The Tinnitus Specialist Blog
Thoughts and inspiration from a Harley Street tinnitus specialist.
Amazing new technology in the Siemens Micon range to combat tinnitus
My colleagues and I have been having some fantastic results with the new Siemens Micon range of combination devices.
Technology keeps moving forward
I'm just writing up a full product page on it, but the leap forward they have made reminds me of when Siemens 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, but 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 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 to my knowledge was 20, this model having a usable bandwidth of around 8 to 9kHz.
Music, TV, speech clearer - tinnitus 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.