HearAid Version 5.0



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HearAid has been designed to run either as a fully self-contained application on a single PC, or in client/server mode a network.

HearAid Version 5.0 Installer, supplied on the installation CD will step you through the process; if the installer does not start automatically when the CD is inserted into your computer, click Start|Run... on the Windows Task Bar and type D:\Install.exe, where D is the drive letter of the CD drive.

By default, the HearAid Version 5.0 Installer installs all the required files in a folder called C:\HearSoft but can be installed into any other drive and folder e.g. D:\Applications\HearSoft. No matter which root drive and folder you use, the installer will create the ..\HearSoft folder and sub-folders automatically inside the root folder

Network Installation

If you plan to run HearAid 5.0 over a network it is strongly recommended that you install directly to the network server. Database connection settings for client/server operation are stored in a file called Firebird.ini in the same folder as HearAid5.exe and the database file is installed in a folder called C:\HearSoft\Database.  Thus, the folder structure is:

..\HearSoft\Database (database file HearAid.fdb)

..\HearSoft\HearAid 5.0 (HearAid5.exe, Firebird.ini, dll files, help files)

..\HearSoft\HearAid 5.0\Reports (Report templates and query (SQL) scripts)

Connecting Network Workstations

Once installed on a network server, the HearAid licence should be installed on workstation computers:

1.Install the licence key on the workstation using the HALicence.exe utility on the installation CD
2.Connect the workstation simply by creating a Desktop shortcut to ..\HearSoft\HearAid 5.0\HearAid5.exe (the program executable file) on the server

It is not necessary to install HearAid 5.0 on each separate computer. The imperceptible reduction in performance resulting from using a shortcut is more than offset by only needing to install future updates to HearAid on the server and not separately on each computer.

It is essential that the installation on the server, including setting the Database Server configuration in Tools|Options|Database & Analysis, be completed before connecting the workstations!


Logging on


If you configure HearAid 5.0 to run in client/server mode, you will be required to log on to the database when the program starts. You should use




as the username and




as the password. SYSDBA is the "system database administrator", a special user who can do anything at all with the database, including destroy it!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Once you have installed HearAid 5.0 and set it up to run in client/server mode, the first thing you should do is change the SYSDBA password! The default password is masterkey but your database's security will be totally compromised if you do not change that password immediately. Changing the SYSDBA password is your responsibility!