Sivantos has kept the well-respected Siemens brand name for the hearing aids they manufacture. Recently, they have introduced a new brand called Signia, which they promise to be even more forward-thinking and centered on the customer. Sivantos announced the Signia Primax hearing aids will be unveiled in April 2016.
Hearing aids branded as Siemens
Siemens hearing instruments come in a wide variety of styles, technology levels and price points, in order to meet the vast array of consumer needs and desires. Their unique naming convention combines style and technology so most hearing aids have two names. For example, the receiver in-the-canal style called Ace is available with the premium model binax, so it is called the Ace binax.
|Model name||Style||Cost||Technology levels|
|Ace binax||Receiver in the canal (RIC)||$$$$||Premium
|Motion binax||Behind the ear (BTE)||$$$$||Premium
|Insio binax||In the ear (ITE), In the canal (ITC), Completely in the canal (CIC), Invisible in the canal (IIC)||$$$$||Premium
|Siemens Life micon||BTE||$$$$||Premium
|Insio micon||ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC||$$$$||Premium
|Orion 2||RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$$||Essential|
|Sirion 2||BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$$||Essential|
|Intuis 2||BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$$||Essential|
|Intuis||BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$||Basic|
|Lotus||BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$||Basic|
|Aquaris micon||BTE||$$$$||Waterproof and dustproof|
|Nitro micon||BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC||$$$$||Super power
Differences between different Siemens hearing aid models
Siemens’ binax hearing aids are their top-of-the-line models with “smart” features, like exchange of data between the two hearing aids and wirelessly connecting to electronic devices through an intermediary streaming device. Their micon products are a second premium line. Here are some other interesting notes about these models:
- The Ace binax is the smallest RIC hearing aid they offer; it is almost invisible when worn.
- The Carat binax has a rechargeable battery.
- The Aquaris micon is waterproof and dustproof.
- The Nitro micon, a super power hearing aid, is offered in custom styles as well as a BTE.
There are tinnitus masking sounds available in many models, such as the ocean wave therapy signal available in all technology levels of the binax models.
Pediatric hearing aids
Rather than labeling one particular hearing aid style as pediatric, Siemens has child-friendly options, like battery door locks and direct audio input, available on a variety of hearing aid models, such as the Motion micon and the Nitro micon.
Other Siemens hearing aids
Besides their premium hearing aid models, Siemens also offers two secondary lines: Essential and Basic. The basic hearing aids called Lotus Trimmer are programmed manually with trim-pots, instead of through a computer. Additionally, Siemens makes a body-worn hearing aid called Pockettio, and offers custom hearing protection devices called SecureEar.
If you’re looking for other Siemens hearing aid models, you may come across legacy models, such as XCEL, x01 and Explorer. Talk to a hearing care professional if you want to learn more about any model of Siemens hearing aids.
Siemens ALDs and accessories
In addition to a technologically-advanced selection of hearing aids, Siemens also offers assistive listening devices and accessories to improve user experience. The easyTek and easyTek App enable wireless auditory streaming for the binax and Orion 2 hearing aid models. The miniTek and miniTek Remote App enable wireless auditory streaming for the micon hearing aid models. The touchControl App is a remote control application for iOS or android that pairs with the binax, Orion 2 and Sirion 2 hearing aids. The easyPocket remote control pairs with the almost all current hearing aid models.
Siemens also makes the eCharger for rechargeable batteries in the Pure binax, Carat binax, Motion binax, Pure micon and Motion micon. This charging station electronically dries the hearing aids while they recharge.
A short history of the Siemens brand
Siemens was founded in 1878 when Werner von Siemens developed a telephone receiver to improve the lives of individuals with hearing loss. They’ve had a long and rich history since then. Here are some of their milestones:
- 1902: Siemens brand makes electric audiometers.
- 1913: Siemens produces their first hearing aids.
- 1951: Siemens introduces their first pocket-size hearing aid.
- 1959: Siemens introduces their first behind-the-ear hearing aid.
- 1966: Siemens releases their first in-the-ear hearing aid.
- 1987: Siemens makes the first remote control for hearing aids.
- 2002: Siemens develops the world’s first hearing aid with the microphones, the Triano.
- 2011: Siemens introduces the world’s first digital waterproof hearing aid, the Aquaris.
- 2015: Siemens hearing aid business is sold to Sivantos Group and new brand Signia is introduced to the market.