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Long-term evaluation of a new hearing aid supported tinnitus treatment

Hannemann, R., Haab L., Corona -Strauss, F. and Strauss, D.

The upregulation of sensory gain and/or the degradation of inhibitory projections across hierarchical processing stages of the auditory pathway due to peripheral deprivation is likely to give rise to the auditory phantom percepts in Tinnitus.

Recently converging evidence showed that the suppresion of neural hyperactivity by lateral inhibition using tailor-made notch filtering is a promising approach to support tinnitus treatments. In particular a 3-week pilot study using hearing aids proved to be successful. Until today a long-time evaluation of this approach was missing.

Social-cognitive predictors for hearing aid use

Fischer, R.-L. and Stromberger, L.

Over the past years there have been many improvements for hearing aids.  However, there is still a big gap between the indication of hearing aid use and the actual fitting rate. This article discusses other factors which influence the use of hearing instruments.

Improving Localization in Binaural Beamforming for Hearing Aid Wearers

Nadja Schinkel-Bielefeld, Christos Oreinos, Homayoun Kamkar Parsi

We developed a new beamforming algorithm (Signia Nx BF) that preserves the phase information in the low frequencies better. Here we compare speech understanding and localization performance for this new beamforming mode, its predecessor beamforming mode (previous BF), and TruEar, a microphone mode that mimics the natural directivity of the head.