Signia Ushers in a New Era of Convenience for Hearing Aid Users
In the past, we’ve written extensively on the subject of “TeleAudiology”, or the field of hearing healthcare from a distance. Hearing aid manufacturers like Signia and ReSound have been in the game for a while, with ReSound’s 2017 release of the LiNX 3D™, and Signia’s launch of TeleCare last year (with primax) and update this year with Signia Pure® 13 BT. Both products were released with a companion smartphone app that enabled the hearing aid user to download new settings from their hearing professional, and apply those settings to their hearing aids. This was a huge leap forward for many hearing aid users, and meant no more back-and-forth to the hearing professional’s office for minor tweaks! The technology proved especially useful for consumers living in rural areas without access to nearby care.
Today’s breakthrough relates to new features available in Signia’s TeleCare 3.0, that now enable “full live remote tuning” with video support. What does this mean for you, the consumer? This means you can jump on a video call with your hearing professional and explain your issue, and while still connected via video, your hearing professional can tweak your hearing aid’s settings and ask “How does that sound?” For the first time, it’s possible to have your provider tweak your settings while you are in the listening environments that matter to you. Have trouble hearing your wife in the kitchen? Why not jump on a call with your provider from the kitchen, have them make a few adjustments, and see if your wife is easier to hear? The opportunities are endless.
Signia’s new technology is available for Android and iPhone users. To use TeleCare 3.0 customers will need to upgrade to the new Signia Nx product line (available in November), which includes the new Pure 312 Nx, Pure 13 Nx, and Motion 13 Nx.
Own Voice Processing
Signia announced another “world first” today. Anyone who has ever worn a hearing aid knows how annoying it can be to hear your own voice amplified. That horrible hollow, sometimes tinny sound can drive most new hearing aid users bananas. Signia has introduced “Own Voice Processing” to help dial down your own voice, using a sophisticated voice-training algorithm that works from Day 1 with your new hearing aids. At your hearing aid fitting, your hearing professional will ask you to count out loud, and this is all that is needed for your hearing aids to learn the sound of your voice. This feature takes advantage of the “binaural processing” so it is currently only available to consumers who purchase a pair of hearing aids.
More New Technology
For the full breakdown of new technology announced by Signia, please visit our forum to read both the German and US press releases. If you have any questions about the release, the forum is a great place to ask. To learn more about TeleAudiology, watch a video about a New Zealand company that is making it possible to do everything from hearing testing to hearing aid adjustments remotely using a local nurse.
Last modified: October 19, 2017