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Manufacturer:Signia
Model:Siemens Orion 2
Style:Behind the Ear
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Details & Features

The Siemens Orion 2 represents the top level of Siemen’s ‘Essential’ range of hearing aids. This range is designed for people who have lower levels of hearing loss and require a simple aid which will provide the basic level of hearing support that they need without having to pay higher prices for more complex aids, many of whom’s functionalities they do not require.

The Orion 2 replaces the original Orion model and includes a number of updated and improved features. It provides good sound quality and speech amplification thanks to high resolution, feedback cancellation and directionality detection. The Orion 2 is also compatible with wireless audio streaming from connected devices via the easyTek™ streamer (RIC models only) and can be easily and discretely controlled via your smartphone with the easyTek App™ and touchControl App™.

Key features of the Siemens Orion 2

  • Binaural synchronisation

This is the process by which both of your hearing aids work together to give you an improved and more natural hearing experience. It allows you to pinpoint the direction of sounds more clearly and helps your brain to give preference to speech over background noise. This smart technology also means that when you make a volume or program change to one of your hearing aids it will automatically be applied to the other one too.

  • eWindscreen™

This feature automatically detects and minimises distracting wind noise.

  • Tinnitus therapy signals

The Orion 2 can emit a personalised therapy signal which can efficiently reduce the effects of tinnitus.

  • Basic adaptive microphones

These recognise speech and automatically switch focus to your conversation partner whilst reducing some background noise.

  • Multi-channel compression and limitation

This allows your hearing aid to scan to sonic landscape and amplify more of the sounds that you want to hear, and less of the background noise that you don’t.

  • Feedback cancellation

This ensures that bothersome whistling sounds are prevented.

  • Wireless connectivity options

Certain models benefit from wireless connectivity, including direct audio steaming from Bluetooth connected devices (RIC only) and simple and discreet control via the easyTek App™ and touchControl App™.

 

The Orion 2 is available in all of the most popular types of hearing aid; BTE (Behind The Ear), RIC (Receiver In Canal) and ITE (In The Ear). Each type has slightly different specifications so that you can choose the one that is right for you.

 

Receiver In Canal (RIC)

The Orion 2 RIC model features:

  • The popular and discreet RIC design

  • Directional microphones

  • Built in Telecoil on some models

  • Push button controller

  • miniReceiver 2.0 in 4 different lengths and power levels

  • Size 312 or size 10A standard battery

  • Long-lasting quality and safety due to Ingress Protection Rating IP67

  • IPX7 water resistance for immersion in up to 1 m of water for 30 min

  • IP6X full dust protection

  • Optional Optivent™ ventilation

  • Optional rotary volume control

Behind The Ear (BTE)

The Orion 2 BTE model features:

  • The classic and comfortable BTE design

  • Automatic adaptive microphones

  • Colour Conversion Kit so that is blends seamlessly with your hair colour or skin tone

  • Nanocoated housing

  • Size 312 or size 13 standard battery

  • Customisable controls to exactly suit your preferences

  • Long-lasting quality and safety due to Ingress Protection Rating IP67

  • IPX7 water resistance for immersion in up to 1 m of water for 30 min

  • IP6X full dust protection

  • Optional Optivent™ ventilation

  • Optional rotary volume control

 

In The Ear (ITE)

The Orion 2 ITE model features:

  • Custom made, easy to fit and wear design

  • Automatic adaptive microphones

  • Vented to increase listening and wearing comfort

  • Optional push button

  • Optional rotary volume control

 

If you think that the Siemens Orion 2 hearing aid could be just the product you are after to help improve your hearing then contact our friendly advisers to find out more about this, or any other, hearing aid.

Written by Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

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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Is this the best model for me?

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.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

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.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

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.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

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.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

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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