Department of Otolaryngology

Hearing Aid Research Lab

Support

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the impact of increased dynamic input level in the Dream upon speech recognition in noise and user preference for speech and music (2012-2013)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the accuracy of the Sound Tracker feature of compass software (2011-2012)

  • Oticon Medical: evaluate the effectiveness of the directional microphone in the Ponto Pro (2011-2012)

  • Unitron Hearing Systems: evaluate the effectiveness of noise reduction on the transmitter side for a BICROS hearing aid (2010-2011)

  • Verto Corporation: evaluate the effectiveness of quasi-custom earbuds on reducing the personal listening level in iPod users (2009-2010)

  • UL1 RR024992 Polansky (PI) (2009-2010)
    TL1 RR024995 Polansky (PI) (2009-2010)
    NIH/NCRR

    The Clinical and Translational Science Award provides support to establish the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). The Research Education sub-project of the ICTS integrates and enhances existing training programs, develops new clinical and translational courses, and promotes multidisciplinary team training. As a component of the sub-project’s Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC), the TL1 Predoctoral Program provides career development for medical and allied healthcare students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences.
    Role: TL1 Predoctoral Program Trainee

  • Cochlear Corp: evaluate the effectiveness of the directional microphone in the Divino Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (2008)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the effectiveness of the Audibility Extender algorithm of their Inteo hearing aid (2007)

  • Energizer Battery Company: evaluate rust build-up on batteries (2006)

  • Resonate, Inc: evaluate their rechargeable battery system (2006)

  • Vivatone Hearing Systems: evaluate their open-ear hearing aid (2004-2005)

  • Hearing Dynamics, Inc. (New Zealand): evaluate a 32 and 64 channel hearing aid (2004-2005)

  • Plantronics, Inc and Walker Telephone: evaluate and develop a hearing evaluation device for Telemarketers and a programmable telephone for the hearing impaired (2003-2005)

  • Phonak, Inc.: evaluate the effectiveness of the Perseo hearing aid (2003)

  • BECS Technology: evaluate the effectiveness of the fitting algorithm for hearing aids (2001-2004)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the effectiveness of their Diva Locator algorithm (2002-2003)

  • Hearing Components: evaluate the effectiveness of their Comply Snap Tip earmold (2001-2002)

  • Phonak, Inc: evaluate the improvement provided by wireless FM technology and DSP (2001). Project is in collaboration with Dr. Carl Crandell from the University of Florida-Gainesville.

  • Sonic Innovations: validate claims that their noise reduction algorithm significantly improves speech recognition in noise (2001-2002)

  • Welch/Allyn: evaluate the efficacy of otoreflectance as a diagnostic tool (1999-2000)

  • Phonak, Inc.: evaluate a new dual-microphone in-the-ear hearing aid (1999)

  • Sonic Innovations: evaluate a new digital ITC and CIC hearing aid (1998)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the SENSO (Stage II) digital hearing aid (1998)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the SENSO (Stage III) digital hearing aid (1998)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the SENSO (Stage IV) digital hearing aid (1998)

  • Siemens, Inc.: evaluate the “MUSIC” programmable CIC hearing aid (1997)

  • Audio-Logic: evaluate a digital hearing aid with beamforming microphones (1995)

  • ReSound, Corp: to fund hearing aid research (1995-1996)

  • Widex, Inc.: evaluate the SENSO (Stage I) digital hearing aid (1996)

  • Starkey Labs: to fund a full-time research audiologist at Washington University School of Medicine to investigate technological advances in hearing aid designs (1993-1995)

  • Starkey Labs: to fund a full-time research audiologist at Washington University School of Medicine to investigate technological advances in hearing aid designs (1992-1993)

  • Starkey Labs: to develop a Hearing Aid Research Lab at Washington University School of Medicine for the purpose of evaluating new hearing aid technology (1991-1992)