Archived Webinar: Music and Hearing Aids with Marshall Chasin – Aired April 17, 2024 at 1pm ET

DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – 1 PM ET

SPEAKER: Marshall Chasin, Au.D., reg. CASLPO, Marshall Chasin and Associates


Music and speech have some differences which include spectral shape, intensity and “crest factors”. Most modern digital hearing aids cannot handle the more intense inputs that are characteristic of music. Four new technologies and four clinical strategies will be provided to optimize hearing aids for music as well as for speech. These technologies are designed to circumvent some problems associated with the analog-to-digital conversion process- a major weak point with many modern hearing aids. Audio files will be showing the problems of the hearing aid not being able to handle the higher level signals associated with music, as well as demonstrating the difficulties with frequency compression for music.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this seminar, the participant should be able to:

  • Select software programming that is optimized for music
  • Explain the engineering limitations of most modern hearing aids for music
  • Identify some simple clinical strategies to improve a hearing aid for music

SPEAKER BIO: Marshall Chasin, Au.D., reg. CASLPO, Marshall Chasin and Associates

Dr. Marshall Chasin is Head of Audiology at the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (in Linguistics), and Adjunct Professor at Western University. Marshall holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Linguistics from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia and his AuD from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. He is the author of over 200 articles and 8 books including Music and Hearing Aids (Plural Publishing, 2022). Marshall writes a monthly column in Hearing Review called Back to Basics, and has been the recipient of many awards over the years including the 2004 Audiology Foundation of America Professional Leadership Award, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award, the 2013 Jos Millar Shield award from the British Society of Audiology and the 2017 Canada 150 Medal. He has developed a TTS app called Temporary Hearing Loss Test app.