The Siemens Micon combination tinnitus device is available at The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic on Harley Street

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We have been getting some fantastic results with the new Siemens Micon range of tinnitus combination devices. If you would like to come to Harley Street and have some fitted, please contact us on 0207 467 8473. If you're not sure yet, then read on...

Technology keeps moving forward

The leap forward Siemens have made reminds me of when they first introduced their e2e (ear to ear) wireless technology back around 2005 and their SoundSmoothing technology not long afterwards. Although e2e initially only synchronised volume control and program changes as well as noise reduction levels between left and right instruments, these technologies were revolutionary at the time, and I remember thinking to myself that there couldn't possibly be a better hearing aid ever. Of course now most manufacturers have some form of wireless communication between the left and right hearing aids and/or mobile phones and televisions, and some form of reducing sudden rattling or clattering noises in their products.

Enhanced channels and bandwidth

But now, Siemens have once again made a giant leap forward by including up to 48 channels and extended bandwidth up to 12kHz in their recently released high end model, the Micon 7mi, as well as an advanced feedback cancellation system that can cope with all those extra high frequencies. Up until now, the greatest number of channels in a rival manufacturer's product was 20, this model having a usable bandwidth of around 8 to 9kHz.

Speech, music, TV much clearer - tinnitus much less noticeable.

The biggest difference that people notice as a result of the extra channels and bandwidth is the more natural sound that the device produces - music and television are clearer, and speech is clearer in background noise. The second difference that I expect to see will be that more people with mild to moderate tinnitus will find that their tinnitus will be less noticeable when wearing the hearing aids due to the extra high frequency stimulation from the enhanced bandwidth.

A new weapon against tinnitus

When you consider that all models in the Micon range include a tinnitus noise generator with four pre-programmed therapy signals that can operate separately or in conjunction with the hearing instrument functions of the device, this becomes a formidable weapon in the arsenal in the fight against tinnitus.

The new Siemens micon platform delivers a processing power 6,000 times greater than what was used to put the first man on the moon. This power expands Siemens hearing technology to 48 channels and extends the frequency range to 12,000 Hz. The result is unprecedented clarity and listening comfort, taking Soundability, the perfect balance between Sound Quality and Audibility, to a whole new level.

Key features of micon

Three key features underpin micon:

  • miSoundTM provides the best amplified sound while preserving natural acoustics. Wearers will fall in love at first fit with the perfect balance between Sound Quality and Audibility, Siemens’ Soundability.
  • miFocusTM eases listening effort even in demanding environments. Improved directionality means less strain listening, and more readiness to engage and interact.
  • miGuideTM provides preferred sound in any situation and supports acclimatization to amplification. With less manual settings, wearers will stay in love with their intuitive hearing instruments.

With these breakthrough innovations and over twice the processing power of previous platforms, micon combines all industry-leading features, delivered simultaneously, without any trade-offs.

miSound

We all absorb millions of bits of information through our eyes and ears without being aware of the process. All we are aware of is the scenery we see, the music we listen to and the conversation we take part in. It is no wonder then that extremely sophisticated audiologic design and advanced signal processing strategies are required to recreate audibility, while maintaining excellent sound quality and preserving fragile acoustic cues that enable spatial perception.

miSound ensures that the listening experience with hearing instruments is as natural as possible. With this system, we treat every detail individually, in order to make sure everything sounds exactly how we expect it to sound. miSound features a tremendous new amplification system to map the acoustic world into the limited dynamic range of the wearer, providing an excellent sound quality and maintaining the richness of surrounding soundscapes.

miSound offers a fully transparent hearing solution, allowing the most desired and appropriate bandwidth up to 12 kHz; and due to the enhanced feedback cancellation algorithm, acoustic feedback and distortions are avoided even in the most critical situations.

miFocus

In order to follow a conversation in a crowded room or to distinguish the direction of various sound sources in rush-hour traffic, we need to be able to precisely analyse and localise incoming sounds. The micon state-of-the-art automatic microphone system offers unparalleled directivity provided by a 48-channel adaptive system. This is intelligently controlled by communication between the bilateral hearing instruments using e2e wireless 2.0, which also ensures optimal localization whenever directionality is not required.

With the new innovative directional speech enhancement algorithm that incorporates the advantages of both adaptive directional microphones and digital filters, micon is able to suppress all types of noise spectrums from multiple directions simultaneously. Furthermore, SpeechFocus allows for the best speech intelligibility in noise, even when speech is not originating from the front of the listener. For individuals whose audiograms indicate a frequency region where the hearing loss is too severe to respond to traditional amplification, micon refocuses that portion of the input signal to the regions of the cochlea which are more intact. micon frequency compression follows research-based recommendations to ensure that it is applied only to those individuals where it can potentially provide a benefit.

All these features are combined into one powerful automatic system to provide the best audibility with the least listening effort even in the most challenging listening situations, so the wearer can focus on what they hear, not how they hear.

micon BestSound Technology employs many proven as well as innovative technologies to restore audibility and improve speech intelligibility in noise. The key innovations in miFocus are a 48-channel adaptive TwinMic System and a spatial noise reduction system, directional speech enhancement. The benefits offered by proven features such as SpeechFocus and soft level directivity combined with these new innovative microphone features are automatically and adaptively applied in accordance with our excellent acoustic situation detection system (see miGuide below). Add to this micon frequency compression, and we have a recipe for an effective and focused hearing experience. The wearer can pay attention to what they are listening to and not to how they are hearing.

miGuide

New things in life often require some effort before we can derive the maximum benefit from them. For example, new eyeglasses need time before they feel completely comfortable. A pair of new boots needs to be broken into before they are fit to be worn for a daylong hike in the wilderness. In order to help wearers get used to new hearing instruments, and for the hearing instruments to accommodate the individual listening preferences of the wearers, micon employs a sophisticated algorithm called miGuide.

A new hearing instrument makes sounds that the wearer has not heard for a long time audible again. Usually, these are high-frequency sounds that are necessary for the wearer to understand speech. Unfortunately, these are also the sounds that are no longer familiar to the wearer due to the effects of auditory deprivation. This is why after the initial fitting, wearers often report that everything sounds too shrill or too loud. The brain must be refamiliarised to these sounds that have not been audible for a long time. This process is called acclimatization. Additionally, each wearer has individual and situation-specific preferences regarding optimal amplification, so the hearing instruments also have to adjust gain and frequency shape accordingly in order for the wearer to be fully satisfied. Going back to the hiking boots analogy, the hiker would only get the maximum benefit from the new boots if he gets used to walking in them, and if the boots stretch to conform to the hiker’s feet.

miGuide is a powerful steering mechanism which takes the personalization of hearing instruments to a new level. It consists of three major parts that are interlinked to enable automatic individualization of the hearing instrument in daily life. First of all, the acclimatization manager supports the acclimatization process by accounting for changing amplification needs over time. Secondly, individual preferences are recorded and applied by a stateof-the-art learning algorithm. As the hearing care professional is able to “guide” the learning process by defining a learning range, this new learning technology is called “guided learning”. Finally, the sophisticated automatic situation detection enables the manual and automatic fine-tuning of situation-specific gain settings.

Acclimatisation Manager

The acclimatization manager ensures that the wearer experiences a comfortable sound right from the start, and optimum audibility and speech intelligibility after the acclimatization phase. It also means less followup office visits; and that is good news for both the wearer and the hearing care professional.

Learning

When learning is activated, every time the user changes the volume or SoundBalanceTM, this adjustment is recorded along with the current input level and detected acoustic environment. This leads to a dedicated frequency response for a given acoustic situation at a given input level. Over time, these learned settings are then selected when the user is in the same situation again. The result is separate settings for each of these listening situations tailored to individual preferences.

Automatic Situation Detection and Sound Equaliser

Unfortunately, the same hiking boots are not optimal for every situation. You may get used to hiking in them, but you need different shoes for dancing the night away. Similarly, how you like to hear when you are relaxing on the patio with a book is different from when you are enjoying a family dinner at a favorite restaurant. But while shoes cannot change themselves, miGuide allows hearing instruments to adapt to changing listening environments with automatic situation detection.

The automatic situation detection in micon is able to identify six different acoustic environments with very high accuracy. This means that the wearers can make their instruments learn their preferences for each acoustic environment individually: quiet, speech in quiet, speech in noise, noise, music, and car. Table 1 lists examples and the requirements a hearing instrument wearer might have in those situations.

Situation

Description

Requirement

Quiet

 

 

Sitting alone on the patio and reading the newspaper

Enough amplification to enjoy the singing

 

 

of the birds in the trees

Speech in quiet

Sitting with someone else on the patio and having a

Amplification which ensures optimum

 

conversation

speech understanding with high listening

 

 

comfort

Speech in noise

Same situation like before but the neighbor starts to

In addition to the activity of noise reduction

 

mow the lawn

algorithms and directional microphones,

 

 

less gain at low frequencies to ensure lis-

 

 

tening comfort

Noise

Same situation like before but the conversation has

Gain is further reduced and noise reduction

 

stopped

adjusted so that the noise can still be heard,

 

 

but at a comfortable loudness

Music

Sitting in the living room and enjoying music

Balanced sound impression for high and

 

 

low frequencies for all input levels; noise

 

 

reduction and directional microphones are

 

 

disabled

Car

Noise environment

Because of the car noise, a special frequen-

 

 

cy response helps to make it sound comfor-

 

 

table; furthermore, special signal proces-

 

 

sing helps to improve speech intelligibility,

 

 

even when someone speaks from behind

 

 

(SpeechFocus is activated)

If we have normal hearing, no matter where we are, we are instantly able to focus on what and how we want to hear. miGuide is the powerful steering mechanism which allows the wearer to do this again effortlessly. It instantaneously detects acoustic situations and adjusts the hearing instrument’s frequency response and adaptive feature settings accordingly. Not only does miGuide offer predefined settings for these different acoustic situations after first fit, it also allows the hearing care professional to manually adjust these settings in the fitting process. It also contains the industry benchmark learning algorithm which allows the wearer to train the hearing instrument to the preferred gain settings in these different situations specifically. Additionally, miGuide also, when necessary, considers the need for auditory adaptation and automatically acclimatises new users to more appropriate amplification over time, even when learning is activated.

Our ultimate goal is to allow our hearing instrument wearers to pay attention to what they hear, not how they hear. Listening to a concert should allow the listener to enjoy the emotions of the music, not pay attention to the performance of the hearing instruments; and listening to a loved one talking even in a noisy restaurant should be made easy for the individual by clever and automatic signal processing, rather than cumbersome manual adjustment or program selection.

miGuide is the new powerful steering mechanism which reliably detects acoustic situations and smoothly adapts the hearing instruments’ frequency response and adaptive feature settings to how the wearer prefers to hear. Not only does miGuide offer predefined settings for these different acoustic situations and allows the hearing care professional to manually adjust these settings, it also contains the industry benchmark learning algorithm which allows the wearer to train the hearing instrument to the preferred gain and compression settings in these different situations specifically. miGuide also considers the fact that many wearers need to gradually adapt to sounds that they have not heard for many years. Automatic acclimatization can provide new users more appropriate and advantageous amplification over time, without compromising loudness perceptions or listening comfort. In other words, micon adapts, optimises and steers according to the wearer’s needs and preferences. Now is the time for wearers to forget that they are wearing hearing instruments and to just listen!

Tinnitus Noise Generator

It is known that the use of external sound(s) provides relief from tinnitus by inducing neurophysiological functional changes in the different auditory pathways. The aim of sound therapy is to decrease prominence of the tinnitus and facilitate tinnitus habituation. To transform the individual’s reaction to tinnitus, counselling is required. To transform the perception of tinnitus, sound therapy is recommended to decrease the prominence of tinnitus and facilitate tinnitus habituation. This sound therapy is now available in micon hearing instruments and can support a wide variety of acknowledged tinnitus treatment programs.It is possible to adjust the level of the tinnitus noise generator manually via hearing instrument controls or a remote control.

If you would like to have a pair of Siemens Micon devices fitted at our Harley Street office,  contact us now on 0207 467 8473.

Summary of features in Siemens micon

Besides the key features described in the previous sections, hearing instruments powered by micon are also equipped with a host of proven BestSound Technology features. With the extended bandwidth and higher channel resolution offered by the powerful micon chip, many of these features, some of which are already industry benchmarks, are now better than ever.

Adaptive TwinMic System

The adaptive TwinMic System is a part of miFocus and takes automatic adaptive directional microphone systems to a new level. It incorporates a 48-channel high-frequency resolution which optimises the effectiveness of directional microphones in wearing conditions.

Acclimatisation Manager

A part of miGuide which considers the need for auditory adaptation and automatically acclimatises new wearers to more appropriate amplification over time. This feature saves valuable time for hearing care professionals and wearers alike by eliminating the need for follow-up appointments for the purpose of increasing gain.

Automatic situation detection

Algorithm which detects, analyzes, and classifies the current acoustic situation such as quiet, noise, music, etc. The resulting decision dictates the configuration of numerous hearing instrument features such as frequency response, microphone mode, speech and noise management, and learning. In bilateral fittings, input from both hearing instruments is taken into account in order to synchronise the steering of both instruments. Siemens automatic situation detection is another industry benchmark feature and is one of the key components of miGuide.

Data logging

Records data such as program usage and time spent in specific acoustic situations to be displayed in Connexx. This information helps hearing care professionals to make more informed decisions for counseling and when making fine-tuning adjustments.

Directional speech enhancement

Analyzes different directional patterns simultaneously to allow attenuation of any number of unwanted speakers or other fluctuating noise sources from the back. It makes listening in noise easier, so that wearers can better focus on a conversation even in the most acoustically challenging situations.

e2e wireless 2.0

Siemens‘ technology for coupling and synchronizing two hearing instruments into one holistic, binaural hearing system. It is used for communication between the remote control and hearing instruments, as well as between bilateral hearing instruments. In a bilateral fitting, e2e wireless 2.0 allows the onboard controls of the two hearing instruments to have different functionalities so that, for example, a rocker switch on the left could adjust volume bilaterally, and a push button on the right could change programs bilaterally.

eWindScreenTM

Automatic algorithm which detects the presence of wind and suppresses it. It works virtually instantaneously and even when directional microphone technology is applied, so that speech understanding in outdoor situations can be improved even in windy situations.

Feedback cancellation

A part of miSound which combines parallel processing of two phase cancellers, as well as continuous critical gain estimation to offer better feedback suppression than ever before.

Frequency compression

An alternative fitting strategy for individuals with profound high-frequency hearing loss or whose hearing loss inhibits the interpretation of high-frequency information even with amplification. Preset based on the individual hearing loss and research-driven formulas, this algorithm compresses and shifts high frequencies otherwise beyond the audibility of the wearer to a lower frequency range where there is better residual hearing.

micon compression system

new compression system incorporating two kneepoints, which allows independent adjustment of level-dependent gain, and adaptive time constants, which combine the advantages of both slow and fast compression systems.

micon fit

Siemen’s latest proprietary fitting formula which leverages the 48 channels and 12 kHz bandwidth made possible by the micon chip. It is powered by the new micon compression system with two kneepoints and adaptive time constants to deliver the most natural sound quality without compromising audibility.

Soft level directivity

Dictates the noise level at which directional microphones are activated automatically. In hearing instruments powered by micon, the effectiveness of soft level directivity is improved because of the superior frequency resolution offered by 48 channels.

SoundBrilliance

Exceeds the limitations of conventional hearing instrument bandwidths and adds artificial high frequencies to the output up to 12 kHz without added feedback risk. The result is a more “brilliant” sound quality which is especially helpful when listening to music or using audio streaming via Bluetooth.

SoundSmoothing

Industry benchmark noise reduction algorithm that targets transient and impulsive noises such as rustling paper or clanging dishes without affecting speech signals. In hearing instruments powered by micon, the effectiveness of SoundSmoothingTM is improved because of the superior frequency resolution offered by 48 channels.

SpeechFocus

Continuously analyzes the environment for the most favorable speech-to-noise ratio, and automatically selects the microphone configuration which has the potential to offer the best speech intelligibility for the wearer, regardless of whether speech is coming from the front, the rear, or the side. In hearing instruments powered by micon, SpeechFocus can also be a part of the automatic microphone mode.

Speech and noise management

Noise reduction scheme comprised of a slow, modulation-based algorithm which works optimally in noise only situations, and a fastacting Wiener filter which works well in speech in noise situations. Together, these two multichannel and adaptive algorithms provide optimal listening comfort for the wearer in a variety of listening situations. In hearing instruments powered by micon, the effectiveness of speech and noise management is improved because of the superior frequency resolution offered by 48 channels.

Tinnitus noiser

Allows the hearing instrument to deliver a programmable tinnitus-masking noise, either by itself or in addition to the amplified environmental signal. This function is now programmable in 20 handles and is more flexible to adjust than ever.

TruEar

Simulates the acoustics of the natural outer ear to allow for better front/back localisation in BTE, RIC, and open fittings. In hearing instruments powered by micon, the effectiveness of TruEarTM is improved because of the superior frequency resolution offered by 48 channels.

Siemens miniTek

The Siemens Micon range is also compatible with the miniTek wireless streming device. The new world of digital media is full of fascinating possibilities. Information, entertainment and communication are instant, interactive and interconnected. Movies, music and laughter happen here and now. Now there’s a device that allows you to enjoy it all. Clearly, easily and wirelessly. The new Siemens miniTek. It’s not just an accessory. It’s a new way of life.

Siemens miniTek is the ultimate wireless accessory for your hearing instruments. It is an automatic streamer, sending sound from your favorite audio devices wirelessly to your hearing instruments. Yet it’s also a remote, so you can use it to control your hearing instruments and high-tech gadgets. And thanks to its sophisticated technology, you enjoy brilliant sound in true stereo. miniTek is your link to the richest listening experience possible. At the touch of a button
 
Both inside and out, miniTek is designed to impress the most discerning tech enthusiast.

Small, yet incredibly sophisticated.

miniTek™ is the ideal complement to your high-tech gadgets with its elegant design and ergonomic buttons that will feel natural from the first touch. At just 55g, much lighter than a mobile phone, this miniature device sits discreetly and comfortably in the palm of your hand. And miniTek isn’t picky, it works with all wireless Siemens hearing instruments, even CICs (Completely-In-the-Canal).

In sync and in stereo.

At the heart of miniTek’s peerless performance is e2e™ wireless 2.0. This revolutionary feature allows you to enjoy wireless transmission from your favorite devices in true stereo. It automatically connects both hearing instruments to the audio source, ensuring crisp, and clear sound.

Energy saving batteries.

This cutting edge system also sets new standards in efficiency. Compared to similar devices, the ultra-efficient miniTek offers more functionality without compromising the extremely long battery life of your Siemens hearing instruments. Even when you link to two external devices simultaneously, such as the TV and phone, your hearing instruments’ power consumption remains the same. The rechargeable battery is fully charged in just 3 hours, and runs up to 5 hours for streaming or several days as a remote control. Thus you can enjoy greater benefits while conserving power, reducing costs and preserving the environment.

Unlimited entertainment with one touch

If you like movies, you’ll love miniTek. Get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy optimum audio in true stereo. With virtually no echo or disturbances. And no fighting over the volume.

Naturally brilliant sound.

Watching TV has never sounded so good. Simply connect the miniTek transmitter to your TV set and it will automatically stream stereo sound directly to both your hearing instruments. Most Siemens hearing instruments that work with miniTek are equipped with SoundBrilliance. This enhances the perception of higher-pitched sounds, bringing you a richer, fuller and more natural hearing experience.

Movie Night.

While you’re enjoying the show, miniTek makes sure you don’t miss what’s happening around you. You can control the microphone straight from your miniTek so you can listen to TV and chat with friends at the same time. Movie night becomes social and relaxed, as it should be.

Double the pleasure.

The innovative miniTek has the ability of connecting to two transmitters at once. This allows you to link to two separate TVs, or your TV and stereo simultaneously, without having to move the transmitter. And since miniTek comes pre-paired with the transmitters, it all happens effortlessly and automatically. Unpack, plug in and it’s linked. That simple.

Great conversations start with one touch

Put your phone in your pocket, and say hello to easy communication. miniTek and your hearing instruments are all you need for clear, convenient and comfortable calls.

Connect with your phone.

miniTek doesn’t just link to your phone, it talks to it. You can make, take and end calls directly from miniTek to your Bluetooth enabled mobile or landline phone. And enjoy disturbance-free conversations, completely wirelessly. It also works instinctively. So if you’re watching TV and the phone rings, just answer the call and miniTek will instantly switch to the telephone mode. As soon as you hang up, it switches right back to your movie.

Two phones are better than one.

Another extraordinary feature of miniTek is its multipoint system. This allows you to connect wirelessly to two phones simultaneously, for example your mobile and landline phone. When either one rings, miniTek is activated automatically. So you can answer it immediately, without dashing for the telephone.

Your favourite music with one touch

miniTek makes even the latest headphones look old school. By streaming your music directly to your hearing instruments, it turns them into precision-paired, high performance stereo headsets.

Plug, play and dance away

When listening to music, miniTek makes sure you enjoy every note. Your MP3 player or stereo can be connected directly to miniTek using the 2.5 mm input plug, for a truly harmonious hearing experience. If your player is Bluetooth enabled, you can even enjoy your tunes wirelessly. Alternatively, miniTek can communicate with your music system through the transmitter. This comes prepaired with miniTek, so no adjustments arerequired. And with a signal radius of upto 10 m (30 feet), it gives you plenty of room to boogie.
 

Siemens wireless solutions at a glance

  • Siemens has a comprehensive range of stylish wireless devices offering you greater control, connectivity and enjoyment of modern technology
  • miniTek™ - A combined streamer and remote control that connects you to multiple audio devices simultaneously.
  • Transmitters -  Two transmitters can be linked to miniTek at once, giving you multiple connections to TVs and stereos.
  • Tek™ - A wireless enhancement system which connects you to multi-media devices such as phones, MP3 players and TVs.
  • ePen™ - A pen-shaped remote control for discreet adjustment of hearing instruments to individual listening preferences.
  • ProPocket™ - A standard remote control for convenient management of Siemens hearing instruments.

Absolute control with one touch

Tek

Simply connected.

Similar to miniTek, our classic Tek also offers superior sound and wireless connectivity – only it’s simpler and easier to use. With its timeless design, larger size, clear display and intuitive buttons, it lets you link to various multi-media devices, without doing it all at once. With Tek you can access your favorite audio devices through a dedicated remote control, Tek Connect. Smart and powerful, Tek Connect streams sound from your mobile phone, MP3 player, televisionor other audio source directly to your hearing instruments. All in true stereo.Tek is perfect for those who like to thoroughly enjoy life – one thing at a time. Smart and yet simple to use, Tek Connect sends sound from your mobile phone, MP3 player, television or other audio sources directly to your hearing instruments.

ePen

Does everything but write.

The award-winning ePen™ is our discreet remote control. Shaped like a pen, it lets you adjust the volume, switch programs and turn the hearing instruments on and off. A gentle tug and twist are all it takes to completely control your instruments without others noticing. ePen was recently honored with the prestigious “iF” and “red dot” product design awards for 2010. These international prizes are awarded based on the stringent review of criteria such as innovation, esthetics and functionality.

ProPocket

Puts you in charge.

Our classic ProPocket™ remote control provides easy fingertip command over virtually all program functions. It is small enough to fit into a purse or pocket, yet the larger buttons offer great usability. Without consuming a lot of power, ProPocket gives you accurate, hassle-free control of your instruments.

If you would like a pair of Siemens Micon devices together with one or more of the wireless accessories above fitted at our Harley Street office,  contact us now on 0207 467 8473.

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