Signia Hearing Aids

Models, Features, Prices, and Reviews

By David Copithorne

Signia is one of the largest hearing aid brands in the world. Signia hearing aids are manufactured by WS Audiology, the same parent company that manufactures Widex and Miracle Ear hearing aids. Prior to being purchased by Sivantos in 2015, and merged into WS Audiology in 2019, Signia hearing aids were manufactured under the Siemens brand name.

Signia Hearing Aids

Siemens technology legacy

Siemens (now Signia) was an early developer of analog hearing aids and was among the first to ship digital hearing aids. It was a pioneer in miniaturization, developing the first hearing aids with directional microphones. And in 2004, it was first to develop wireless ear-to-ear connectivity to coordinate and balance sound inputs between two hearing aids.

Bluetooth audio streaming

Most of Signia’s hearing aids are Made-For-iPhone (MFi), which means they are capable of streaming wireless audio directly from iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. The latest-generation Signia AX hearing aids are MFi too, but also offer direct streaming from compatible Android smartphones via the new ASHA streaming protocol. For older generation products, Signia sells Bluetooth streaming accessories that allow you to stream audio from Android and most other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Rechargeable hearing aids

Signia also offers a broad range of rechargeable hearing aids utilizing lithium-ion batteries. Charge&Go AX, Active X, and Styletto X provide pluggable, portable charging cases. Wireless (Qi) rechargeability is built into the Styletto X charging case. In general, Signia portable chargers provide three full charges to a pair of hearing aids, meaning wearers get four full days of hearing aid use without having to plug in.

Signia Ax Chargers

Signia Pure Charger, Pure Portable Charger, and Pure Dry&Clean Charger for Signia AX hearing aids

Signia hearing aid prices

Signia hearing aids range in price from $1,095 to $3,707 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the Styletto X and Pure AX.

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Signia hearing aid models

Signia makes premium hearing instruments, which are programmed by an audiologist or other hearing health professional based on the results of a hearing test. Its broad range of models are for all levels of hearing loss, ranging from first-time users with mild hearing loss to experienced buyers with severe-to-profound hearing loss who have purchased multiple sets of hearing aids. Hearing aid styles include near-invisible in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids as well as receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE).

Augmented Xperience platform (AX) hearing aids

Earlier this year, Signia launched Augmented Xperience (AX), a brand new product line that offers key improvements in speech processing and wireless streaming when compared to the previous generations. Notably, Signia AX hearing aids are the first Signia hearing aids to offer direct wireless streaming from both iOS AND Android devices.

Key features

  • Augmented Focus™ uses dual speech processors and binaural beam-forming microphones to enhance speech sounds in noisy environments.
  • Dynamic Soundscape Processing 2.0 uses acoustic-motion sensors to detect when the you’re on the go. When you’re moving, your hearing aids listen to more of the sound around you, to pick up the voice of a walking or jogging buddy.
  • SoundSmoothing™ reduces sudden loud impact sounds such as doors slamming and handling glassware.
  • e2e wireless 4.0 enables continuous, full-bandwidth audio exchange between both hearing aids, with patented dual processing of your own voice and the remaining soundscape.
  • Own Voice Processing (OVP™) scans and processes your own voice completely independently from all other sounds, which helps improve comprehension of other people’s speech.
  • Extended dynamic range delivers 117 dB maximum input and 24bit processing, improving signal quality in loud environments.
  • Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries last a full day on an overnight charge.
  • TeleCare enables your hearing-health provider to remotely monitor your usage and provide remote online tuning of the hearing aids—a “virtual house call” lets you provide real-time feedback and interact with the provider until the adjustments are just right.

Pure Charge&Go AX

Part of the new Augmented Xperience (AX) product line, the new Pure Charge&Go AX is available with and without a telecoil. Both form factors offer direct iOS and Android streaming, IP68 moisture protection, and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The telecoil model (the “T AX”) offers up to 36 hours of use on a single change, while the non-telecoil model offers up to 24 hours.

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Speech Clarity with Augmented Focus™

With AX, Signia has launched a brand new speech enhancement technology, Augmented Focus™, that the company claims makes it easier to follow conversations in background noise. In a true industry first, the AX platform incorporates two independent speech processors to handle sound coming from the front independently from sound coming from the back.

Both processors independently analyze their own sound stream with a resolution of 48 channels. Through this analysis, Augmented Focus determines if the signal contains information the wearer wants to focus on, relevant information in the background that helps the wearer stay attuned to the surroundings, or distracting background sounds the wearer wants to suppress

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Outline of all relevant processing units in Augmented Focus: Analysis stage; Processing Unit; Mixing Unit.

Signia AX demonstration

In a compelling Signia-produced video, Sebastian Best, Head of Sound and Fitting at Signia, demonstrates the audio quality for speech and music for Signia AX versus the competition.

This video demonstrates the sound quality of the new Signia Augmented Xperience hearing aids for speech and quiet and live music.

The Xperience platform

Signia’s previous-generation Xperience (X) hearing aids are based on YourSound technology, a proprietary sound processing platform that Signia claims provides “robust sound processing for everyday environmental sounds”. Xperience hearing aids were the first to feature acoustic motion sensors, and included Signia’s popular Own Voice Processing (OVP) technology, which was introduced in the older Nx platform.

Signia says the Xperience chip that powers the YourSound system includes 80% more transistors and seven times the memory of the previous Nx chip, while being 60% smaller. As a result, the Xperience hearing aids are smaller yet more powerful than their predecessors.

Active X

Signia launched Active X in March 2021 as “hearing aids disguised as earbuds”. Active X hearing aids do look more like typical consumer electronic than any other hearing aid on the market, and they provide far more amplification and battery power than any other wireless earbud available in the burgeoning hearing-augmentation hearables market.

Active X Vs Airpods

Signia Active X vs Apple AirPods Pro

Active X vs Apple AirPods Pro

Let’s compare the Active X to the most popular hearing-augmentation hearable on the market—AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro are capable of providing personalizable amplification for people with mild hearing loss for up to 4.5 hours. Winning on both fronts, the Signia Active X can meet the needs of people with mild to moderate hearing loss and delivers up to 26 hours of operating time on a single charge!

Pure X

The Pure X hearing aids are improved versions of the previous-generation Signia Pure NX receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) models. One is powered by disposable batteries and the other by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. To help manage Bluetooth pairing, program settings, and other accessories, Signia also introduced a new smartphone app that integrates the functions of multiple previous apps.

The Signia Pure 312 X features a long-lasting size-312 batteries, Bluetooth connectivity for streaming phone calls, music, and TV audio, and an optional T-coil.

The Signia Pure Charge&Go X is a rechargeable receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid with Bluetooth connectivity. Improved lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are 16% smaller and provide 20% more charging capacity than the previous Signia Pure Charge&Go Nx. The devices also feature a new rocker switch for easier adjustments and comes with a new inductive charger that also works as a dehumidifier.

Styletto X

Styletto hearing aids are known for sleek design, high performance and natural sound quality. Their lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are molded into a slim, curved form factor that sits flat against the side of the head, and they are available in a variety of color options.

The Styletto X hearing aids feature wireless stereo streaming of phone calls and music directly from Apple iPhones and also enable wireless streaming from other Bluetooth smartphones and TVs via Signia's StreamLine Mic and StreamLine TV accessories. The Styletto X family features three price/performance levels and works with the Signia miniPocket remote control, StreamLine accessories, and the Signia app. It is available in five color combinations.

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Silk X

Signia says its Silk X hearing aids offer "the ultimate in discretion." The completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids are 20 percent smaller than their predecessors, making them nearly invisible in the ear. A flexible silicone "click sleeve" slips over the hearing aids and sits securely in the ear canal ear without requiring a custom earmold. They utilize small number 10 disposable hearing aid batteries and come in three technology/performance levels.

CROS X

Signia also offers CROS solutions for people with single-sided deafness. The CROS Silk X and CROS Pure 312 X utilize disposable hearing aid batteries, and CROS Pure Charge&Go X is a rechargeable model. All CROS X devices are compatible with the Signia App and miniPocket remote control.

CROS solutions are for hearing-aid wearers who have unaidable / profound hearing loss in one ear and at least some usable hearing in the other. CROS devices pick up sound on the poorer side and send the sound digitally to the better side, where the sound can be amplified and heard by the better ear. This enables hearing sound from both sides of the head. CROS solutions have been shown to provide better awareness for sound and increase speech recognition for people with single-sided deafness.

CROS Silk X

Accessory

CROS Silk X

Compatible hearing aids:

The Nx platform

The Nx platform was the generation of hearing aids offered prior to Xperience. Many of the models are still sold today, including Motion Nx and Insio Nx, which have yet to be replaced by the Xperience (X) platform. The Pure Nx, Silk Nx, and Styletto Connect have all been replaced by the Xperience models described above. Signia originally introduced their signature Own Voice Processing (OVP) technology with the Nx platform.

Motion Nx

Signia’s Motion 13 Nx behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are designed to provide maximum flexibility in fitting and connectivity options. The Signia Nx Own Voice Processing (OVP) technology harmonizes the wearer’s voice with surrounding sounds, enhancing speech understanding in noise. Bluetooth-based direct streaming from the TV and smartphone provides enhanced connectivity and the myControl App offers smartphone control. And the Signia Motion Charge&Go Nx model comes with Signia's rechargeable battery system that provide all-day use from a single overnight charge.

Insio Nx

Also prior generation, Signia Insio Nx hearing aids are very small, discreet custom-fitted hearing aids that sit within the ear canal. They are the smallest hearing aids to utilize the Signia Nx sound platform and come in a range of sizes. And the Insio Nx ITC/ITE models connect with Bluetooth-enabled TV's and smartphones through a streaming accessory. Signia has not yet released the Insio X line of custom hearing aids.

Signia hearing-aid apps and accessories

Signia’s wireless accessories provide iPhone and Bluetooth hearing aid connectivity, and smartphone apps available for both iOS and Android phones enable wireless control of volume, program settings, and management of Bluetooth accessories.

The Signia App

The Signia App offers a number of features, including remote control functionality, directional hearing selection, wireless connectivity settings, and virtual appointments. As of the writing of this article, the Signia App currently has 2 stars on the App Store and 3 stars on the Play store.

In terms of remote control functionality, the app allows you to change listening programs, adjust the volume, change the balance between ears, change which direction you’re focusing on, and adjust the volume of wireless audio streaming. The app also provides connectivity and battery status information.

The other standout feature is the virtual appointments that are facilitated by the app. You can have video calls with your provider, who can make real-time adjustments to your hearing aids, and the Signia app lets you rate the performance of your hearing aids after your virtual appointments, so your provider can schedule a follow-up appointment if needed.

Signia App

Accessory

Signia App

The Signia App provides a remote control, directional hearing control, telecare access, and access to connectivity and streaming settings.

Compatible hearing aids:

Signia StreamLine Mic

A clip-on mic that acts as a hands-free mobile headset, StreamLine Mic transmits streaming audio into Signia hearing aids from any Bluetooth device, including mobile phones, PCs, laptops, and smart assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.

StreamLine Mic

Accessory

StreamLine Mic

A wireless clip-on mic that streams audio to hearing aids from any Bluetooth device.

Compatible hearing aids:

Signia StreamLine TV

StreamLine TV transmits audio from your television directly to your hearing aids from up to 30 feet away. It pairs automatically with the hearing aids, and supports multiple hearing aid users at once. If you're using another Signia streamer and want to take a phone call, StreamLine TV will automatically mute the TV volume. Audio volume can be adjusted with the myControl smartphone app. It comes with a variety of cables to work with most TVs, including optical input and output, and it supports Dolby Digital sound.

StreamLine TV

Accessory

StreamLine TV

Streams television sound to hearing aids over a distance of up to 30 feet (10 meters).

Compatible hearing aids:

Remote hearing aid controls

Two accessories enable remote control of Signia hearing aids. The miniPocket is a push-button remote control small enough to carry on a key ring, and easyPocket is a larger accessory with convenient buttons and an easy-to-read display that can be carried in a handbag or pocket.

Signia tinnitus solutions

Most Signia hearing aids come with a tinnitus therapy feature. By emitting a customized therapy signal—such as a soothing sound like waves rolling into a beach—it distracts you from focusing on the ringing in your ears. The hearing aids are equipped with different therapy signal types, including four nature-inspired ocean wave signals and five pre-programmed static, white-noise sounds. And Signia’s innovative Tinnitus Notch Therapy treatment is the first to identify the unique tone of the tinnitus and relegate it into the background so the brain learns to ignore it over time.