July 19, 2018
Dr. Elaine Saunders, audiologist, biomedical engineer, and Executive Chairman of award-winning Australian telehealth and hearing aid company, Blamey Saunders hears joins eHealth Radio and the Hearing Health Channel.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Elaine Saunders discuss the following:
- How does an online hearing solution work?
- How can you test hearing online?
- What can we expect in regards to the appearance of hearing aids today?
- Hearing aids are always quoted as very expensive - with premium devices upwards of $10k. Are they really worth that investment?
- If someone is starting to have trouble hearing in restaurants and some situations where it is noisy - what advantages would they get from having a hearing aid, most would rather just put up with it?
Tip: I suggest listeners get hearing aids as soon as they find difficulty hearing, in order to make sure the brain gets enough brain stimulation for hearing speech sounds
Dr. Elaine Saunders B.Sc., M.Sc. (Clinical Audiology), PhD, GAICD, Grad Dip Mgt. (Technology)
Dr. Elaine Saunders is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Blamey Saunders hears, a hearing aid and telehealth company. Elaine is an advocate for people with hearing loss and aims to reduce the barriers to quality hearing care and hearing aids. Elaine was co-founder and former CEO of Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd (now part of Cirrus Logic), a company which supplies award winning digital signal processing for ultra-low power chips for the hearing aid and Bluetooth headset industry.
In May 2018 the Blamey Saunders’ Australian designed and manufactured Facett™ modular hearing aid won the Australian Good Design of the Year Award, CSIRO Innovation Award and was Best in Class for the Social Impact and Medical/Scientific design categories. It also won a Gold Medal at the Melbourne Design Awards and three Australian Information Industry Association iAwards. In 2015 the Blamey Saunders IHearYou® self-fit hearing aid system received the Australian Good Design Award for Social Innovation. Elaine’s recent personal awards include the BioMelbourne Network’s Women in Leadership Award (2015), AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence (2015) and the ATSE Clunies Ross Medal for Entrepreneur of the Year (2016). She also led the Cooperative Research Centre team that developed a new electrode for Cochlear Ltd, leading to the company gaining the Australian Design Award in 2000.
Elaine is Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University and Chair of its Innovation Precinct Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and of the Australian Innovation Research Group (AIRG), and a former Non-Executive Director of Alfred Health.
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