Solar Ear Hearing Aid HD-48
The Solar Ear Hearing Aid HD-48 is a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) hearing instrument that is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. The hearing aid uses rechargeable batteries that are charged with a solar powered battery charger. The solar battery charger was selected for inclusion in WHO’s 2012 Compendium of Innovative Technologies for Low-Resource Settings.
The HD-48 is $99.95 USD individually and $184.95 with four batteries and solar charger.Interview with representative Solar Ear products are sold to distributors at a 40% discount.Interview with representative
Hearing impaired individuals.
Hearing Aid HD-48 is manufactured by Solar Ear, formerly Deaftronics, in Botswana and in Brazil and China. The manufacturing sites are independently run, owned, and operated.Interview with representative Young deaf people are hired by Solar Ear and taught how to manufacture and assemble the hearing aids.
Solar Ear has national distributors in Botswana, Nigeria, Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, Chile, China, Canada, U.S, and Mexico that can be contacted to purchase the HD-48 Hearing Aid. hearing aids. Customers residing in countries without a national distributor can fill out an online contact form to request a quote.
50,000 Solar Ear hearing aids, 100,000 solar chargers, and 250,000 rechargeable hearing aid batteries have been sold as of July 2017 interview with representative
The most sound that the hearing aid will make with 90dB input
Average level of just the high frequencies with 90 dB input
Average full-on gain, which is defined as the gain control of the hearing aid set to its full-on position with an input SPL of 50 dB.Display order
How well the aid is able to reproduce sound clearly
Noise level output
Number of channels available for programming
Provides information to user on how long it will take for battery to die
Used to switch between multiple programs in order to optimize hearing aid for different environments
An additional setting on some hearing aids
The Solar Ear HD-48 is an optimized DSP hearing aid equipped with a volume control potentiometer, low battery warning, 12 bands frequency shaping, and feedback cancellation. The hearing aid includes a P trimmer to control for output sound level and a H trimmer to adjust the amount of background noise reduction.The HD-48 can store up to four listening programs that can be accessed with the memory switch.
The HD-48 can be powered with Solar Ear’s rechargeable #13 Ni-Mh hearing aid batteries or traditional zinc air batteries. The rechargeable batteries are recharged with the Solar Ear Hearing Aid Battery Charger. The Solar Ear Haring Aid Battery Charger can be charged via the sun, household light, or a Nokia cell phone charger. The rechargeable batteries and solar battery charger can also be used with 95% of all Behind-The-Ear hearing aids on the market today.Interview with representative
Transportation/Storage Temperature Range: –20-60° Celsius, 85% RH;
Pressure Range: 500-1100 hPa
Cleaning method: Soft, dry cloth and a small brush
Battery charging time: 14-16 hours
The listening programs must be set by a hearing healthcare professional or the manufacturer. Troubleshooting guidance is available in the user manual. All Solar Ear hearing aids and accessories come with a 2 year warranty.Interview with representative
Solar Ear will repair or fix any hearing aids or accessories during or beyond the warranty period for no additional charge. Solar Ear will also provide two rechargeable batteries for free upon request Interview with representative
The rechargeable battery can withstand at least 500 cycles. The lifetime of the hearing aid is approximately five years.Interview with representative
Affordable hearing (below ~70 USD) , rechargeable hearing aid. interview with representative
Results from a clinical trial of a Solar Ear BTE hearing aid with 21 participants revealed that the hearing aid offers substantial benefit to the hearing impaired with a severe predominantly sensorineural hearing impairment (i.e >60 dB at 2 kHz) and gives amplification in the desired frequency range that is aligned with National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) recommendations.
Bispebjerg Hospital Department of Audiology, Stanford Universtiy
Patients with middle ear infection should not wear the hearing aid until cured unless otherwise instructed.
Parving, A., Christensen, B. Clinical trial of a low-cost, solar-powered hearing aid. Acta Otolaryngol. 2004 May; 124(4):416-20.
FDA, ANVISA (Brazil), CE, ISO marked.
The IOI-HA form includes 7 questions with responses according to a graded scale 1-5, where 5 is the maximum score. A previous factor analysis has shown that questions 1+2+4+7 relate to “satisfaction”, while questions 3+5+6 relate to limitations in activities. At the end of the session the subject should make a preference for the test-HA or the previously fitted HA named HA-AA interview with representative
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