12 May 2004 Using a shape model in the design of hearing aids
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Today the design of custom completely-in-the-canal hearing aids is a manual process and therefore there is a variation in the quality of the finished hearing aids. Especially the placement of the so-called faceplate on the hearing aid strongly influences the size and shape of the hearing aid. Since the future hearing aid production will be less manual there is a need for algorithms that mimic the craftsmanship of skilled operators. In this paper it is described how a statistical shape model of the ear canal can be used to predict the placement of the faceplate on a hearing aid made for a given ear canal. The shape model is a point distribution model built using a training set of shapes with manually placed landmarks. An interpolation method is used to generate dense landmark correspondence over the training set prior to building the shape model. Faceplates have also been placed on the training shapes by a skilled operator. These faceplate planes are aligned to the average shape from the shape model and an average faceplate plane is calculated. Given a surface representation of a new ear canal, the shape model is fitted using a combination of the iterative closest point algorithm and the active shape model approach. The average faceplate from the training set can now be placed on the new ear canal using the position of the fitted shape model. A leave-one-out study shows that the algorithm is able to produce results comparable to a human operator.
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Rasmus R. Paulsen, Claus Nielsen, Soren Laugesen, Rasmus Larsen, "Using a shape model in the design of hearing aids", Proc. SPIE 5370, Medical Imaging 2004: Image Processing, (12 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.535135; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.535135
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