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Research Evidence for Dynamic Soundscape Processing Benefits

The Hearing Review, November 7, 2019

It is important that the design of hearing aid processing closely resembles the listening intent of the user. This has been enhanced with the Signia Xperience, which utilizes new acoustic and motion sensors, serving to improve speech understanding and the acoustic sound scape. Laboratory data shows significantly better speech understanding for speech from the sides, both when stationary and when moving. Real-world studies using EMA methodology revealed highly satisfactory environmental awareness, and higher overall user satisfaction ratings than have been obtained for either EuroTrak, or the recent MarkeTrak10. Overall, for both efficacy and effectiveness, the performance of the Signia Xperience hearing aids was validated, and increased patient benefit and satisfaction is expected to follow.

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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.

Katja Freels, Dipl.-Ing.

Ms. Freels has been a research and development audiologist at WS Audiology in Erlangen Germany since 2008. Her main responsibilities include the coordination of clinical studies and research projects. Prior to joining WS Audiology (then Siemens Audiology Group), Ms. Freels worked as a dispensing audiologist. She studied Hearing Technology and Audiology at the University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, Germany.