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Hearing Aid Evolution

Hearing aids have come a long way.  Most hearing aids used to be analog  and now new technology hearing aids can actually stream your phone call directly into your hearing aid.

Some hearing aids will actually directly stream your TV program directly into your hearing aids.

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Hearing aids have been developing for years and some have the early trumpet-type designs attributed in the 1700’s.  Over time, engineers and designers have added apparatus to amplify and process sounds.  In 2018, now there are advanced designs that are discreet both in the ear and behind the ear.  Some of these hearing aids are so sophisticated that they can help most people to hear again like they were 21 years old.  With the advent of smart phone apps, the hearing aids can also be controlled using your phone.

Hearing aids are always evolving.  Digital signal processing and miniaturization has continued to evolve and the result has been better hearing aids.  Below is a timeline that shows some technological advances over time:

  • 1878 Telephone receiver with substantially improved transmission quality
    People with hearing impairments were able to understand a conversation better over this telephone developed by Werner von Siemens.1902 Electric hearing testers
    Siemens (or rather the preceding company Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall) makes audiometry electric.1911 First steps in the development of electrical hearing aids
    Louis Weber (Siemens & Halske) starts the development of the first Siemens device for hearing impaired.1913 Esha-Phonophor
    First serial production of hearing aids.1951 Phonophor Alpha
    First pocket-size hearing aid.1959 Auriculette 326
    First behind-the-ear hearing aid.Siemens hearing aid history overview 1966-2002
  • 1966 Siretta 339
    First in-the-ear hearing aid.1987 Telos
    First remote control in the world of hearing technology.
  • Try the world’s first natural own voice!  Clinically proven to be the best!

    Signia (Siemens) Nx:

    • Most natural hearing experience
    • Improves immediate acceptance of your own voice by 75%
    • Outstanding speech quality
    • Crystal clear sound in all listening environments
    • World’s first Own Voice Processing (OVPTM)

    Signia (Siemens) Nx was clinically proven in a 2017 “First Fit Study” conducted at Hörzentrum Oldenburg and a clinical study done at the University of Northern Colorado and published in February 2018.  Lansdowne Hearing can help you hear like you were 21 years old again!

  • 1997 Prisma
    Digital hearing aid featuring two microphones.2002 Triano
    World’s first hearing aid with three microphones.Siemens hearing aid history overview 2004-20082004 Acuris™
    World’s first hearing aid featuring a wireless radio technology, e2e wireless™, the smallest wireless system in the world. Developed by Siemens.2005 iScan™
    World’s first in-office digital ear impression scanner.2006 Centra
    Trainable hearing aid.2008 Siemens Tek™
    A revolutionary wireless enhancement system connecting hearing aid wearers to all favorite audio devices.Siemens hearing aid history overview 2010-20132010 BestSound™ Technology
    A new chapter in hearing aid technology.2011 Aquaris™
    World’s first waterproof digital hearing aid.2012 Deutscher ZukunftspreisGerman President Joachim Gauck presented the team of researchers from the University of Oldenburg and Siemens with the prestigious “Deutscher Zukunftspreis“ (German Future Award) for their development of binaural hearing aid technology.2014 binax 
    The new generation of BestSound Technology is clinically proven to outperform normal hearing in challenging environments.*2015 Binaural OneMic directionality.
    Another world’s first. The pioneering binaural OneMic directionality enables binaural directionality in custom hearing aids with one microphone, such as CICs.

    *Two independent clinical studies have shown that Siemens hearing instruments with binaural processing provide better than normal hearing capabilities in certain demanding environments

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