and address their specific listening concerns. BrainHearing endeavors to help the brain orient, separate, focus, and recognize sounds in order to apply meaning through the use of modern and highly sophisticated technologies and improved hearing aid fitting protocols to maximize their ability to hear and listen.

The Surprising Success of Digital Noise Reduction (14:30 – 15:30)

The peer-reviewed literature demonstrates modern Digital Noise Reduction (DNR) circuits are highly beneficial for most people, most of the time. To be clear, the benefits of DNR are not to be found in improved word recognition scores—that simply not been shown. The benefits of DNR include more rapid word learning rates, less listening effort, better recall of words, an improved SNR at the hearing aid output, improved ANLs, improved attention and quicker word identification and better neural coding of words. In this presentation, we will highlight some of the most important peer-reviewed literature addressing these same issues. Indeed, the typical fitting rule in 2016 (and beyond) should include activation of the DNR circuit as the primary “go-to” setting for adults and children.

A Paradigm Shift in Hearing Aid Technology (15:45 – 16:45)

The term “paradigm shift” is rarely used with respect to hearing aid amplification protocols and technologies.  Paradigm shift as used here, refers to “how to facilitate better understanding of speech in noise” based on Oticon’s OpenSound Navigator (OSN™). The OSN is a new speech-enhancement algorithm which exceeds and supplants traditional directionality and noise reduction protocols. This paradigm shift is about going from “closed” to “open.” That is, rather than closing down (i.e., providing less) acoustic information (as happens with frequency lowering, traditional wide dynamic range compression, directional and beamforming strategies), OSN preserves speech while reducing noise in complex acoustic environments. OSN provides the brain with more natural, important, and useful contextual acoustic information than was previously possible.  Improvements include approximately 30% better speech understanding in noise, a 20% decrease in listening effort, and 20% improvement in recall of conversational speech.

對象:全科醫生及聽力學家

日期:6/1/2017 (星期五)

時間:中午1時 – 5時

地點:九龍窩打老道23號城景國際酒店3樓水晶廳

報名電話:3188-9269

流程:

時間 項目 講者
13:00 -13:25 登記
(13:00 – 15:00 自助午餐)
13:25 – 13:30 司儀講座簡介 Miss. Rosanna Tong
13:30 –14:30 Brain Hearing, Maximize Hearing and Listening Dr. Douglas L. Beck (Au.D.)
Director of Academic Sciences, Oticon Inc.
14:30 – 15:30 The Surprising Success of Digital Noise Reduction Dr. Douglas L. Beck (Au.D.)
Director of Academic Sciences, Oticon Inc.
15:30 – 15:45 小休
15:45 – 16:45 A Paradigm Shift in Hearing Aid Technology Dr. Douglas L. Beck (Au.D.)
Director of Academic Sciences, Oticon Inc.
16:45 – 17:00 問答環節

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