Understanding the ANSI Standard as a Tool for Assessing Hearing Instrument FunctionalityBy Frye, George J.; Hearing Review, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp. 22-27, 79
Publication Date: May 2005
Article discusses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) S3.22 standard, which was created as a tool for hearing instrument manufacturers to provide a consistent set of definitions and tests, which allow for commonality throughout the industry. For example, the Food and Drug Administration can use the standardized tests to determine if a manufacturer is creating its products according to specifications; if a hearing aid does not live up to these standards, it can be withdrawn from the market. The ANSI S3.22 standard has also been utilized in order to determine the performance characteristics of hearing aids, and provides a level playing field with which to evaluate hearing instruments. The differences between the ANSI standards of 1996 and those from 2003 are contrasted and discussed.
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