Signia Insio Charge&Go AX ITC

Signia Insio Charge&Go AX Hearing Aid

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Insio Charge&GO AX is the world’s first wireless-charging custom in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid. Signia introduced Insio Charge&Go AX in October 2021 as an expansion of the Augmented Xperience (AX) platform, which now includes both ITE and reciever-in-canal (RIC) devices.

Insio Charge&Go AX at-a-glance

  • Two custom-shell styles available: half-shell and in-the-canal (full shell ITE coming later this year)
  • 6 color options including new black shell and faceplate
  • Rechargeable with contactless charging
  • Both Apple® and Android™ smart phone compatibility and audio streaming
  • 3 power matrices available and suitable for mild to profound hearing loss
  • Dual processors to separately process speech and environmental noises
  • 110% increase in the binaural audio transfer rate in new e2e wireless 4.0*
  • 60% reduction in the binaural latency*
  • 22% increase in rechargeable battery runtime*
  • Increased input dynamic range*
  • Smaller custom shells**
  • CROS compatibility with Pure Charge&Go AX
  • Available in 3 different technology levels, the 7AX, 5AX and 3AX with the 7 providing the highest number of channels and technology.

*Compared to their previous generation of product the Xperience (X) platform. **Compared to Insio NX products.

Signia Insio AX Expert Review

One of HearingTracker’s resident audiologist, Matthew Allsop, reviews the pros and cons of the new Signia Insio AX hearing aids.

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Rechargeability

Insio Charge&Go AX is powered by a contactless magnetic-resonance charging system and built-in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Magnetic resonance charging allows for a “drop and go” functionality, meaning you no longer have to worry about lining up (and keeping clean) metal contacts to enable charging. It’s also more efficient at transferring power, allowing for relativity short recharge cycle times. Insio will provide 24 hours of wear time on a 4-hour charge. If you stream any audio, you can expect fewer hours of wear time. Signia suggests you’ll get around 20 hours of wear time if you stream audio for 5 hours. Regardless, these numbers certainly would allow for all day use without having to worry about recharging.

The new charger was also built to be intuitive to use. As you can see, the sections within the case are clearly marked with blue and red to indicate where each hearing aid should be placed (red = right and blue = left). The hearing aids, as with Signia’s other chargers, will automatically turn off when placed in the charger and turn on when removed.

Insio AX Charger

The new Insio AX Charger

A portable charger is not currently available with the Insio AX so you’ll need to remember to take your charging case and power cable with you when traveling.

Smartphone compatibility

Insio Charge&Go AX offer both Apple and Android Bluetooth audio streaming. Android streaming is enabled via Android’s Audio Streaming for Hearing Aid (ASHA) protocol, while Apple streaming is enabled via Apple’s proprietary Made For iPhone (MFi) protocol. Signia hosts an up-to-date list of compatible iOS and Android devices.

Hands-free calling

Insio AX hearing aids do not support hands-free calling without an accessory. For hands-free phone conversations, you’ll need to purchase the Signia StreamLine™ Mic, which also serves as a remote microphone. For accessory free hands-free calling, check out Starkey Evolv AI, ReSound One, or Phonak Paradise.

Augmented Focus™

Augmented Focus provides two separate processors that enables AX hearing aids to important speech sounds separately from distracting environmental noise. A long-time complaint of hearing aid wearers is that hearing aids amplify all sounds equally; this technology is intended to help you focus on the speech you want to hear while minimizing background noise.

This is accomplished by processing sound coming from the front of the listener separately from that of sound coming from behind the listener. The two signals are also sound treated differently with speech receiving more linear amplification while noise is compressed more aggressively. The intent is to improve your speech understanding in environments where competing noise is an issue, such as restaurants.

Extended dynamic range

The dynamic range of the input signal for the analog to digital converter can have a significant effect on sound quality, especially for loud inputs. Insio and Pure AX have a higher input limit of 117 dB which should help improve the quality of loud sounds. For those who enjoy music and/or may sing in a choir, for example, this extended dynamic range should be an improvement over previous generations of instruments. This means loud sounds should sound less muffled and distorted, and should sound clearer and more natural overall.

Acoustic motion sensors

The acoustic motion sensors onboard Insio AX recognize when you are in motion alter the function of the hearing aids accordingly. If you are walking, you may want to hear the person to your side, as opposed to listening to what’s in front of you (hearing aids typically focus to the front using directional microphone technology). For those who are active in groups this could be beneficial and allow you to stay engaged in the conversation.

Signia Assistant

Signia Assistant is part of the Signia app, which is available for both Apple and Android smartphones. Signia Assistant uses AI to help you optimize your hearing aid amplification settings for different listening environments. This allows for personalized fine tuning of the instruments without the need to return to your hearing provider.

In a small study completed by Signia, 80% of participants reported an improvement in how well they heard and 93% stated using the Signia Assistant improved their overall satisfaction when listening in a challenging environment. It should be noted that speech understanding testing after programming changes had been made via the Signia Assistant did not show a significant change in performance.

Tinnitus features

Signia has a wide breadth of instruments that offer options to address tinnitus complaints and the Insio Charge&Go AX is no exception. Multiple signal types are available including ocean wave sounds and several static noise choices such as white noise and pink noise. “Notch Therapy”, which offers customizable notched-noise, is also available and is unique to Signia.

A drawback of Signia tinnitus therapies is that they do not allow you to adjust your therapy signal (other than the volume). There are other hearing aids on the market that give users a way to adjust the signal, typically via a smartphone app. This is beneficial for those whose tinnitus changes in tonality throughout the day. Please speak with your audiologist about your tinnitus therapy choices to better understand which options are best for you.

Smaller size

Thanks to smaller faceplates (exterior face of shell), Insio AX are smaller than the previous generation. In Insio NX, the Bluetooth antenna was placed on the faceplate, but with Insio AX, the antenna is manufactured inside the shell. This allows for a smaller and more cosmetically appealing product. It also allows for more flexibility in the placement of the push button, which is now centrally located on the faceplate. This may make it easier for some people to find and use the push button.

Color Options

Insio Charge&Go AX is currently available in Black, Dark Brown, Brown, Mocha, Tan, and Beige. While Signia did offer its Active X in black, this is the first time the company has offered a black fully-custom shell.

Insio Ax Colors

Signia Insio Charge&Go AX is available in 6 colors.

CROS functionality for single-sided deafness (SSD)

Insio AX allows for CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signal) amplification when coupled with the Pure Charge&Go AX. For those that suffer from single-sided deafness, two hearing aids are utilized for better hearing from the affected side. With the AX platform, you can choose to wear a custom hearing aid on one side and a RIC on the other, or a RIC on both sides. Sound is detected on the poorer side and is transferred wirelessly to the better hearing ear. The benefit of CROS amplification is that you are able to hear sounds from the deaf or “unaidable” ear without having to turn your head. For many, this gives the perception of not being so cut-off from sounds on the poorer hearing side.

Compatible accessories

Signia offers three optional accessories (sold separately) for Insio AX—StreamLine Mic for hands free calling, StreamLine TV for direct streaming of the TV signal to your hearing aids, and miniPocket™, a simple remote for those who prefer simple and discreet control of the hearing aids. The Insio AX Charger a required accessory that is used to charge the devices. The Signia smart phone app is available at no charge from the Apple App Store or from Google Play™.

Pros and cons

The new Signia Insio Charge&Go AX hearing aid offers several advantages over the previous generation of custom products. However, there are also some disadvantages too. Let’s breakdown some of the pros and cons:

Pros of Insio AX

  • ASHA Android compatibility now available in custom products
  • New contactless charging system should be easy to use, especially for those with dexterity and/or vision limitations
  • Excellent battery life on a single charge even when streaming audio
  • Augmented Focus has the potential to improve ease of listening and sound quality
  • Extended dynamic range of input signal, which should improve sound quality for loud sounds including music
  • CROS availability with use of the Pure Charge&Go AX RIC on opposite ear
  • Tinnitus features including notch therapy
  • Remote care and Signia Assistant features which allow for programming adjustments either remotely with your hearing professional or with the AI learning feature.

Cons of Insio AX

  • No Bluetooth completely-in-canal (CIC)
  • No full shell ITE, yet
  • No hands-free calling without an accessory
  • No “tap” feature for initiating streaming; to start/stop streaming wearers can utilize their phone, onboard controls, or an accessory
  • Disposable batteries not an option
  • Own Voice Processing or OVP™ not an option for the custom instruments. Please see here for an explanation of this feature
  • Other than volume changes, tinnitus feature cannot be adjusted by the wearer
  • Telecoil not available, but may come with the full shell ITE later

Bottom line

Signia now has both custom ITE and RIC products within the AX platform, allowing for a choice of styles and technology levels to address your hearing, lifestyle, and physical needs. We always recommend discussing your hearing healthcare options with a professional to see which choice is best for you.

Insio AX Physical Specifications

Model details listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email info@hearingtracker.com.

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Insio AX Technology Levels

Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 3AX Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 5AX Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 7AX
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Directionality
Processing Channels
Gain processing channels
24 32 48
Listening Programs
Hearing programs
6 6 6
Extended Dynamic Range
Adjustment Bands
Number of adjustment bands
12 16 20
Extended bandwidth
Bandwidth
12kHz
Augmented Focus™
Binaural Directionality
Dynamic Soundscape Processing 2.0
EchoShield
Feedback cancellation
Frequency Compression
Sound Clarity
Performance level
3/5 4/5 5/5
SoundSmoothing™
Adjustment steps
3 3 3
Spatial SpeechFocus
Speech Quality
Performance level
3/5 4/5 5/5
Speech and noise management
Adjustment steps
7 7 7
Tinnitus Relief
TwinPhone
e2e wireless 4.0
eWindScreen binaural

Technology specifications listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email info@hearingtracker.com.

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Insio AX Accessories

Insio AX Charger

Insio AX Charger

Functions

  • Battery Charger

Compatible Aids

  • Insio Charge&Go AX ITC
Signia App

Signia App

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

Functions

Compatible Aids

  • Insio Charge&Go AX ITC
StreamLine Mic

StreamLine Mic

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

Functions

Compatible Aids

  • Insio Charge&Go AX ITC
StreamLine TV

StreamLine TV

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

Functions

  • TV Streamer

Compatible Aids

  • Insio Charge&Go AX ITC

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Insio AX Videos

Insio AX Video 27 October 2021

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This video demonstrates how to charge your Insio Charge&Go AX custom hearing aids. Be Brilliant™ Learn more: https://www.signia.net Subscribe:...

Insio AX Video 01 September 2021

Insio Charge&Go AX - a revolutionary, rechargeable hearing aid customized to fit | Signia Hearing

Signia’s rechargeable Insio Charge&Go AX hearing aids offer brilliant hearing discreetly custom-made for you. They are tailored to the individual...

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Insio AX Reviews

Hearing aid reviews are fundamentally different from reviews for most other consumer electronic products. The reason is because individual factors, like degree of hearing loss, have a profound effect one's success and overall satisfaction with the product. When purchasing a hearing aid, you'll need to consider more than just your hearing outcome ... Continue reading

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Overall Ratings

Hearing Tracker uses a ten-question survey to assess consumer feedback on hearing aids. The percentage bars below reflect the average ratings provided per question, averaged across all hearing aids belonging to this family of devices.
Note: Original answers provided in star rating format.

Benefit in Quiet
No data available
91%
Benefit in Noise
No data available
83%
Benefit on the Phone
No data available
100%
Clear and Natural
No data available
83%
Music Improvement
No data available
75%
Physical Comfort
No data available
91%
Reliability
No data available
83%
Feedback
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100%
Hearing Improvement
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83%
Value
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75%
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Anonymous 06 March 2022
3 stars stars
Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 7AX

Audio goes off on one unit during Bluetooth calls. Also the audio level may change anytime to a unit anytime. 

But when it works correctly, and it does a lot of the time, it does a great job. Problem is that you never know when it’s going to fail.

Anonymous
Anonymous 28 February 2022
5 stars stars

I love the ability to select the direction of where you want to hear from and the ability of the different settings to customize it the way I want it when I need to change it. Loving them wish I had them years ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous 13 December 2021
4 stars stars
Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 7AX

Best experience with ITE hearing aids... After wearing numerous other ITEs over the last two decades, I can finally say, I like my hearing aids. The music and phone streaming from my Android phone has been simply life changing. I'm so glad they finally brought streaming to ITE aids. The rechargeability is a first for me too, and so far I'm liking it. Charger seems reliable, and it's easy to use.

aussie43

Why not 5 stars? Apart from the entertainment side - are the HA basics any better than previous technology? Things like speech in loud noise, automatic program changes, etc.

Anonymous
Anonymous 01 December 2021
5 stars stars
Signia Insio Charge&Go AX 7AX

I haven’t been a fan of in the ear (custom) hearing aids but decided to try this new technology. Now I’m a big fan! Comfort is excellent. Sound quality is equal to the RIC or BTE versions of the AX line. Noise reduction is a noticeable improvement. Bluetooth connection to my phone and through the TV streamer is the best in the industry. 

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aussie43

My wife had been trialling the Insio AX. The BT connection to the app on her Samsung A71 with Android 11 and BT 5.0 is not very reliable, needs to be reconnected every couple of days. The charger is playing up occasionally and needs to be unplugged and re plugged. The app is not as good as MyPhonak. It could do with an update. Instead of the Signia Assistant, it could include permanent controls for a couple of variables for each program with the possibility to save them. If these bugs and shortcomings are corrected, it will be a fine product.

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I went from the Silk to the Insio AX Charge & Go. I was looking forward to a hearing aid that's custom, and ordered the ITC model. I did this knowing they would be larger than the IIC silk, but still expected them to be small, especially after seeing the demo model my audiologist had. When they arrived from Signia, I was surprised at how large they were. Marketed as ITC or ITE models, the ITC ones I got were as large as some other ITEs. The sound from the AX platform is phenomenal, and they are super comfortable. However, I can't get over the large size. Anyone interested in purchasing this model should know the ITC is actually a Half-Shell, and will most likely not be smaller than an ITE. My audiologist has been in contact with Signia to see if they can make them smaller, and the only option is to take out the bluetooth and also the rechargeable battery, essentially making a custom Insio NX model. I am going this route, as a discreet design is important to me. I'm quite disappointed with Signia's marketing on these products, and the company should consider taking out the ITC label and advertising them as ITE, or ITE/HS models.

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