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New hearing instrument with high power for severe hearing loss

Siemens presents the first behind-the-ear hearing systems in the successful Nitro series At the 54th International Congress of hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA) in Nuremberg Siemens introduced the first behind-the-ear hearing systems in the successful Nitro series. These particularly powerful hearing instruments have been specially developed for the requirements of people with severe hearing loss. In addition to the outstanding power range, they are the first hearing systems in this class to offer the option of direct wireless connection with the optional Tek-Set to cell phones, telephones, computers, televisions, MP3 players and stereo systems.

When Siemens introduced the Nitro in-the-ear hearing systems for the first time two years ago, they were considered a milestone in the development of modern hearing systems with their outstanding performance in a very small package. Now the series includes two behind-the-ear hearing systems. They have been developed for people with severe hearing loss and are designed with intelligent voice amplification for their special requirements for sound, volume and good understanding of voices.

Developers of hearing systems for people with high-grade hearing impairment face special challenges, because users require very high amplification of input signals and also the volume requires very fine adjustment capacity, because users can very quickly find the sound volume too high or too low. At the same time the system must offer good voice understanding and location, even if the environment, as in a restaurant or a group, is relatively noisy. Accompanying noises that restrict understanding of voices must not be amplified but must be reduced without completely eliminating them.

Siemens has developed the two behind-the-ear hearing systems, Nitro 700 and Nitro 300, to enable people with hearing impairments to take an active part in discussions in all imaginable situations. The automatic voice and noise management reduces extraneous noises and amplifies the spoken word. The directional microphones improve hearing and understanding in situations with multiple speakers. Wind noises along with sudden ancillary noises or feedback are all automatically reduced. The Siemens-developed e2e wireless technology wirelessly synchronizes the left hearing instrument with the right instrument to provide a significantly more comfortable hearing experience with the unambiguous directional hearing.

The Nitro behind-the-ear hearing instruments are being offered for this target group throughout the world along with the optional Tek technology to enable people with severe hearing loss to take full advantage of all the options of modern communications without difficulty. They connect wirelessly with any telephone, cell phone, computer, stereo system, television or MP3 player with Bluetooth technology to receive sound transmitted directly and in stereo. For example, when the cell phone or telephone rings, the hearing instrument signals this automatically with a tone that only the wearer can hear. Using the “Tek Connect”, which acts like a remote control, the wearer can then take the call without having to hold the cell phone or telephone up to his/her ear.

The new Nitro 700 and Nitro 300 hearing instruments have different technical options, such as programming, automation and learning functions, and the prices are also different. They are available in 17 different colors, including not only the standard skin and hair colors but also current fashion colors such as yellow, blue, red or turquoise.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens is the only company to offer customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 49,000 employees worldwide and operates in over 130 countries. In fiscal year 2008 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.2 billion euros and profit of 1.2 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.

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