Signia Silk Charge & Go IX

Signia Silk Charge & Go IX

Signia Silk Charge & Go IX

An In-Depth Look at the Discreet Hearing Powerhouse

Signia Silk Charge & Go IX Rechargeable Hearing Aid Review

The Signia Silk IX Charge&Go isn’t just the first rechargeable invisible hearing aid; it’s a testament to Signia’s commitment to blending cutting-edge technology with near-invisibility. Let’s delve deeper into its strengths and limitations, giving you a clearer picture of whether it’s your ideal listening companion.

Signia Silk Charge&Go IX hearing aids

Key Features

High-Tech Hearing in a Tiny Package

IX Platform Advantage: Powered by Signia’s IX platform, the Silk IX utilizes multiple “focus streams” to isolate and amplify speech while suppressing background noise. This translates to crisp conversations, even in bustling environments.
Discreet Design, Big Impact: The CIC design nestles snugly within your ear canal, making it virtually invisible. No more worries about visible hearing aids affecting your confidence or lifestyle.

Rechargeable Convenience for All-Day Peace of Mind

24+ Hours on a Single Charge: Ditch the disposable batteries! A single 3-hour charge powers the Silk IX for over 24 hours, ensuring uninterrupted hearing throughout the day.
Pocket-Sized Powerhouse: The sleek charging case provides 3 additional charges, giving you up to 72 hours of runtime and eliminating battery anxiety even on extended trips.

Beyond the Highlights: Considerations for Informed Choice

Comfort Considerations: While generally comfortable, the sleeve/dome fitting might not offer the same personalized comfort as custom-molded CICs, especially for narrow ear canals. Consulting an audiologist is crucial for proper fit assessment.
Unique Directionality: Unlike traditional directional microphones, the Silk IX uses Binaural OneMic directionality. This leverages the natural ear shape and processing to focus on speech in challenging environments. While effective, it might not be as precise as true directional microphones for some users who prioritize pinpointing sound sources in complex acoustic situations.
No Bluetooth Streaming: If streaming phone calls, music, or podcasts is a top priority, the Silk IX might not be ideal as it lacks Bluetooth connectivity. Consider alternative options if this feature is crucial for your needs.

Personalized Control at Your Fingertips

Signia App for Effortless Adjustments: The user-friendly Signia app lets you fine-tune volume, switch programs, and personalize settings for optimal listening in various situations.

2 Colour Options to Suit Your Style

Available in two colours, mocha and black. With a soft textured surface to avoid reflections for added discretion, its designed with you in mind. The unique discreet ready-to-wear hearing aid offers:

  • Instantly fit with new ultra comfortable EarWear 3.0 or fit with custom mold
  • Access controls with My Signia app via acoustic pairing or via miniPocket remote control

Signia Silk Charge & Go IX Color Options

Verdict

The Signia Silk IX is a compelling choice for individuals seeking a virtually invisible, high-tech hearing aid with advanced noise reduction and rechargeable convenience. Its strengths in discretion, long-lasting battery life, and app-based control make it ideal for those who prioritize these features. However, the lack of onboard controls, Bluetooth streaming, and potential comfort limitations for some users should be considered. Consulting an audiologist is crucial to determine if the Silk IX aligns with your specific needs and preferences.
Remember: Your hearing journey is unique. Explore your options, prioritize your needs, and seek expert advice from one of our accredited audiologists to find the hearing aid that empowers you to hear your best and live life to the fullest.

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.

Oticon OWN

Oticon OWN

Oticon Own

Oticon OWN Custom – In the Ear – Hearing Aid Review

Oticon OWN has been one of the most successful hearing aid launches in years and Oticon’s new OWN line packs that same technology in an In-the-Ear form factor. Enabling users to receive exceptional hearing in all situations especially in background noise.

5 Styles, 5 Colours and 5 Technology Levels.

Oticon have released their new custom model in:

  • 5 Styles – IIC, CIC, ITC, ITE (Half Shell) & ITE (Full Shell)
  • 5 Technology Levels – OWN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • 5 Colours – Beige, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown & Black

Whether you’re looking at getting something that matches your skin tone or something which looks like an earbud. There’s a colour for you.

 

iPhone and Android Connectivity

Streaming capabilities are available in larger ITC and ITE models with enough space for the Bluetooth radio. Like many other modern hearing aids, are Made For iPhone (MFi) meaning they directly connect to and stream from almost any iPhone or iOS device (iPhone 6s and newer). With these hearing aids, you’re able to have completely hands-free calling with two way streaming. For users with iPhone 10 and newer, this means your hearing aids act just like earbuds, streaming phone calls to your ears and delivering the sound of your voice over the phone.

Although Oticon larger OWN hearing aids are able to stream from the latest Android phones (Samsung Galaxy S20/S21), I have found connectivity with older devices hit or miss. Unfortunately, due to the current limitations of Bluetooth Low Energy, More can’t directly connect to all Bluetooth devices. So if connectivity and streaming are a priority for you, consider picking up a ConnectClip or looking into the Phonak Lumity or Paradise Range.

For Android users and older iPhone users, always remember to keep your phone (iPhone or Android) close, as it uses the microphone in the phone to pick up your voice during phone calls.

For instructions on how to pair your Phone with your compatible OWN ITC or ITE hearing aids click here: iPhone or Android

Most Reliable App – Oticon ON App – Hearing aid controls

From my experience, the Oticon ON app has been the most reliable and responsive app on the market. They connect immediately on almost any phone and gives you the ability to control numerous settings. From volume controls to program switching, from battery percentages to equaliser settings, each adjustment is snappy and accurate.

To find out if your Phone is compatible with the Oticon ON app, click HERE

For a full tutorial on how to use the Oticon ON app.

 

Accessories

For streaming to any other Bluetooth connected device (eg. older iPhone/Android or laptop), you can use the ConnectClip. The ConnectClip allows for truly hands-free calling, using its built-in microphone for phone calls. Making taking phone calls much more convenient and carefree.

Battery Life and Battery Types

One of the limitations of the OWN line of custom hearing aids is they don’t provide a rechargeable option. All models only come in battery-operated models (size: 10 & 312). If you were looking for something invisible, without batteries you may consider a different brand or even Lyric.

Verdict

In summary, if you’re looking for an In-the-Ear style hearing aid with one of the best speech understanding in background noise, you won’t go wrong with an Oticon OWN hearing aid. 

 

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.

Phonak Lyric Invisible 4

Phonak Lyric Invisible 4

 Phonak Lyric Invisible 4

Lyric Invisible 4

Phonak Lyric Hearing Aid Review

Lyric Hearing Aid Review Phonak Lyric invisible is an exceptionally good option for the right candidates. During my 37 years of practice, I have found no other hearing aids like it.

Lyric is the only hearing aid technology that offers complete invisibility; when it comes to cosmetics, I would like to recommend Lyric as the best option if there are no clinical contraindications!

The fact that is placed deep in the ear canal makes it possible for clients to have the benefit of the ear anatomy for better directionality, natural sound transmission and improved clarity.

As Lyric is worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and as clients use Lyric during all their daily activities naturally, clients might forget that they are using a hearing aid. The fact that Lyric is worn 24/7, may also reduce the risks associated with untreated hearing loss. Read more about the benefits of Phonak Lyric here.

I have found Lyric a great option for clients who have difficulties managing traditional hearing aids, as Lyric has no batteries to change and requires no maintenance and no daily insertion or removal. Read more about Lyric hearing aid testimonials here.

In cases when clients can manage, clients can be provided with a SoundLync, a magnetic adjustment tool that allows clients to adjust the volume, turn Lyric on and off, and to put it in sleep mode. Lyric can also be removed, if needed, with the SoundLync.
Cons: Lyric may not be affordable if clients have a limited budget. However, these clients can be offered payment plans.
Not everybody would be a candidate for Lyric. Narrow ear canals, history of excessive earwax build-up, eardrum perforations, ear discharge and bleeding disorders are among the factors, which may exclude clients from being a possible candidate.
Although I have had amazing results with Lyric, I have had these good results only with the right candidates. To find out how Phonak Lyric works click here!

Review by Dr Moh Dadafarin,  Audiologist, Hearing Rehabilitation and Lyric Specialist,  Melbourne, Australia

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.

Phonak Virto 90 Titanium

Phonak Virto 90 Titanium

Phonak Virto Titanium

Phonak Virto

 

Phonak Virto B90 Titanium IIC Hearing Aids Review

If end users are looking for a super discreet hearing device, then the Phonak Virto B Titanium Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC) is the one for them. Released in 2018, it is the smallest in-the-ear device that Phonak has put forward from its predecessors.

Compared to the tradition acrylic in-the-ear devices in the market, the titanium shell is seemingly thinner and stronger. The thinner shell enables a deeper fitting of the device in the ear canal (up to 26% smaller) so that exceptional sound quality can be achieved. It also has an IP68 rating for resistance to dust and water.

The Virto B Titanium comes in 2 performance levels, the premium performance level B90, followed by the advanced B70 performance level. The device is suitable for individuals with mild to severe hearing losses.

Importantly, the stand out feature incorporated in the device is known as Autosense OS. This sophisticated feature senses the client’s surroundings and automatically adjusts accordingly to the program available, to deliver the best speech understanding. In other words, less effort is required by the client. From my clinical experience, Autosense OS is rather beneficial for clients that find it difficult to select the appropriate program for a specific environment.

Although the super small device is appealing for hard of hearing individuals, like most products there are limitations. I have found that frequent maintenance is required as the style of the device makes it more susceptible to cerumen. Users that have dexterity issues have commented that the devices are relatively difficult to manage i.e. replacing filters and the small size 10 batteries.

Nonetheless, in contrast with the other custom devices the design of an enclosed microphone (located underneath the battery compartment) is a brilliant initiative to protect the microphone, increasing the reliability of the device. This design is what separates this device from other in-the-ear products in the market.

Overall, the Phonak Virto B Titanium delivers excellent hearing and comfort outcomes so that clients can establish confidence in their everyday hearing situations.

Review by  Wai Yin Pong, Clinical Audiologist, Clinical Audiologist, Melbourne, Australia.

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.

Signia Active X and Active Pro

Signia Active X and Active Pro

Signia Active X and Active Pro

 

 

Signia’s Active X and Active Pro – Hearing Aids Review

Hearing Aids or Ear Buds? Signia’s Active X and Active Pro hearing aids bridge the gap between the two worlds, fitting over a hundred years of research and development into a new and revolutionary form factor. With rechargeability, direct iPhone streaming, and all day battery. the Active X may just be the hearing aid you’ve been waiting for.

My Top 3 Features

Form Factor and Design

The Active X hearing aids look like no hearing aids which have come before. Their large body and minimalistic colours are built to be seen. Just like a cool Apple Airpod or Samsung Buds, these can be worn proudly as a fashion accessory with the benefit of better hearing. 

Rechargeability and Charging Case

The Active X’s are the only fully rechargeable in-the-ear (ITC) hearing aids which don’t require a custom mould. Starkey’s Livio Edge Ai ITC hearing aids are the only other hearing aids on the market which offer rechargeability but they do come in a custom form factor. Depending on your hearing loss and design preference, you may choose one over the other.

Accompanying this modern hearing aid is one of the smallest and, in my opinion, best designed cases on the market. Closely resembling the Apple AirPods’ case, the Active X case has a secure lid, magnets to hold your hearing aids in place, internal batteries, and USB-C/wireless charging. From my experience, for someone who frequently travels or needs to take off their hearing aids often (working with power tools, etc.), this is a fantastic option. Other cases currently on the market are much bulkier and often do not include an internal battery, requiring you to be plugged directly into the wall at all times.

Direct iPhone Audio Streaming – Videos, Music, Calls, Podcasts etc.

The Active X offers direct streaming and app controls on most iPhones, allowing you to listen to calls, movies, podcasts and lots more straight to your ears. For streaming from Android phones or other bluetooth devices, a Streamline Mic accessory is necessary.

iPhone Streaming

The Active X devices are compatible with iPhones 5 and later, allowing direct music and call streaming to the hearing aids without an additional accessory. Like most other hearing aids (besides the Phonak Marvel/Paradise lines), phone calls stream directly to your ears but use the iPhone’s microphone to pick up your voice. If you want truly hands-free calling you can pick up the Streamline Mic.

Android Streaming

No direct audio streaming capabilities are currently available for Android through Signia devices. You need a companion device like the Streamline Mic for this purpose. Only Phonak’s Audeo Marvel and Paradise devices currently have direct audio streaming for all Bluetooth devices. 

For the full Streamline Mic Review, CLICK HERE

Comfort and Design

Comfort and Ease of Use

Personally, the Active X’s are quite comfortable. Their Click Sleeve Domes fit well and the large body is well supported on the ear. For individuals with narrow ear canals, behind-the-ear options like the Signia Styletto X or Oticon More hearing aids may be a better fit. Your audiologist will be able to advise if this would be a suitable option for you.

Signia App

The Signia app is available for both iPhone and Android and allows you to control settings like volume, program switching, directionality, and sound balance. Signia has also recently added a new mask mode and Signia Assistant to provide additional help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For the full Signia App tutorial, CLICK HERE 

Battery Life

The Active X’s are set to last around 16 to 19 hours on a single charge depending on the level of your hearing loss and streaming time. A full charge will take around 3 to 4 hours whilst a 30 minute charge will last you around 5 hours. The case is said to also contain up to 3 to 4 additional charges, making it a great option if you go on short road trips and don’t want to carry a power brick.

Summary

In summary, if you’re looking for a hearing aid which looks like no other, is fully rechargeable, and fits well in the ear, I would highly recommend going to your local audiologist for a trial of the Signia Active X’s!

Review by Mark Truong, Audiologist, Melbourne Australia

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.