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Frankfurt / Erlangen, Germany, 2012-Oct-24
Siemens introduced its newest generation of hearing devices utilizing BestSound Technology for the first time at the 57th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians 2012 (EUHA) in Frankfurt. It is based on Siemens' newly developed Micon chip technology. The result: Wearers with hearing aids that use Micon technology will have an entirely new spatial acoustic experience that creates a particularly natural sound. The new technology not only offers better speech intelligibility and directional hearing, but also has additional automatic functions, which makes using hearing devices even simpler. At EUHA Siemens is presenting the hearing instrument product lines Pure, Siemens Life, Aquaris and the new Ace, which all run on the Micon platform.
Hearing aids that were available previously already had pretty impressive computing powers. However, in order to do everything that the hearing device wearers want to - hearing and adapting to an individual's hearing loss within milliseconds - meant that especially high-performing computer chips were necessary. Micon raises the performance capability bar to a previously unknown level. Siemens Healthcare once again produces evidence of its innovative power within the scope of "Agenda 2013". There are 18.4 million transistors on the computer chip in the hearing device. They process 250 million "commands" per second. This high level of computing power allows for numerous new algorithms, which means that the signals from the microphone can now be processed with even more precision. The processing takes place in 48 frequency channels. That is three times more channels than ever before, thereby setting a world record.
More frequency channels translate to a much larger number of possibilities for fine-tuning the hearing aids' behavior and making their sound even more natural. Because of the high resolution in 48 frequency bands, enduring and stationary as well as intermittently recurring or fluctuating background noise can be differentiated from speech signals considerably more effectively. High resolution directional microphone technology and directional speech amplification optimize directional hearing and speech intelligibility, even in a very noisy environment. In addition, the bandwidth of the processable frequencies can be expanded markedly. The new Pure hearing aid, for example, now covers 10.5 kHz in comparison to the 8.5 kHz capability of its predecessor. That makes the hearing devices sound fuller, which the wearer perceives as more natural acoustics.
Günther Pausch, Head of Research and Development at the Siemens' Hearing Instruments unit, summarizes the improvements: "It's not only important to us that a person who wears our hearing aids hears everything well again, but that it all sounds pleasant."
More specifically, Micon introduces three innovations for better speech intelligibility and a high level of sound comfort at the same time:
The introduction of the new hearing devices goes hand-in-hand with new fitting software for the acoustician: Connexx 7. In addition to the proven and popular operating elements of the preceding version, it provides innovative modules for adjusting the hearing instruments to the varying needs of their wearers and enables direct testing of whether or not the fitting was successful.
Launched in November 2011 by the Siemens Healthcare Sector, "Agenda 2013" is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.
Further information and press pictures are available online at http://www.siemens.com/press/euha
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare
The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons their future availability cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.
Reference Number: H20121034e
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This press release was updated on 06.02.2015 at 08:00 AM CET.