The Orion hearing aid from Siemens is available in a range of fittings and power levels to suit any level of hearing loss. These include Behind The Ear (BTE), Receiver In Canal (RIC) which has a smaller case behind the ear, with the sound receiver in the ear canal.
The smaller fittings are In The Ear (ITE) where the hearing aid sits in the outer ear, In The Canal (ITC) smaller and more discrete that the ITE and Completely In Canal (CIC) which is hard for anyone else to see unless they look into your ear.
These powerful hearing aids have a range of features designed to give you the best hearing in a variety of listening environments. The 16 channels allow for fine tuning for your hearing loss to improve your listening and give a natural sound
The directional microphones are equipped with an Adaptive TwinMic system for better sound quality in difficult to hear situations. They can also help you to focus on speech sounds in front of you, reducing the noise behind you.
The speech and noise management system helps to lower the volume of background noise and clarify speech sound in noisy environments.
Many people lose hearing in the higher frequencies first. Frequency compression recognises the high frequency sounds which are outside your hearing range and reproduces them at a lower, more audible frequency. Because this program only compresses sounds in the high frequencies, the lower frequency sounds are unaffected, making sure there is no sound distortion.
Siemens’ Feedback cancellation program ensures whistle free hearing by filtering out the feedback sound before you can hear it. It does this without distorting other, high pitched sounds that you want to hear.
The E2e Wireless connectivity ensures that two hearing aids can work together to enhance your listening and help you judge where sound if coming from. Whenever you change your settings on one hearing aid, the other will change automatically to match.
Listening when outside can be difficult for people wearing hearing aids. eWindScreen helps to reduce the effect of wind noise when you are outside, helping you to hear the conversation around you.
The BTE and RIC models have an optional T-coil or Audio Shoe fitting, this allows you to connect to hearing loops in public places where you would otherwise struggle to hear.
Thanks to the wireless connectivity, remote controls are available allowing you to change your program and volume settings quickly and discretely, apart from the CIC model, all Orion hearing aids also have manual controls.
A tinnitus program is available which produces sounds as a distraction from the whistling. This sound distraction therapy has been shown to reduce and relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, and can be finely tuned to your specific needs.
There is also a data logging program which records your listening preferences over time This can be used to further fine tune and personalise you hearing aid for your comfort.
The BTE models benefit from a tough outer casing with nanocoating which is resistant to dust, dirt, sweat and moisture. The interior of the hearing aid is also protected with nano coating and rubber gaskets ensuring it will stay in great working order, no matter how active your lifestyle.
There are a range of colours to choose from, the casing can also be changed if you decide on a different colour after getting your hearing aids The BTE model is available in four different power levels making it suitable for mild to profound hearing losses.
The ITE, ITC and CIC models are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss depending on which model you choose. The larger models are more powerful, so more suitable for those with severe hearing loss. These models are custom made to fit your ear canal making sure they feel secure and comfortable when worn.
Compatible accessories include the easyPocket remote control. This easy to use controller has a display which lets you see your battery status and program settings. It allows you to change your program settings and volume easily and discretely.
The hearing aid has the option for a direct audio input in the battery door, this allows you to connect directly to FM signals to enhance sound whilst reducing background noise.
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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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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.