Hearing aid devices keep breaking sound barrier

Improvements in technology and a growing elderly hearing impaired market are driving the development of a train of hearing devices claiming supremacy over predecessors. Here are two more.


Siemens - binax

A breakthrough new technology launched by Siemens is claimed to not only improve hearing, but help understand speech in some situations better than people with normal hearing.


At two independent research sites, sentence recognition in surrounding background noise was significantly superior for individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, when aided with binax, compared to individuals with normal hearing. In the real world, speech understanding in noisy situations (with binax) is estimated to outperform normal hearing by approximately 25%.


binax uses unique “binaural” technology to mimic the way two ears work together to isolate noises.


With two hearing instruments fitted, the device can automatically pinpoint the direction of speech in relation to the user, enhancing loudness and clarity to deliver true “High Definition Sound Resolution”.


Users can gain further control over their hearing by utilising a phone app to alter the direction of the device’s internal microphones, adjust volume and reduce specific noises.


The technology is available in Siemens Pure and Carat hearing devices. Each of these products are receiver-in-canal solutions, with virtually invisible housing that sits behind the ear.


Siemens is currently offering a free trial of the product, so people can experience the benefits first hand. Those interested in trialling a binax device can call 1300 787 797 for a referral to their nearest hearing clinic. They will then be able to visit a clinic for a free hearing screen and acquire the product for an obligation free period.


See more binax details at http://www.naturalhearing.co.uk/Siemens-Binax.html


Blamey Saunders Hears – incus Bluetooth connector

An Australian company has completed a trifecta of tools to help Australians take care of their own hearing without the stress and expense of audiology visits.


Today Peter Blamey and Elaine Saunders release incus, the ‘audiologist in your pocket’: a device that allows you to program your hearing aid at the pub, at a concert or in the office using your smartphone.


“Modern hearing aids are almost invisible in daily use. Now we’re removing as many as the other barriers as possible such as cost, usability and accessibility,” says co-inventor Professor Peter Blamey.


“Now you can test your own hearing online, buy your hearing aid online, and adjust it yourself, the way you want it, for the different environments in your life,” he says.


The IHearYou system comprises:

  • a free speech perception test that replaces the seventy year-old tones test

  • a range of hearing aids sold online and delivered to match your online test results for a third of the price of competing systems

  • and the Incus – a pocket-sized device that uses Bluetooth and your smartphone to enable you to readjust your hearing aids to comfortable levels for any environment – from a concert, to a family dinner or a trip to the library.

The Incus device was designed to be minimalist in design to appeal to younger users – though the major benefit is its transportability. It can be carried like a ‘personal audiologist’ in your pocket.

The system also ’future-proofs’ hearing aids, allowing you to re-tune as your hearing changes. It was developed in partnership with designer Leah Heiss, product developer Planet Innovation, and made in Dandenong by SRX Global.


Take the test, background and photos at http://www.blameysaunders.com.au/


8 April 2015.