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Verification of Hearing Aid Direct Streaming: A How-To Guide for the Digital Listening Environment (PD102513)

Presenter(s): Neil Wright, AuD, F-AAA; Joseph Hribar, AuD
Course Description

Streamed audio has grown from a technological novelty into a distinct listening environment for hearing aid users, as smartphones and direct-streaming-enabled hearing aids become commonplace. This presents a unique listening environment that can prove difficult to verify, as streamed audio is not an external stimulus and cannot be verified using conventional methods. This session describes a new and accessible verification method aimed at the streamed audio environment, ensuring that hearing aid users receive optimal benefit in their digital soundscape.

This course is a recorded technical session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 4026V). The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Dispensing, and Business Practice Management: Audiology.

Content Disclosure: The session focuses on a specific approach to performing real ear verification of audio directly streamed from a smartphone to hearing aids. The session includes background on why it is important to have a method for verification of streamed audio.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe three distinct audio streaming pathways
  • Identify two viable stimuli for use in streaming audio verification
  • Describe the six steps in streaming audio verification for real ear measurements.

Presenter Information

Neil Wright, AuD, F-AAA (Presenting Author), is an audiologist in Global Audiology at GN Hearing in Glenview, Illinois. In this role, Neil conducts clinical trials of new hearing aid technology as well as facilitates the testing and development of hearing aid fitting software. He earned his AuD at Northwestern University and is Board Certified in Audiology.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Employee of GN Hearing

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

Joseph (Joey) Hribar, AuD (Presenting Author), is a research Audiologist with the Global Audiology team at GN Hearing in Glenview, Illinois. He is responsible for conducting clinical hearing aid trials, which includes verifying and validating hearing instruments, accessories, and other connective devices. His interests lie in modern technology and its impact on hearing health care and the patient experience. He earned his Doctor of Audiology degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salaried employee at GN ReSound

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships relevant to the content of the session

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by August 8, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: August 8, 2027

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102513
Available Through: August 08, 2027