(Hearing Loss and Prosthesis Simulator) - $300
- CD-ROM for Windows XP and Windows 7 (not supported on Vista)
HeLPS is a powerful new software
tool designed for audiologists to help their clients
and clients’ families make informed hearing-health choices. An
easy-to-use interface enables interactive demonstrations of the
communication difficulties caused by individual hearing losses
and the improvements possible with custom-fit hearing aids or
cochlear implants. High-quality audio-visual speech
presentations clearly demonstrate the importance of lipreading,
while control of hearing aid characteristics, background noise,
and reverberation produce realistic simulations. Only the
calibrated headphones (supplied) and a Windows-based computer
HeLPS is designed for a variety
of uses by audiologists …
- In pediatric audiology, HeLPS gives parents insight
into their child’s hearing loss and the improvements
possible with appropriate aid or implant options.
- In adult aural rehabilitation, HeLPS provides hearing
aid candidates with a preview of amplification and the
options available with hearing aids.
- In family counseling, HeLPS demonstrates to family
members the communication difficulties faced by their loved
one, the importance of lipreading and speaking clearly for
assistance in communication, and the improvements that are
possible with hearing aids or cochlear implants.
- In hearing conservation and public education, HeLPS
heightens awareness of the effects of hearing loss and
thereby promotes careful listening habits and the use of
- In professional education, HeLPS provides audiology
and deaf-education students valuable insights that come from
directly experiencing the disability with which they will
work as clinicians and teachers.
HeLPS can be used on
PCs running Windows XP or Windows 7. Click here for HeLPS hardware
The Hearing Journal published an article by Patrick M. Zurek and Joseph G. Desloge (of Sensimetrics Corporation) in its July
2007 issue entitled “Hearing loss and prosthesis simulation in audiology”.
Hearing Products Report has published an Industry Q&A piece
with Patrick M. Zurek, President of Sensimetrics, on the release
of HeLPS: The Hearing Loss and Prosthesis Simulator. The
article, in the September 2006 issue, is entitled
“Understanding Hearing Loss through Simulation”.