Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., a division of Siemens Canada Limited (www.siemens.ca/hearing ) and one of the largest manufacturers of hearing instruments in the world, today announced several new product models and enhancements at the 2009 Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) Conference held October 28-31, 2009, in Toronto, Ontario.
New product models in the Motion, Explorer and Nitro lines support Siemens commitment to treating individual needs and providing customized hearing solutions.
Along with new Motion, Explorer and Nitro models, Siemens also announced technology enhancements to the family of Pure hearing instruments. These additional products and technologies give wearers more flexibility and solutions to meet a wider range of hearing losses for adults and children. In addition, these new and enhanced products feature compatibility with Siemens innovative accessories, such as the Tek® wireless enhancement system and the Pro Pocket and ePen® remote controls.
Siemens also offers new tools in the Siemens CONNEXX fitting software for hearing care professionals to demonstrate the audio and visual effects of hearing loss to patients and their families. The Hearing Loss Simulator module in the Siemens CONNEXX fitting software allows a normal hearing person to experience the impact or severity of hearing loss of their loved one. The Real-Time Display graphically demonstrates amplification and signal processing features like SoundSmoothing®, which, for example, softens startling impulse sounds such as rustling paper or breaking glass for more comfortable listening. With Real Time Display, patients can see and understand the benefit of having a specific technology feature in a certain hearing aid model versus not having the feature in another. These tools help the hearing care professional, the patient and their families make better decisions in the selection of the right hearing instrument for the patient's preferences and lifestyle.
Motion offers convenience and versatility
Designed for wearers with mild through severe hearing loss, the new Motion 100 MX provides the hassle-free operation that wearers demand, while offering a very affordable option in a very small size. Motion 100 MX features push-button and volume control in a smaller housing than other Motion models to provide a perfect choice for wearers who are looking for a comfortable, affordable and convenient hearing instrument.
All Motion models are fully automatic, which allows the wearer to enjoy the most complex listening environments without needing to change programs or adjust the volume.
In addition, Motion 100 MX will feature compatibility with two convenient Siemens accessories, the ePen and Pro Pocket remote control systems. ePen is an ultra-discreet, pen-like remote that controls instrument function while on-the-go. Pro Pocket features larger buttons for those that prefer a more traditional remote control. Both ePen and Pro Pocket are small enough to fit into a purse or pocket to provide easy control over nearly all instrument functions.
Nitro behind-the-ear provides power and intelligence
The newest addition to the Nitro family of products, the Nitro behind-the-ear (BTE) Super Power hearing instrument offers outstanding performance and power. Developed for wearers with severe to profound hearing loss, the Nitro SP BTE is designed with intelligent amplification to meet special requirements for clarity and volume.
Nitro features an advanced adaptive directional microphone that is proven to enhance speech clarity by automatically focusing on signals in the front and reducing unnecessary noise beside and behind the wearer. Wind and other distracting noises are automatically reduced. Siemens e2e wireless® 2.0 technology synchronizes the left and right hearing instruments to provide a true binaural listening experience.
In addition, Nitro SP BTE instruments are the first in their class to offer direct wireless connection to mobile phones, MP3 players and televisions using Siemens popular Tek wireless enhancement system. Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, Tek feeds audio signals from personal audio equipment directly into the wearer's hearing aids. Nitro BTE instruments are also compatible with the convenient ePen and Pro Pocket remote control systems, offering even more options to meet patients' needs and lifestyle preferences.
Explorer offers power and clarity for the smallest ears
Siemens Explorer 500 M is the latest addition to the Explorer product family, providing an even smaller option for little ears. Specially designed for children from birth to adolescence with moderate through severe hearing loss, Explorer 500 M is robust enough to withstand the everyday activities of childhood while small enough to fit perfectly behind the ears of younger wearers.
Explorer 500 M has been developed with particular attention to safety. All controls are positioned for easy access by parents and the ear hook features a special child lock. A mechanism in the battery compartment makes it easy for an adult to open but inaccessible to a child. The hearing aid housing is strong enough to withstand chewing by a baby and resists damage if dropped. The nano-coated housing also resists moisture, dirt and grease.
Explorer 500 M is available in 16 vibrant colors, and has a wide range of features to meet the requirements of different age groups. For instance, the instruments can be used in a classroom setting using trusted FM technology, enabling the child to more clearly hear the teacher's voice. Explorer 500 M can also be enhanced with the Tek wireless system to meet the growing technology needs of young children and teenagers who frequently use video games, cell phones, MP3 players and other audio devices.
Pure features state-of-the-art technology
Siemens Pure hearing instruments have been enhanced with advanced technology called FeedbackBlocker to automatically eliminate feedback patterns, providing ultimate sound comfort. In addition, SoundSmoothing® technology reduces annoying sounds such as dishes clanging, without affecting speech. Sound Brilliance, another new technology, enhances the perception of high-pitched sounds to give the wearer a richer, fuller and more natural hearing experience.
Pure includes e2e® technology, which wirelessly synchronizes both instruments so the wearer can localize sounds from left to right. Siemens revolutionary TruEar® technology stimulates the acoustical functions of the outer ear while separating sounds in front of the wearer from sounds behind the wearer.
Pure 700 hearing instruments go even further with Siemens enhanced SoundLearning®, which not only remembers volume preferences, but also learns sound quality preferences.
About Siemens in Canada
Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in Canada, working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada for fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), were $2.6 billion CAD.
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