Clinical Study Shows Significant Benefit of Own Voice Processing

Hearing Review

This clinical trial suggests that Signia OVP provides a substantial improvement in own-voice satisfaction, and that this improvement is present for different fitting strategies, and for different ear-canal couplings. Specifically, with OVP-Off, 10 of the 21 participants (48%) were not satisfied with their own voice (e.g., rating below #4).  With OVP-On, 8 of these 10 individuals (80%) were now satisfied (rating above #4), resulting in a total group satisfaction of 90% (19 out of 21). Moreover, when the satisfaction with OVP is compared to alternative solutions from competitive products, a significant OVP advantage was seen—to the extent that own-voice satisfaction with OVP using a closed fitting is equal or superior to other products using an open fitting.

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Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D.

Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., is the Managing Member of Powers Consulting, LLC, providing management consulting to the hearing health industry.   Dr. Powers serves an expert audiology consultant for the Better Hearing Institute, and as a Senior Consultant for Sivantos, Inc. Dr. Powers received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Audiology from Ohio University.  He began his career as a partner in an Audiology private practice, and has over 35 years of experience in the hearing health care industry. Prior to his current role, Dr. Powers was Vice-President, Government Services and Professional Relations for Sivantos, Inc.

Matthias Fröhlich, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthias Froehlich is global audiology strategy expert for WS Audiology in Erlangen Germany. He is responsible for the definition and validation of the audiological benefit of new hearing instrument platforms. Dr. Froehlich joined WS Audiology (then Siemens Audiology Group) in 2002, holding various positions in R&D, Product Management, and Marketing since then. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Goettingen University, Germany.

Eric Branda, Au.D.

Dr. Branda is an audiologist and director of product management for Sivantos, Inc. He specializes in bringing new product innovations to market, helping Sivantos fulfill its goal of creating advanced hearing solutions for all types and degrees of hearing loss. Dr. Branda received his Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences and his master’s degree in audiology from the University of Akron.

Jennifer Weber, Au.D.

Dr. Jennifer “Jenny” Weber is Professor of Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences (ASLS) at the University of Northern Colorado.  Her areas of interest include amplification and diagnostic, pediatric, and animal audiology. She serves as Audiology Graduate Coordinator at UNC.