Siemens, founded in Berlin in 1847, is the world’s oldest hearing device manufacturer. In the early years, Siemens made telegraphic instruments, and in 1877, the company was inspired by the invention of the telephone to create a telephone receiver. In the early 20th century, Siemens began to make electrical instruments and produced their first hearing aids in 1913. From these roots in innovation and inspiration, Siemens has become a leader in hearing aid technology, as the first to produce behind-the-ear hearing aids in 1959 and in-the-ear hearing aids in 1966. In 2014, Siemens produced the first hearing aid to outperform normal hearing.
Siemens binax: Outperform Normal Hearing
Introduced in 2014, the Siemens binax is the world’s first hearing aid to outperform normal hearing in challenging noise situations. Results from two independent studies show that people who wore binax could hear better in certain situations than people with normal hearing. The binax hearing aid utilizes e2e technology, which uses four microphones that create an eight-microphone network between two ears. By widening the spectrum of sound that wearers experience, the binax gives wearers both a better sense of spatial awareness and speech recognition.
Additionally, the binax has improved upon features such as Narrow Directionality (which allows wearers to hone in on specific sounds), Spatial Speech Focus (which manages background noise and speech recognition), and eWindScreen binaural (which transfers audio data from one ear to another in windy situations). The Siemens binax is equipped with High Definition Sound Resolution, which delivers clearer sounds to the wearer, and was the winner of the 2015 Edison Gold Award.
Siemens Aquaris: World’s First Waterproof Hearing Aid
The Siemens Aquaris is the world’s first waterproof, dust proof, and shock proof hearing aid, making it a preference for people with active lifestyles. Throughout the course of the day, we experience many different elements, from the water from our showers to getting caught in a rain storm, to the general dust and debris we encounter from being outdoors. The Aquaris hearing aid scored at 68 on the Ingress Protection (IP) rating, which measures protection from solids (0 to 6) and liquids (0 to 8). With a score of 68, the Aquaris is fully water and dust proof, and has been tested for long-term immersion in liquids.
In addition to the protective features of the Aquaris, its features include a high level of technology found in Siemens products, with directional microphones, speech recognition, wind noise reduction, feedback reduction, and 16 channels.
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Wireless Connectivity and Features
Siemens hearing aids connect wirelessly with personal electronic devices, to directly stream conversations, music, and other media to wearer’s ears. Wireless connectivity also improves wearer accessibility, allowing for ease to adjust programs and volumes. Wearers can control the hearing aid through the easyTek app on their smart phones. For people with more severe degrees of hearing loss, Siemens offers a pocket hearing instrument that amplifies sound. Siemens hearing aids also offer tinnitus therapy.
Siemens Hearing Aid Styles
Siemens hearing aids are available in a range of styles, from behind-the-ear to in-the-ear to receiver-in-canal. The binax is available in several different models. Behind-the-ear models include Motion, Nitro, Orion 2, Sirion 2, Intuis 2, Lotus, and Aquaris. Receiver-in-canal models include Ace, Pure, Carat, and Orion. Siemens hearing aids are fully customizable and boast a long battery life.