Signia Pure Charge&Go IX Review – Addressing the Group Conversation Challenge
In October 2023, Signia launched in Australia the Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aid range on Signia’s latest sound processing engine; Integrated Xperience platform (IX for short). The Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aids are available in three performance levels: Premium – 7IX, High-end – 5IX and Mid-range – 3IX.
Before we talk about the hearing aids, lets have a look at Signia’s new sound processing engine Integrated Xperience. This new technology has been designed to address the number one complaint of individuals wearing hearing aids – being able to hear clearly in challenging group conversation situations.
The Group Conversation Challenge.
Hearing is a fundamental sense that allows individuals to connect with the world and engage in meaningful communication. However, for those with hearing loss, participating in group conversations presents unique challenges that can significantly impact their social interactions.
One of the primary challenges faced by individuals with hearing loss in group conversations is the limited auditory access to spoken information. In a group setting, multiple voices, background noise, and overlapping conversations can make it difficult for those with hearing impairments to discern and understand spoken words. This challenge can lead to frustration and a sense of isolation as individuals may miss crucial parts of the conversation.
Traditionally, hearing aids have used directional microphones to help individuals hear better in group conversations. Directional microphones create a front focus beam aimed towards one specific direction or individual speaker, reducing background noise and improving the clarity of the targeted speaker. Directional microphones assist individuals in group conversations, but they have one significant limitation related to their design – individuals must be always facing the speaker. However, due to the dynamic nature of group conversations, this is not always possible. During group conversation, it can be difficult to keep up with the conversation and always face the speaker, as conversations can flow rapidly between different speakers. In addition, speakers often talk over each other!
Signia Integrated Xperience with Real-Time Conversation Enhancement
Signia has addressed the group conversation challenge with a new ground-breaking technology called Real-Time Conversation Enhancement, available in Signia’s recently released Integrated Xperience (“IX” for short) range.
During group conversations with multiple speakers, Real-Time Conversation Enhancement pinpoints the locations of each individual speaker and generates multiple directional microphone beams focussed on each of the speakers, enhancing all conversation partners in real-time. This is done via a three-step process:
- Analyse – Processes 192,000 data points every second to detect speakers and analyse conversation dynamics.
- Augment – Uses the data that’s analysed to control multiple directional focus beams that lock onto and dynamically highlight each speaker’s voice amidst the noise.
- Adapt – The focus beams update 1,000 times per second to adapt to evolving conversations. This allows the real-time tracking and enhancement of multiple moving speakers, ensuring wearers can fully engage in group conversations.
During dynamic group conversations, Signia Integrated Xperience’s RealTime Conversation Enhancement technology, ensures individuals can hear clearly, even if they are not directly facing the person speaking or turning their head to engage with others. The below video shows the technology in action.
The new Signia Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aids are available in two receiver-in-canal (RIC) models:
(1) Pure Charge&Go IX and
(2) Pure Charge&Go T IX
Each model is available in 10 different colours, across three performance levels; 3IX (Standard), 5IX (Advanced) and 7IX (Premium).
In addition to a longer battery life, the slightly larger Pure Charge&Go T IX model has a built in telecoil for hearing in places with loop systems. Using a telecoil with a loop system can improve the sound quality in situations with a lot of background noise or when the individual is sitting far away from the sound you want to hear e.g. at church or a lecture.
With every generation, Signia improves the rechargeable performance of their hearing aids. The Li-ion power cell of Pure Charge&Go IX delivers up to 24 hours of use on a single charge including 5 hours of streaming. The larger Pure Charge&Go T IX delivers an impressive 36 hours of use on a single charge including 5 hours of streaming.
In terms of charging options, there are three different models available: (1) Standard (2) Portable and (3) Dry&Clean.
The Portable charger is small and designed to fit in the pocket or handbag. Inside the Portable charger is a powerbank with the capacity to provide full three chargers of the hearing aids, before the charger itself needs to be recharged. This can be done via connection to USB-C or via Qi wireless charging.
The Dry&Clean charger features a dehumidifying and UV sanitising functionality. Very useful if the hearing aids are being used in challenging humid environments.
The Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aids offer improved connectivity options, increasingly more important in today’s connected world. They support direct audio streaming from both Apple (Made for iPhone) devices, and Android (ASHA) devices. In addition, the new IX range will be able to support the new LE Audio streaming protocol with a firmware update available early next year. LE Audio promises to eventually offer more universal low energy audiostreaming, meaning it should become the standard in consumer electronics.
Of course, wearers can still purchase the popular StreamLine TV and Streamline Mic solutions to further enhance the functionality of the hearing aids. In addition, the hearing aids are compatible with the free Signia app. The app offers not just remote control but a Signia Assistant which uses its AI deep neural network to offer immediate support whenever users need to adjust their settings.
Over the last three months, Sounds of Life has fitted a number of Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aids. We have fitted many experienced clients with IX who have compared their performance with other competitor premium devices. Based on their experiences they have reported that overall Integrated Xperience hearing aids have delivered an improved listening experience in group conversation – improved speech clarity combined with a more natural surround.
If you would like to trial Pure Charge&Go IX , Sounds of Life would be happy to arrange a free demo for you. The Pure Charge&Go IX range is currently priced as follows:
Premium – Pure C&G BT RIC 7AX – $3990
High-End – Pure C&G BT RIC 5AX – $3490
Mid-Range – Pure C&G BT RIC 3AX – $2890
About Sounds of Life
Sounds of Life audiology is a member of Audiology Australia and Independent Audiologist Australia. We adhere strictly to Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. We pride ourselves on:
- Being fully independent – We are not owned or operated by a hearing aid manufacturer or large chain.
- Ethical Practices – We are focused on providing the highest level of care and do not pay commissions.
We also follow the Australian Government Hearing Services’ protocol for hearing services.