Signia Augmented Xperience

A revolution in augmented hearing

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Hearing isn’t always easy. A big group of people talking at the same time, softly spoken talkers, too much background noise… Sometimes sounds blend together making it impossible to focus on what you want to hear.

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ENHANCE PATIENTS' HUMAN PERFORMANCE THROUGH BETTER HEARING

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Augmented Xperience changes the way your patients hear the world.

Instead of patients having to strain to discern speech from background noise, our new platform uses  proprietary Augmented Focus™ technology to process the two separately and create a clear contrast. It then recombines them to deliver outstanding speech clarity in a fully immersive environment.

This makes it easy for your patients to follow conversations even in difficult listening situations.

Our new Augmented Xperience platform is even proven to perform better than normal hearing in a tested party scenario.²

… This pulls speech closer to the listener so it sounds as clear as possible.¹

… This augments reality in the wearer's favor.

In a recent study, 85% of participants performed better in a speech test with Signia AX than with their previous hearing aids. 84% reported excellent speech loudness.²*

Focus sounds

Focus sounds carry relevant information where every small detail is important, for example the speech of a conversation partner.

These sounds are processed in a highly linear, uncompressed way with emphasis on clarity and details.

This pulls speech closer to the listener so it sounds more clear.

Surroundings

Surroundings contain all sounds outside the main focus placing the wearer in the correct acoustic atmosphere.

This is important to create both awareness and excitement, for example enjoying piano music and laughter in a cafe.

These sounds are processed with high spatial resolution, applying more compression and attenuation to keep them at a distance from the focus sounds.

Sudden loud sounds can be addressed more quickly than before to prevent them from masking focus sounds.

Augmenting reality in the wearer's favor

Two separate processors allow us to fully capture focus and surroundings independently. As a result, we can control how we recombine them. To create a greater contrast, Augmented Focus pulls focus sounds closer and places surroundings a bit further away.

Experience a range of audiological innovations

A range of innovative technologies combine to deliver this unprecedent augmented hearing experience:

e2e wireless 4.0 – A great leap in true binaural hearing

Our new ear-to-ear (e2e) system e2e 4.0 syncs more binaural audio data than ever, ensuring clearer speech processing and high-precision directional awareness. It also significantly boosts the speed of data transmission, delivering a much smoother sound experience and inaudible shifts between different settings. Latency is reduced by 60% so transitions between different modes are no longer audible (based on internal measurements).

Increased input dynamic range

The microphones and the state-of-the-art analogue input stage can handle signals up to 117dB with great sound quality. That’s very close to the full capacity of human ears and ensures a clean, crisp signal at concerts, for example.

TruEar 360

The powerful processing engine allows for an exceptional TruEar 360 mic mode that better reproduces and emphasizes the capabilities of the natural pinna-effect better than ever. TruEar 360 highlights the difference between front and back sources of sound to make localization of sound sources easier.

Own Voice Processing (OVP™)

OVP can separate the wearer's own voice from other speech and noise for a natural sound, increasing first-fit acceptance to 80% and keeping patients engaged in conversations.¹

¹ Hoydal EH, Fisher R-L, Wolf V, Branda E, Aubreville M. Empowering the wearer: AI-based Signia Assistant allows individualized hearing care. Hearing Review. 2020;27(7):22-26.

Enhanced feedback cancellation

e2e 4.0 also synchronizes feedback cancellation between the ears in the same phase, removing more artifacts for a smoother overall sound experience.

Direct streaming for iOS and Android

Augmented Xperience offers direct streaming for both iOS and ASHA-compatible Android smartphones. It handles the signal of a streaming input independently from other signals, ensuring the sound is even clearer and easier to optimize.

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FAQs

Signia AX is currently available in the Pure Charge&Go T AX, CROS Pure Charge&Go T AX, and Insio Charge&Go AX.
Yes.  Signia AX can connect to the Signia app, which is available for both iOS and Android. Signia AX can also stream audio from iPhones and compatible Android devices via ASHA.
Augmented Focus is a revolutionary processing strategy that separates incoming signals such as speech and background noise into two categories - Focus Area and Ambient Sound - and processes them independently. The processing of Focus Area sound is designed to make speech crisp and clear with full dynamics, bringing it even closer to the listener than in real life. The ambient sound category is processed to reduce background noise so that it is not intrusive, while keeping the acoustic environment intact and preserving important cues to help the wearer identify and locate sound sources.
Yes. OVP detects when the wearer is speaking and immediately shifts the processing pathway to ensure a natural, comfortable perception of the wearer's own voice.

e2e 4.0 doubles the transmission speed between the hearing aids on each ear, with transmission time between ears reduced from 5ms to 2 ms. This allows for faster, more advanced processing. The new e2e 4.0 system can now synchronize the timing of the signal processing in each ear, preserving the timing and level differences of the sounds as they arrive at each ear and allowing the brain to make use of these natural cues to better localize sounds.

The increased speed of e2e 4.0 also ensures that feedback cancellation is better synchronized between the ears for a smoother sound experience. 

The brain uses very subtle differences in the timing of sounds as they arrive at each ear to help localize the sounds. Preserving the phase between ears means that this important timing information is kept intact and not distorted. Traditionally, hearing aids have not been able to preserve the phase between ears, which would prevent the listener's brain from being able to fully use this important information in order to localize sounds.
The powerful processing engine of Signia AX allows an Augmented TrueEar mic mode that can reproduce and emphasize the effects of the natural pinna better than ever before, emphasizing the difference between front and back sounds to improve localization cues for hearing aid wearer.

 

¹ Jensen, Pischel, Taylor, Schulte: Performance of Signia AX in At-Home Listening Situations (Signia White Paper, 2021)

² Jensen, Høydal, Branda, Weber: Augmenting Speech Recognition with a New Split-processing Paradigm (Hearing Review 2021;28(6):24-27)
*Higher than 8 (on a 0-10 scale)

 

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