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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

The VA is one of the most important providers of hearing care in the United States. In a given year, over 1,000 audiologists at the VA provide more than 375,000 hearing aid adjustments and care services. A necessary and important part of that process is fine tuning of hearing aids. With the introduction of VA HearAssist a veteran can be anywhere in the world and have his or her hearing aids adjusted. Phonak, through Iron Bow, is one of the two partners to develop this solution for the VA, which is a great reflection of the company's innovation leadership. VA HearAssist allows the hearing aid wearer to connect via smartphone to the audiologist's fitting software via a secure internet connection. Using a Bluetooth link between the hearing aid and smartphone mobile app developed by Phonak, the audiologist can then directly access the hearing aids, without the use of an additional intermediary device. This allows the provider to check and adjust settings in real-time, while at the same time providing advice to the hearing aid wearer via video conference. Both, audiologists and veterans, benefit from this technology. VA HearAssist is easy to use - all it requires is the installation of the corresponding Android or iOS app on a preferred device. It is efficient and saves travel and waiting time. At the same time the app enables hearing aid wearers to take a more active role during the fitting process. "We are honored that Phonak has been selected as a trusted partner for running this pilot study. We have been working closely together for many years and this partnership once again proves our unwavering commitment to push the limits of technology and our efforts in the field of eSolutions for hearing care," says Jan Metzdorff, President of Phonak U.S. VA HearAssist will explore base line clinical trials at three VA facilities in Cleveland, Chicago and Miami this summer with a selected group of veterans. About the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation (CI) is to provide innovative solutions to complex VA problems. VACI strives to elicit solutions that in turn provide high quality, effective and efficient Connected Care, Telehealth, services to those responsible for providing care to the Veterans at the point-of-care as well as throughout all the points of the Veterans' health care in an effective, timely and compassionate manner. In 2017, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, proudly celebrates its 70th anniversary. Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak was born in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As the industry's leading provider, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people's lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where 'Life is on' for everyone. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.phonak.com, http://www.phonakpro.com or contact: Media Relations Michael Isaac Telefon +41-58-928-33-24 Mobil +41-79-420-29-56 E-Mail michael.isaac@sonova.com


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2012-5 | Award Amount: 5.35M | Year: 2012

Due to the high potential of miniaturization and integration, with regard to the innovation degree, quality and sustainability requirements, the 21st century looks forward to the integration of new functions on plastic parts to produce smart plastic products, as markets are requiring traceability, security, communication as well as ergonomics. So called Molded Interconnected Devices (MID) basically combine all the features of molded plastic parts with electrical conductive circuitry and electronics components assembly directly on the plastic packaging. MID lead finally to highly integrated multimaterial and multifunctional 3D compact systems. With a 20% of growth per year since 2008, MID is the tomorrows converging technology for electronics and plastics. To achieve advanced high precision and high quality 3D micro systems, the EU industry is facing the following MIDs bottlenecks: - to be able to manufacture high precision 3D micro-parts integration plastics and electronics, including 3D plastic system carrier, 3D-conductive tracks and 3D electronics component assembly - to be able to reduce the manufacturing cost by 50% in order for EU industry to be competitive with low-wage countries, - to provide the industry with reliable, robust and in-line controlled manufacturing processes for plastics and electronics converging technologies. 3D-HiPMAS will overcome these challenges by providing the EU industry with a pilot factory based on 4 key technological building blocks enabling the manufacturing of low costs and high precision 3D multi-materials parts: A. 3D high precision plastics micro-parts B. 3D high definition conductive tracks C. 3D precision electronics components assembly D. 3D reliable and robust online monitoring and quality inspection system E. These 4 technologies will be integrated in order to launch the future EU pilot factory The consortium is composed of all key actors from the value chain, from the material manufacturer to the end-user


Patent
Phonak AG | Date: 2013-10-29

A system for providing hearing assistance having: an audio signal source; a transmission unit transmitting audio signals as data packets in a frame structure; a receiver unit for receiving audio signals from the transmission unit and associated with an ear-worn device having a power source and a hearing stimulator, and having a digital transceiver powered by the power source of the ear-worn device with a value between lower and upper limits. The transceiver listens, and optionally transmits, during part of each frame and otherwise sleeps. The receiver unit has a capacitor connected in parallel to the transceiver for supplying the transceiver with current during listening or transmission. A controlled current for controlling current flowing from the power source to the transceiver and the capacitor. The controlled current source has a DC/DC converter with an input connected to the power source and an output voltage connected to the capacitor.


A hearing aid device (3) with an active occlusion control feature is fitted to a particular user. An occlusion control compensator filter (9) is configured with a dataset C. For finding an optimal dataset C various data is used, in particular data regarding a complex, frequency-dependent plant transfer function P from an input of a receiver (7) to an output of a canal microphone (8), data regarding an occlusion effect OE, data regarding a vent effect VE and/or data regarding a fundamental frequency F0 of the voice of the user. The optimal dataset C may be determined by a selection from a plurality of predefined raw datasets, such as C_(1), C_(2) and C_(3), and by a subsequent scaling with a scaling factor, such as g_(1), g_(2) and g_(3). Configurations with different datasets, such as C_(A) * g_(A) and C_(B) * g_(B), may be presented to the user for a subjective evaluation.


Patent
Phonak Ag | Date: 2013-01-11

A shell (10) for a hearing device, and a method of producing the same. The shell (10) comprises a sub-shell (11) produced by a generative method, and a thermoformed hull (12) covering the subshell (11). The sub-shell (11) comprises lateral openings (13) covered by the thermoformed hull (12) so as to render the shell (10) more flexible in the region of the openings (13), and thereby to relieve pressure exerted by the shell (10) due to dynamic changes in the shape of the wearers ear canal during jaw movement.


Methods and apparatus for fitting a hearing aid device (3) that includes a part which is arranged in the ear canal (2) of a user (31).


A hearing device is proposed comprising at least one microphone (1), at least one analog-to-digital converter (2), a signal processing unit (3), a communication unit (6) for establishing and/or maintaining a communication link to a second hearing device, and a detection unit (7) for determining a communication link quality. The at least one microphone (1) is operationally connected to the signal processing unit (3) via the at least one analog-to-digital converter (2), and the communication unit (6) is operationally connected to the signal processing unit (3). By providing said detection unit (7), which is operationally connected to the communication unit (6), together with a processing scheme selectable in the signal processing unit (3) in accordance to a determined communication link quality, a binaural hearing system with two hearing devices is for able to adjust its mode in line with the communication link quality, and therewith with its capacity.


Patent
Phonak Ag | Date: 2013-01-17

A hearing device comprising a battery compartment including a metal-air battery and a microphone assembly arranged nearby or coupled to the battery compartment, the battery compartment and/or the microphone assembly in protected using an elastic polymer membrane.


An analysis filter bank decomposes a microphone signal into sub-band signals, a gain unit applies a frequency-dependent gain to the sub-band signals, and a synthesis filter bank converts the amplified sub-band signals into a signal, which is then output by a receiver. A first adaptive filter of a feedback canceler provides feedback compensation signals adapted to compensate acoustic feedback from the receiver to the microphone, whereby the feedback compensation signals are subtracted from corresponding signals from the sub-band signals. A second adaptive filter of the feedback canceler estimates cross-frequency signal components resulting from aliasing of signal components from one sub-band into one or more neighbouring sub-bands caused by non-ideal sub-band signal decomposition in the analysis filter bank with overlapping sub-bands. Thereby, the first adaptive filter is adapted in dependence of the estimated cross-frequency signal components.


A hearing aid device (1) is provided with a lockable battery compartment. The battery door (2) is pivotable relatively to a device body (4) around an axis (5). The battery door (2) can be secured in its closed position by a clamping means (3). The first end (8) of the clamping means (3) snaps into a recess (7) within the battery door (2). The second end of the clamping means (3) is mounted rotatably on the device body (4). It shares an axis (6) with a rocker element of a volume control (11). The clamping means (3) exerts a closing force on the battery door (2). This contributes to the protection of the device against ingress, for example of water.

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