Siemens hearing aids re-branded as Signia
In January 2016, Sivantos Group opened the next chapter in their company’s history, introducing its new brand: Signia. Signia stands for hearing innovations that center on the customer’s needs and deliver the highest level of quality and satisfaction.
Binax was the last generation of hearing aids exclusively using the Siemens brand. The next generation of Siemens hearing aids, Primax, were co-branded Siemens/Signia (as shown in the image below with Siemens written on one side of the hearing aid and Signia written on the other). These hearing aids are very much built using all of the technology and research that went into years of Siemens products, and had many exciting updates from the Binax platform.
Siemens Binax Hearing Aids
In order to emulate natural binaural listening and its advantages, the two binax hearing instruments are linked. The outstanding e2e wireless™ 3.0 data transmission technology enables exchange of audio signals between two hearing instruments, so they can work with input from both ears just like the brain.
As a result, the hearing instruments not only use the information picked up by their own two microphones, but also the acoustic signal from the two microphones of the other hearing aid. This way, each hearing instrument works with input from four microphones. So together as a bilateral pair, these hearing aids create a virtual eight-microphone network.
e2e wireless 3.0 creates a virtual eight-microphone network.
As with our previous wireless technology, e2e wireless 3.0 transmits information for feature management and user control changes (2). Now with binax, it also wirelessly processes and exchanges audio signals (1), thus creating binaural features that can be engaged whenever they are needed.
binax: Outperforming normal hearing – with minimum power consumption.
This virtual eight-microphone network provides a heightened sensitivity of the acoustic environment: We call this “High Definition Sound Resolution” or HDSR. HDSR is the basis for the binax features that offer an exceptional binaural listening experience. In fact, it is so powerful that binax hearing instruments are clinically proven to allow wearers to understand speech in cocktail-party like situations even better than their normal hearing counterparts.*
What’s more, this outstanding hearing technology is incredibly energy efficient. binax solves this problem with a remarkable new low-power consumption breakthrough: While providing outstanding HDSR, the revolutionary e2e wireless 3.0 technology requires just 1.6 mA for the transmission of audio signals.
As a result, all binax features within – binaxFocus, binaxSound, and binaxGuide – can be engaged automatically and as often as necessary to offer a binaural hearing experience whenever it is needed.
*Two clinical studies have shown that binax provides better than normal hearing in certain demanding environments (University of Northern Colorado, 2014; Oldenburg Hörzentrum, 2013): Speech Reception Thresholds (SRT) in cocktail-party situations improved up to 2.9 dB for wearers with mild to moderate hearing loss using Carat binax or Pure binax hearing aids with narrow directionality, compared to people with normal hearing.
Advanced binax features for a new level of Soundability.
The combination of HDSR with low power consumption enables three binax key features: binaxFocus, binaxSound, and binaxGuide. Together, these features create the perfect equilibrium between sound quality and audibility for each individual wearer – raising the bar for Soundability.
- binaxFocus – Narrow directionality
binaxFocus’ narrow directionality automatically focuses on the speaker immediately in front of the wearer. It is able to narrow the beam of the directional microphone and to help wearers understand speech in noise. In fact, clinical studies have shown that it is so effective that it allows users to understand speech better than those with normal hearing in situations like cocktail parties.
- Spatial SpeechFocus
As soon as the car situation is detected, where wearers cannot turn their heads to face the speaker, Spatial SpeechFocus automatically focuses in on the main sound source – be it from the front, back or even sides – while at the same time attenuating noise from other directions.
- binaxSound – binaural eWindScreen
binaxSound continually monitors both hearing instruments and strategically uses audio signals from the side with the better sound quality while reducing other noise sources. Thanks to HDSR, unmatched spatial awareness is maintained. Additionally, binaxSound’s binaural eWindScreen™ preserves a high level of sound comfort – even in the most difficult windy situations.
- binaxGuide – Spatial configurator
As an addition to automatic functions that adapt to changing acoustic environments, spatial configurator empowers wearers to take flexible control of how and what they want to hear. They can individually adjust the span and direction of their directional microphone focus beams, and decide how much audio input they want to hear.