AudiologyNOW! 2016 - Phoenix – Exhibit #1040

The American Academy of Audiology’s AudiologyNOW! Conference is in Phoenix, AZ this year from April 13th-15th – and Widex will have big news to share!
Learn more about some of our highlights for this year’s conference below.

The UNIQUE Listening Journey
How do UNIQUE hearing aids perform in wind - or at a cocktail party? Don’t take our word for it, experience it LIVE with our UNIQUE Listening Journey. See for yourself how hearing in noisy environments can be made effortless with the new sound classification system in our new UNIQUE hearing aids. 
The red carpet – of audiology
Are you the face of Widex UNIQUE? Visit our photo booth at Exhibit #1040 for your chance to shine! Make sure to tag all your AudiologyNOW! photos with #WidexAAA2016 for a chance to win a $100 AMEX gift card.
ORCA Lectures and Presentations
Our Office of Research in Clinical Amplification (ORCA) will present several lectures at this year’s AudiologyNOW! conference:

April 14
Novel Technologies: Join us in the exhibit hall during lunch 11:30am – 1:00pm in the Product Theater Arena and engage with industry leaders in the field who are advancing the latest technology. Learn how these new advances can make a difference in your practice.
Evaluation of a New Wind Noise Attenuation Algorithm on Speech-In-Wind Performance and Annoyance: Learn more about a new study investigating the effect of a new digital wind noise attenuation algorithm on speech-in-wind performance and subjective annoyance in the presence of wind 12:00-12:30p.m. in Room 124.
UNIQUE Evidence and Performance: Learn more about the new UNIQUE hearing aid is packed with features that aim to make listening less effortful. In this presentation, we will summarize the studies, including an international field study, we have performed on this device to document its efficacy. Join us 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. in IU 3 or 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. in IU 6.
Exploring the Widex UNIQUE Feature Portfolio: The Widex Unique hearing aid includes many new and updated features that improve speech intelligibility, listening comfort, ease of use, and overall satisfaction with the device. These improvements were supported by studies examining each feature. We will review these features and evidence for the Unique hearing aid. Join us 1:00 – 1:30 or 1:45 – 2:15 in IU 7.
Many Faces of Widex Connectivity: DEX™ communication accessories from Widex let hearing aid wearers to take advantage of a whole new world of sounds. They make it easy to communicate between hearing aids and smartphones or other audio devices. With a new range of DEX communication accessories, Widex offers full connectivity solutions that are hands-free, easy to use and sound superb. Learn more 1:45 – 2:15p.m. or 2:30 – 3:00p.m. in IU 8
Audibility Extender from Widex - Flexibility in Its Application for Clinicans: Flexibility in choice and application of features is key for clinicians to achieve a successful fitting. With the improvements and expansion in flexibility of the Audibility Extender program in Widex hearing aids, clinicians will have even more flexibility in their ability to fit and treat patients that require a frequency lowering solution. Learn more 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. in IU 1.
Selecting the Right Compression: Almost all hearing aids today use some forms of compression. Yet, how the various compression parameters such as number of channels, compression ratio, and time constants interact is poorly understood. This session provides a review of how the various compression parameters affect sound quality, speech intelligibility, and overall listening comfort. In addition, how compression technology may relate to cognition will be provided. Learn more 3:15 to 4:15 in Room 222.


April 15
The Use of High-Level Noise Tracking Test to Evaluate a Noise-Reduction Feature: Learn more about a new study reporting on the use of a high-level noise tracking (HLNT) test as a means to demonstrate the effectiveness of a noise reduction system. HLNT asks of the listeners’ tolerance for an adjustable background noise over time while maintaining the intelligibility of an 85 dB SPL speech signal intelligible.  We will discuss the test background, test administration, and results of a study comparing two noise reduction systems. The presentation is 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. in Room 224.

UNIQUE Audibility Extender: Widex successfully introduced frequency transposition in 2007 as a viable way to ensure audibility of uniadable high frequencies. The knowledge we have accumulated since led to the new UNIQUE AE. The enhanced AE has a wearer-adjustable bandwidth in addition to other features that individualize and optimize on the result of the transposition. We will review how the new AE may be used successfully. Visit Room 121 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Over 7 Years of Widex ZEN Therapy: The Zen feature has been introduced for over 7 years as a major component of the Widex Zen Therapy treatment protocol. Since then, various sites had been collecting clinical efficacy data. We will provide a description for the various treatment components and the plentiful data to support its efficacy. Learn more 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. in IU 3.

Widex Unique – Continuing the Speech Enhancer Legacy: The inability to understand speech in background noise, as well as being comfortable in noisy environments, are significant concerns to hearing aid users (Kochkin, 2002). Widex Unique offers the Real-Time Speech Enhancer noise reduction system to address the concerns of comfort and audibility in background noise. The Unique hearing aid introduced updates to Speech Enhancer to react quicker in background noise and respond to a wide variety of background noise conditions. Learn more on Friday 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. in IU 4.

Widex Unique Adaptive Wind Noise Attenuation: For hearing aid wearers to enjoy being outdoors, it's essential that they can hear clearly no matter what the conditions. The Wind Noise Attenuation system in Widex’s UNIQUE hearing aid provides users with documented improvement in hearing speech and environmental sounds in the presence of wind noise. This presentation will describe the principles behind the Widex UNIQUE wind noise attenuation algorithm. We will show results of a study examining the effects of this feature on listening comfort and speech-in-wind performance. Learn more 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. in IU 5.

Audibility Extender from Widex - Flexibility in Its Application for Clinicians: Flexibility in choice and application of features is key for clinicians to achieve a successful fitting. With the improvements and expansion in flexibility of the Audibility Extender program in Widex hearing aids, clinicians will have even more flexibility in their ability to fit and treat patients that require a frequency lowering solution. Learn more 2:30 to 3:00p.m. in IU 1.



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