Electroacoustics – Hearing aids – Part 9: Methods of measurement of the performance characteristics of bone conduction hearing aids
|Publication Date:||1 September 2019|
|ICS Code (Electroacoustics):||17.140.50|
This part of IEC 60118 specifies methods for the measurement of bone conduction hearing aid characteristics.
The methods described will produce a suitable basis for the exchange of information or for direct comparison of the electroacoustical characteristics of bone conduction hearing aids. These methods are chosen to be practical and reproducible and are based on selected fixed parameters.
The results obtained by the methods specified in this document express the performance under the conditions of measurement; however, the performance of the hearing aid under practical conditions of use will depend upon a number of factors (e.g. effective load impedance, environmental conditions, acoustical environment, etc.).
This document defines methods of measurement of characteristics of bone conduction hearing aids both for
• transcutaneously coupled devices measured on a mechanical coupler, meeting the requirements of IEC 60318-6, and
• bone coupled/bone anchored devices measured on a skull simulator.
NOTE 1 A skull simulator is a mechanical coupler designed to present a specific mechanical impedance to mechanically coupled vibrator.
NOTE 2 Throughout this document, all sound pressure levels specified are referred to 20 μPa. When appropriate, sound pressure level will be abbreviated to SPL.