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Automatic assembly of hearing instrument hardware, algorithms and setting

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202975D
Original Publication Date: 2011-Jan-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2011-Jan-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 205K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

The online sale of hearing instruments grows in popularity all over the world. However, often the offered selection of hearing instruments is rather limited. The wishes and ideas of the customers are not sufficiently represented because of the limited number of offered instruments or sub-optimal presentation of the offered selection on the website. In addition, the users have only limited knowledge about their specific needs, various hardware and suitable algorithmic features. Up to now, hearing aids become more and more modular in regard to hardware and algorithmic features so that the design and production of even customized instruments becomes easier. An embodiment is for example the hear hook change. The ear hook can be changed to a standard Behind The Ear (BTE) hook and vice versa. Another example is to change the receiver to a stronger or weaker type. However, the choices are usually left to the dispensers while the users do not have the knowledge.

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Automatic assembly of hearing instrument hardware, algorithms and setting

Idea: Dr. Heike Heuermann, DE-Erlangen; Dr. Ulrich Giese, DE-Erlangen, Dr. Matthias Latzel, DE- Erlangen

The online sale of hearing instruments grows in popularity all over the world. However, often the offered selection of hearing instruments is rather limited. The wishes and ideas of the customers are not sufficiently represented because of the limited number of offered instruments or sub-optimal presentation of the offered selection on the website. In addition, the users have only limited knowledge about their specific needs, various hardware and suitable algorithmic features. Up to now, hearing aids become more and more modular in regard to hardware and algorithmic features so that the design and production of even customized instruments becomes easier. An embodiment is for example the hear hook change. The ear hook can be changed to a standard Behind The Ear (BTE) hook and vice versa. Another example is to change the receiver to a stronger or weaker type. However, the choices are usually left to the dispensers while the users do not have the knowledge.

Therefore, a novel solution is proposed which uses modularization in order to combine audio logical needs and individual expectations during the pre-selection of suitable hearing aid hardware and algorithmic features and to allow for the individual assembly of a suitable hearing aid by the user. For this purpose, an algorithm is implemented which decides about impossible or sub-optimal hardware and/or settings. The designed software guides the user through the process of assembling the most suitable hearing instrument. At first the software provides multi...