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VA Technical Reference Model v 22.5

Compass Global Positioning System (GPS)
Compass Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology

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Description: Widex Compass GPS is the programming software for Widex hearing instruments. Compass GPS connects to hardware devices via Bluetooth connection. This product offers a wide range of adjustment possibilities to tune a hearing aid to the individual`s needs and uses analysis to measure a user`s hearing thresholds in four basic frequency bands, or in an expanded mode of up to 14 frequency bands. This is designed to result in a more precise fit at the initial fitting. Compass GPS software is included with the purchase of the hardware.

Compass GPS software can be used by itself or in conjunction with the NOAH database. Data is stored locally. This technology stores two categories of data including personal information that is entered in the software or the NOAH database (patient`s name and audiogram), and hearing aid settings set by the practitioner. Compass GPS does not support encryption.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.4
Decision Date: 04/23/2020
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Widex
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/23/2020).