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Sivantos is one of the most common names you'll see when choosing a hearing aid, and they are also one of the oldest brands around. The roots of the company go back all the way to the 1870s, when German inventor Ernst Werner Siemens came up with an innovative telephone receiver which drastically improved the quality of the audio produced. He quickly realized that using specialist receivers in this way could focus conversations for the hearing impaired, and set to work creating devices to achieve just that.
In the early 20th century, Siemens introduced important new designs like their Phonophor device, which reduced the size of electric hearing aids dramatically. By the post-war period, Siemens had created hearing aids that could be worn in jacket pockets. Then, in 1959 they introduced the Auriculette - the world's first behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid. By the 1990s, Siemens had also pioneered digital hearing aid technology, and were among the first to mix hearing aids with smartphone apps in the 2000s. Sivantos came about when Siemens spun off its hearing aid division from its larger electronics company in 2015. The division was purchased by a Singapore-based group called EQT, who rebranded it as Sivantos, and continued to develop Siemens' advanced line of hearing aids.
These days, Sivantos hearing aids are well known for their innovative digital technology. They tend to be based around a platform called Primax, which manages a host of cutting edge features. For instance, a piece of software called SpeechMaster allows users to zero in on particular sources of speech or other noises, such as airport announcements or lunch partners. Primax also enables users to precisely calibrate the balance of their hearing aids, while a feature called Soundability delivers crisp sound quality.
All of these Primax features can be hooked up to a device called EasyTek, which also comes from the Sivantos design team. Designed to be worn around the user's neck, EasyTek connects up with TV transmitters, computers, audio streaming devices, and telephones. It is also compatible with a tool called VoiceLink, which can be held by conversation partners, amplifying their voices and making their speech easier to hear.
Sivantos manufactures a wide range of devices, making it important to choose one which meets your individual needs. Their collection includes BTE, RIC, and ITE models, and each product comes in three different power settings, letting you pick one which meets your specific auditory needs and your budget.
Ace is probably the most popular model of Sivantos hearing aid, although the extra-small Signia Silk is a popular premium model. The Ace is also very small and virtually invisible as it sits behind the ear. Resilient and easy to connect to smartphones via the touchControl app, they are among the most advanced hearing aids around. However, they are far from the only option in the Signia collection. There's the Carat, with its RIC design and long battery life, and the Pure, which does away with batteries completely.
It's also worth noting that Sivantos have come up with a totally new collection called NX. These next generation hearing aids are adapted to allow users to hear their own voice in crystal clarity, without distortion - something that currently none of the other brand can offer.
Sivantos is generally seen as a premium brand, with a strong focus on technology and product quality, and their prices reflect this fact. However, as you'll see when you browse their collection, prices vary between models and power settings, and affordable Sivantos hearing aids are available.
If you are willing to pay a slightly higher price, Sivantos delivers plenty of benefits. For one thing, their devices tend to be extremely small and well-concealed. They are also well-connected to digital devices, and equipped to handle modern streaming needs. Tinnitus sufferes will appreciate their special features, and their rechargeable lithium-ion batteries or induction-based charging systems take convenience to another level. Finally, Sivantos also offers excellent BiCROS/CROS hearing aids for those with deafness in one ear, or differential hearing.
So, Siemens/Sivantos is a brand to check out if you appreciate technological sophistication, need easy charging, concealment, and reliability.
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