AudiologyOnline Phone: 800-753-2160


Signia AX Got Better - April 2022

Survey Pinpoints Major Hearing-Aid User Concerns

Alina Urdaneta

November 21, 2011

Share:

Question

Many of my adult patients tell me they don't wear their hearing aids regularly because they "get in the way" or they don't want to risk damaging them during their normal daily activities. Is this a common complaint across the industry, and if so, what can I do to increase patient compliance and satisfaction?

Answer

We at Siemens commissioned a survey over the phone with 500 people across the United States who had been using a hearing instrument on a daily basis for at least the past two years. We asked a number of questions about how their daily life is affected by the fact that hearing aids naturally have some limitations. We asked about their daily routines and the activities they would like to participate in. We also wanted to know what potentially risky activities they participate in while wearing their hearing aids—"risky activities" meaning ones that would, obviously, damage their hearing instruments. These included such things as showering or bathing and walking vigorously.

We found that about 30% reported that the weather actually affected their daily routine. For example, during heavy rain, 17% said that they take their hearing aids off, 9% don't even go outside, and 3% turn off their hearing aids because they think it can save the electronic device. In reality, we know that when a traditional instrument gets saturated enough, it will be damaged, whether it's on or off. Thirty percent of these 500 respondents said that they rarely participate in certain activities that they would otherwise love because of their hearing aids. Some activities included taking a spa or Jacuzzi, water skiing, swimming at the beach or pool, snorkeling and woodworking.

When asked if they would be interested in a hearing aid that was waterproof, dustproof and shock resistant, 53% of respondents said they would be somewhat or extremely interested in these attributes. When we asked which of these three features they would be most interested in or excited about, waterproof came in first at 71%, followed by shock resistant at 63%, and dustproof at 60%. Obviously, we see there's a need in the marketplace for an instrument that can meet these needs.

Siemens introduced Aquaris™, a BTE instrument that addresses all of these patient concerns with remarkable accuracy. In the development process, Aquaris was put through an Ingress Protection rating test. Aquaris achieved a rating at IP57. The 5 in IP57 means that it is dustproof. The 7 in IP57 means that the instrument can be completely submerged into three feet of water for thirty minutes and come out completely operational. You can view more details about these tests and watch them being performed in the YouTube video entitled Siemens Aquaris, tested tough. There are a number of other videos on Aquaris, including the IP57 test, available on both YouTube and our Web site. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare or the Siemens web channel on AudiologyOnline.

Alina Urdaneta is the Vice President of Marketing at Siemens Hearing Instruments. Her responsibilities include marketing, communications, press, product marketing and training.


alina urdaneta

Alina Urdaneta


Related Courses

Auditory Wellness: What Clinicians Need to Know
Presented by Brian Taylor, AuD, Barbara Weinstein, PhD
Audio
Signia

Presenters

Brian Taylor, AuDBarbara Weinstein, PhD
Course: #36608Level: Intermediate0.5 Hours
  'Good discussion of importance of outcomes measures and the OTC market'   Read Reviews
As most hearing care professionals know, the functional capabilities of individuals with hearing loss are defined by more than the audiogram. Many of these functional capabilities fall under the rubric, auditory wellness. This podcast will be a discussion between Brian Taylor of Signia and his guest, Barbara Weinstein, professor of audiology at City University of New York. They will outline the concept of auditory wellness, how it can be measured clinically and how properly fitted hearing aids have the potential to improve auditory wellness.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Understanding Patient Empowerment Along the Hearing Health Journey
Presented by Brian Taylor, AuD, Sarah Gotowiec, PhD
Audio
Signia

Presenters

Brian Taylor, AuDSarah Gotowiec, PhD
Course: #37890Level: Intermediate0.5 Hours
  'great content and topic'   Read Reviews
Most clinicians recognize the importance of empowerment in the patient journey, but do they know what it really means for a patient to feel empowered? Find out in this engaging and informative podcast with WSA research scientist, Sarah Gotowiec, PhD, who reviews the five dimensions of patient empowerment and how clinicians can apply her research to empower patients more effectively throughout the patient journey. This recent open access article is the focus of her discussion: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14992027.2021.1915509

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Signia Expert Series: Hearing Aid Fitting Nuggets Mined From Recent Research
Presented by H. Gustav Mueller, PhD
Live WebinarWed, Aug 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Wed, Aug 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Signia

Presenter

H. Gustav Mueller, PhD
Course: #37894Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Each year, over 300 articles are published in professional journals related to the function and fitting of hearing aids. Some are rather esoteric, but others have data that provide unique fitting tips that can be applied on Monday morning! We'll review the key findings of some of this emerging research that hopefully will be useful to you and beneficial for your patients.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Signia Expert Series: What Did They Say? Potential Solutions for Helping Patients Hear the Television
Presented by Erin Picou, AuD, PhD
Live WebinarWed, Aug 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT
Signia

Presenter

Erin Picou, AuD, PhD
Course: #37895Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Watching television or movies at home is a very common leisure activity for adults. Yet, people with hearing loss often struggle to hear the television. This presentation will discuss the importance of television or movie viewing and will offer some evidence-based solutions for improving the television viewing experience for adults with hearing loss.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Dynamic Soundscape Processing: Research Supporting Patient Benefit
Presented by Matthias Froehlich, PhD, Katja Freels, Dipl.Eng., Eric Branda, AuD, PhD
Text/Transcript
Signia

Presenters

Matthias Froehlich, PhDKatja Freels, Dipl.Eng.Eric Branda, AuD, PhD
Course: #34060Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'To the point'   Read Reviews
This paper reviews three different studies conducted with the Signia Xperience hearing aids. Research reviewed for laboratory studies of speech understanding and listening effort, comparative speech-in-noise testing, and real-world EMA assessment of patient benefit and satisfaction.

View this Course for FREE.
Need CEUs? Become a AudiologyOnline member to get unlimited CEUs.

Only $99/yr

Learn More

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.