Tomorrow the biggest European Audiology conference opens its doors. At the event every year we expect to see some of the big brands announce and exhibit something new. In the run-up to the opening event both Signia and Widex have made announcements about new product offerings, let's take a look at them.
Widex announces new WIDEX CUSTOM™
Widex has announced a new custom hearing aid type which will be added to the Unique platform. The devices are a completely redesigned in the ear hearing aid range. Widex say that they have made the amplifier module much smaller, or as they say "with a 40% smaller engine compared to previous models".
The CUSTOM chipset is based on the UNIQUE platform and will feature all the benefits delivered such as sound classifier, soft level noise reduction and the largest sound window in the market. They have completely re-designed the faceplate of the CUSTOM and it offers dual microphones, a programme button and a volume control, both of which have been missing from Widex in the ear hearing aids for years.
In essence, we think this model range is an update to the X model, whether it will completley replace it remains to be seen. Additionally, the battery door has been redesigned and the devices use a 312 battery. They have said that the CUSTOM is wireless and will connect to Widex's range of assistive listening devices. As we hear more, we will update you
Signia talks about a Toucan?
Yup, we don't know either, but we are sure it will all become clear soon enough. Signia has been teasing us for days with talk about a new platform. Most of the cryptic clues have focused on reducing the irritation of our own voice. Let me explain, many hearing aid users complain that the hearing aids make their own voice sound un-natural. Normally this sensation fades away, but for some, it can be irksome.
Signia have been bigging this up for the last few weeks really and in the last twenty-four hours, they have made it clear that they have made a breakthrough on this age-old problem. We are sure that there is more to it than that, but they are keeping their cards close to their chests. We expect an official announcement tomorrow to coincide with the opening of the convention. Again, as we hear it, we will update you.
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Posted by Geoff
Geoffrey (Geoff, anything else makes him nervous) Cooling has been involved with the hearing aid industry for over ten years. He has worked in private practice dispensing hearing aids and as a manufacturer's rep. He has written two books and they are both available on Amazon. He loves technology, passing on knowledge and is legendary for many other things, primarily the amount he curses, his dry and mischievous sense of humour and his complete intolerance of people who are full of themselves. Please feel free to connect with him
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