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HIGH-FIDELITY HEARING AID-SIGNAL PROCESSING AMPLIFIER

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
4667
Program Year/Program:
1988 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
4667
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1988
Title: HIGH-FIDELITY HEARING AID-SIGNAL PROCESSING AMPLIFIER
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $499,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO PRODUCE A HIGH- FIDELITY HEARING AID AS PERCEIVED BY THE HEARING-IMPAIRED USER. THIS IS THE FINAL PHASE OF A RESEARCH PROGRAM STARTEDIN THE 1970S IN AN ATTEMPT TO DETERMINE THE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR A HIGH-FIDELITY HEARING AID FOR WHAT SHOULDBE THE SIMPLEST CASE: INDIVIDUALS WITH A HEARING LOSS CHARACTERIZED BY A MILD TO MODERATE LOSS OF SENSITIVITY FOR QUIET SOUNDS BUT NORMAL OR NEAR-NORMAL HEARING FOR LOUD SOUNDS. AVAILABLE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT THESE INDIVIDUALSMAY CONSTITUTE A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE HEARING IMPAIRED WHO DO NOT NOW WEAR HEARING AIDS; THUS THE MARKET FOR A SUCCESSFUL DESIGN APPEARS TO BE CONCEIVABLY GREATER THAN THEENTIRE PRESENT HEARING AID MARKET. TO DETERMINE THE PROPORTION OF NONWEARERS WHO MIGHT PURCHASE A HEARING AID IFIT INVOLVED NO AUDITORY DISADVANTAGES, A HEARING AID WITHOUTTHE CURRENT ELECTROACOUSTIC LIMITATIONS SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE. THE ONLY REMAINING COMPONENT NEEDED TO MAKE SUCHA HEARING AID IS A LOW DISTORTION, FOUR-STAGE COMPRESSION AMPLIFIER WITH LEVEL DEPENDENT HIGH-FREQUENCYEMPHASIS. SUCHAN AMPLIFIER, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE HEARING AID INDUSTRY, IS THE DIRECT GOAL OF THE PRESENT APPLICATION.

Principal Investigator:

Mead C Killion
Principal Investigator
3122280006

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Etymotic Research
61 Martin Lane Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No