Dean R. G. Anderson
Dean R. G. Anderson received his BS in Engineering from UCLA in 1975. Early in Dean's career, he worked for the Naval Weapons Center Station China Lake, Hill Air Force Base, TRW, and Unisys (now: L3 Technologies). Dean's innovations during that time period included developments in Missile Control Systems, Electronic Warfare, High Voltage Power Systems, Fiber-optic Communication Systems, and Microwave Datalinks.
Since 1984, Dean has been involved in independent research and development in a variety of areas, including: Image Processing, Error Diffusion Printing, MEMS Fabrication Equipment, Viscous and Abrasive Liquid Metering for Digital Printing, Psychoacoustics, Hearing Aid Technology, Digital Signal and Sound Processing. Intellectual property stemming from some of these developments were subsequently acquired by others including one Fortune 100 company.
The story behind Dean's hearing aid developments:
"My wife, Linda, required hearing aids at age 31. Even aided, by age 56, she was almost totally reliant on lip reading. In 2009, our son was preparing to get married. My wife wanted to be able to hear the wedding ceremony, so we arranged for her to be fitted for new hearing aids by the best practitioner in the state. We spent thousands of dollars on those hearing aids. Sadly, they were ineffective and failed to provide sufficient benefit for my wife to hear and understand the words spoken at the wedding ceremony. Disappointed, we learned that the new hearing aids only provided Linda with a 40% random word recognition score and that 40% was typical for a person with her hearing loss (70 dBHL).
Undeterred, I have worked for the last 12 years to develop technologies to improve her hearing. Another son, a medical doctor, set up a hearing aid practice where we were able to conduct research using my technologies. Today, Linda’s random word recognition score is about 90%!"
Perhaps one of the most difficult things for the hearing aid community to accept is the fact that some patients are incurring additional hearing loss due to the over-amplification and overuse of their hearing aids. What's worse is that despite their unknowing acceptance of these safety risks, many hearing aid users still complain that their hearing aids are ineffective, especially in noisy environments. To make things worse, many of today's hearing aids are expensive and can cost over $1000.
"I set out to solve all of these problems. Pixation's hearing technologies are capable of transforming the hearing aid industry in terms of safety, cost, and efficacy."
-Dean R. G. Anderson