Two hearing aids are truly better than one!

August 13, 2015
Siemens binax
Over the last 10 years, hearing aid technology has evolved at an astonishing rate. But beyond technological breakthroughs, the primary goal really is to make a difference in people’s lives so that hearing loss does not cut them off from the world.

The binax platform

Wearers of advanced and high performance hearing aids note a great improvement in their hearing in noisy or windy environments, as binax technology enhances the listening experience in such situations.

Ear-to-ear wireless transmission

The 3.0 ear-to-ear wireless transmission functionality directly transmits audio signals to both hearing aids. Each hearing aid uses the information captured by its own two microphones, in addition to the acoustic signal from the two mics of the other hearing aid. This means each hearing aid processes information from four mics. Both hearing aids combined create an eight-mic virtual network that delivers heightened acoustic sensitivity, also called high definition sound resolution.

High definition sound resolution (HDSR)

Thanks to HDSR, both hearing aids work together to determine how to process sound, just like the brain naturally combines the sound from both ears to improve speech recognition in noisy situations. Thanks to 3.0 ear-to-ear wireless transmission and HDSR, binax offers three interesting features:

  • Narrow directionalityThis feature automatically resolves listening challenges in demanding situations by focusing on the speech source in front of the wearer and decreasing the importance of sources from other directions. The beam is narrower than that of a traditional directional microphone and offers better noise reduction, enabling the wearer to sustain conversations more easily in noisy environment (parties, restaurants, receptions).
  • Spatial SpeechFocusThis feature enables the system to focus on speech, no matter where it comes from. In a car for instance, binax activates the directional microphone towards the rear or the side, depending on where the person speaking is sitting. This way, wearers can follow the conversation without having to turn their head to face their conversation partner.
  • Binaural eWindScreenIn windy environments, the binaural eWindScreen automatically and strategically transmits audio signals from the hearing aid with good sound quality to the hearing aid picking up too much wind, without compromising spatial perception or speech intelligibility.

Binax technology is designed not to compromise hearing aid battery life, which is limited given the small size of this type of battery.

To determine which hearing aids are best for you, consult an audioprosthetist.