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The Use of High Tech Dummies In Audiology Research

Thursday, March 3, 2016 8:17:43 PM Australia/Melbourne

Hearlink advocates for research around hearing impairments, no matter what the rhyme or reason. In fact, we thoroughly endorse creativity when it comes to the different methods that hearing experts are exploring all over the world. After all, we we all are working towards one common goal and meeting that goal is all that really matters.


The Use of High Tech Dummies In Audiology ResearchSo when we hear about the success of creative tools in the research process, we’re happy to share them with our community. We applaud the work of the audiology students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). Thanks to a high-tech dummy, they’re able to experience exponentially more practice time fitting hearing aids. The audiology lab at DMU has become one of the first worldwide to purchase a KEMAR dummy. The KEMAR dummy costs about 18,000 Euros but is well worth the monetary investment with a head and torso simulator. The head and torso simulator is optimal for the measurement of the performance of acoustic devices like noise protectors and hearing aids alike. The aim of the purchase is to ensure that the students receive as much practice as they’d like.


The KEMAR device and the science behind it has been available in the industry the past ten years; However, the mannequin is more unique. It is one of a handful available in the audiology research industry. A little background on KEMAR…


KEMAR has been around since 1972. It was founded by Gunnar Rasmussen, a Danish pioneer in acoustics. He is credited by many as being the father of the modern condenser measurement microphone. He is also the chair and founder of G.R.A.S Sound & Vibration. KEMAR was the first in its field to produce simulators of the head and torso, specifically designed to target acoustic research and to serve as a vital aid to hearing aid laboratories around the world. Today, their focus is to test any devices with either microphones or loudspeakers. They also work with binaural recordings of music or the sounds that are caused by products.


Experts are extremely enthusiastic about this initiative and what it will mean in the coming months for advancements and research.


 “It will give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience straight away in fitting verifying the performance of hearing aids alongside fitting a probe tube that goes into the ear canal. Without it you might need access to a given patient, which can be time consuming while waiting for ethical consent to be given. If the student has never done it before they don’t have to worry about hurting or harming anyone, they can boost their confidence and practical skills before undertaking their actual placements. The development is just one of a range of future plans for the department to add to their facilities.

 - Jeff Davies, lecturer in BSC Healthcare Science Audiology and Foundation Degree (Fd) Audiology


Initiatives like this also inspire students at every level to get involved in opportunities to further their education.

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