Siemens Micon- Hearing Aids

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Siemens Micon is the most successful launch of any product we have ever had. This is a hearing aid that has everything dispensing audiologists and hearing aid specialists have asked for.   Patients are loving it! Siemens has manufactured a product that has every feature you could want, need ,or desire in a hearing aid.   The problems we have been dealing with for years simply don’t exist anymore.  NO FEEDBACK,  Incredible noise reduction,  Bluetooth connectivity, recharge ability, and the best sound quality!  Give us a call and make an appointment to try Micon by Siemens.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Elissa Sorkowitz Lejeune

Hearing Aid Specialist BC-HIS

 

Elissa Sorkowitz Lejeune

Hearing aid specialist BC-HIS

 

 

About the Product:

Because the future belongs to Soundability – when speech intelligibility is perfectly balanced with sound quality.  

Siemens micon is the new platform behind Siemens BestSound Technology. For the first time, a wearer can forget that they are hearing through a hearing instrument. With micon’s natural sound and sophisticated, personalized functions wearers experience the joy of hearing effortlessly, in any soundscape. 

Siemens micon has more processing power, more channels, and more bandwidth.  Siemens micon takes Soundability to a RADICAL new level:

  • 18 million transistors 
  • 250 million instructions per second 
  • 48 channels with frequency resolution 
  • 12 kHz frequency range 

So clear and comfortable, wearers may forget they have hearing aids.   Higher resolution and improved algorithms offer the most natural, personalized and comfortable sound on the market with unprecedented clarity. 

The siemens micon delivers the most comprehensive combination of the industry’s leading features:

  • Optimised directionality
  • New frequency compression capability
  • More effective digital noise reduction
  • Faster feedback cancellation
  • More precise frequency shaping
  • 6 adjustbale environments in one program

The micon Experience 

The breakthrough innovations in Siemens micon BestSound Technology provide an amplification system that maps the acoustic world into the wearer’s limited dynamic range providing excellent sound quality that maintains the richness of surrounding soundscapes. Siemens micon’s three key features: miSoundmiFocus, and miGuide combine seamlessly to create the industry’s most advanced and individual hearing experience.

miSound. Sound so natural that wearers may forget they have hearing aids. 

miSound  provides excellent sound quality while maintaining the richness of sounds in the world. miSound delivers personalized amplification preserving natural acoustics:

  • Fitting formula offers exceptional clarity and sound comfort without sacrificing audibility
  • Amplification for sound up to 12 kHz for more brilliant and natural sound quality
  • Faster and smarter feedback cancellation avoids acoustic feedback and distortion even in the most critical situations
  • Intelligently combines the advantages of both fast and slow compression to perfectly capture speech, music, and other sound scenarios
  • Real-time evaluation of the incoming sound in each channel generates the most natural and comfortable sound possible

miFocus. Wearers hear better with less effort in the most demanding environments. 

miFocus combines automatic and adaptive microphones with excellent noise reduction even in the most difficult soundscapes. miFocus is a powerful automatic system that optimizes micon’s 48-channel adaptive directional TwinMic system and makes hearing effortless again:.

  • High frequency resolution optimizes directivity for all frequencies of the directional microphones 
  • Directional speech enhancement reduces listening effort and strain and more readiness to engage and interact 
  • Optional frequency compression improves speech audibility—even in challenging audiometric configurations 
  • Optimizes effectiveness of directional microphones by tracking and suppressing different noise sources 
  • Directional speech enhancement suppresses all noise from multiple directions—simultaneously 

miGuide. Automatically adapts and constanly learns the wearer’s preferences. 

miGuide reliably detects acoustic situations and smoothly adapts the frequency response and feature settings to how the wearer prefers to hear. miGuideprovides dedicated and more precise frequency shaping for truly personalized sound:

  • Ease of listening from the first fit with optimal audibility and speech intelligibility phased in comfortably
  • Intuitively learns, adapts, and adjusts gain according to the wearer’s preferences
  • Automatic situation detection for 6 different listening environments:
  • Quiet
  • Speech in quiet
  • Speech in noise
  • Noise
  • Music
  • Car

Siemens micon is available in four BTE’s:

  • Siemens Ace micon – the tiniest, most discreet RIC in the industry, wireless, tinnitus control
  • Siemens Pure micon – the small advanced and rechargable RIC suitable for up to severe hearing loss, wireless, tinnitus control
  • Siemens Life micon – the ideal discreet and stylish open-fit solution, wireless, tinnitus control.
  • Siemens Aquaris micon – robust, watreproof, dustproof and shock resistant wireless, tinnitus control.

 

 

Siemens Micon Performance Level Comparison

Siemens micon combines the best features—some of which are hearing industry benchmarks—with proven BestSound Technology.  The result is exceptional clarity and sound comfort.

 

Hearing Aids Can Serve a Second Purpose—As Wireless Speakers

“Never in my audiology career has something so simple helped so many people at so little cost.”

“I can’t stop smiling. . . . I could understand every word. . . .  What an overwhelming experience.”

“I am not exaggerating when I tell you that at EVERY [theatrical] performance we get big thank you’s.  We have subscribers who are returning and telling their friends.”

These reports—from an audiologist, a person with hearing loss, and the business manager of an 882-seat Chicago theatre—aptly describe my response when first experiencing the hearing assistance technology to which they each refer.  As I sat, unable to understand the words reverberating off the ancient stone walls of Scotland’s Iona Abbey, my wife noticed a hearing assistance sign with a “T” and nudged me to turn on the “telecoils” in my new aids.  The instant result was a stunningly clear voice, speaking from the center of my head.  I was on the verge of tears.

A TV room hearing loop

A TV room hearing loop

In our subsequent UK sojourns, I have experienced the spread of this “hearing loop” technology—to auditoriums, churches and cathedrals, and to tens of thousands of transient venues, including ticket and post office windows, and all London taxis.  Although specific applications need professional design, the gist of the technology is simple:  an amplifier picks up sound from a PA system and transforms it into a magnetic signal sent by a wire loop surrounding an audience.  The telecoil—an inexpensive magnetic sensor in most of today’s new hearing aids and all new cochlear implants—receives this signal, enabling the hearing instrument to become an in-the-ear speaker that broadcasts sound appropriate to each user’s needs.  And I bet you didn’t know this:  all U.S. landline phones, and select mobile phones (including my new iPhone5), also are “hearing aid compatible.” That means they can similarly transmit improved sound via magnetic communication with telecoil-equipped hearing instruments.

Back home, I installed hearing loops in my home and office.  Voila!, my TV and phone now broadcast wonderfully clear sound through my aids (and binaural phone listening is vastly superior to one-eared listening).

Other modern wireless technologies also connect hearing aid wearers to their TVs and phones.  When connected to a TV or stereo, a transmitter can “stream”  audio directly to one’s hearing aids.  When synced with one’s phone, conversation can be broadcast to both hearing aids.  Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids can receive sound from a host of Bluetooth devices, including phone and computer.

So, people often wonder, might Bluetooth or other streaming wireless technologies enable assistive listening in public venues—and without the expense of a running a loop wire?

Grand Rapids Airport has looped both its concourses and all individual gate areas.  This enables hearing instruments to serve as wireless, in-the-ear speakers that broadcast announcements.

Grand Rapids Airport has looped both its concourses and all individual gate areas. This enables hearing instruments to serve as wireless, in-the-ear speakers that broadcast announcements.

Alas, each hearing aid company offers a different proprietary wireless technology.  The one universal wireless receiver—which anyone can use, no matter what their hearing aid brand or what country they are in—is the humble telecoil (a part that costs hearing aid companies about $2).  Moreover, unlike Bluetooth’s battery-sucking demands, the telecoil requires zero power. With today’s popular “open-fitting” hearing aids, a person may hear both immediate sound from a TV and slightly delayed Bluetooth sound, creating an annoying echo.  And unlike Bluetooth and other wireless technologies that serve only small areas, hearing loops work in places both small and big.

Indeed, the accelerating move to hearing loops in the USA—sparked by local and national hearing loss associations and now supported by a new cottage industry of hearing loop vendors and installers—has led to thousands of newly looped venues.  Some venues are small, such as New York City’s 450 subway booths and all its future taxis.  Some are bigger, such as auditoriums and worship places.  And some are huge, such as airports and Michigan State University’s basketball arena.

Are hearing loops the final word in assistive listening?  Likely not.  But the challenge for hearing technologists is to make any alternative technology similarly

  • simple for people of all ages to operate (without needing to pair and charge special equipment),
  • affordable, without adding to the cost of already-expensive hearing instruments,
  • available with nearly all hearing instruments,
  • energy efficient,
  • scalable, with applications in public spaces both small and vast, and
  • universal, with the same signal serving everyone, no matter their location or hearing instrument manufacturer.

Given a future with a universal wireless receiver (for now, a telecoil) in virtually every hearing instrument, and given the continuing spread of hearing aid compatible assistive listening, we can envision a better future for Americans with hearing loss—a future in which hearing aids will serve as customized, wireless speakers in all sorts of public venues.  That, methinks, would be a future where doubly useful hearing aids for challenged ears would be as commonplace as glasses for challenged eyes.

 

Original Article Author:

David G. Myers is a Hope College professor of psychology, author of 17 books (including textbooks of introductory and social psychology), and a past contributor to Scientific American and Scientific American: Mind. He is a person with hearing loss and a newly appointed member of the advisory council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Community Disorders. Myers is also the host of the nonprofit informational website