New Hear­ing Aid Takes In­ter­na­tional Best of Show

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - — by James W. Wil­son, Tech­nol­ogy Writer

With 3,400 hear­ing clin­i­cians in at­ten­dance to a stand­ing-room only crowd The “A4” hear­ing aid was re­leased at the re­cent Hear­ing In­no­va­tion Expo in Las Ve­gas. “This new in­stru­ment rev­o­lu­tion­izes hear­ing and un­der­stand­ing in one fell swoop, caus­ing other con­tenders to go back to the draw­ing board,” said Brian Dob­son, se­nior me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer. “The level of pride our en­gi­neers feel about our ac­com­plish­ment is very sat­is­fy­ing.”

The A4 fea­tures a noise-at­ten­u­at­ing break­through known as the MEMS Mi­cro­phone with 10 kilo­hertz band­width — the re­sult of a decade of mi­cro-en­gi­neer­ing re­search.

The A4 also fea­tures a tele­coil for au­to­matic pair­ing with phones and looped ar­eas such as the­aters and public ar­eas, and a mi­cro an­tenna cast into the spine for Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and stream­ing tele­vi­sion, cell phone, and music.

“The A4 is an en­gi­neer­ing marvel due to its small size and fea­tures pre­vi­ously avail­able only in larger hear­ing aids,” Dob­son, said. “The de­sign is svelte, with a pro­nounced push but­ton and a cut-out near the front. The rea­son we did that is it is a very small re­ceiver-in-canal, and we want pa­tients who have dex­ter­ity is­sues or loss of sen­si­tiv­ity of touch to be able to slide their fin­ger down the Mic cover, land on the push but­ton and be able to ac­ti­vate it.” The A4 is now avail­able through NewSound Hear­ing Clinics in Austin. 1-888-648-4104.

The Audi­bel “A4” hear­ing aid with dual MEMS mi­cro­phones, Blue­tooth and T-coil stream­ing is avail­able lo­cally through NewSound Hear­ing Aid Cen­ters.

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