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Using Bluetooth® Connectivity to Enhance Hearing Aid Benefit

Carol Meyers, Au.D. and Gabrielle Filips, Au.D. Siemens Hearing Instruments

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Bluetooth ® What is Bluetooth? What are the benefits & limitations? How does Siemens Hearing use this technology? The Tek® experience - listen for yourself!

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Bluetooth Bluetooth is an industrial specification for wireless personal area networks (PANs). Technology first introduced in Sweden in the 1990’s The Bluetooth name originally came from the Danish Viking and King, Harald Blåtand whose name translates to Bluetooth in English. He is known for uniting Denmark & Norway Bluetooth provides a way to connect and exchange information between devices such as mobile phones, laptops, personal computers, printers, digital cameras & video game consoles over a secure, globally unlicensed short-range radio frequency ~ 30 feet for class 2 devices

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Siemens AG is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. 3

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a standard and communications protocol primarily designed for low power consumption, with a short range based on low cost transceiver microchips in each device Bluetooth is radio-based (digital FM) using the 2.4 GHz radio spectrum Pairing of communicating Bluetooth devices is always required & the transmission is secure due to encryption. A Personal Area Network (PAN) is created with the pairing Bluetooth devices use a radio communications system, so they do not have to be in line of sight of each other

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Bluetooth benefits Benefits Wireless Eliminates wires/connection cables Easy to set up and improves safety and look of setup Turns hearing instruments into a wireless hands-free headset Low interference Doesn’t need to be line of sight (like infrared technology) Inexpensive technology Less than $5 for the chip

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13 inch) 6 *J.51 inch x .8 volt power source* Hearing instrument example: Super Power BTE draws approximately 2 mA from a 1.6 x 3.3 mm (.8 x 3. similar in size to typical hearing instrument chip* Antenna is required to pick up signal Size of antenna dictates efficiency Typical size may be 12. 2007 .3 volt power source (675 battery) Size of components BlueCore 7 chip approximately 4 x 4 mm. The Hearing Journal. Yanz and D.15 inch x .Bluetooth limitations Limitations Power consumption Considered low for some applications but in hearing aid industry considered to be high Draws approximately 8 mA from a 1. Preves.

Preves. The Hearing Journal. 2007 .Bluetooth limitations Limitations High transmission delay > 100 ms (typically ~200 ms) Degraded lip synchrony if audio paired to visual stimulus (non-issue with cell phones) Limited audio signal bandwidth: 7. Yanz and D.5 K Hz 7 *J.

Bluetooth limitations with hearing aids & Siemens Solutions Limited audio signal bandwidth: 7.5 KHz SoundBrilliance in high tech hearing instruments extend bandwidth to 12 KHz High transmission delay: >100 ms (typically ~200ms) degraded lip synchrony (TV) degraded sound quality for open fittings Tek Transmitter with proprietary Bluetooth implementation using much shorter delays already paired with Tek Connect High power consumption and large size of components Bluetooth implemented in remote control (Tek Connect) e2e wireless 2.0 for transmission from Tek Connect to hearing instrument (magnetic transmission) 8 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement System 9 .

4 10 .Programming with CONNEXX 6.

Life fitting range for mild to moderate hearing loss Life output/gain 124/40 dB SPL 11 .

7 steps + OFF SoundSmoothing® (3 settings + off) Multichannel adaptive directional microphone system 12 .Siemens Life 700 16 channel DSP e2e wireless 2.0 Multichannel AGC-I & Multichannel AGC-O Environmental Classification System Speech & Noise Management System: 16 channels.

Siemens Life 700 TruEar™ SoundBrilliance™ FeedbackBlocker™ SoundLearning® ProPocket™. ePen® & Tek® compatible Moisture resistant technology 13 .

Let’s start programming the hearing instruments and the Tek Connect with CONNEXX 6.4 14 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement System 15 .

500 & 300 Car charging adapter for Tek is an optional accessory 16 . 501 & 301 700.Tek Wireless Enhancement System Tek now comes in new. smaller packaging Compatible with all e2e wireless 2.0 products: 701.

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect & Tek Transmitter are pre-paired and share the same serial # Serial #s are located on the back of the Tek Transmitter & inside the battery compartment of the Tek Connect Tek Connect Tek Transmitter 17 .

0 Short range magnetic transmission system New technology for optimum stereo sound Operates at 3.28 MHz.400 MHz operating range for low power wireless hearing instruments 18 .155 MHz to 3.0 e2e wireless 2. in accordance with the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) which recommends 3.Tek + e2e wireless 2.

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Display 19 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Display Direct access to programs (P1–P5) 20 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Display Direct access to programs (P1–P5) Volume + / - 21 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Display Direct access to programs (P1–P5) Volume + / Accept / End phone calls On / Off Tek Connect 22 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Display Direct access to programs (P1–P5) Volume + / Accept/ End phone calls On / Off Tek Connect Microphone for phone application 23 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect 24 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Lock switch: Locks the Tek Connect 25 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Lock switch: Locks the Tek Connect Instrument power: Power down/Readout 26 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Lock switch: Locks the Tek Connect Instrument power: Power down/Readout Treble/Bass* control: Change tone *Bass for Nitro SP BTEs 27 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Lock switch: Locks the Tek Connect Instrument power: Power down/Readout Treble/Bass* control: Change tone Audio input: 2.5 mm stereo connector *Bass for Nitro SP BTEs 28 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Connect Lock switch: Locks the Tek Connect Instrument power: Power down/Readout Treble/Bass* control: Change tone Audio input: 2.5mm stereo connector Mini USB connector: connects to charger or to program the Tek Connect *Bass for Nitro SP BTEs 29 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter 31 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter Audio Input: 2.5 mm stereo connector 32 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter Audio Input: 2.5 mm stereo connector Power-in 33 .

5 mm stereo connector Power-in Master volume 34 .Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter Audio Input: 2.

5 mm stereo connector Power-in Master volume On / Off switch 35 .Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter Audio Input: 2.

5 mm stereo connector Power-in Master volume On / Off switch LED shows status: Blinking: Looking for Tek Connect Constant: Established connection with Tek Connect 36 .Tek Wireless Enhancement Tek Transmitter Audio Input: 2.

Tek Wireless Enhancement link to your TV 37 .

PC.Tek Wireless Enhancement System Link to your TV (DVD. Stereo) e2e wireless 2. P3 The audio signal of the video is transmitted in stereo to the hearing instruments Tek Transmitter uses a unique Bluetooth protocol to ensure insignificant delay of the audio signal.0 Wired connection between the computer and Tek Transmitter Turn on the Tek Transmitter Switch to audio program i. unlike competitive devices 38 .e.

stereo 30 ft 30 ft 3 ft 3 ft 39 .Linking Tek to TV. DVD. PC.

The Tek experience… … listen for yourself with the Siemens Life 700s 40 .

Listening demo Power hearing instruments on Start listening in P1 Tek Transmitter is connected to computer via cable Turn Tek Transmitter “ON” Blue light on Tek Transmitter is blinking Press P3 to access Tek program Note blue light changes from blinking to solid Start video on computer and enjoy the Tek experience 42 .

Let’s explore other listening possibilities 43 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement link to your MP3 44 .

MP3 player) Select your audio program i.0 Connect your external devices directly to Tek Connect via a cable (e. P3 Enjoy the sound in stereo A connected external device (e. An incoming phone call has the highest priority 45 .Tek Wireless Enhancement Link to your world e2e wireless 2. MP3 player) has a higher priority than a device transmitting via the Tek Transmitter.g.e.g.

Tek Wireless Enhancement link to your phone 46 .

Tek Wireless Enhancement System e2e wireless 2.0 Link to your Bluetooth phone Phone rings & ring tone is generated in both instruments Accept phone call by pressing green button on Tek Connect Wearer’s voice is transmitted via Tek Connect to the phone The incoming call is transmitted via Tek Connect to both instruments End the phone call automatically. or by pressing red button 47 .

The Tek Connect will display the pairing information as shown. The The Tek Connect and the Bluetooth enabled phone are now paired. When the Bluetooth enabled phone detects Tek Connect. Select “Tek Connect” as the device to be paired with the phone and enter the Pin Code “0000” if asked. 48 . the phone will display the name “Tek Connect”.How to pair – Tek Connect to Bluetooth enabled phone Press the green phone button of the Tek Connect for approximately 7 seconds. Place Bluetooth enabled phone in discovery mode of Bluetooth enabled phone as indicated in phone manual.

Tek Wireless Enhancement System Phone Adapter brings Bluetooth functionality to standard landline phones The package contains: Power supply set Telephone cable (RJ11). standard telephone plug Multi language user guide (26 languages) 49 .

How to connect – Phone Adapter 50 .

How to pair – Tek Connect to Phone Adapter 51 .

How to use – Tek Connect with land line phone 52 .

2008 53 Binaural Benefit/ dB SNR .Proven Benefits of Tek + Bluetooth Phone 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Tek Only Tek + Mic Source: Ricketts & Picou.

7 dB over monaural transmission. 54 .Proven Benefits of Tek + Bluetooth Phone Bluetooth functionality in hearing aids Study shows that binaural wireless phone transmission improves signal-to-noise ratio by up to 5. 1 dB SNR = ~8 -10% intelligibility for some listening situations This translates to significantly better speech understanding on the phone – a use case for which many hearing instrument wearers are seeking improvement.

Tek Wireless Enhancement System Best wireless option for your patients! Easy-to-use plug and play solution Automatic operation – Tek Transmitter comes pre-paired with Tek Connect All-in-one remote/receiver not only functions as remote. frequency & intensity preferences in every listening program! No lanyard required & twice the streaming distance of competitors Compatible with custom CICs! 55 . but wirelessly streams Bluetooth signals in stereo Offers wearers the automatic ability to learn gain.

Additional Tek information on public website 56 .

Additional Tek information on Siemens website 57 .

Tek video series 58 .

Thank You! 59 .