NX hearing aids: the buzz about the latest Signia technology offers very functional improvements in voice perception, hearing in noise, tinnitus treatment, connection to phones, TVs, and other electronic devices. The NX circuit is available in three levels of technology, and the level is based on your score on a speech in noise test. The higher the level of technology, the better your hearing in noise. So, the audiologist will not recommend a level of technology that is "more than you need." These hearing aids are touted to enable the user to hear in noise as well as an individual with normal hearing.
Signia continues to offer more options for tinnitus treatment than the other manufacturers, so, if tinnitus is a big part of the communication difficulty, Signia aids are recommended.
Options: The Signia Cellion aid, which is rechargeable, has an IP68 rating, the highest rating in the hearing aid market for water resistance. The NX Pure is available in two sizes, with the 13 battery offering double the battery life of the 312 battery. Neither requires a streamer for Bluetooth connections.
Remote control: All current Signia aids can be controlled with a (free) smartphone app.
This waterproof and dust proof hearing aid is designed for individuals with a mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Those with severe to profound hearing loss cannot benefit from this hearing aid. To swim with this hearing aid, the tube fit configuration is replaced with a screw on tone hook and custom snug ear mold to prevent water from ebbing into the hearing aid electronics from the ear canal. It works quite well!
Individuals with precipitous high frequency hearing loss will find terrific benefit from these newly released hearing aids. Clarity significantly improves. Unaided word discrimination scores of 60-70% often improve to the low 90s. Speech in Noise scores as measured with the Quick Sin test often improve by 10-13 dB. The improved streamer has more than doubled streaming hours. Tinnitus treatment is built in as a no-charge option, but often not needed, due to the amplification algorithm.
This is the best hearing aid I know about for individuals with a severe to profound hearing loss. It is water resistant, available at four levels of technology, and is often covered by state health insurance benefits.
Bluetooth (BT) technology continues to be available from nearly every manufacturer of hearing aids. The reason is clear: BT improves clarity on the telephone, on television, in groups, and at long distances, when it is programmed into the hearing aid. Several manufactures have discontinued the use of streamers. Each manufacturer has a different strategy; most manufacturers enjoy collaborating with Apple to make apps available to add very helpful features to the hearing aid.