The Signia Silk is one of the world's smallest hearing aids on the market and now with the new Silk 1X model you can benefit from Signia's Xperience platform - giving you a full listening experience, so you can hear what is most important to you. To view the highest technical specification in this model - view the Signia Silk 7X here
Product Clarity - An important note to customers
We thought we should offer clarity on this specific Silk 1X product for our customers. Since the launch of the Silk X - this level of technology has been called Silk X by some hearing aid retailers and not Silk 1X. The correct name for the lowest specification in this range is the Silk 1X.
Because these retailers are not being clear on product names, it has been rather confusing for those who are researching hearing aids. At Hearing Aid UK, we are always transparent with our prices and hearing aid products, so you always know exactly what you're getting for the price you pay, and more importantly - the product you are investing in.
Experience the new, ‘nearly invisible’ Silk X hearing aids from Signia
The new, totally discreet Silk X hearing aids give you the confidence of knowing that no one even notices you are wearing them. Whether you are spending time with the important people in your life or meeting a new special someone, Signia’s new Silk X hearing aids give you the confidence of knowing that no one even notices you’re wearing them.
One of the world’s smallest hearing aids, Silk X is ready to wear on the spot without any fuss or waiting times thanks to its super soft silicone sleeves that allow it to hide comfortably in your ear.
The only ready-to-wear in-the-ear device benefiting from the revolutionary Signia Xperience technology, Silk X delivers clear sound and speech comprehension in an ultra-discreet size. So, you can hear what matters to you, even in noisy situations.
Silk X is fitted with highly adaptable soft-silicone click sleeves that simply click onto the hearing aids to ensure a high level of comfort and secure fit in your ear - formerly only available with custom-made housings. Of course, custom-made hearing aids require waiting times because they have to be manufactured to the precise measurements of your ear canal(s) - Signia’s innovative click sleeves enable you to wear Silk X on the spot!
The sleeves come in 4 different sizes suitable for most ear anatomies and hearing needs, so there is generally no wait (as with other in-the-ear devices). The colour coding of red for right and blue for left helps you to put the hearing aids in the correct ear easily without confusion.
In many busy places (wherever there’s a high level of ambient noise), holding a conversation requires concentration and effort! This is true for people with normal hearing, let alone anyone with hearing loss. Silk X tackles these acoustic challenges expertly with the true-to-life sound of the Signia Xperience technology platform, the hearing aids’ equivalent of an operating system. Thanks to Signia Xperience, you hear what matters to you.
Perfectly positioned for phone calls and music
Unlike hearing aids that sit behind the ear, Silk X’s microphones pick up sound inside the ear canal. This enables you to make a phone call and listen to music in the way you are used to, including with over-ear headphones. Because Silk X is so convenient and discreet, you could easily forget you are even wearing tiny hearing aids.
In addition to their miniature size and advanced hearing technology, these tiny hearing aids also boast discreet remote-control options with the Signia app and the miniPocket accessory on your keyring, so no one even knows you are adjusting the volume or sound.
The Signia app also offers you Signia TeleCare for intuitive guidance and remote support from Hearing Aid UK. TeleCare lets you learn about your hearing aids, so you become familiar with them more quickly. You can also use it to provide feedback on your hearing experience for better individualisation. You can even communicate with Hearing Aid UK via text, voice or video CareChat, for a ‘new standard’ in personal support.
Silk X is also compatible with the new CROS Silk X device for people with unaidable hearing loss in one ear. It’s the world’s most advanced CROS in-the-ear hearing aid, that is ready to wear.
**Please note, there will be an additional surcharge of £125 if we are pairing a single hearing aid with an existing aid bought from another company where we are taking over the aftercare responsibilities and looking after both hearing aids**
Do not spend hundreds of pounds without getting a second opinion from us.
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.
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.