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Improving communication with face masks

The use of masks and increased distancing while talking because of the coronavirus pandemic is a unique challenge that can be very frustrating even for people with normal hearing. But for the hard of hearing it can prove especially difficult. Signia offers flexible solutions for you as a Hearing Care Professional (HCP) to optimize speech intelligibility in this “new normal” world. This new audiology bulletin explains the adverse effects of masks and social distancing on speech understanding and how HCPs can improve their clients’ hearing experience with the right advice and program settings in Connexx.

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The new way: Ensuring consistent support and individualized care through the Signia Assistant

Times are changing and the need for new tools to provide support has never been higher. The Signia Assistant is founded on over 130 years of audiological experience and trust in the hearing care professional. Build on the Artificial Intelligence technology Neural Networks, it’s able to identify which adjustment suits the current environment best, based on both global and individual learning. For the user it means they can tailor their sound to meet their everyday situation, for the HCP it means a completely new insight tool into their wearer’s real world experience and use of the hearing aids. Relevant for the special situation we’re facing globally: The Assistant is also able to support with handling and troubleshooting and can act as the extended arm of the HCP. In this white paper, the Assistant is put to the test. Let’s see how it performs is real world user studies.

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Signia Assistant Backgrounder

The Signia Assistant is the modern tool for the modern HCP and wearer. Learn more about how it actually works and why it provides a huge benefit both to the HCP and the end-user. The innovation is more relevant than ever at times when physical clinic visits are not feasible in many cases.

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StreamLine Mic

The StreamLine Mic from Signia is a versatile Bluetooth streaming device and remote microphone all in one. Its Bluetooth functionality allows it to pair to multiple Bluetooth enabled devices including Android and iOS (Apple) devices. And the remote microphone capabilities help make even though most difficult listening situations easier to manage. This white paper examines advantages and the performance of the StreamLine Mic

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Dynamic Soundscape Processing: Research Supporting Patient Benefit

Signia Xperience takes the next step in designing hearing aid technology that “thinks” the way the listener thinks, and automatically adjusts processing accordingly. Study data reveal significantly better speech understanding for speech from the sides, both when stationary and when moving. Speech-in-noise recognition research shows that the new Dynamic Soundscape Processing does not reduce the effectiveness of Narrow Directionality for speech coming from the front. And finally, real-world data reveal highly satisfactory environmental awareness, and higher overall user satisfaction ratings than have been obtained in published large-scale surveys.

Audiology Online

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Dynamic Soundscape Processing Slider

YourSound technology is a comprehensive steering system that was introduced with the Xperience platform, designed to optimize aided performance in any listening situation for the individual user. Connexx offers access to the system in order to allow further individualization when needed. This How-To provides guidance on the exact procedure.

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Maintaining Narrow Directionality While Improving Soundscape Processing

Since its introduction with the binax platform in 2014, Signia’s Narrow Directionality has been the industry leader in optimizing speech understanding in background noise. The purpose of the current research was to ensure that the Narrow Directionality feature of the Xperience was equal to that of the Nx model—previous research has shown that the speech-in-noise processing of the Nx is superior to that of premier models from competitive manufacturers. Indeed, the results of this research revealed that there was no difference in the speech recognition findings for the two different instruments. This allows us to reasonably assume that Xperience also is superior to the competition for these important listening conditions. For those who were questioning if it is possible to obtain excellent soundscape processing for speech, while still maintaining a high level of narrow directionality, the answer is yes.

Canadian Audiologist, VOL. 6 • ISSUE 6 • 2019

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YourSound Technology and Dynamic Soundscape Processing

Signia Xperience devices take a significant step towards adapting to the listening intent of the wearer. YourSound technology is the realization of this comprehensive approach, consisting of the sensory analysis layer provided by Acoustic-Motion Sensors, the processing of environmental sounds in the Dynamic Soundscape Processing, and the Own Voice Processing to process the microphone input as soon as the system detects that the wearer is speaking. This article provides insights into the different components of YourSound technology.

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Research Evidence for Dynamic Soundscape Processing Benefits

It is important that the design of hearing aid processing closely resembles the listening intent of the user. This has been enhanced with the Signia Xperience, which utilizes new acoustic and motion sensors, serving to improve speech understanding and the acoustic sound scape. Laboratory data shows significantly better speech understanding for speech from the sides, both when stationary and when moving. Real-world studies using EMA methodology revealed highly satisfactory environmental awareness, and higher overall user satisfaction ratings than have been obtained for either EuroTrak, or the recent MarkeTrak10. Overall, for both efficacy and effectiveness, the performance of the Signia Xperience hearing aids was validated, and increased patient benefit and satisfaction is expected to follow.

The Hearing Review, November 7, 2019

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