Computer Can Do That?

The computing power that has revolutionized the capabilities of hearing aids continues to march forward.

Following the contours of Moore’s Law—which predicted in 1965 that microchips would radically increase in power, decrease in size, and drop in price—the tech of hearing aids is still advancing.

Recently recognized by the CES Innovation Awards, the Signia Augmented Xperience (AX) platform is just one example.

Using not one, but two tiny computer processors, Signia hearing aids are able to shape the sound environment of users and significantly enhance their hearing experience.

The tech—dubbed Augmented Focus—uses one processor to incorporate the “focus” sound (usually a human conversation) for the user while the second handles all the “surrounding” sound (the background soundscape). Built on what would have been pure sci-fi in 1965, the AX platform features augmented speech understanding, an immersive soundscape, and automatic situation detection.

This is all possible because the sound heard by the hearing aid user has been re-mixed at a ridiculous speed by the onboard computers.

The system was named an honoree in the Accessibility category by the Consumer Technology Association because it helps someone with hearing loss converse in public settings that would otherwise be very challenging. One of its models using the system, the Signia Insio Charge&Go AX, won in the Wearables category.

“At Signia our mission is to enhance human performance through iconic innovations and being named an Innovation Awards Honouree clearly shows us that we are on the right path,” said Signia’s Global CMO Maarten Barmentlo upon winning the honor.