Signia Primax Hearing Aid Review

 

 

 

Signia Primax Review

 

signia orimax hearing aids brisbanePrimax 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.  signia primax hearing aid review

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*.

 

 

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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)

 

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

 

 

*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.

Oticon Opn Hearing Aid Review

 

 

Oticon Opn Review

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Oticon has a well-earned reputation of producing high quality hearing aids that deliver exceptional sound quality.

Opn™ is Oticon’s latest generation of hearing aids built on its new Velox™ sound processing platform and includes two new innovations: a new sound processing approach called “open sound” and direct audio streaming with internet connectivity.

 

 

“Open sound” 

Opn™ employs a new sound processing approach Oticon calls “open sound”.  The new approach attempts to improve both sound quality and speech clarity whilst maintaining situational awareness in challenging situations where there are multiple speakers in background noise (e.g. holding a conversation with a group at a table in a busy restaurant).

Traditional hearing aid technology delivers speech understanding in such situations by focusing on one speaker using directional microphone technology.  Directional microphones focus on speech coming from the front while suppressing the rest of the sound environment.  This improves speech clarity from the front, however can adversely impact situational awareness as well as speech from other directions.  Over the years directional microphone technology has improved and today offers excellent performance in challenging situations.  In fact research has shown that the speech understanding of wearers with hearing aids featuring narrow directionality (used in Siemens binax hearing aids) was significantly better than even normal hearing people in challenging environments*

Opn™ focuses on delivering both speech clarity and natural sound experience in challenging, complex situations.  The goal being to enable wearers to hear speakers they want to hear (no matter where they are located relative to the wearer), while suppressing unwanted background noise so its audible but not disturbing.  It is understood that Oticon uses high-speed processing with a clever combination of directionality and noise reduction processing.   See below video for more information.

 

Direct Streaming

appOpn™ supports direct wireless audio streaming technology enabling wearers to wirelessly connect directly to their iphone without the need for an intermediary device hanging around their neck.  Phone calls are clearer since the sound goes straight into their ears and background sound is automatically lowered.  Wearers can also listen to televisions, stereos and basically any device that has Bluetooth.

Oticon also offers the free downloadable Oticon ON App that allows wearers the ability to discreetly control their Opn™ hearing aids. The app is simple and elegant and can be used to control hearing aid volume and other useful features including:

 

  • Remote microphone – wearers can use their phone’s microphone instead of their hearing aids’ microphones. In situations where the wearer is at a distance to the sound source, the phone can be placed near the sound source (e.g. during a lecture their phone could be placed near the lecturer for improved speech clarity)
  • Management Features Wearers can check the current battery level of their hearing aids.  In addition they can access hearing aid instructions as well as a “Find my hearing aid” feature should they misplace them

Opn™ is the first hearing aid that can connect to the emerging “internet of things“. Opn™ connects to the Internet via If This Then That (IFTTT.com), a web service that automates other web-based functions to make life easier. Users can connect to a wide range of IFTTT-enabled devices used in everyday life such as door bells, baby monitors, and thermostats. Opn™ provides wearers with a solution that will enable them to use their hearing aids with a growing number of IFTTT-compatible products and services as they become available.

Our Conclusion

Our experience with our clients fitted with Opn™ is overall sound quality is excellent.  In challenging situations for most clients it does provide a good balance of speech clarity and sound quality whilst maintaining situational awareness.  For clients where speech clarity is the main priority, we have found that competitive systems (e.g. Phonak Belong and Signia Primax) using narrow directionality provides better overall speech clarity.  The direct streaming capabilities of the Opn™ are excellent with reported high stability and excellent sound quality.

Sounds of Life would recommend the new Opn™ to anyone who is active and regularly find themselves in challenging listening situations and who also require direct audio streaming capabilities.

Oticon Opn™ is currently available in receiver-in-canal models across three performance levels: 1, 2 and 3. Opn™ 1 is the premium model (released in Australian in May 2016). Opn™ 2 and 3 are high-end/mid range models (released in Australia in November 2016).

 

Sounds of Life offers the Oticon Opn™ at Brisbane’s most affordable prices:

  • Premium: Opn™ 1 – $3690
  • High-end: Opn™ 2 – $2990
  • Mid-range: Opn™ 3 – $2100

 

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

 

 

*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.