Signia announced the availability of its latest feature enhancements for its Augmented Xperience (AX) hearing aid platform: HandsFree, Auto EchoShield, and Own Voice Processing (OVP) 2.0 – which, together, help to “enhance hearing performance in a wide variety of situations.”
Previously available in a limited capacity, Signia also announced the general availability of Pure 312 AX, the newest hearing aid on the AX platform.
“Iconic innovations are at the core of Signia – and that’s precisely what we’ve delivered with our latest line-up of Augmented Xperience feature enhancements and our new Pure 312 AX hearing aid,” said Mike O’Neil, President of Signia US. “With this expansion, we’re equipping our independent hearing care professional partners, as well as Government Services audiologists, with an enhanced platform and expanded product portfolio to guarantee all of their patients – regardless of hearing loss level – can live brilliantly.”
Signia’s newest feature enhancements mark the latest in its ongoing commitment to “delivering innovative, cutting-edge hearing aid solutions to hearing care professionals and their patients.” These updates are available not only for new patient fittings, but also for existing AX patients through a simple firmware installation.
The Signia HandsFree feature gives patients with select iOS devices the ability to hold conversations through their Signia AX hearing aids without having to speak directly into their phone or tablet. Instead, the hearing aid microphones will pick up the wearer’s voice and transmit it to the conversation partner at the other end of the line with “exceptional speech clarity for both the wearer and their conversation partner – even in noise.”
Auto EchoShield, available in premium AX technology, automatically “analyzes the listening environment and adjusts to reduce echoes and reverberation, helping patients understand comfortably in any type of reverberant environment, like a restaurant or even at home with high ceilings and tiled floors.”
OVP 2.0 harnesses the split processing capability of the Augmented Xperience platform to process the patient’s own voice separately from simultaneous ambient sounds, allowing patients to speak comfortably and confidently without being bothered by the sound of their own voice or distracted by ambient sounds, the company says.
Pure 312 AX’s sleek RIC design, combined with new EarWear 3.0, is “proven to deliver higher physical fit rates and better retention for increased patient satisfaction.” Pure 312 AX uses Zn-Air batteries that last for up to four days, and it offers direct streaming to Android and iOS devices. Pure 312 AX is also available in CROS for those with single-sided deafness.
The hearing aid is built on Signia’s Augmented Xperience platform, which is rooted in “the world’s first Augmented Focus technology that processes speech and background noise separately to create a clear contrast between the two.” According to Signia’s announcement, it then “recombines them to deliver outstanding speech clarity even in a fully immersive soundscape.”
In addition to being available to the public through independent hearing care providers, the Signia Pure 312 AX is also available to military veterans through US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) audiologists, as well as active military and American Indians seeking treatment through the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Indian Health Service (IHS).
“Hearing aids will never be one-size-fits-all devices – they require cutting-edge features that can be personalized for every individual,” said John Murray, Signia’s Vice President of Government Services. “Our latest platform enhancements, along with Pure 312 AX, are designed to do just that for audiologists and the diverse patients they serve, while ensuring ease-of-use and convenience along the way.”