Update – The Binax range now includes the IIC or “invisible in the canal” shape and the CIC or “completely in the canal” shape. The name of the new model is the Insio. This adds to the full range of RIC “Reciever in canal” aids already available. If you are thinking of buying a Binax then be sure to read right to the bottom of the page as there is some important information you will want to read.
The Siemens Binax 5 is the mid level hearing aid in the binax range which includes the Pure, Ace and Carat models. These are Receiver In The Ear (RIC) hearing aids, the case containing the sound processor is smaller than Behind The Ear hearing aids and the sound receiver is in the ear canal.
The binax 5 is suitable for mild to profound hearing loss. The casing is moisture resistant and available in a range of colours. There are also options for a T-Coil or audio shoe.
The Pure and the Carat are slightly larger models and are fully rechargeable. They contain BestSound technology which simulates the effect of natural hearing by combining the sound from both hearing aids to give a binaural hearing effect.
Features include binaxFocus which allows the wearer to focus on sound from a specific area by redirecting the microphones to narrow the beam of sound. They can help you to focus on speech sound in crowded places and use frequency compression to give you a wide range of sound.
With binaxSound, the directional microphones, along with the e2e wireless capability, allows the microphones to transmit sound from one hearing aid to the other. They are able to detect a better quality sound in one hearing aid and send it to both hearing aids at the same time, using High Definition Sound Resolution and dramatically improving your hearing in challenging situations.
binaxGuide gives the wearer control over their hearing, allowing them to choose the area that the microphones focus on, whether it’s an area to the front, all around them or to one side.
The smallest fitting, the binax Ace, has fewer features than the Pure and Carat
The mid sized Pure and larger sized carat models benefit from the following programs:
The more channels a hearing aid has, the better the sound quality. With more channels dedicated to each sound frequency, these hearing aids can be finely tuned to help compensate for your level of hearing loss.
High definition sound resolution
With e2e Wireless capability, each hearing aid will collect sound and share it with the hearing aid on the other side. This creates a virtual 8 microphone network giving you a better binaural listening experience with high definition sound quality
The directional microphones can focus on a narrow area, making it easier to hear someone speaking in a noisy room.
SpeechFocus recognises speech sounds and directs the microphones towards it.
As well as working automatically, in response to your environment, this program can be controlled manually allowing you to adjust the span and direction of the microphones using the remote control. This allows you to adjust your hearing aids so you can hear the sounds you want to.
This program compresses and alters the frequency of certain sounds to bring them within your hearing range. It can do this without distorting other sounds.
This program detects the sound of feedback whenever something gets close to your hearing aid, and removes it before you know it is there
Directional speech enhancement
This gives the wearer the ability to focus on speech from a certain direction, ideal when in the car or when you cannot look at the speaker.
This program smoothes and softens sudden loud sounds which can be uncomfortable or painful for hearing aid wearers
Speech and noise management
This program helps to improve and clarify speech sounds whilst reducing background noise.
These hearing aids are compatible with the easyTex remote control as well as an app, which allows you to control your hearing aids via your Smartphone. You can fine tune your volume, bass and treble for best sound quality as well as change the program settings. The app is available for both iOS and Android.
The easyTex remote control is also a sound streamer which can stream the sound from your Bluetooth devices directly to your hearing aids.
This program helps to reduce the effect of wind when you are outside.
This program records your hearing aid usage and settings so it can be even more finely tuned to your needs.
The tinnitus program helps to distract from the ringing and whistling of tinnitus by producing a range of low level sounds, helping the mind to focus on external sounds.
The smaller and more discrete Ace model also comes with 32 channels. It still has great sound quality and comes with the following programs.
Speech focus, Frequency compression, Feedback cancellation, Speech enhancement, sound smoothing and speech and noise management. You can alter the settings using the Touch control app.
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Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry.
He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers.
He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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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.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.