Signia Release The New Nx Hearing Aid Platform



Three Models at Three Technology Levels, All Made For iPhone, a Better Own Voice Experience, an outstanding live remote fine-tuning feature, oh, and a Completely New Open Directionality Experience

So, I think Signia have plenty to talk about here, the big news for them has been the introduction of this new system to handle the user's own voice. However, there is so much more to talk about, like the expansion of their well-received direct connection (Made For iPhone) system across two more styles, newly updated Telecare and that new "Open" directionality experience. Let's take a look at what they have to say.

Three Models, Three Levels of Tech

As I said, there are three models initially available across three levels of technology. As is the norm with their tech levels naming system, the levels are the premium 7, the mid-range 5 and the entry level 3. The models themselves are two Receiver In Canal devices and a BTE.

Signia NX models

Pure 13 NX

This device is an updated version of their Pure 13 BT, it offers the new system which separately processes the wearer’s own voice. It comes with superior connectivity with direct streaming and the myControl App. The hearing aid has a rocker switch which allows programme changes and volume changes. It is IP68 rated and can be fitted with the four levels of receiver power making it suitable for most hearing losses.Signia say that users will enjoy the longest wearing time in its class while streaming. It also has access to the full live remote support via TeleCare 3.0.

Pure 13 Nx

Pure 312 Nx

This device is a very svelte Pure (RIC) device using a 312 battery, again it offers the new system which separately processes the wearer’s own voice. The hearing aid has a rocker switch which allows programme changes and volume changes. It is IP68 rated. It can also be fitted with the four levels of receiver making it suitable for most hearing losses. It comes with superior connectivity with direct streaming and the myControl App. It also has access to the full live remote support via TeleCare 3.0.

Pure 312 Nx

Motion 13 Nx

This device is a BTE device using a 13 battery, again it offers the new system which separately processes the wearer’s own voice. It also comes with superior connectivity with direct streaming and the myControl App. It also has access to the full live remote support via TeleCare 3.0. The device also offers the rocker switch for programme and volume control changes. This is a pretty versatile device which offers a telecoil option with the simple switching of the battery door. The device is IP67 rated for dust and moisture. 

Motion 13 Nx

The New Stuff

OVP, Own Voice Processing

Signia have made a very big deal of the OVP or Own Voice Processing, in essence, this is the first ever device to process the user's own voice differently from everything else. In fact, they have dedicated a completely separate processor on the platform to facilitate that. They say that the strategy will increase the acceptance of a user's own voice dramatically. For new users of hearing aids the sound quality of their own voice can be off-putting, but it is usually something that they get used to. However, as Signia point out, used to does not mean happy with. This system promises to deal with the issue.

Direct Connection

They have expanded their Bluetooth system across this range, offering direct connection with the RICs and the BTE. Their original offering, the Pure 13 BT was well received, the system was innovative in that it used the sensors on the iPhone to assess the forward movement of a user. This allowed the hearing aids to change how they were processing sound. This system and feature set has now been expanded across the new range.

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Telecare 3.0

This is a really interesting development, Signia has made the Telecare service a live service. They were initially the first to offer Telecare with a limited fine-tuning option although Resound quickly followed with the launch of the LiNX 3D and their Remote Assist which had more functionality. Signia though quickly expanded that fine-tuning option and added video calling to the system. Now they have enabled full live remote tuning with video support which is a pretty huge breakthrough.

The new service means that you can set-up a video call with your hearing professional and explain the issue you are having in the situation you are having it in. While you are connected, your hearing professional can tweak your hearing aid’s settings live and you can quickly assess if they are better.

So for the first time ever, it’s possible to have for a provider to fine-tune your hearing aids while you are in the listening environments that matter to you. It will be interesting to see how many providers offer and use the service. It will also be interesting to see how it is offered. 

The New Open Experience

This made me giggle a bit, Open experiences have become popular all of a sudden, not spurred on by the success of a certain other hearing aid brand at all!!!! Enough said on that one. The info on this system is limited at this stage, although I hope to get hard details on the new system. All that I know right now is that it is a new type of directionality system that uses beam-forming but still offers a more "open" experience. As I find out more, we will talk about it.

I have watched Signia with interest over the last few years, as outsiders who have come into the industry they have always done things a little differently. They also seem to be less afraid of offering innovation that others may have been nervous of in the past. For instance, the Telecare package, which many were worried might upset Dispensers. I have actually never worn a Signia or Siemens hearing aid and I haven't fitted them in over eight years. I was actually surprised when I worked that out earlier. 

How time flies when you are having fun right? I am hoping to get my hands on a pair of Signia Nx hearing aids soon so I can put them through their paces. If and when I do, I will fill you in on my experiences.

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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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