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A hearing solution for you should be as individual as you are.

Different Styles of Hearing Instruments

There are several different styles of hearing instruments, not to mention the multiple design and color options. Each hearing aid is designed and fitted to each person's hearing needs.

The place where hearing aids are worn is the simplest way of categorizing the different types. Hearing aids are worn either in the ear, or behind the ear.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC): 

Custom (CIC) hearing instruments are used for mild to profound hearing loss. Custom instruments sit entirely within the ear and are fitted individually made from an impression of the wearer's ear.

Open-Fit (BTE):

BTE instruments are used for all types of hearing loss, from mild to profound. They come in a variety of styles from Miniature-BTEs to SuperPower instruments. Most offer advanced directional microphones for improved understanding of speech in noisy situations. Behind the ear systems can be connected to custom fitted earmolds with varying degrees of closure and occlusion of the ear canal and outer ear, or they may be coupled with thin tubes and soft tips for a more open fitting. Open fittings are only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing losses, but can provide additional comfort and ventilation to the ear.


Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

RIC open fittings look quite similar to the open fittings. But contrary to most conventional behind-the-ear instruments, the receiver is placed within the canal. Since the receiver is no longer within the behind-the-ear (BTE) unit, but inside the canal - and connected to the BTE component via thin tubing - the BTE unit is particularly small, light, and inconspicuous. 




Hearing Aids
Hearing aids can help you re-establish connections to the world. They are made to selectively increase the volume of the sounds you want to hear. They can make soft sounds audible, while at the same time making moderate or loud sounds comfortable. Hearing aids are designed to provide relief in both noisy and quiet situations. Wearing hearing aids can put you at ease during conversations and make you less likely to have to ask others to repeat themselves.

How Hearing Aids Work
Every electrical hearing aid has three parts; a microphone, an amplifier and a receiver.
The Microphone
- This collects the sound and converts it into electrical impulses. These reproduce the rise and fall of pitch of the sound (high or low) and the intensity (loudness measured in decibels).

The Amplifier - This modulates the electrical impulses, makes sounds louder or quieter. It can have an integrated circuit with up to 30 transistors or a combination of circuits. The digital aid uses the efficient micro-chip.
The Receiver - It converts the amplified signal into sounds and feeds them into the ear.
Hearing aids get their power from tiny batteries.

Hearing Aid Technology can be divided into two different categories:
Analog Hearing Aids - This conventional technology amplifies all sounds equally. Your Audiologist sets the amplification level, though it can be adjusted later. Loud sounds may require you to manually turn down the volume on your hearing aid. This type of technology is best for people who do their communicating in relatively quiet situations. Basic analog is the least expensive technology. Analog hearing aids are slowly being phased out. Some companies make only digital hearing aids.
Digital Hearing Aids - With this type of technology, a computer chip converts incoming sound into digital code, then analyze and adjusts the sound based on your hearing loss and listening needs. The signals are then converted back into sound waves and delivered to your ears. The result is sound that's more finely tuned to your hearing loss. Digital hearing aids are available in all styles and the price you pay will depend on the features you choose. More advanced digital signal processing capabilities tend to translate into higher cost. If price is a concern, let your Audiologist know and choose the best combination of features in your price range.

Hearing Aid Accessories
Directional Microphones - Helps you focus on sounds coming in front of you by reducing sounds coming from the side and behind you. This technology improves your ability to hearing when you're in an environment with a lot of background noise. The latest directional microphone systems automatically adapt and reduce multiple noise sources around you. This system now includes the use of three microphones.
Telephone adapters - This technology, also referred to as telecoils, makes it easier to hear when talking on the telephone. Flipping a switch directs your hearing aid to eliminate sounds from the environment and pick up sounds from the telephone only. Keep in mind this feature only works with telephones that are hearing aid compatible.
Speech and Noise Management - This technology allows for special listening programs to be set that offer personalized sound processing for specific listening needs such as listening to music.
Feedback Cancellation - Continually analyzes incoming signals and adjusts seamlessly and instantaneously to minimize feedback (whistling) Also, maintains excellent sound quality
Multiple Listening Programs - Adjusts the way sound is processed to adapt to specific listening situations including listening on the telephone or to music.
Wireless Technology - Highly advanced instruments use wireless technology to literally communicate with each other when wearing two hearing instruments (binaural amplification). Sound processing is synchronized for optimized sound quality. Wearers can use one control to operate both instruments No hearing aid can solve every hearing problem or restore normal hearing, but they are designed to provide amplification so that you can hear and understand better.

A Design for Every Lifestyle

Open Ear Solution
Ultra-thin tubing is virtually invisible. Open Fit Behind-the-Ear Unlike BTEs which utilize a custom molded earpiece, Open Ear BTEs are small, sleek hearing instruments that attach to ultra-thin, almost invisible tubing and soft, comfortable tips that are inserted into your ears. A common complaint of hearing instrument wearers is the feeling of their ears being plugged up. This is known as occlusion and is caused by the earmold or custom instruments being placed into the ear. By utilizing special tubing and tips, Open Ear BTEs dramatically reduce occlusion by creating a more comfortable listening experience. Open Fit BTEs do not require ear impressions, and therefore you may be able to be tested and fit in one appointment. The flexible tips are available in various sizes for you and your Hearing Care Professional to choose from, ensuring optimal comfort. Since Open Ear BTEs have no visible controls, they function automatically and are easy to wear and use. Your Hearing Care Professional can help you decide what type and style hearing instrument is best for you and your hearing needs.

Fit deeply inside your ear canal. Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) hearing instruments are the smallest, custom-designed hearing instruments. Hidden in the shadow of your ear canal, they fit deep inside your ear and are virtually invisible. Siemens Micro-CICTM is the smallest CIC available today.

CIC hearing instruments are created to fit your unique ear shape. Due to their small size, CIC hearing instruments don't usually have any manual controls, so all features and functions are programmed to perform automatically - making them easy to use and comfortable to wear. CICs are aesthetically pleasing, and can help a variety of hearing losses. Your Hearing Care Professional can help you decide what type and style hearing instrument is best for you and your hearing needs.

Benefits at a glance:
• Almost invisible when worn
• Custom designed to fit your unique ear size and shape
• Completely automatic.

ITC In-the-Canal
Small enough to fit almost entirely in your ear canal. In-the-Canal (ITC) hearing instruments are custom-designed to fit almost entirely in the ear canal. Less visible than In-the-Ear models, ITCs take up only about one quarter of the concha - the indented, bowl-like outer portion of your ear. ITC hearing instruments are created specifically to fit your unique ear size and shape. They may have manual controls for volume and special listening programs, or these features may function automatically - giving you the option of how much or how little you control your instrument.

ITCs may be appropriate for a variety of hearing losses. Your Hearing Care Professional can help you decide what type and style hearing instrument is best for you and your hearing needs.

Benefits at a glance:
• Small and discrete model
• Custom designed to fit your unique ear size and shape
• Automatic or manual controls
• Available in a range of colors to match hair and skin tones

ITE In-the-Ear
Made to fit within the external ear. In-the-Ear (ITE) hearing instruments are custom made to fit within the concha - the indented, bowl-like outer portion of your ear. ITEs are the most widely recommended hearing instrument style for adults because of their design and control options. Custom hearing instruments are not usually recommended for children since their ears are continually growing.
ITE hearing instruments are made to fit your unique ear shape. Because of their size, ITEs can have many features and options that make wearing hearing instruments more comfortable and user-friendly. They may have controls for manual adjustment of volume or special listening program, or these features many function automatically - giving you the option of how much or how little you control your instrument. Of the custom instruments, ITEs can help the widest variety of hearing loss. Your Hearing Care Professional can help you decide what type and style hearing instrument is best for you and your hearing needs.

Benefits at a glance:
• Most widely recommended custom instrument
• Custom-designed fit to your unique ear size and shape
• Automatic or manual controls
• Available in a range of shades to match skin tone

BTE Behind-the-Ear
Fit snugly behind the ear and are attached to a custom earpierce. Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing instruments fit comfortably and snuggly behind your ear. BTEs are attached to a custom earpiece molded to the shape of your outer ear. They are the most versatile hearing instruments, with models that can aid people with all types of hearing loss - from mild to severely profound. For children, BTEs are most often recommended since the earpiece can be easily changed to accommodate their growing ears, and can be connected external devices, which can assist them in the classroom.

BTEs can be connected to other sound sources such as televisions and infrared listening systems. Infrared listening systems can be helpful in public gatherings and for children in school. Volume control and other listening adjustments can be made manually or determined automatically by your BTEs, offering you the most control over your own hearing instruments. Your Hearing Care Professional can help you decide what type and style hearing instrument is best for you and your hearing needs.

Benefits at a glance:
• Most versatile to address all types of hearing loss from mild to severely profound
• Capable of being attached to external sound sources
• Automatic or manual controls
• Available in a range of fun, fashion colors as well as those to match hair or skin tone

Benefits at a glance:
• Small, ergonomic design
• Reduces occlusion
• Automatic controls

No two hearing impairments are the same. So a hearing solution can't be one-size-fits-all. Each of our hearing aids is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and offers you more choices of function, feature and style.

Digital Hearing Aids
The term DIGITAL is used so often today, it can be confusing. When the term "digital" is used while referring to hearing aids, it generally means the hearing aid is 100% digital. In other words, the hearing aid is indeed a "complete computer". 100% digital hearing aids are wonders of modern technology. 100% digital hearing aids can process sound using incredibly fast speeds such as 100 to 200 million calculations per second. Interestingly, most 100% digital hearing aids have analog components, such as the microphone and the receiver. 100% digital hearing aids transform analog information into a digital signal and process the sound to maximize the speech information you want to hear, while minimizing the amplification of sounds you do not want to hear.

Digital technology is tremendous and it allows the hearing professional maximal control over the sound quality and loudness of the hearing aid. Importantly, digital technology allows the hearing professional to tailor or customize the sound of your hearing aids to what you need and want to hear. In summary, if you want the best technology- get 100% digital hearing aids.


Guidelines for the Purchasing and Distribution of SIEMENS Hearing Instruments Products

Siemens designs, develops and manufactures hearing instruments for distribution by independent, credentialed, licensed hearing health care professionals who provide service and support for hearing impaired consumers in compliance with all applicable state, federal and professional regulations and law.

Siemens hearing instruments are medical devices regulated by the USA Food and Drug Administration and are not consumer electronic devices.

 Our products and the support of our products require professional face-to-face in-person fitting and follow-up. Our products are not designed for, nor intended for delivery to hearing impaired consumers where the consumer is unable to benefit from professional face-to-face in-person fitting and support.

At our sole discretion and determination, Siemens reserves the right to refuse and/or cancel orders for our hearing instruments from individuals whose businesses we believe do not or cannot themselves provide professional face-to-face in-person fitting and support to the hearing impaired consumer or take sufficient measures to ensure that the hearing impaired consumer will ultimately receive a professional face-to-face in-person fitting. Siemens will independently and unilaterally determine whether this fitting and support requirement is offered and/or provided.

We believe that hearing health care professionals are an integral part of the appropriate selection of, delivery of, and satisfaction with Siemens hearing instruments because they can provide many benefits to hearing impaired consumers. For example, hearing health care professionals provide:

• expert technical understanding of our products to the consumer
• professional individualized fitting based upon the individual consumer need
• access to and use of our proprietary professional software fitting systems
• professional knowledge of hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation
• many other value added services and support

Questions or comments regarding these purchase and distribution guidelines must be set forth in writing and sent to Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. Attn: Distribution Guidelines, 10 Constitution Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854. These guidelines may be modified, suspended, or discontinued at any time and at Siemens
sole discretion.

Helping People With Hearing Loss For Over 125 Years.

 Siemens Hearing Instruments designs, engineers and manufactures premium state-of-the-art hearing instruments. It is the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the United States. Siemens offers hardware, software and a wide variety of equipment for Hearing Care Professionals.

The company operates as a subsidiary of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., and is part of the Health Care Sector of Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, a leader in the fields of communications, automation & transportation, electronic components, energy power, lighting, as well as medical electronics. The world's 7th largest employer with 460,000 employees, Siemens is located in 193 countries spanning 6 continents. Siemens spends over $5.1 billion on research and development annually, ranking it third in R&D investment of all major international corporations. SHI/09636-8 5/08