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CES is probably the most influential global technology event, which highlights and awards advanced, innovative and breakthrough technologies. It reviews all fields of technology and also gives various manufacturers a chance to showcase their designs and pioneers a platform to talk about relevant issues.
However, in this article, we focus on only the hearing aid advancements.
So, who were the honourees? The CES 2022 Awards was hosted in Las Vegas from the 5th to 7th of January 2022. This is where various hearing aid innovations were recognised for their technology innovations and for developing life-changing hearing solutions for those with hearing loss.
For example, Signia was a CES 2022 Awards honouree with their Augmented Xperience audiology platform and Insio Charge&Go AX hearing aids.
The Signia Augmented Xperience has been named honouree in the accessibility category giving wearers hearing aid intelligence that understands what sounds should be focused on and which should remain in the background. Welcoming the world's first dual-processor that includes split-processing hearing aid technology.
The Signia Insio Charge&Go AX hearing aid range was named honouree in the wearable category - offering wearers a Bluetooth-enabled, rechargeable and custom-fit hearing aid with proven AX technology. We believe that there will be a steady increase in ITE models that integrate rechargeable technology and low-consumption Bluetooth connectivity in the future.
Introduced in Oticon More, the Oticon MyMusic feature gives wearers crystal clear sound quality for streaming music - especially live. It uses music-orientated signal processing technology to capture even the most complex music dynamics. This means you will always benefit from those important nuances that make listening to music so much more enjoyable.
The Widex Moment digital hearing aid range was chosen because of its dual artificial intelligence which serves to improve listening in real-time. It incorporates a technology called 'ZeroDelay' that is designed to decrease the standard sound delay from around 7-10 milliseconds to about 0.5 milliseconds.
This gives those with hearing loss access to a more natural hearing experience every day, as well as increasing the chances of how the wearer accepts the devices themselves.
Widex also uses an artificial intelligence-powered technology called 'SoundSense Learn' to bring more personalisation in various ways. The Moment hearing aid learns how wearers prefer to hear the sounds around them. It does this by analysing device settings and guiding the wearers through a few A-B comparisons and options.
It also includes an AI algorithm that can access previously saved user settings to assist in a more bespoke hearing experience.
Oticon More won a CES 2021 Innovation Award for being the world's first hearing aid that includes Deep Neural Network technology. In the past, Oticon has won various international awards in the last five years consecutively and has been honoured by the CES Awards twelve times so far.
This on-board Deep Neural Network technology means that, along with 12 million real-life recorded sounds, the More can deliver a more refined sound that can support how the brain naturally works. Without relying on just speech - the brain can access more meaningful sounds, so the sound remains comfortable and more natural for the wearer.
Watch the Widex Moment and Oticon More hearing aid videos below. Alternatively, you can call us free on 0800 567 7621 for any questions you might have about these hearing aid ranges or other hearing healthcare queries.
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If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?
In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.
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If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:
Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.
Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.
Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.
Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.
Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.
For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up.
For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.
One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.
Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.
Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.
For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.
The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.
However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.
People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.
There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.
Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.
Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.
The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.
Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.
Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.
As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.
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