Signia/Siemens Hearing Aids
Siemens is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of hearing aids, founded in 1847 in Berlin. The company was founded with the mission to improve the lives of people who are hard of hearing. In the early 20th century, Siemens began to develop electrical hearing aids. By 1959, Siemens introduced the world’s first behind-the-ear hearing aid, and in 1996, they introduced the first in-the-ear hearing aid. Siemens won the Gold Edison Award in 2015 for the binax, the first hearing aid to outperform normal hearing. Also in 2015, Siemens was co-branded with Signia under the umbrella of Sivantos Group, a leading hearing instrument manufacturer.
Introducing the Signia Primax
Primax is the first hearing aid from the co-branded Siemens and Signia. Primax builds upon the successes of the Siemens binax hearing aid, and has been proven by independent studies to reduce listening effort throughout the day. Primax focuses on speech recognition and high-definition sound quality for music, with a number of other innovative features which eases listening effort for people with hearing loss.
The SpeechMaster uses noise reduction, directionality, and steer amplification to allow wearers to focus on specific speakers. A series of algorithms increases speakers’ voices in challenging noise situations. Primax’s HD Music feature is an excellent addition for music lovers and musicians, with three settings to improve the listening experience: Live Music, Recorded Music, and Musician (for those who perform).
With EchoMaster, Primax provides wearers with a comfortable listening experience. By reducing sound reverberation in challenging acoustic spaces (foyers, hallways, larger rooms), Primax wearers are able to hear conversations more clearly. For people who suffer from tinnitus, Primax is equipped with tinnitus treatment in the form of static noise or ocean waves sound therapy.
The Primax TwinPhone feature uses a wireless, magnetic connection to smartphones and is controlled by the easyTek app. As such, Primax wearers may stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their hearing aids to their ears. With phone calls, Primax TwinPhone allows the wearer to hear in both ears.
Primax is available in the following Siemens/Signia hearing aid models: Pure, Ace, Motion, and Insio. These are available in receiver-in-canal, behind-the-ear, or in-the-air styles, to treat varying degrees of hearing loss in different performance levels (7px, 5px, and 3px).
Siemens binax: Outperforming Normal Hearing
In 2015, Siemens received the Gold Edison Award for the binax hearing aid, the world’s first hearing aid to outperform normal hearing. Two independent studies, conducted by the University of Northern Colorado and the Hearing Center of the University of Oldenburg, found that binax hearing aid wearers were able to hear better than people with normal hearing in challenging noise situations. The binax simulates binaural hearing with e2e technology, utilizing an eight microphone network (four per hearing aid, which wirelessly share and balance audio data).
Narrow Directionality uses “directional beamforming,” which allows binax wearers to focus on specific sounds they want to hear, while also eliminating background noise. Spatial Speech Focus improves speech recognition and is activated automatically, allowing binax wearers to focus on specific speakers. For active hearing aid wearers, the binax provides eWindScreen binaural, a feature that balances sound in windy environments.
Siemens binax hearing aids are able to connect wirelessly to smartphones and other personal electronic devices. Hearing aid features are easily controlled with easyTek and touchControl downloadable apps. Siemens binax hearing aids are available in the following models: Ace (receiver-in-canal), Pure (RIC), Carat (RIC), Motion (behind-the-ear), and Insio (in-the-ear, in-the-canal, completely-in-canal, and invisible-in-canal).
Styles and Other Features
The Aquaris is the world’s first fully waterproof and dustproof hearing aid. It is designed for people with active lifestyles and stands up to moisture, sweat, oils, and debris. Tinnitus therapy is also available for select models. Certain Siemens hearing aid models offer rechargeable battery options, with a recharging/dehumidifying unit. Siemens smartHome gives accessibility and safety measures for hearing aid wearers, with alert sounds for doorbells, phones, and smoke detectors. For those who need extra amplification, Siemens also offers a line of wireless assistive listening devices.