Siemens introduces smart hearing aids

Siemens introduces smart hearing aids

At the 2015 International CES, Siemens is unveiling smart hearing aids—their latest in wearable hearing technology. The hearing aids can be discreetly controlled via both iPhone and Android devices, with latest models clinically proven to outperform people with normal hearing in background noise. When two hearing aids are worn (the most common case), Siemens' new smart hearing aids utilize intelligent, two-way wireless communication to zero in on desired speech with pinpoint accuracy. This enables better-than-normal hearing in crowded situations like noisy restaurants and cocktail parties where background chatter has historically been a challenge.

"These are not your average hearing aids but rather highly-intelligent wearable devices," said Scott Davis, CEO Siemens Hearing Instruments. "They automatically detect everyday listening environments such as a noisy room, wind, or while driving a car, and instinctively know what to do."

When paired with Siemens' new easyTek and easyTek App, a wearer can control the direction of the hearing aids' microphones—front, left, right, or behind—to simultaneously enhance speech and suppress background noise. The span of the microphones' focus can also be controlled via the app, allowing wearers to select a wide range of focus or a very narrow beam.

"Some hearing aid wearers also want the flexibility that comes with having control over their listening experience," added Davis. "We've all heard of and can appreciate the benefits of on-demand TV. With these hearing aids, you can turn your iPhone or Android device into a hearing aid control center. We call it on-demand hearing."

While Siemens' new smart hearing aids pair with virtually any iOS or Android mobile device for a custom-tailored listening experience, a smartphone is not required to make use of the new technology. The hearing aids continuously scan the acoustic environment and activate the most optimal settings for that particular listening situation. For example, if you're at a noisy family gathering, the smart hearing aids hone in on speech coming from the front while softening speech and noise from other directions. Later, if you're out walking the dog, they automatically adjust so you can enjoy the sounds of nature.

Siemens introduces smart hearing aids

Because both are in constant communication and processing sound simultaneously, this creates a high-definition surround sound listening experience, with no manual adjustments required.

Siemens introduces smart hearing aids

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Jan 06, 2015
Please sign our petition on Moveon dot org to have Medicare cover hearing aids under HR 3150.
Please repost to all social media and write your Congressmember. We need this to go viral so Congress hears our voices.

Janice Schacter Lintz

Jan 06, 2015
This isn't ground breaking from what I can tell.

I wear HA's, I have the Phonak Audeo Q90, which does pretty much everything explained in this "press release" except app interface. The company ReSound has an app for theirs, but I don't know a ton about it.

Something like app interface should come second to how well they help you understand speech. A model I trialed had an app and "clearer" than the Phonak model, but clearer didn't mean better speech recognition, specifically speech in loud background noise.

Like the Siemens, the Phonak Q90's analyze scene, performs binaural analysis of environment, shift focus left/right/front/rear, etc. It is incredibly helpful in noisy restaurant. Mine TX/RX audio in duplex, not just data. In some modes (like fwd stereo zoom), scratch head above right ear, hear in both. Siemens model may also do duplex audio too since it can do directions. When mine focus left, it attenuates mics on R and sound from L HA goes to L ear AND TXed to R.

Jan 06, 2015
One more thing about these siemens and most other brands. These nifty features like Bluetooth phone, app, etc, they require a "bridge" or gateway between the phone or other BT device and the HAs. That's what the thing around the person's neck is... It is likely needed for both app control and to use BT for phone or music.

Don't get me wrong, these Siemens are probably a great pair, but I'm not sold that they are that revolutionary.

Mine also outperform normal hearing in certain environments... Really... In some cases, the other person asks me to repeat myself more than I ask them to repeat themselves!!!

Anyone with a moderate/severe hearing loss who hasn't tried a pair of these "binaural" models that can transmit audio between them, you don't know what you're missing! And if yours isn't so bad that you can use a receiver-in-ear (speaker, no idea why it's called receiver), with a BTE model, comfort is amazing. MUCH better than an in-the-canal HA, no occlusion either.

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