Siemens Hearing Aids

A hearing aids titan...



There are lots of options when it comes to Siemens hearing aids. They are a big founded firm and usually, if you’ll get any of their hearing aids, you are on safe ground. But anyhow, the info below can help you decide between the different options.

Siemens also develop all the surrounding equipment to support their hearing aids. Apart from Siemens hearing aids, they got equipment for heating test, measurement tools and many other accessories to support hearing rehabilitation. In fact, their hearing-related products support the whole hearing rehabilitation process on every aspect.


Trivia:
- It all started cause warner von siemens’ wife didn’t hear well and he developed a telephone receiver for her in 1878.
 - The first firm that introduce the ear-to-ear wireless connection on 2004
 - Siemens hearing instruments headquarters are located on Erlangen, Germany.



Available hearing aids

There are many different Siemens hearing aids. You can look at it as different “product lines”. Every device can come on different types (BTE, CIC etc) and with different price tags. I’ll try to go over it briefly to put some order on the available Siemens hearing aids out there. Keep in mind that hearing aids market can be very confusing. No clinic covers all the options and usually you’ll come across just a small portion of the full range - which is good! Too many option will just confuse you.

Siemens hearing aids got the latest technology available. They give names to the different technologies so you could tell what is supported in the hearing aid you got. Don’t worry about it, the hearing aid expert can always “translate” for you, from Siemens name to what the thing actually does. For instance, the name “eWindScreen®” stands for a mechanism to reduce wind noises. Read more on Siemens hearing aids technology below (Click here)...

Siemens, like other hearing aids company, got solutions for our modern world with all the digital instruments around us like mobile phone, audio devices,TV and more. You can read below (on the technologies’ section) about the MiniTek that siemens developed.

So, here goes - Siemens hearing aids...


Top notch hearing aids series

Imini

Very innovative and modern, a CIC hearing aid. it comes in many colors but this isn’t that relevant since it is located in the canal and you can’t see the colors. Siemens refer to it as the “colorfull secret”. Technology wise, it got some great features:

 - Handling high frequencies, especially when listening to music. (the technology name by Siemens:: SoundBrilliance)

 - Reducing sudden and disturbing noises like breaking glass or paper rustling. (SoundSmoothing)

 - Cancel feedback noises (FeedbackStopper™)

 - Reduce wind noise and interference.  (eWindScreen®)

It can’t have ALL the features Siemens got since it is a CIC and it hasn’t got directional microphones. All the mechanisms that need these microphones are not relevant here. The Imini is suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. But .... It requires specific measures of your ear canal and only 10%-15% of the population got these measures.


Pure

A Receiver-In-The-Canal device, comes also in an extremely small variant and with a rechargable battery option. The rechargeable option is so you don’t have to bather about changing batteries every so often. They got it in four levels, each with different set of features. The price varies too, naturally... Pure latest versions support all of Siemens hearing aids’ goodies.


Life

An open-fit BTE device, it’s available in lots of colors and shapes. It supports minor to moderate hearing loss and you can get it in four quality levels. Like others, it got the latest Siemens technologies, pending the quality level you get.

Motions

This one is available on most hearing aids types, BTE, ITC, CIC etc. It got four quality levels and it supports mild hearing loss to severe hearing loss. Given all that, you can say it can cover every audiology need, design need and budget. The BTE here got rechargeable batteries. The newer versions got the latest of Siemens technologies. Pending budget, naturally.

Almost everyone will find something here...



A small step behind (And yet, great devices)

Nitro

Strong device for severe hearing loss. It can be a BTE or a CIC and it comes in two quality levels.


Aquaris

A BTE device with a unique feature - it is water resistance. The materials and its design enable extreme activities. Other than that, it is just like any other advanced Siemens hearing aid. Available in two quality levels.


Explorer

Designed for kids. Relatively protected to overcome falls, dirt ans moisture. Buttons and battery compartment are protected for kids’ safety.



Older devices

Some of the following devices aren’t always available on the market. Some are even not manufactured. Verify you get a brand new device. You can even ask to see when was it manufactured.

Or is it a refurbished hearing aid? (Which isn’t bad, by the way, you just need to know.)


Celio

A basic digital device. If you have serious budget limitations, and yet you want a digital design, this can be a decent option.


Artis

Slightly more advanced than the Celio. The Artis got some basic noise filtering, feedback cancellation, directional microphones and e2e. It was the state of the art at the time. It’s a good example for a device that was the elite model and became a basic model in just a few years.

A good device, with great Siemens technologies, though not the newest. Available in all sizes.


Cantra

More advanced comparing to the Artis and the Celio. It got SoundSmoothing® and supports more channels. There is also the ‘active Centra’ which is the Receiver-in-the-canal version.


Acuris

Not supposed to be available, too old. It does have all sizes and it was the first to introduce the e2e technology.


Reflex

It is sold by the British NHC, not available for any private customer. It’s hard to tell to what device it is similar from all Siemens hearing aids (They take a model, add or remove a feature and give it a new name). Generally speaking, it’s a basic hearing aid, probably similar to the Artis.


Intuis and Phoenix 3G

Basic hearing aids, without the state of the art features Siemens hearing aids can provide. Can be any of the following: BTE, ITC, CIC and ITE


Siemens hearing aids technology

Like all the brands, Siemens announces a new set of features and technologies from time to time. Its latest set of features is called  BestSound™ and it includes many features to cope with various typical problems. Generally speaking, the technology is here to enable better hearing while keeping the listening as comfort as possible. In addition, it should take into account your personal needs and preferences.

Here you can find a short description in simple words of what stands behind every trademarked technology.


Bestsound features

SpeechFocus™

Helps you hear human speak good enough even if there is background noise. It also works if the person stands behind you (!).


FeedbackStopper™

Feedback is this annoying whistle you hear if you put a microphone next to its speaker. In simple hearing aids, you can hear it if you slowly bring your open palm to the ear. This mechanism should prevent feedback before you even feel it.


SoundLearning® 2.0

A special algorithm that lets the system learn about your preferences on different situations and to adjust the hearing aid accordingly. For instance, let’s say that on a certain environment you decrease the volume and switch from program A to B. After few times, the device will do it automatically.


Other technologies and features supported on Siemens hearing aids

DataLearning®

The early version of SoundLearning® 2.0. Deals mainly with the volume level.


e2e wireless® 2.0

Sync between your two hearing aids. It is done automatically and wireless. Siemens were the first to introduce such a mechanism back in 2004.


Speech Enhancement & Noise Reduction

A system that combines different methods to recognize human speech, evaluate the noise and perform the required adjustments.


SoundSmoothing®

Reducing sudden and disturbing noises like breaking glass, cutlery in the sink or paper rustling.  Without it, a simple hearing aid will amplify these noises.


eWindScreen®

Reduce wind noise and interference.


TruEar®

Compensates for the non-natural location of the microphone. On BTE devices, the sounds are received above the ear or behind the ear, unlike normal hearing where the outer ear got a part in gathering the sounds and voices from the surrounding. This mechanism cover this issue.


SoundBrilliance

This feature artificially add high frequencies if needed. It is especially useful when you listen to music.


MiniTek

It’s the next generation of the Tek system, which was the first ever to present connectivity between your right and left hearing aid.

Basically, it’s a remote control and a streamer.It enables coordination between your two devices, regarding amplification, directionality and more. In simple words - you adjust one, and the other is adjusted automatically.

In addition, it enables you to receive media content like mobile phone, TV and music players directly to your hearing aids. The MiniTek can support two media sources simultaneously. All Siemens hearing aids that support e2e can work with the MiniTek. It also got inherent T-coil.



More on Siemens hearing aids from the firm's site...


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