Division 7 Short Course Amplification Update: Where Are We Going? Just 3 years ago, in the spring of 1996, the first so called “true” digital hearing aid was released in the United States. After half a decade of digitally programmable circuitry, true digital hearing aids held more promise for the dispensing and hearing impaired communities. Suddenly, we had CD ... SIG News
SIG News  |   October 01, 1999
Division 7 Short Course Amplification Update: Where Are We Going?
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  • Ruth Bentler
    The University of Iowa Iowa City
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SIG News   |   October 01, 1999
Division 7 Short Course Amplification Update: Where Are We Going?
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 1999, Vol. 7, 10. doi:10.1044/arii7.1.10
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 1999, Vol. 7, 10. doi:10.1044/arii7.1.10
Just 3 years ago, in the spring of 1996, the first so called “true” digital hearing aid was released in the United States. After half a decade of digitally programmable circuitry, true digital hearing aids held more promise for the dispensing and hearing impaired communities. Suddenly, we had CD sound quality, great flexibility, and (ultimately) higher cost than ever thought possible.
The marketing of this digital hearing aid, was, however, limited, as a result of the negative outcome of false advertising claims of the earlier noise reduction hearing aids. Since 1994, clinical trial research and advertising claims in the U.S. have been under relatively strict control by the government as a result of false advertising claims, such as “…reduces/ eliminates the background noise while emphasizing only the speech signal” and “Now you can hear better in noise!”
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