Siemens Micon technology is a step forward in hearing aid innovation. Micon hearing aids feature 48 channels. This results in a more natural sound quality and greater noise reduction. The Micon's circuit reduces surrounding noise while focusing on and amplifying the source of speech. Noises are identified as either "impulse" or "continuous" and are reduced with varying "attack and release" strategies. Sudden, harsh sounds are neutralized while other sounds are appropriately enhanced. The circuit analyzes the current listening environment, identifies the source of speech, and selects the appropriate microphone configuration to promote the highest level of speech intelligibility for the listener.