Top hearing aid brands tend to blend together, but Signia (formerly Siemens) does a lot to stand out. There's a lot to dig into from their unique form factors (including the new rechargeable Signia Silk) and long-lasting batteries. In this article, I'll give you the backstory of the Signia brand (and its German roots), the latest Signia technology, average pricing, and more.
In preparation for this guide, I sat down with Brian Taylor, AuD, the Senior Director of Audiology at Signia. Brian helps to lead innovation for the brand and shared perspective on the latest products and technology available.
About Signia (Formerly Siemens)
Today, Signia is among the most respected names in audiology. The brand's thousands of global employees design, manufacture, and dispense hearing aids through a vast network of audiologists. The brand has received various awards, including Red Dot Design Awards, iF Golden Design Awards, and CES Innovation awards.
Before we look at the latest from Signia, let's go back to the beginning. Signia's founder, German inventor Werner von Siemens, was a prolific inventor—one of his earlier known achievements was a new telephone design that used horseshoe magnets— and by 1913, he designed a hearing aid.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Siemens began growing a hearing aid business. In the 1960s, Siemens introduced the first in-the-ear hearing aid and rapidly expanded the brand through products, acquisitions, and technology.
The company became a leading hearing aid brand by the 1990s. Siemens Audiology Solutions was purchased in 2015 by Sivantos and later renamed Signia.
If you have some prior knowledge about Signia, you may already know that in 2019, Widex and Sivantos merged to create a new entity: WS Audiology. One of the WS Audiology brands—including Signia, Widex, and Rexton—currently manufactures 1 in 3 hearing aids worldwide.
Latest Models of Signia Hearing Aids
Signia offers one of the widest ranging product lines among top hearing aid brands. The majority of customers opt for the Charge&Go model but the brand really has something for everyone including the fashion-inspired Signia Styletto, Earbud-style Signia Active and custom-molded Signia Insio.
Signia Silk is especially noteworthy due to its nearly invisible in-the-ear form factor and rechargeable batteries. Silk is the smallest rechareable prescription hearing aid on the market at this time.
While Signia's form-factors stay mostly the same from year to year, the brand releases a new operating system and processing chip every couple of years. Typically, the new chip starts in Signia's flagship (Pure Charge&Go) and rolls out through other form factors the following year. Signia is currently transitioning between the older Augmented Experience (AX) and the Integrated Experience (IX) operating systems.
The Last 8 Years of Signia Models
2023: Signia Integrated Experience (IX)
2021: Signia Augmented Experience (AX)
2020: Signia Experience (X)
2018: Signia Natural Experience (Nx)
2016: Signia Primax
Here's a closer look Signia's current product range. 👇
Signia's TV streamer connects to your television set and sends audio directly into your hearing aids. You can use the Signia app to manage your own personal volume.
StreamLine Mic does double duty as a Bluetooth streaming tool and remote microphone. The mic can easily be clipped onto a partners collar in tough listening settings to enhance clarity. Streamline mic can also stream Bluetooth to your hearing aids from any Bluetooth connected device (including laptops, TVs, phones or cars).
MiniPocket is a discreet keychain-sized remote control that gives users the power to make on-the-fly adjustments to their devices.
Note: Each of Signia's accessories must be purchased through a hearing professional. That professional will pair the accessories to your hearing aids within their backend software.
Signia Smartphone App
The latest Signia app has some fantastic features which patients love. You can read our full app review here. Some of our favorite features include:
- Remote care: Included in the Signia app (not a separate app)
- Customization: Treble/bass, volume, microphone directionality, Signia Assistant
- Tinnitus masking: Customizable options through your hearing care professional
- Find my hearing aid: Not available
- Health tracking: Step tracking, activity (e.g., high intensity versus low), and wear time
How Signia stacks up against other leaders.
Signia offers a competitive range of products and technology with brand-new releases as late as 2023. If you compare Signia to other market leaders like Phonak, ReSound, and Oticon, you'll find that the brands have much in common.
That said, Signia stands out in a few specific ways:
Signia devices are smaller than average. Signia's flagship Pure Charge&Go is among the smallest among receiver in canal devices, and Signia Silk is the smallest rechargeable prescription device available.
Signia has worked hard on its sound algorithms over the last couple of years. The devices now use split processing, which dedicates a computer chip to background noise and a separate chip to speech. The newest IX versions of Signia hearing aids also offer enhanced management of multi-talker environments. You can listen to sound samples from Signia here.
Signia's rechargeable batteries last up to 40 hours on a single charge, and the brand has an array of portable chargers that look more like consumer electronics than hearing aids. Starkey has slightly longer battery life at the moment, but we prefer the overall charging system from Signia.
Audiologist Review of Signia
Thus far, most of this guide has focused on Signia from the wearer's point of view, but each brand has its software for programming and adjustment. We asked our lead audiologist, Dr. Amy Sarow, for her thoughts on the "back end" of the Signia experience along with highlights from her patients. These were Dr. Amy's thoughts:
From a professional standpoint, Signia's focus on comfort options is particularly commendable. This translates into customizable settings that allow me to better assist my patients in achieving optimal hearing aid performance while ensuring their comfort. Signia's commitment to providing a diverse, patient-oriented product line makes them a great option.
One of the most significant challenges for hearing aid wearers is the weird feeling of hearing their own voice loudly and differently than they are used to. The Signia hearing aids offer a unique solution to this issue with their Own Voice Processing feature.
This feature senses and identifies the wearer's voice, reducing the amplification of their speech, and providing a more comfortable and natural sound. It's quick and easy to set this up, having the patient talk (i.e. counting up from twenty) for a few seconds while wearing the hearing aids.
Signia's audio streaming fine tuning is another feature that sets the brand apart. While the initial audio quality of the hearing aids is typically excellent, some patients might find the streaming quality not up to their liking. Recognizing this, Signia has incorporated an option to adjust the streaming audio within their software.
This feature allows audiologists to fine-tune the streaming experience to match the specific preferences of our patients, thereby ensuring that they can enjoy their audio content—be it music, podcasts, or phone calls—in the best possible way.
The Signia app emerges as another highlight that patients frequently appreciate. Among its features, the directional microphone function has proven to be particularly useful. This feature is especially beneficial in noisy surroundings, allowing users to select specific areas from which they want to hear better.
By focusing on the selected area, the hearing aids help to bring clarity to conversations while significantly reducing the interference from background noise. This intuitive approach to noise management has been well-received by users, enhancing their overall hearing aid experience. It's safe to say, the directional microphone feature is a hit!
From Signia's inventive German roots to the brand's array of form factors today, there are many good reasons to have Signia on your short list of hearing aids.
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Frequently asked questions
Signia is a part of the Sivantos Group, which merged with Widex in 2019. Sivantos is headquartered in Erlangen, Germany. Previously under the name Siemens, Signia hearing aids are now manufactured by WS Audiology. The company is known for its innovative hearing aid technology and has won several awards for their designs, such as their stylish Signia Styletto slim RIC.
Signia was previously known as Siemens hearing aids before becoming its own brand under the Sivantos Group. However, Signia is now part of WS Audiology and offers advanced hearing aid technology. Signia continues to innovate and improve upon their designs, while also keeping up with the latest trends and consumer needs in the industry.
Both Signia and Phonak are well-known hearing aid brands with advanced technology and features. The decision between the two ultimately depends on individual needs and preferences. Some may prefer Signia's Signia Assist feature in the Smartphone app, while others may find Phonak's universal Bluetooth more appealing. Conducting a side-by-side comparison can help determine which brand is the best fit for you. For more information, check out our comparison.
Signia hearing aids have several pros, including their advanced, multiple beamforming technology and features such as stylish design and convenient Smartphone app features. They also offer a wide range of styles and models to meet individual needs. However, some potential cons may include the lack of a "Find My Hearing Aid" feature that some patients prefer. It is essential to research and compare different hearing aids to find the one that best suits your individual needs. Check out our comparison feature to see how Signia stacks up against other brands.
The lifespan of a Signia hearing aid can vary depending on individual use and care. On average, they can last up to 5-7 years with proper maintenance and regular servicing. Factors such as exposure to moisture, dust, and other environmental elements can affect the longevity of the hearing aids. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and maintenance and have them serviced regularly to ensure optimal performance and prolong their lifespan. Overall, proper care and maintenance can help extend the life expectancy of Signia hearing aids. Some patients opt for ESCO insurance at the conclusion of their warranty for loss, damage, and repair coverage.
The decision between Widex and Signia ultimately depends on individual needs and preferences. Both brands offer advanced technology and a variety of features, so it is important to research and compare them to determine which one best suits your specific needs. Some may prefer the sound quality and customization options of Widex, while others may find Signia's multiple beamforming technology more appealing. Check out our comparison to see how they stack up side-by-side here.
Yes, Signia offers several tinnitus solutions in their hearing aids. They use their Notch Therapy feature to help manage tinnitus and provide customizable sound therapy options. Additionally, Signia hearing aids have customizable programs that your hearing care professional can create for you to help manage tinnitus. Speak to your audiologist about your options.