Clinical evaluation of a portable digital hearing aid with narrow-band loudness compensation

Hiroshi Hidaka, Tetsuaki Kawase, Shin Takahashi, Yôiti Suzuki, Kenji Ozawa, Syuichi Sakamoto, Naoko Sasaki, Koji Hirano, Narihisa Ueda, Toshio Sone, Tomonori Takasaka

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A new portable digital hearing aid referred to as CLAIDHA (Compensate for Loudness by Analyzing Input-signal Digital Hearing Aid), which employs frequency-dependent amplitude compression based on narrow-band loudness compensation, was clinically evaluated in 159 subjects with hearing loss. The results of speech tests revealed better intelligibility compared with the subject's own hearing aids; the advantage of using CLAIDHA in daily life was also indicated by the results of a questionnaire completed by the subjects. In about 64% of the subjects with a flat, gradually sloping type of hearing loss, CLAIDHA was satisfactorily adopted for daily use. However, in the subjects with a steeply sloping type of hearing loss and subjects with losses mainly at high and low frequencies, with near-normal mid-frequency hearing, this loudness compensation scheme seems to be slightly less effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalScandinavian Audiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Digital hearing aid
  • Loudness compensation
  • Sensorineural hearing loss


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