Siemens Hearing Instruments (SHI) has introduced a new product line based on its BestSound Technology, suite of device features that include SpeechFocus, FeedbackStopper and SoundLearning 2.0.
Siemens SpeechFocus ensures that the optimal directional pattern for speech understanding is automatically engaged, even in the noisiest environments. SpeechFocus continuously analyzes the environment to detect speech in order to focus in the appropriate direction. Through the use of these improved directional microphones, SpeechFocus improves SRT by up to 4 dB in challenging situations and improved intelligibility in low noise situations by up to 7 dB.
Siemens said that the BestSound Technology improves wearer comfort by suppressing embarrassing and annoying feedback whistling without introducing artifacts. FeedbackStopper employs the Siemens’ patented Acoustic Fingerprint Technology to distinguish between feedback and signals that mimic feedback.
The technology marks the amplified signal that leaves the instrument receiver, allowing it to be easily identified as feedback in future situations. Siemens claimed that FeedbackStopper would achieve fast adaptation by using a frequency shift of 20 Hz to break the feedback loop, ensuring that feedback is virtually eliminated before it becomes noticeable.
Siemens SoundLearning 2.0 learns the wearer’s listening preferences in specific situations and automatically adjusts itself when in similar sound environments. SoundLearning 2.0 records every adjustment the user makes to the volume or SoundBalance, as well as the currently detected listening situation. These memorized settings lead to a dedicated frequency response as well as compression setting for speech, noise and music.
Featured in Pure, Siemens Life and Motion BestSound Technology covers the appropriate performance levels for all relevant hearing losses. BestSound devices are Tek compatible, discreet and comfortable designed for mild to severe hearing losses.
Brian Kinnerk, CEO of Siemens Hearing Instruments in the Americas, said: “Siemens is proud of the innovations achieved with the BestSound Technology platform. The BestSound Technology truly combines science with subtlety; giving each wearer an automatically customized hearing solution.”