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Portable Fine Tuning Device for Hearing Aids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200618D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Oct-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Oct-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

Some hearing aids have remote controls that allow the user to control the volume and programs of their hearing aids, but the general tunings have to be done by a so called hearing aid dispenser. The user can only choose what is programmed by the dispenser while the programming is usually done in a clinic, which will not represent the real environment where the wearer is using his hearing aids. Over-the-counter/off-the-shelf hearing aids are either not programmable or tuned with very small trimmers on the hearing aid. People with poor eyesight have difficulties working with such small trimmers. There are some techniques that allow the user to customize the setting by connecting the hearing instrument to a computer, but this restricts the movement of the hearing aid wearer. Adjustments can only be done where a computer with the required program installed and an appropriate programming-cable is available. These hearing aids also do not have wireless capabilities.

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Portable Fine Tuning Device for Hearing Aids

Idea: Ker Ser Ang, SG-Singapore; Aum Yong Hong, SG-Singapore; Mo Choong Chan, SG-

Singapore; Ming Ten Ng, SG-Singapore Thet Oo Maung, SG-Singapore

Some hearing aids have remote controls that allow the user to control the volume and programs of

their hearing aids, but the general tunings have to be done by a so called hearing aid dispenser. The

user can only choose what is programmed by the dispenser while the programming is usually done in

a clinic, which will not represent the real environment where the wearer is using his hearing aids.

Over-the-counter/off-the-shelf hearing aids are either not programmable or tuned with very small

trimmers on the hearing aid. People with poor eyesight have difficulties working with such small

trimmers.

There are some techniques that allow the user to customize the setting by connecting the hearing

instrument to a computer, but this restricts the movement of the hearing aid wearer. Adjustments can

only be done where a computer with the required program installed and an appropriate programming-

cable is available. These hearing aids also do not have wireless capabilities.

A portable fine tuning device for hearing aids is proposed that allows the hearing aid user to make

adjustments to the hearing aid to suit it to the environment the user wants to use the device in. The

proposed solution consists of an external remote control unit with one or a pair of hearing aids. The

remote control unit has controls to fine tune the hearing aids. These controls can be in the form of

instrument dials, bars, buttons, or a touch screen, etc. The settings that can be modified by the user

can for example include frequency shaping, compression, sound management, etc.

The fine tuning controls can have the form of enlarged trimmers for users to tune the instrument as

they would with trimmer hearing aids, except without the need of taking the hearing aids off to tune

them. The instrument dials for the tuning can be larger than that of trimmers on the hearing aid itself

so users with poor eyesight can handle the tuning without hassle. Furthermore, no tools are required

for these instrument dials. Signals to modify the settings of the hearing aids can be transmitted from

the remote control to the hearing aid via state of the art wireless technology.

For hearing aids that are prescribed by a dispenser or audiologist, the limits at which the hearing aid

settings can be modified can be set at the clinic during the fitting of the hearing aid. In this way the

user can be prevented from setting excessive amplification that can cause more damage to the ears. With this solution,...