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Siemens Unveils New Hearing Loss Options at SPLASH: ADA's 2009 Convention

Motion®, Explorer® and Nitro® product lines extended to address diverse needs of wearers, new CONNEXX® program demonstrates real-time hearing loss simulation

Clearwater, FL, October 30, 2009 - Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of hearing instruments in the world, today announced several new product models and enhancements at SPLASH: The Academy of Doctors of Audiology‘s (ADA) 2009 Convention held October 29-31, 2009, in Clearwater, Florida.

New product models in the Motion, Explorer and Nitro lines support Siemens commitment to treating individual needs and providing customized hearing solutions. Technology enhancements in all the product lines will give wearers more flexibility and solutions to meet a range of hearing loss types for adults and children. In addition, these new products feature compatibility with Siemens innovative accessories, such as the Tek® wireless enhancement system and the Pro PocketTM and ePen® remote controls.

Siemens also offers new tools in the Siemens CONNEXX fitting software for hearing care professionals to demonstrate the audio and visual effects of hearing loss to patients and their families. The Hearing Loss Simulator module in the Siemens CONNEXX fitting software allows a normal hearing person to experience the impact or severity of hearing loss of their loved one. The Real-Time Display graphically demonstrates amplification and signal processing features like SoundSmoothing®, which, for example, softens startling impulse sounds such as rustling paper or breaking glass for more comfortable listening. With Real Time Display, patients can see and understand the benefit of having a specific technology feature in a certain hearing aid model versus not having the feature in another. These tools help the hearing care professional, the patient and their families make better decisions in the selection of the right hearing instrument for the patient's preferences and lifestyle.

Motion offers convenience and versatility

Designed for wearers with mild through severe hearing loss, the new Motion 100 MX provides the hassle-free operation that wearers demand, while offering a very affordable option in a very small size. Motion 100 MX features push-button and volume control in a smaller housing than other Motion models to provide a perfect choice for wearers who are looking for a comfortable, affordable and convenient hearing instrument.

All Motion models are fully automatic, which allows the wearer to enjoy the most complex listening environments without needing to change programs or adjust the volume.

In addition, Motion 100 MX will feature compatibility with two convenient Siemens accessories, the ePen and Pro Pocket remote control systems. ePen is an ultra-discreet, pen-like remote that controls instrument function while on-the-go. Pro Pocket features larger buttons for those that prefer a more traditional remote control. Both ePen and Pro Pocket are small enough to fit into a purse or pocket to provide easy control over nearly all instrument functions.

Nitro behind-the-ear provides power and intelligence

The newest addition to the Nitro family of products, the Nitro behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing instrument offers outstanding performance and power. Developed for wearers with severe to profound hearing loss, the Nitro BTE is designed with intelligent amplification to meet special requirements for clarity and volume.

Nitro features an advanced adaptive directional microphone that is proven to enhance speech clarity by automatically focusing on signals in the front and reducing unnecessary noise beside and behind the wearer. Wind and other distracting noises are automatically reduced. Siemens e2e wireless 2.0 technology synchronizes the left and right hearing instruments to provide a true binaural listening experience.

In addition, Nitro BTE instruments are the first in its class to offer direct wireless connection to mobile phones, MP3 players and televisions using Siemens popular Tek wireless enhancement system. Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, Tek feeds audio signals from personal audio equipment directly into the wearer's hearing aids. Nitro BTE instruments are also compatible with the convenient ePen and Pro Pocket remote control systems, offering even more options to meet patients' needs and lifestyle preferences.

Explorer offers power and clarity for the smallest ears

Siemens Explorer 500 M is the latest addition to the Explorer product family, providing an even smaller option for little ears. Specially designed for children from birth to adolescence with moderate through severe hearing loss, Explorer 500 M is robust enough to withstand the everyday activities of childhood while small enough to fit perfectly behind the ears of younger wearers.

Explorer 500 M has been developed with particular attention to safety. All controls are positioned for easy access by parents and the ear hook features a special child lock. A mechanism in the battery compartment makes it easy for an adult to open but inaccessible to a child. The hearing aid housing is strong enough to withstand chewing by a baby and resists damage if dropped. The nanocoated housing also resists moisture, dirt and grease.

Explorer 500 M is available in 16 vibrant colors, and has a wide range of features to meet the requirements of different age groups. For instance, the instruments can be used in a classroom setting using trusted FM technology, enabling the child to more clearly hear the teacher's voice. Explorer 500 M can also be enhanced with the Tek wireless system to meet the growing technology needs of young children and teenagers who frequently use video games, cell phones, MP3 players and other audio devices.

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 is the only company to offer 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 49,000 employees worldwide and operates in over 130 countries. In fiscal year 2008 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.2 billion euros and profit of 1.2 billion euros. 

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