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The Siemens Life 101 is a mini BTE (behind the ear) product which uses flexible thin tubes and a soft silicone dome system to deliver sound from the device which sits behind the ear into your ear canal. There are many advantages to this mechanism of both sound processing and sound delivery. The main electronics sit outside of your ear which is a hostile environment for electronics so there is an improvement in reliability over the in the ear style of products as well as comfort and the space for a larger battery and more sophisticated sound processing. We would have no issue in recommending that this particular product format would be suitable for all but the most severe of hearing loss. The Life system is available in four technology levels; the 701, 501, 301 and 101. This strategy of multiple products is not unusual amongst hearing aid manufacturers who use it to maximise their returns from each product launch ensuring that their latest technology is available to suit the majority of wearer’s needs and pockets! Do not be put off by the third tier but rather focus on what that delivers and if you feel that is sufficient for your listening environments, then why pay more? The Siemens Life 301 is an 8 channel sound processor with multiple algorithms for the amplification and improvement of sound quality as well as having an optional Bluetooth wireless system. The wireless system will enable the hearing aid to be directly connected to compatible systems and until recently this functionality was exclusive to the very top tier of technology. This gives an indication that although it is labeled as a third level there are still some high-quality aspects to the Siemens Life 301. To look beyond channels and algorithms we feel that the 301 would be a very suitable hearing aid for the majority of wears in the majority of situations. The environment where its limitations may be exposed is that which people who suffer from hearing impairment traditional find the most difficult, namely speech in a noisy environment. In a quiet setting, we are confident that you will have few issues with the Life 301 but when in a crowd you may feel the lack of the sophisticated directional sound processing of its more advance sister products. In summary, unless you are going to be often exposed to crowded, noisy environments we feel that the Siemens Life 301 would be a very good product at a very reasonable price. Well worth looking into further.
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