ISELIN, NEW JERSEY – Signia today announces the introduction of the Integrated Xperience (IX) hearing aid platform. This innovative technology represents the “world’s first hearing aid system capable of tracking multiple conversation partners in real-time,” promising enhanced sound clarity in situations involving multiple speakers, even when individuals are in motion.
For individuals with hearing loss, participating in group conversations amidst background noise has long been one of the most difficult tasks. The risk of missing crucial words often leads to feelings of frustration, isolation, and withdrawal. Traditional hearing aids, despite technological advancements, have struggled to address this issue comprehensively. Their primary focus has been on noise reduction, followed by speech preservation. However, they often fail to account for the dynamic nature of conversations, including head movement and the entry and exit of participants. This dynamic is what Integrated Xperience hearing aids were designed to address.
Signia’s IX platform harnesses insights into the changing positions of speakers, ensuring uninterrupted engagement in even the most noisy, immersive environments.
“Every conversation is a powerful opportunity to cultivate stronger connections with friends, family, colleagues, and beyond. Whether it’s a casual encounter at a grocery store or lively discussion in an office or a cocktail party, conversations don’t stand still – and hearing technology needs to evolve to support these dynamic conversational environments. With Signia Integrated Xperience, we’re delivering a solution to HCPs that empowers wearers to actively contribute to every conversation, creating a future – that now exists today – where every conversation becomes an enriching and fulfilling experience, rather than one that’s frustrating and isolating.”
–Mike O’Neil, President of Signia U.S.
In a study focused on speech performance in a group conversation scenario, Signia Integrated Xperience provided a significant improvement in speech understanding, with 95% of participants experiencing greater hearing clarity with Signia Integrated Xperience compared to without.1
Signia Integrated Xperience Hearing Aids
Built on Signa’s innovative Augmented Focus™ split processing technology which processes speech and background noise separately to create a clear contrast between the two, Integrated Xperience features Signia’s RealTime Conversation Enhancement solution that “analyzes, augments, and adapts” to the dynamic flow of multi-party conversation environments.
According to the company, the technology works in three stages, allowing patients to engage, interact, and participate in immersive group conversations regardless of their location, movement, and noise level.
- Analyze – Processes 192,000 data points every second to detect speakers and analyze conversation dynamics.
- Augment – Uses the data that’s analyzed to control multiple focus streams that lock onto and dynamically highlight each speaker’s voice amidst the noise. Simultaneously, Augmented Focus™ split processing technology processes background sound to ensure a comfortable, immersive conversational experience without distractions.
- Adapt – Signia’s patented Multi-Stream Architecture updates 1,000 times per second, merging focus streams into dynamic auditory space that adapts to evolving conversations. This allows the real-time tracking and enhancement of multiple moving speakers, ensuring wearers can fully engage in group conversations.
Integrated Xperience is already making a noticeable impact on the lives of patients. Dr. Randi Yontz, AuD and Dr. Hannah Kostrzewksi, AuD, of Aspire Audiology & Hearing in Nashville, recently fit their patient, Meaghan Thomas, with Signia Pure Charge&Go IX hearing aids – and the “results were immediate”.
“As a meteorologist for WKRN TV studios, Thomas requires hearing aids that support a range of dynamic sound environments,” said Yontz.
“Signia Pure Charge&Go IX quickly proved to deliver exceptional sound quality, while allowing her to hear conversations from all directions – not just in front of her. I’m looking forward to seeing how this technology continues to improve communication for even more patients, even in the most immersive environments.”
Signia Pure Charge&Go IX and Signia Silk Charge&Go IX
Pure Charge&Go IX and Silk Charge&Go IX hearing aids are the first two models to leverage the Integrated Xperience platform, offering a substantial improvement in conversational ability for patients.
Featuring a sleek receiver-in-canal (RIC) design, Pure Charge&Go IX features the company’s RealTime Conversation Enhancement solution – which enables enhanced group conversation performance for patients with mild to severe hearing loss.
Pure Charge&Go IX also features Signia’s Own Voice Processing (OVP) 2.0 technology, which ensures own-voice comfort that activates whenever a patient speaks to keep their voice sounding natural and clear. The new hearing aid also delivers enhanced, future-proof connectivity – ready for the upcoming Bluetooth LE Audio standard and currently equipped with iOS, ASHA, and Bluetooth operability.
Furthermore, Pure Charge&Go IX is compatible with the AI-powered Signia Assistant, available in the Signia App. Bolstered by a cloud-based live Deep Neural Network (DNN) trained and updated with real-world data, Signia Assistant understands the patient’s environment and adapts the hearing aids to provide personalized support. Hearing Care Professionals (HCPs) can review and validate these adjustments, ensuring optimal benefits for each patient and streamlined appointments to focus on their needs.
Pure Charge&Go IX is also available with an optional T-Coil that allows patients to connect to public sound systems in places like airports, concert halls, universities and more.
Silk Charge&Go IX is the “world’s first and only” rechargeable, instant-fit, completely-in-the-canal (CIC) prescription hearing aid.
The Silk IX is a small and unobtrusive solution that delivers improved speech in noise performance. The hearing aid is also instant-fit, which saves time for HCPs, and will be offered with the option of customized earmolds. It comes equipped with a built-in power bank to provide charging on the go and can be charged through USB 3.0 or with a wireless Qi charger.
Both models are available as IX CROS for wearers with single-sided deafness.
For more information about the Integrated Xperience platform and currently available hearing aid models, click here.
Jensen et al. (2023). Power the conversation with Signia Integrated Xperience and RealTime Conversation Enhancement. Signia White Paper
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