Siemens has developed a reprogrammable hearing aid designed to adapt along with the hearing changes of the growing child.
Fitting a hearing instrument for young children with hearing loss is one of the most difficult tasks faced by audiologists. Children born with impaired hearing can only communicate to a very limited degree, and they also have different auditory perception than adults who have suffered gradual loss of hearing. In the latter case, the brain loses its capacity to perceive high frequencies. Children with hearing loss, by contrast, need the full spectrum of sounds in order to “learn how to hear.”
With the help of the latest findings from the field of pediatric audiology, Siemens Audiology has now developed a hearing instrument that meets such complex requirements. In addition to covering a considerably extended frequency range, the Explorer 500 P also boasts numerous functions such as speech-sensitive noise suppression and automatic situation detection, so the instrument can adapt to the constantly changing hearing requirements of a growing child.
In the framework of the Connexx adjustment software, Siemens has integrated ClinicalFit, which features a special workflow for children that automatically selects the full range of typical settings for each age level. To fit the instrument, the technician needs only to connect the device to a computer, enter the wearer’s age, the hearing impairment, and the required functions, and the software automatically does the rest — such as activating a directional microphone or a direct audio connectivity to wireless transmission systems used in kindergarten or school, for example. The latter selectively transmit a teacher’s words and help to suppress ambient noise.
Press release: A Hearing Aid for Children That Adapts With Age…