I will do my best to explain what Neuro-Compensation is, in extremely simple terms, hoping this would allow you to realize how different this approach is to ANY existing hearing aid out there.
Let’s start with a simple analogy. Eyeglasses distort the incoming light before it reaches the eye and thus, it is the combination of an altered light mixed with an eye that doesn’t function properly which restores sight, correct ? Similarly, the purpose of a hearing aid is to distort all sounds (particularly speech) such that, the combination of this distorted sound with a bunch of hair cells that don’t operate properly, “fools” the brain by (hopefully) sending the appropriate signal through the auditory nerve.
That being said, everything we hear, everything we see, everything we smell, touch or taste ends up being converted into a series of tiny little electrical pulses that travel really fast through our nerves and reach the brain, our ultimate processor. Are you still following me ? ok.
Now, imagine for a minute that your dispenser is equipped with a piece of software that allows him/her to visualize how YOUR damaged hearing system CONVERTS SOUNDS INTO ELECTRICITY (the neural response), the series of pulses that your auditory nerve sends to your brain ? In addition, imagine for a minute that your dispenser is capable of seeing how each of his fitting decisions affects the actual nerve output, and how that compares to the neural response that would be generated by an average healthy auditory nerve under the same acoustic stimulation ?
THAT’s what the Neuro-compensator is about:
- Modeling the patient’s actual response to sounds
- Figure out how the aid should alter the incoming audio, such that by cascading it with the patient’s ear, the patient’s auditory system would still generate an electrical response as close as possible to the one an average healthy ear would send to the brain.
Finally, 99.9% of all hearing aids out there use compression because the ENTIRE industry is stuck in that amplificaiton scheme which dates back from the analog years. Despite the introduction of digital technology in 1996, noone has been able to offer a truly NEW amplification scheme. Yes, compression provide some benefit, but only up to a certain point; that’s why 17% of hearing aids owners don’t use them.
The Neuro-Compensator does not use compression; it process the audio signal as a whole, even allowing the energy at one frequency/band to affect the gain dynamically applied at other frequencies/bands.
(Noe the geeky part - Sorry, I am an engineer)
The auditory model we use has been developed over decades by eminents Professors such Prof. Sue Becker and Ian Bruce at McMaster University (ON, Canada). The final Neuro-Compensator hearing aids took years to develop. Some of the finest minds in the hearing aid industry have been involved in its development (Algorithm, microchip design, etc). We have absolutely no doubt we are introducing a unique technology that truly helps people and enhance their quality of life.
PS: We were not at AAA because our growth strategy did not require us to attend AAA. We are busy expanding our distribution network in Canada and the US.