Signia Primax Review
Primax is Signia’s (formally Siemens) latest hearing aid technology platform and the successor of the Siemens binax platform. It features new SpeechMaster technology which is claimed to improve speech clarity and reduce listening effort for hearing aid wearers in challenging situations where there are multiple conversations going on (e.g. at a cocktail party). SpeechMaster cleverly combines high performance directional microphone technology (narrow directionality) with the latest noise reduction processing to focus in on and highlight the speech of the target speaker.
Like its binax predecessor, primax features binaural sound processing technology. This technology enables a bilateral hearing aid pair (two hearing aids) to act as a system. This system can improve the performance of important features such as the directional microphones which are highly beneficial for wearers in challenging noisy situations where there is a lot of background noise.
Directional microphones provide a directional beam towards the speaker directly in front of the hearing aid wearer, significantly improving speech clarity. Using binaural sound processing technology, primax is able to deliver a narrow directional beam that is far more narrow that what can be achieved by a normal monaural directional microphone system. This technology is so effective it has been clinically proven to outperform normal hearing*.
For wearers that want to precisely control their hearing aids, wearers can download a free TouchControl app for their Apple and Android phones. Using their intuitive smartphone interface, wearers can control (via their smartphone) the high performance features of primax, including being able to point the microphones in the direction to where the wearer wants to hear (e.g. to the front, to the left, to the right or even backwards) as well as the narrowness of the directional beam.
Signia Primax also has a feature to improve the sound quality for wearers when enjoying music. Primax offers dedicated programs for different types of music listening including listening to recorded music, listening to live music and playing music.
The primax platform is currently available in all hearing aid styles including:
- Receiver-in-canal (Cellion, Pure and Ace)
- Behind-the-ear (Motion)
- In the ear (Insio and Silk)
Primax is in our opinion one of the best hearing aids for improving speech clarity in background noise. This is a great solution for active clients who are regularly in challenging situations and need to hear as well as they can. Many of our clients who have been fitted with this technology have noted the significant improvement in speech clarity compared to their previous hearing aids.
Sounds of Life offers the Signia Primax at Brisbane’s most affordable prices:
- Premium: $3690 (Silk 7 px / Pure 7 px / Ace 7 px / Insio 7 px / Motion 7 px)
- High-end: $2850 (Silk 5 px / Pure 5 px / Ace 5 px / Insio 5 px / Motion 5 px)
- Mid-range: $1950 (Silk 3 px / Pure 3 px / Ace 3 px / Insio 3 px / Motion 3 px)
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*Two clinical studies have shown that binax provides better than normal hearing in certain demanding environments (University of Northern Colorado, 2014; Oldenburg Hörzentrum, 2013): Speech Reception Thresholds (SRT) in cocktail-party situations improved up to 2.9 dB for wearers with mild to moderate hearing loss using Carat binax or Pure binax hearing aids with narrow directionality, compared to people with normal hearing.