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Empowering hearing instrument wearers

to keep loving music

Music has the power to fill us with joy, evoke special memories and provide a sense of relaxation and calm following a busy day. A person’s love of music doesn’t change when they are living with hearing loss, but wearing hearing instruments can affect their experience with music.

 

Why is music so special when it comes to hearing instruments? Because the tonal complexity and wide dynamic range of music simply doesn’t sound the same through technology designed to improve speech intelligibility.

 

Garbage in is garbage out

 

When a listener misses out on the quieter and louder moments, and other subtleties woven throughout music, it can compromise their listening experience. A musical passage needs to be input to a hearing instrument with precision in order to be output without compromise.

 

Most hearing instruments use a 16-bit analog-to-digital (ADC) convertor, which limits the dynamic range of music. A limited dynamic range can lead to both a noisy input and loud notes being distorted. Hearing instruments driven by the Tempus platform, such as Moxi All, offer technology to overcome these issues:

 

 

• 24-bit ADC provides sufficient dynamic range to reproduce the highest

   level input peaks of music that hearing instrument microphones can

   capture without distortion. It also keeps the noise floor extremely low

   so even the pianissimo (very soft music) sounds beautiful.

 

• 119 dB SPL peak input with 101 dB input dynamic range captures a

   full range of sound, from quiet to loud, while 11 kHz bandwidth

   captures both the low and high frequency inputs to achieve a clean

   reproduction of sound.

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Get your free Google Cardboard and check out streaming audio for TV, music and other features by downloading our Moxi All virtual reality (VR) experience on Google Play or the App Store.

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A dedicated environment is key

 

Another key contributor to achieving natural and authentic sound for music is to give it a dedicated environment. We are able to offer this dedicated music environment thanks to SoundNav in the Tempus™ platform. SoundNav is intelligent technology grounded in the belief that the best listening starts with knowing the environment. Having quick and accurate recognition of music is essential for the hearing instrument to apply the optimal features in the perfect strength and combination. The highly intelligent system classifies the acoustical landscape into seven environments, of which music is a separate and dedicated environment.

 

• Our dedicated Music environment doesn’t

   get blended with other environments, because the

   goal is different: music quality, not speech clarity.

 

• When SoundNav detects music in one hearing

   instrument, a binaural synchronization occurs to

   ensure both instruments switch together into the

   environment optimized for listening to music, for

   a fully immersive experience.

 

• Features have settings specifically for music, such as

   enhancing the ability to hear lyrics to add to the

   listening enjoyment.

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Get your free Google Cardboard and check out streaming audio for TV, music and other features by downloading our Moxi All virtual reality (VR) experience on Google Play or the App Store.

Making music personal

 

Enjoying music is all about personal taste. Our MyMusic feature provides an easy way for hearing instruments to be personalized for each individual’s music preferences. You can choose between six predefined MyMusic offsets that address typical music genres:

 

1. General

2. Rock/Pop

3. Jazz/Blues

4. Classical

5. Folk

6. Country

 

In addition to these six predefined MyMusic offsets, you also have the flexibility to further customize the music listening experience through fine tuning, within TrueFit, our fitting software.

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TV Connector

Music to their ears

 

People who wear hearing instruments still want their music to sound as natural and authentic as possible. The unique philosophy behind MyMusic lets patients continue enjoying the rich, full tones of the music they love. If they are wearing Moxi™ All hearing instruments, they get the added freedom to stream music in stereo, wirelessly to both ears, from their favourite entertainment devices—like phones, tablets, TVs and laptops—using the TV Connector accessory.

Get your free Google Cardboard and check out streaming audio for TV, music and other features by downloading our Moxi All virtual reality (VR) experience on Google Play or the App Store.

 

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*While supplies last.

 

 

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7Unitron Global Listening Environment Study, 2016 <http://unitron.com/gles>
 

   

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