Auditory Access for Infants and Toddlers Utilizing Personal FM Technology With newborn hearing screening mandates that are in place, there are some basic assumptions regarding amplification for infants and toddlers today: With the advent of digital technology, the hearing aid industry has made tremendous progress in improving the signal quality of speech for those infants and toddlers in need ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2008
Auditory Access for Infants and Toddlers Utilizing Personal FM Technology
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  • Johnnie Sexton
    John E. Sexton and Associates, Inc., Greensboro, NC
  • Jane Madell
    Hearing and Learning Center and Cochlear Implant Center, The Ear Institute, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2008
Auditory Access for Infants and Toddlers Utilizing Personal FM Technology
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2008, Vol. 18, 58-62. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.2.58
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, October 2008, Vol. 18, 58-62. doi:10.1044/hhdc18.2.58
With newborn hearing screening mandates that are in place, there are some basic assumptions regarding amplification for infants and toddlers today:
With the advent of digital technology, the hearing aid industry has made tremendous progress in improving the signal quality of speech for those infants and toddlers in need of amplification. However, digital hearing aids alone cannot solve all of the problems with auditory access. Audiologists serve a primary role as problem solver for these young children and their families in their daily lives. These children still face challenges in any given listening environment that can degrade the quality of the speech signal. Those challenges fall into three basic areas: competing noise, distance between a listener and a speaker, and reverberation. FM technology has also advanced over the years and should be considered as a viable component of any amplification system today, because it offers a solution to these basic listening issues. There are a variety of FM options available to the audiologist that may be considered when problem solving with the individual with hearing loss: FM boot attachments to hearing aids, direct audio input connections between hearing aids, and an FM belt pack.
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