microSavia is an ultra-slim, “feather-light” hearing aid, designed to essentially disappear behind the ear, and equipped with a transparent micro tube leaving the ear open. The manufacturer promises “an astonishing long battery life.”
This one comes from Phonak UK, maker of innovative digital hearing systems. The company believes that its Savia line of hearing aids, powered by Digital Bionics technology, provides “effortless hearing in all environments.”
Some features of the system, from the company’s website:
The 10 world firsts of Savia
Its 10 world firsts make Savia powerful and versatile. They enable Savia to address the toughest challenges and to create a natural sound quality. Effortless hearing is now possible even in difficult hearing situations.
# 1 SoundNavigation
Automatic performance that fades smoothly between 4 base programs for optimal performance in all environments.
# 2 Real Ear Sound
Restores front-to-back localization and natural sound perception with 20 channel resolution.
# 3 EasyFM
Savia recognizes the presence of an FM signal and activates the FM program automatically.
# 4 Digital SurroundZoom
The multi-microphone technology splits the incoming signals into 20 channels and suppresses the strongest noise source in each channel.
# 5 DataLoggingplus
Provides access to your client’s real life use of amplification and proposes optimal volume corrections per base program.
# 6 EchoBlock
Reinstates effortless hearing by removing the reverberant components of the signal and restoring important speech cues.
# 7 Dual Wind Noise Management
The Wind & Weather Microphone Protector significantly reduces turbulences caused at the inlet and the electronic Wind Noise Suppressor suppresses the remaining noise.
# 8 Smallest FM receiver
The ML9S is not only completely design-integrated but also the world’s smallest FM receiver.
# 9 Smallest, most powerful chipset
The heart of Savia is the world’s smallest, most powerful digital signal processor manufactured in state-of-the-art submicron technology, with more than 6,000,000 transistors packed into a chip the size of 2.7 x 3.7 mm.
# 10 Three field-replaceable volume control options
Savia offers three field-replaceable, easily exchanged volume control options to suit all client needs: ergonomics, minimal visibility or no VC at all.