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Siemens Introduces Completely-In-The-Canal Hearing Instrument Designed for Wearers with Severe Hearing Loss

Siemens NITRO' CIC is Equipped with Advanced Hearing Technology In a Small, Custom Design

Piscataway, New Jersey - August 13, 2007 Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of hearing instruments in the United States, today announced the introduction of NITRO' CIC, Siemens first Completely-in-Canal hearing instruments designed for wearers with severe hearing loss. NITRO CIC offers up to 70dB of gain and improved phase cancellation which reduces or eliminates feedback typically associated with high power CICs.

Until now, hearing instrument wearers with severe hearing loss would be fit with larger style instruments because the CIC models could only accommodate less powerful receivers. Feedback often occurred when more power was added, said Dr. Thomas Powers, Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations at Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. With severely hearing-impaired consumers in mind, we designed NITRO CIC to offer the option of cosmetically appealing hearing instruments that are powerful enough to serve their individual hearing needs.

Siemens has equipped NITRO CIC with a data logging feature that collects information on hearing preferences such as duration of instrument use, hearing environments, and program usage. The information obtained from data logging can be used for easier fine tuning of the instruments, resulting in a faster, more precise fitting.

NITRO CIC also offers advanced feedback cancellation, which reduces or eliminates feedback (whistling) that can occur with other hearing instruments. And for maximum protection against wax and humidity for months at a time, Siemens C-Guard' wax protection system is also an option.

For improved hearing comfort, NITRO CIC has a noise reduction system designed to reduce steady-state environmental noises, requiring less listening effort. NITRO also includes microphone noise reduction, which reduces low-level, unwanted microphone noise and reduces audible internal instrument noise in quiet environments. Additionally, NITRO is manufactured using a special receiver suspension that provides shock resistance, improved reliability and acoustical stability.

About Siemens Hearing Instruments

Siemens Hearing Instruments, part of Siemens Medical Solutions, is one of the leading manufacturers of hearing instruments in the United States. Headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, the Company offers a range of innovative products, solutions and services to Hearing Care Professionals across the United States. Among its innovative products, the Company designs and manufactures a variety of digital hearing aids in all styles to improve the quality of life for individuals with hearing loss.

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