Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Current Design Options and Criteria for Hearing Aids

Author(s) William A. Cole
Volume 17
Number 4
Year 1993
Page(s) 7-14
Language English
Keywords hearing
Abstract It is common to assume that, when hearing aids fail to meet the needs of their owners, either the hearing aid design criteria or the available technology was inadequate. This paper reviews several design options and presents, from a designer's perspective, the goals of these approaches, pointing out that performance inadequacies have often been the result of design compromises in response to market pressures rather than a lack of adequate design criteria or technology.

Il n'est pas inhabituel de présumer que, lorsque des prothèses auditives ne répondent pas aux besoins de leurs utilisateurs, ni les technologies ni le modèle conceptuel des aides auditives étaient adéquats. L'auteur examine plusieurs modèles conceptuels possibles et présente, du point de vue du concepteur, les buts de ces approches. Il montre que les lacunes au niveau de la performance sont souvent le résultat de compromis effectués au niveau de la conception en réponse aux pressions du marché, plutôt que du manque de technologies et/ou de critères de conception appropriés.
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