Australian Invented DSP and End-user Apps for Hearing Aids
Presented By : Daniel Taft, Chief Technology Officer Blamey and Saunders
Date : 2012-05-23, 6.00 pm
Location : RMIT City Building 10 Room 10.7.27
In this talk I will outline a brief history anatomy of hearing loss and history of hearing aids. I will cover four game changing Australian technologies that are now making a world of difference to the comfort and listening abilities of hearing aid users, all resulting from innovation in digital signal processing. These technologies are adaptive digital filtering and amplification (the ADRO amplifier), adaptive directional microphones, dynamic feedback cancellation, and low-delay processing. Lastly I will cover how Blamey & Saunders Hearing Pty Ltd takes these technologies to the public with our IHearYou app to make affordable high quality sound processing accessible to everyday people. ADRO stands for Adaptive Dynamic Range Optimisation, and is a trademark of Wolfson Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd. IHearYou is a trademark of Blamey & Saunders Hearing Pty Ltd.
Dr Daniel Taft has a research background in cochlear implants with a PhD from The University of Melbourne and The Bionic Ear Institute, and a Bachelor of Science (Physiology) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with Honours, from The University of Melbourne. In his PhD, Daniel invented and patented a new technique for processing sound for cochlear implant recipients. He has authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Taft is the Chief Technology Officer at Blamey & Saunders Hearing, where he is responsible for technology, innovation, and commercial development. He pioneered the successful design, development, and deployment of the IHearYou hearing aid fitting software to retail customers.
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