This revolutionary new form factor was developed to combine the best of Behind-the-Ear and the best of In-the-Ear instruments into a single new design. Remote-Microphone devices offer many advantages over standard custom models. A Remote-Microphone hearing aid uses everything manufacturers have learned about Custom, Behind-the-Ear and Receiver-in-the-Canal instruments over the last two decades and combines the best of each form factor to create this new line of hearing aids.
Remote-Microphone DesignFor Remote-Microphone devices the receiver and processing chip are placed into the ear, like a typical custom model. A wire or line will connect the internal components of the model to a remote-microphone placed in the patient’s anti-helix, thus giving the device its name. Remote-Microphone hearing aids provide clear benefits for cosmetic appeal and natural sound processing by the very nature of the design. With the remote-microphone design and placement, natural protection from wind noise, normal sound collection, natural diretivity and increased high frequency gain is innate in this single microphone design, making it the most closely matched model to how the normal ear processes sound. Additionally, the separation of the microphone from the internal components will reduce Inter-Modular Distortion.
The Remote-Microphone design is unique because the microphone is placed at the end of a flexible tube, which is then placed securely in the concha symba of the pinna. The rest of the instrument is inserted into the ear as with conventional Completely-in-Canal designs. This unique placement of the microphone leaves the end user with many great benefits. New remote microphone models give you more power in a custom hearing aid that is up to 40% smaller than other custom hearing aids on the market.
Remote-Microphone Device Benefits
The placement of the microphone in the concha gives the hearing aid user a much better sound experience. With Remote-Microphone hearing aids the user will experience clear benefits in 3 key areas, compared to conventional custom products:
- Natural directionality – Remote-Microphone delivers an increase in speech frequencies, leading to much better word recognition
- Natural Wind noise protection – In trials of Remote-Microphone solutions, over 97% of test subjects said they were not bothered by wind noise.
- Natural sound localization – In a recent study, conventional instruments that could be expected to perform highly in sound localization tests were compared against the new wave of instruments based on Remote-Microphone technology. Results showed the latter were far more effective in front-back localization