Major Manufacturers OTICON, BERNAFON, GN RESOUND, STARKEY and SIVANTOS (SIGNIA) have released a range of new hearing aids with improved speech processing capabilities.
The OTICON MORE range of aids utilize a significant improvement in the use of Artificial Intelligence and build upon their previously highly successful OPN S range of aids.
The BERNAFON ALPHA range of aids also utilize Artificial Intelligence and now have a central processing chip with significantly improved memory and speed that builds on their successful CHANNEL-FREE processing software.
The GN ONE range of hearing aids introduces a third microphone which sits at the entrance to the ear canal. This provides a far more natural soundscape, improving reproduction of own voice and environmental sounds. It also appears to improve telephone communication in certain situations.
STARKEY have introduced an exciting range of LIVIO aids which also utilize more advanced Artificial Intelligence software, but have added many added features, such as Excercise Data (similar to the performance of FITBIT), Fall Detect (which rings a relative of friend if the user has a fall and does not get back up on their feet) and translation of over twenty languages. As the manufacturer that has been at the forefront of Custom Hearing Aids (In-The-Ear and miniature Completely-In-The-Canal aids), STARKEY are now the only manufacturer to offer rechargeable Custom aids.
SIVANTOS has introduced motion sensors into their latest offering, the SIGNIA X range. This allows the microphones to adjust to the vertical/horizontal positioning of the wearer in relation to the incoming sounds and speech. SIVANTOS and STARKEY are the only manufacturers to have In-The-Ear and In-The-Canal aids in this latest set of offerings from the major manufacturers. Behind-The-Ear hearing aids are the only style for most of these manufacturers in their latest models.
All of these aids come in rechargeable format and come with wireless streaming capabilities for Apple products (iPhone7 and later), but only some Android products.