Siemens Eclipse Xcel 301
- Extremely discrete hearing aid
- Eight canal sound processor
- Soft dome fitting system
- Speech & Noise management algorithm
- Feedback cancellation
- e-Windscreen noise reduction
The Siemens Eclipse Xcel 301 is not a revolutionary product as the format has been used before but it is certainly rare enough to be classified as a quirky style of manufacture. The Eclipse is a standard build so not specific to the shape of your ear canal and fitted with a soft dome on the end to provide the flexibility of fit. The domes come in two colours Blue for left and Red for right and the faceplate of the product is a dark brown to blend with the shadows of your ear. The blending is important as the Eclipse is all about discretion.
Initially it would be fair to suppose that all hearing aids should fit inside your ear canal and be hidden from public view but the attraction of invisibility does come with a cost. Fitting a hard piece of plastic deep into your ear canal can be impossible for those with narrow or pinched canals. It can be uncomfortable either as a physical fit issue or the sensation of the ear being blocked up. So proceed with some caution when requesting the small invisible hearing aid as there are advantages to having something lightly larger, possibly with higher functionality and easier to handle.
Inside the Eclipse 301 is an 8 channel sound processor that powers a range of sound processing algorithms that can be found in a number of Siemens hearing aids. These include Feedback Stopper which will cancel out the annoying whistling that can be caused by a feedback path between microphone and receiver. Siemens have an algorithm that they call SoundSmoother which tackles sudden and loud noises by a fast reaction to soften the amplification. One of the standard undesirable noise associated with hearing aid is wind noise. The noise of wind is considerable amplified by the microphones and can be a real irritant. The Siemens e-Windscreen lessens the intrusion of wind noise and makes listening in windy environments both more pleasant and comfortable.
Probably the most interesting is the Speech & Noise Management system. Speech in the presence of noise is the singular most difficult communication environment and where most people with an onset of hearing loss recognise their problem for the first time. The Siemens algorithm is designed to eliminate the unwanted background noise thereby leaving the speech to be amplified and hopefully understood.
The Siemens Eclipse 301 is a simplistic concept of a standard fit, small, invisible hearing aid well executed by the world’s leading manufacturer. While the concept may be simple the technology is really quite sophisticated and if you require something even more advanced there is a higher technology sister product the Eclipse 701. Discuss both with your hearing aid audiologist to understand the difference and which may be most suitable for your needs.
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