The Siemens Intuis 2 represents the most basic of all of the Siemens range of hearing aids. However don’t let that necessarily put you off. If you suffer from a low level of hearing loss, are mainly in quite quiet environments and want a simple hearing aid that provides a decent sound quality without all of the complex technological features of many of the higher priced hearing aids, then this could be the hearing aid for you.
The Intuis 2 includes the same technical features providing the same audio quality as the higher priced Siemens Sirion 2 aid, but its lower price simply reflects the fact that it isn’t controllable from a smartphone app. The main features of the aid are the directional microphones, feedback cancellation and frequency compression which create a solid sound quality and reliable function for its price.
The Intuis 2 is available in the classic BTE (Behind the Ear) model and the new Click ITC (In the Canal) and Click CIC (Completely in the Canal) models. These new models are based on the standard ITC and CIC designs but have a soft Click Sleeve that sits between the ear and hearing aid ensuring maximum comfort of wear.
Key features of the Siemens Intuis 2
• Directional microphones
These concentrate on the sounds coming from directly in front of you, whilst reducing the intensity of noise coming from other directions so that you can focus on your conversation partner.
• Frequency compression
High frequency sounds such as ‘s’, ‘f’ or children’s voices can often be some of the most difficult to hear. The Intuis 2 compresses and shifts these sounds to a lower register making them much more clearly audible.
• Feedback cancellation
Feedback can result in annoying whistling sounds being emitted from your hearing aid; however the Inutis 2 features technology to suppress this.
• Flexible battery compartment
You can connect your hearing aid directly to an audio input from all standard FM sources by swapping the standard battery compartment (the Intuis 2 takes a size 312, 13 or 675 standard battery) for a battery door with a specialised FM audio input, via an optional audio shoe. This can be especially useful in noisy environments such as classrooms.
• Push button / rocker control
Depending on the model your hearing aid can be controlled from simple and easy to use push button and/or rocker controls.
• IP67 rated
This means that the Intuis 2 will keep clean dry and fully functioning in most activities including IPX7 immersion in up to 1m water for up to 30 minutes and IP6X full dust protection.
This functionality allows a direct feed of audio from any venues fitted with an induction loop.
• Wind noise suppression
Annoying wind noise is reduced to allow clearer hearing.
• Colour conversion kit
Both the BTE, ITC and CIC versions of the Intuis 2 are available in a range of colour options to match your hair colour / skin tone.
To find out more about the Siemens Intuis 2 hearing aid and to book your free hearing test with an expert audiologist in your area, contact us today.
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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.
If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.
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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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.