Siemens Audiology Solutions was purchased by the Sivantos Group in late 2014. Sivantos, who are based in Europe, are now in the process of transitioning out the Siemens brand name for their hearing aids, and have just released a new family of hearing aids under the new brand name Signia.
The new Signia primax hearing aids look very similar to the Siemens binax family of hearing aids, and are relatively similar in terms of technology. Here is a list of notable improvements:
SpeechMaster: More than a single feature or innovation, SpeechMaster is a collection of algorithms that work in concert to require less listening effort. SpeechMaster analyzes the acoustic environment and employs the first technology that is clinically proven to isolate the target speaker from unwanted surrounding noise and other speech. SpeechMaster acts as a conductor orchestrating digital noise reduction, directionality, and amplification to reduce listening effort. This is achieved by reducing noise and highlighting the dominant speaker's voice in all speech environments throughout the day.
HD Music: Beyond the universal program, which enhances higher frequencies with its 12 kHz extended bandwidth, the wearer can experience richer, fuller sound and outstanding music quality at a concert, listening to music from a sound system, or while performing music through the dedicated HD music program. The perfect program to maximize enjoyment for music lovers and musicians.
EchoShield softens reflected sound for better sound quality and reduced listening effort in places where there is high reverberation – atriums, hallways, lecture halls, and places of worship.
TwinPhone: Sixty percent of mobile phone users hold their phones to their ear, even when there is a hands-free option. TwinPhone is the optimal solution for these wearers. It is automatically activated by a magnetic signal, so the wearer hears the caller in both ears for better understanding.
Feature descriptions via Signia.
"Hearing care providers from across the United States give their first impressions to the latest hearing aids from Signia Hearing. primax hearing aids redefine the ease of listening. Listen to what professional hearing care providers have to say about primax hearing aids."
"Sivantos Group, the former Siemens Audiology Solutions, introduces its new brand: Signia. With Signia Sivantos starts a new chapter in hearing solutions with perfectly engineered devices that are almost invisible, highly automated and adapt to the user’s preferences. Because personalized hearing care is what makes the difference. For more than 130 years Sivantos has invented many world’s firsts."
A study conducted at the University of Northern Colorado, 2015, examined the effectiveness of the new features of primax by collecting and analyzing ongoing EEG data while subjects performend speech testing. For both primax features SpeechMaster and EchoShield, the objective brain measures revealed a sginificant reduction in listening effort when the feature was activated.