I’m not even going to read this article, because I am far too lazy.
But here’s the deal. Almost every manufacturer has developed their own unique fitting formula for hearing aids since the dawn of time, or at least dawn of hearing aids. There are a bunch of industry standard ones like NAL, BERGER, POGO etc and proprietary ones like e-STAT.
Ultimately a fitting formula is the starting point, it takes the test data and creates an initial ‘prescription’ for the fitting. Then the hearing professional gets to work crafting a successful fitting that the patient can both accept and derive useful (and measurable) benefit from.
I was kidding earlier about being too lazy to read the article. I did read it. Same old stuff that has been put out by dozens of hearing aid companies, and universities for decades. “We’ve cracked the code for amazing hearing, blah blah…”
Sorry, I’m not sure what is unique or clever about this. Just another researcher who thinks he or she has cracked the code. I’m not saying that their research is worthless, but it is just another bit of information in the steady evolution of hearing aids.
The research further admits that they have yet to gain clinical acceptance of their research. I also think it’s a bit smug to be talking about why people buy expensive hearing aids and don’t wear them merely because they created yet another in a long line of dozens of fitting formulas.
But hey, good luck to them, let’s hope their research does indeed move us forward, but I won’t be holding my breath just yet.