Speech understanding in quiet and in noise with the bone-anchored hearing aids Baha Compact and Baha Divino

Kompis, Martin; Krebs, Martin; Häusler, Rudolf (2007). Speech understanding in quiet and in noise with the bone-anchored hearing aids Baha Compact and Baha Divino. Acta oto-laryngologica, 127(8), pp. 829-35. Stockholm: Informa Healthcare 10.1080/00016480601008408

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CONCLUSIONS: Speech understanding is better with the Baha Divino than with the Baha Compact in competing noise from the rear. No difference was found for speech understanding in quiet. Subjectively, overall sound quality and speech understanding were rated better for the Baha Divino. OBJECTIVES: To compare speech understanding in quiet and in noise and subjective ratings for two different bone-anchored hearing aids: the recently developed Baha Divino and the Baha Compact. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seven adults with bilateral conductive or mixed hearing losses who were users of a bone-anchored hearing aid were tested with the Baha Compact in quiet and in noise. Tests were repeated after 3 months of use with the Baha Divino. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between the two types of Baha for speech understanding in quiet when tested with German numbers and monosyllabic words at presentation levels between 50 and 80 dB. For speech understanding in noise, an advantage of 2.3 dB for the Baha Divino vs the Baha Compact was found, if noise was emitted from a loudspeaker to the rear of the listener and the directional microphone noise reduction system was activated. Subjectively, the Baha Divino was rated statistically significantly better in terms of overall sound quality.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)

UniBE Contributor:

Kompis, Martin and Häusler, Rudolf

ISSN:

0001-6489

ISBN:

17762993

Publisher:

Informa Healthcare

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:55

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:16

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00016480601008408

PubMed ID:

17762993

Web of Science ID:

000248880100008

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23621 (FactScience: 42929)

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