Signia is another one of our favourite hearing aid brands, they offer outstanding hearing devices.
Whatever the situation, whatever your preference – whether it’s RIC (Receiver in Canal), BTE (Behind The Ear) or ITE (In The Ear) hearing aids, there is a Primax device for you. The outstanding Primax hearing aid technology is available in three technology levels, 7px, 5px and 3px. From Ace primax™ and Pure primax™ RICs to the Motion primax™ standard BTEs and Insio primax™ ITEs, there’s a perfect hearing aid for almost every hearing loss. Plus, with its CROS Pure solution, primax also offers wearers with an unaidable hearing loss in one ear easier all round hearing.
The technology levels are as follows, at the top of the technology levels is the 7px, then the 5px and finally the 3px at the bottom.
Siemens now Signia do things a little differently from the other manufacturers, while they have a platform (the Primax) which splits into three technology levels. They name their hearing aid styles differently. Let's talk about them and how they fit into the range.
Signia now offers five receiver in canal hearing aids in the Primax range, the Ace, the Carat, the Pure, the Pure 13BT and the rechargeable Cellion:
Light and comfortable, Ace primax is the smallest in their family of RIC hearing aids. It is an ideal solution for first-time users offering both discretion and functionality. It can deliver real power and comes in a tiny form.
Ideal for users who demand more control over their hearing aids. The new Pure primax combines elegant looks with the power of primax technology in a RIC hearing aid. The devices are suitable for almost every hearing loss.
Outstanding rechargeable hearing aid with lithium-ion charging. Ideal for any user who doesn't want the hassle of changing batteries. Its rechargeable lithium-ion power cell lasts up to two days without charging, while it's unique design makes it hassle-free and easy to use.
Signia offers four Behind The Ear hearing aids in the Primax range:
Motion primax™ are fully featured BTE instruments with directional microphones for true binaural hearing. There are four different types in the Motion range, the Motion Sx, the Motion SA, the Motion S and the Motion P which is the most powerful. No matter what you need from a BTE device, the Motion Primax range has it covered.
Signia offers four In The Ear hearing aids in the Primax range:
Incredibly small and almost unnoticeable, the new Insio primax hearing aids are tailor-made for you and offer the ultimate in discretion and performance. All Insion Primax models from ITEs to the tiniest IICs can be remotely controlled. The Insio Primax range has four models, the Insio Primax IIC, the Insio Primax CIC, the Insio Primax ITC and the Insio Primax ITE.
Signia have had instant fit custom hearing aids in the past, however, they say that Silk is the first completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aid that’s both almost invisible and ready to wear. The device is a new offering on their latest primax chipset and is designed to fit up to 80% of all ear canals. While the device is labelled a CIC, for some lucky people it is actually an invisible hearing aid.
The device is a modular type hearing aid that uses a flexible Click Sleeve to provide an immediate and comfortable fit. There are several sizes of click sleeves to fit as many ears as possible.
The Click Sleeves are made of soft silicone and are available in six different types which allow the device to fit in the majority of ear canals and to fit the majority of hearing losses. With the right Click Sleeve in place, the hearing aid sits quite deep in the canal making the device either invisible or almost invisible.
Because Silk is powered by Signia’s Primax platform, users of the device can benefit from all of the outstanding features of that platform including their binaural OneMic directionality system and all of the other features that the Primax chipset offers. The device is also wireless so you can use your smartphone to adjust your hearing aids via the Signia touchControl™ app, and wirelessly stream virtually any audio device with the optional easyTek™ accessory.
Signia is the latest hearing aid brand to introduce a Made For iPhone hearing aid to their line-up. It is a very interesting device and it represents some real firsts for the hearing aid industry. It is based on the Pure RIC hearing aid types and we will deal with it separately and first because it is their latest offering.
The Signia Pure® 13 BT px is their first ever Made For iPhone hearing aid technology. They say that it delivers uncompromising sound, industry-leading connectivity, and revolutionary remote hearing care, along with great battery life. Wearers will be fully connected to their environment, each other, their iPhone® and to their hearing care professional. The devices will be introduced worldwide in May 2017, they are based on the Primax platform and will be available in the usual three levels of technology.
The devices represent a few firsts for the industry, they will be the world’s first telehealth-supported hearing aid with iPhone audio streaming capabilities, the first hearing aid to use iPhone motion sensors to improve hearing in certain situations and the first hearing aid to provide both “high-definition binaural hearing” and Bluetooth® audio streaming (from a connected device). The devices will be powered by a size 13 battery which is good news for users, the 13 battery combined with the low energy use should mean fewer battery changes.
As with all Made For iPhone hearing aids the Signia Pure® 13 BT will stream audio directly from iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. It will use the Bluetooth® low energy (LE) standard. This will enable high fidelity stereo streaming with reduced energy consumption. Signia have also retained their own wireless radio on the devices, which means that when you are streaming audio, you don't lose the benefit of the ear 2 ear communication. This is important for the user, Signia’s ear-to-ear (e2e™) wireless system is used to provide better spatial awareness and speech understanding.
People frequently move while they are speaking, and Signia thinks that their hearing aids should react dynamically and adjust to their changing listening situation. The Pure® 13 BT is the first hearing aid to utilize the iPhone motion sensors to deliver input that allows adjustments in sound processing based on your activities. Signia say that the devices understand when a user is in motion and for the first time ever this data will allow them to deliver optimal hearing in that situation.
When a wearer is walking, running or driving, the hearing aids understand they are in motion, and will automatically adjust to better hear a conversation partner at their side or from the back while maintaining awareness of environmental sounds like sirens, approaching vehicles, or pedestrians. Signia claims that motion detection will make their environmental classification system even more robust, by adding a valuable data point. I can not fault them here, it is an outstanding idea and a sign of real innovation.
The new myControl™ App is made specifically for Pure 13 BT hearing aids. It offers a range of advantages beyond direct streaming of audio. It acts as a remote control for quick and easy changes to settings like volume and programs, and delivers advanced adjustment options to the user for personalization of sound.
The new app will allow you to make personalized adjustments to programs, volume, microphone directionality, and treble/bass, during audio streaming. Pure 13 BT hearing aids will help users look after their hearing health. Similar to a fitness tracker, they create a personal sound profile over time based on noise exposure, so you can protect your hearing health.
The app tracks your daily noise exposure and displays the information in an easily readable way. This is an interesting little datum point, it will allow you to understand what levels of noise you are exposing yourself to on a daily basis allowing you to understand the possibilities of damaging your hearing through noise exposure.
The Pure® 13 BT is the first Signia hearing aid to utilize TeleCare 2.0. This upgrade introduces additional capabilities such as advanced data logging, secure end-to-end encrypted data transfer, and improved remote hearing aid adjustments. The professional can now adjust your hearing aids remotely across four frequency bands (previously only gain and tone control were available to providers). The user will interact with your provider via the Signia myHearing App, which is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.