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Australia-based company Cochlear on Wednesday debuted its latest hearing implant sound processor, the Nucleus 7, which was developed in cooperation with Apple to connect with and integrate sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Announced in July, but in the works for years, the Made for iPhone sound processor boasts deep integration with Apple technology to deliver iOS device sound output directly to an implant embedded in a user’s head.

Apple’s accessibility engineering team worked with Cochlear for two to three years to develop a modified Bluetooth Low Energy protocol capable of transferring audio without rapidly depleting the hearing device’s battery. Called Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, the Apple patented technology offers extended up time while maintaining high quality audio streams.

As noted by The Australian, Cochlear implant patients looking to connect to iPhone have until now been forced to use a separate Bluetooth accessory. With BLEA, however, owners of the new Nucleus 7 will have direct audio access to phone calls, music, movies and other content on a range of iOS devices.

Unlike traditional hearing aids, the Cochlear system uses a sound processor placed behind an ear to capture sound and translate it into digital signals. These signals are sent to a surgically implanted coil, which decodes the digital information and converts it into electrical pulses that are sent to an electrode array embedded in the cochlea. The pulses stimulate a patient’s auditory nerve and the brain perceives this reaction as sound.

Cochlear implants are considered more effective than hearing aids, which simply amplify incoming sound. For users with severe damage to structures in the inner ear, the technology is irreplaceable.

Like most miniaturized electronic devices, sound processors suffer from battery life constraints, making it difficult to implement extra communications hardware like a Bluetooth radio. That’s where BLEA comes in.

“We started looking at this program around the concept of Bluetooth LE and how it would be a beneficial tool in this specific circumstance,” said Apple director of accessibility Sarah Herrlinger. “The work we have done is applicable both to hearing aids and sound processors.”

Herrlinger notes development of the integrated system spanned two to three years with input from multiple hearing aid companies, including Cochlear. The technology is designed to support a wide range of hearing assistance products, as some patients might use a cochlear implant and traditional hearing aid simultaneously.

“We made this work when you may have two different devices, it may even be from two different companies,” Herrlinger said.

As the world’s first Made for iPhone sound processor, Nucleus 7 comes with a few unique features tied to the company’s iOS app. With the app, users an adjust settings and sound processor programs, monitor battery life and access personalized hearing information. The software also boasts a feature similar to “Find My iPhone” that helps users locate a missing sound processor.

Starkey Hearing Technologies is excited to announce a new line of hearing aids based on cutting-edge research in virtual reality, advanced neuroscience, and signal processing. This new line — called iQ — is designed to create a truly immersive hearing experience for wearers, one that delivers the presence, clarity and personalization wearers may have previously missed during the moments that matter most.

 

Our new iQ lineup includes Muse iQ, our 900sync technology wireless hearing aids; Halo iQ, our smartphone-compatible hearing aid; and SoundLens Synergy iQ, our newest invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid.

Inspired by virtual reality research

Being truly present in the moment involves a sense of immersion — knowing where sounds are coming from to help you feel a part of your surroundings. iQ hearing aids help you do that with proprietary Acuity Immersion technology designed to:

  • Restore the natural benefits provided by the ear to improve speech audibility and spatial awareness.
  • Improve hearing directionality for a more natural, safer listening experience.

Spatial hearing is the brain’s early warning system, simultaneously sensing all the space around us and providing the feeling of connectedness. With Acuity Immersion, iQ wearers have the ability to localize sounds and reassert spatial perception.

iQ might be the most natural sounding hearing aids ever

The immersive quality of iQ hearing aids — combined with Starkey’s renowned industry-leading benefits like no whistling or feedback, superior speech detection, and automatic noise reduction — help people with hearing loss connect, hear and interact with everyday experiences as naturally and effortlessly as possible.

We’ve also added two new features that we know repeat hearing aid wearers will love:

  • Speech Indicators for memory – Instead of numbers or beeps telling you what memory you’re in, you hear descriptive names, like “Car”, “Home”, or “Outdoors.”
  • Smart VC – Allows for an increase in gain in all channels not already at maximum, to give wearers a desired increase in loudness when needed.

There’s an iQ hearing aid for every need and taste

Muse iQ and SoundLens Synergy iQ

Designed to provide high-quality, natural sound in even the most challenging environments, Muse iQ and SoundLens Synergy iQ hearing aids work with SurfLink wireless accessories to provide ear-to-ear streaming of calls, music and media, remote hearing aid control and a personalized hearing experience.

Muse iQ hearing aids are available in both custom and standard styles, and the Muse iQ micro RIC 312t is also available in a rechargeable option.

SoundLens Synergy iQ hearing aids offer wearers an invisible, custom fit hearing solution featuring Starkey Hearing Technologies most advanced technology and supreme sound quality.

Halo iQ and the NEW TruLink Remote

Halo iQ smartphone compatible hearing aids enable connectivity with iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Apple Watch®, and select Android™ devices, providing the most natural audio experience yet, immersing you in the sounds of the things and places you love most.

A brand-new wireless accessory, the TruLink Remote, lets you control your Halo iQ hearing aids without needing to go through your smartphone.

Resource : http://www.starkey.com

Are you looking for a hearing aid that blends in with your ear so well that others can barely see it? Then completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) could be the right solution for you.

There are many types of hearing aids  on the market today. Which one you use depends on your type of hearing loss, and your own preference. Here’s a little more about how completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) work.

How they work

Completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) are some of the smallest hearing aid models available today. CICs are a great option for those with mild to moderate-severe hearing loss who are looking for a discreet hearing aid solution.

Depending on the size and shape of your ear, a CIC hearing aid can fit deep inside the ear canal, making it almost invisible. All Widex CIC hearing solutions are fully automatic – so you can hear clear and natural sounds with minimal or no intervention. CIC hearing aids can be removed via a small extension cord.

DREAM CIC-MICRO: A newest – and smallest – CIC on the block

The idea of putting something so small in your ear for the first time may sound daunting – so here is an easy guide to how it works:

  • Custom-made shell: The hearing aid shell is custom-made to fit the shape of your ear – with all vital electronics inside. This shell is actually created using a 3D printing technology called CAMISHA . A hearing professional will use laser technology to make an impression of your ear canal and turn this data into a 3D computer model. A shell is then created for you for an exact fit.
  • Fit and placement: Completely-in-canal hearing aids fit in your ear, with only the faceplate visible from the outside. The custom-made shell allows for an exact fit – so it sits comfortably in your ear.
  • Removal: When it’s time to go to sleep, completely-in-canal hearing aids can easily be taken out by hand.

Batteries: Batteries must be installed via a battery door located directly on the hearing aid. This can be done by hand or by using a small magnetic wand.

Why they are great

  • Very small size – no bigger than a marble
  • Discreet –  they fit inside your ear and can easily be hidden by your hair
  • Fully-automatic – automatically adjusts to your listening needs.

Who should use them

Completely-in-canal hearing aids (CIC) are suitable for all types of hearing loss. They’re especially great for athletes and others who need their hearing aids to stay in their ears during intense physical activity.

DREAM CIC-MICRO: WIDEX’ SMALLEST CIC

Why they’re a great fit

Completely-in-canal hearing aids are produced using Widex CAMISHA technology. CAMISHA stands for Computer Aided Manufacturing of Individual Shells for Hearing Aids. With the use of laser technology it makes an impression of the hearing aid user’s ear canal and turns this data into a 3D computer model. This is then used as a basis for the manufacturing of individual shells and earmoulds that perfectly fit the user’s ear canal.

CAMISHA has greatly improved the comfort of completely-in-canal hearing aids, and allowed for shells that are not only smaller and more discreet, but fit the shape of the ear better. Moreover, it has made the manufacturing process far more easy and precise.

It’s because of this technology that Widex could create DREAM MICRO CIC, which is significantly smaller than other completely-in-canal hearing aids. When placed next to each other, CIC MICRO makes our previous CIC solutions look big.

While the proportions of the technical components are kept to a minimum, there is also extra flexibility with the possibility of changing the receiver (or speaker).

Widex patented CAMISHA technology is licensed to all major hearing aid manufacturers and ear labs, and has revolutionized the manufacturing of shells and earmoulds across the entire industry.

In 2012, CAMISHA won the European Inventor Award  and was afterwards featured on CNN’s “Make, Create, Innovate.”

Hearing aids should be able to be worn in all environments – even when it’s wet. That’s why Widex hearing aids are water resistant. From the internal electrical parts to the outer shell, our hearing aids are able to withstand daily use in the harshest environments.

Want to wear your hearing aids in the rain or in a humid climate? No problem. Widex hearing aids are protected from the elements. This super protection doesn’t affect the clear, natural sound of your hearing aids. In fact, proper protection makes them more reliable and less liable to malfunctions.

Widex hearing aids have the following features to protect against moisture and dust:

  • Tubes are made of specially developed rubber materials which are resistant to extreme environmental impacts such as sweat and moisture
  • A nano-coated metal grid in the wax guard protects the receiver against moisture and earwax
  • The contact pins are sealed with an O-ring and protected against moisture with silicone oil
  • The **amplifier **is sealed in 100% waterproof material to protect it against prolonged extreme environmental impacts and corrosion
  • All electrical contacts are made of precious metals and developed over many years to be resistant to extreme environmental impacts
  • The receiver coil is sealed in wax and 100% waterproof
  • The **telecoil **is moulded in 100% waterproof material
  • The microphone grid and other selected parts are nano-coated to protect against moisture

Water resistant vs. Waterproof

These terms refer to the degree to which water is prevented from leaving or entering an object, material or substance. Waterproof can be generally described as the ability of an object, material or substance to be impenetrable or unaffected by water. Water resistant refers to the ability of an object, material or substance to resist but not entirely prevent the penetration of water. Widex hearing aids are designed for normal use, including in extreme weather conditions, with focus on very high sound quality and high reliability. They have not been tested for the purpose of immersing the hearing aid in water. For this reason, it is important that you take your hearing aids off when you swim or take a shower.

Keeping your hearing aids clean

It is important to keep your hearing aids in top performing condition – and part of that involves cleaning and drying them out each night. The WIDEX DRY-GO UV electronic drying station is the perfect way to care for your hearing aids and earmoulds. Small, portable and easy to use, the DRY-GO UV lets you clean and dry your hearing aids overnight. And because it uses ultraviolet (UV) light, it is completely hygienic. So the risk of ear infections is reduced. Other benefits include:

  • Easy to use – start simply by touching the sensor button
  • Switches off automatically after three hours of drying
  • Energy efficient – uses very little power
  • Standard charger means that you can use it anywhere
  • Hygienic – cleans with UV light
  • Safe – UV light is switched off if the lid is opened
  • Protects and extends the lifetime of your hearing aid

Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aids are designed to help patients stay connected to the people and things they love most. Built using the industry’s first ever quad core twin compressor technology and a brand new operating system, Halo 2 hearing aids are able to process multiple sounds simultaneously, so that speech is crisp, ambient sound is natural, and music sounds rich and immersive.

Halo 2 is designed to provide better hearing across life’s changing landscapes so that you never miss your child’s laughter or a friend’s joke. Available in our thinnest receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) yet, Halo 2 works with the latest version of the TruLink Hearing Control app to connect with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch and select Android devices.

Halo 2 works with the new TruLink 3.0 app to provide the following features Halo users love:

  • High-definition streaming of music, phone calls, videos, FaceTime calls, Siri and other media directly to your Halo 2 hearing aids*
  • A personalized and high-quality listening experience with exceptional sound quality to help you hear comfortably in any environment
  • Up to 20 customized and geotagged hearing aid memories, so your hearing aids automatically adjust based on the environments you frequent most (e.g., home, work, the gym or park)
  • Easy control of your hearing aids using your iPhone
  • No buzzing, whistling and clicking

New Features!

Brand new to Halo 2 and TruLink 3.0 are the Real-Time Notifications and inclusion of our popular tinnitus technology! Halo 2 wearers with Apple devices will now be able to hear notifications for email, calendar, messages and social pings! For those suffering from tinnitus, integrated controls in the TruLink app will allow users to control the volume and modulation rate of the Multiflex Tinnitus Technology solution for personalized tinnitus management.

And as always, our Halo 2 hearing aids are packed with Starkey Hearing echnologies’ best-in-class performance features designed to deliver pristine audio, natural sound, best hearing in noise, and zero feedback. They will also feature our next-generation moisture and wax repellent, Surface Nanoshield, ensuring reliability and durability.

Because a child is not a small adult

As a parent, you want the best for your child. From their health and well-being to their social and educational development, setting a solid foundation for their future is of utmost importance. As the leader in pediatric hearing solutions, we strive to give you the peace of mind knowing that your child has access to explore and be a part of the ever changing world of sound around them.

With over 40 years of expertise and input from hearing care professionals, parents, kids, and our respected international Pediatric Advisory board, we continue to push the limits of technology to support the listening needs of your child.

Explore the world with confidence!

We know that a child is not just a small adult because they face even more hearing challenges than grown-ups do. They are often in very different environments than grown-ups and need their hearing aids to confidently learn, explore and engage. Younger listeners are often hearing sounds for the first time through which they learn about the world. Unlike adults, kids don’t have the hearing experience or language understanding which we use to fill in the gaps when certain words and phrases are unclear. This is why it’s crucial for children to have access to the clearest possible sound, from the earliest possible age, to maximize their chances of hearing, speaking and learning.

As kids grow older, the ability to clearly understand speech, wherever they go is key.This helps them to freely interact with teachers and peers during lessons and leisure time, increasing their overall well-being.

In the latest move towards the future, Signia has developed its superior audiology further by incorporating the industry’s broadest and most innovative use of Bluetooth. Together they deliver uncompromising sound, industry-leading connectivity and revolutionary remote hearing care in one hearing aid with great battery life: Pure 13 BT primax. Its wearers’ ears are fully connected to their environment: to each other, to their iPhone and to you, their Hearing Care Professional.

World’s first High Definition binaural and direct streaming.

1. Leading audiology:

With primax star, the best High Definition binaural platform is now enhanced through motion sensor technology.

2. Unrivaled connectivity:

Direct streaming and the new myControl App deliver the best connection and remote control.

3. Revolutionary TeleCare 2.0:

With TeleCare 2.0, our revolutionary remote hearing care now gets advanced fine tuning and Bluetooth data logging for successful trials.

1. Audiology. Effortless precision hearing.

Signia offers the most sophisticated audiology with primax star, the pinnacle of our industry-leading platform. primax star delivers a new level of precision for truly effortless hearing.* It features the world’s most precise microphone system for the best speech and situational awareness.

2. Connectivity. Convenient streaming and control.

Wearers can conveniently stream phone calls, music and TV directly into the hearing aids without needing to wear an extra intermediate device. Signia’s direct streaming solution provides reliability and high sound quality without compromising on industry-leading audiology. The Bluetooth connection also allows for relay-less remote control via the new myControl App.

A new StreamLine TV accessory enables the direct streaming of Dolby Digital sound quality from almost any TV via 2.4 GHz Bluetooth low energy. Now your customers can enjoy all the advantages of our leading High Definition binaural platform as well as hearing the original high-quality soundtrack of their favorite film or TV program streamed directly to their new Pure 13 BT hearing aids. Wearers can even adjust the volume individually via the myControl App. And setting up the wireless TV connection is as easy as 1-2-3 because StreamLine TV has a wide variety of connections to suit any type of TV.
Pure 13 BT primax – A new era in precise hearing.
Equipped with our primax star platform, the new Pure 13 BT primax revolutionizes precise hearing. It’s the world’s first hearing aid to offer audiological benefit through Bluetooth. In combination with the new myControl App, it uses detailed, Bluetooth-based data that provides a clear overview of the wearer’s acoustic environment.