Sonic • Cheer for the excitement1 for the excitement Product Information Guide 2 Sonic • Cheer for the excitement Give a Cheer Everybody, on your feet! Sonic presents Cheer, a well-rounded lineup of products featuring impressive sound quality stats. Cheer offers three technology levels, plus new power instruments, so there’s a device for nearly every hearing loss need. Multiple features add to a winning sound performance on Sonic’s Speech Variable Processing platform. Plus, many devices include wireless connectivity. Better hearing every day. Now that’s worth a Cheer. Sonic • Cheer for the excitement3 Sonic has people Cheering Over the years, Sonic has gained a true fan base thanks to what we call our “4S Foundation.” We commit to four principles that stand as the core of our products: Sound that’s natural, Speech understanding in noise, Simplicity in all we do, and Style that stands out. Read on to learn how Cheer exemplifies these Sonic values in each and every way. 4 Sonic • Cheer for the excitement Sound: Now this is winning performance Natural sound begins with a digital signal processor that’s engineered for premium quality; we call it our Speech Variable Processing platform. This industry-acclaimed system can be layered with sophisticated features for an unparalleled hearing experience. Speech Variable Processing Phoneme Focus – An extremely fast WDRC system, Speech Variable Processing (SVP) with Phoneme Focus replicates cochlear amplification to help keep sounds natural and speech clear. Using Phoneme Focus, Cheer is able to accurately measure the incoming signal and apply just the right amount of gain at just the right moment to maintain the clarity of individual sounds. Envelope Focus – New! A slower WDRC system, this SVP variant is designed for certain populations, considering age, high frequency hearing thresholds and air-bone gap information. With Envelope Focus, the contrast between loud and soft phonemes is greater than traditional SVP and will have a more linear behavior. Adaptive Feedback Canceller The Adaptive Feedback Canceller system in Cheer gets to work fast – it proactively attacks feedback, resulting in squeal-free, easy listening. It continually monitors the frequency content of the input signal to detect oscillation characteristics typical of feedback. Once feedback is identified, the inverse phase canceller quickly applies a counter signal to the offending component, which typically eliminates feedback before it is audible. If an amplified signal re-enters the microphone within 5 milliseconds of exiting the receiver, the system recognizes that component as a signal that has been previously amplified, and treats the signal as feedback. This allows for very quick removal of unwanted feedback. l Speech Variable Processing Sound that’s natural l Adaptive Feedback Canceller l Best Fit Fast SE l Frequency Transfer New Fitting Rationale: Best Fit Fast SE Our proprietary Best Fit Fast fitting algorithm has a new update for your convenience when fitting Cheer and other Sonic instruments. Best Fit Fast SE (Speech Enhancement) emphasizes speech intelligibility, making this fitting option the perfect choice for patients who accept more gain at their first fitting. Best Fit Fast SE joins the list of now seven generic and proprietary fitting rationales included in our EXPRESSfit fitting software. Frequency Transfer Cheer 60 Exclusive Working in conjunction with Speech Variable Processing, Frequency Transfer technology offers an innovative approach for managing severe high-frequency losses. Frequency Transfer works by compressing high-frequency input and transferring it to a lower frequency region that has better residual hearing. Frequency Transfer improves the access – and therefore the audibility – of speech cues. The SVP platform keeps the bandwidth of the original signal intact which promotes a smooth and seamless sound. A premium-level technology, this feature can be a game-changer at the Cheer 60 level. Frequency Transfer Sonic • Cheer for the excitement5 Something to shout about: Speech understanding in noise When it comes to better hearing, all sounds are not created equal. Cheer uses multiple Sonic systems to identify desirable sounds like speech, while weeding out unwanted sounds that can be distracting and irritating. Adaptive Directionality LOW 1000Hz 1500Hz 2500Hz HIGH Wind Noise Reduction Wind Noise Reduction makes time spent outdoors more enjoyable by preventing wind sounds from being amplified. When wind is detected, the Wind Noise Reduction feature quickly sets the lowest frequencies to an optimal directional response and applies maximum attenuation across all frequencies, providing instant relief. Soft Noise Reduction While amplifying important speech signals is part of a hearing device’s basic function, amplifying annoying and unwanted noise shouldn’t be. This is particularly true of low-level sounds: the whirring of a fan or the soft rumble of a refrigerator. Soft Noise Reduction reduces these quiet but distracting sounds without modifying the amplification of important speech-related signals. Speech l Wind Noise Reduction understanding in noise l Soft Noise Reduction l Speech Priority Noise Reduction Speech Priority Noise Reduction A hearing device’s primary goal is to maximize the ability to understand speech. This can be difficult when speech is mixed with noise. Correctly identifying what is speech and what is noise can be very difficult, and often noise reduction systems trade comfort for speech intelligibility. Not so with the sophisticated Speech Priority Noise Reduction found in Cheer. Speech Priority Noise Reduction works to separate speech from surrounding noise, making conversations comfortable and clear. The system constantly monitors the input and determines the modulation “fingerprint” of the signal. Sounds that are highly modulated are most likely speech and should be preserved; sounds that do not show modulation characteristics are most likely noise and should be reduced. By independently managing the noise and leaving the speech signal intact, Speech Priority Noise Reduction provides comfort and preserves underlying speech signals. Time in seconds 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 Amplitude Adaptive Directionality Cheer 60 and Cheer 40 Exclusive Adaptive Directionality is the directionality system patients want for dynamic, everyday environments. In settings like an office, a restaurant, or even a tour group, sounds are coming from a variety of sources. Adaptive Directionality quickly analyzes the incoming signal to determine the location of the loudest sound within each of four frequency regions. Upon identifying the location, the best polar response is applied independently in each region to improve the signal-to-noise ratio. l Adaptive Directionality 0 -0.2 -0.4 -0.6 -0.8 0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2 6 Sonic • Cheer for the excitement Score one for Simplicity Life is full of excitement. That means your patients’ listening environments can change in an instant. Cheer is ready for the adventure with features that deliver simple, accurate, hands-free operation. Many Cheer models (even the Cheer 20 level) include wireless capabilities—a great value in this family of instruments! Together, these easyto-use technologies help patients cheer on the day with a seamless listening experience. Universal Environment All Cheer devices offer the hands-free advantage of the Universal Environment. This legendary Sonic listening program constantly monitors the listening environment for specific characteristics like sound level, presence of speech, frequency content, and harmonics. By analyzing these different sound traits, the system determines which combination of features and amplification will be beneficial and then automatically adjusts accordingly. Although the Universal environment addresses a variety of listening situations, speech intelligibility gets special attention. To achieve the best comprehension, the Universal environment is specifically tuned to optimize essential speech-related cues, maximizing speech intelligibility in noisy situations. Data Learning Cheer 60 Exclusive Talk about simple—and smart. Data Learning (on Cheer 60) tracks the volume changes a patient makes using the instrument’s volume control, SoundGate, or a Remote Control device. By tracking volume changes over time, this feature gradually adapts amplification settings to automatically match the user’s preferences. l Universal Environment Simplicity in everything we do l Data Learning l Binaural Coordination l Wireless Connectivity Binaural Coordination* With Binaural Coordination, Cheer can wirelessly transmit actions between the left and right devices. Instead of the listener having to adjust each device separately, Binaural Coordination assures both instruments work together seamlessly. Cheer the simplicity with: • V olume and Program Changes Adjustments made to the volume level or a listening program on one device are ‘binaurally synchronized’ to the other. The desired change automatically occurs in both devices simultaneously. • N on-Telephone Ear Control Cheer 60 Exclusive When one ear engages its Auto Telephone listening program, Cheer specifies the other device as the nontelephone ear and reduces gain or mutes the input on that side. This reduces the distractions caused by sounds in the environment and increases the perception of volume from the telephone. *Cheer wireless models only Sonic • Cheer for the excitement7 Cheer for everyday Connectivity Cheer the convenience of Wireless Connectivity at a great value! Simplify your patient’s hearing experience with wireless features. Cheer 60 and Cheer 40 devices can connect to the full spectrum of optional wireless accessories – including the new SoundLink App – while Cheer 20 models include wireless Remote Control and FittingLINK connection. 1 2 3 1 SoundGate 3* The SoundGate 3 device provides wireless communication between Cheer and nearly any external audio device that uses Bluetooth® transmission. Just pair SoundGate 3 with Cheer and patients can start enjoying hands-free mobile phone use, binaural audio streaming, and basic remote control operations. 2 SoundGate Mic* Effortless hearing in challenging places becomes a breeze with the new SoundGate Mic. Simply clip the SoundGate Mic to a speaker’s clothing or ask them to keep it nearby. Their voice is transmitted via SoundGate 3 right into the patient’s hearing aids. 3 TV Adapter 2* Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Connect the optional TV Adapter 2 to a television, and SoundGate 3 streams the audio directly to Cheer. Thanks to binaural wireless reception, TV shows and movies always sound crystal clear. 4 Phone Adapter 2* Don’t forget about patients using landline phones. An optional accessory, the Phone Adapter 2 provides a binaural wireless link between landline phones and SoundGate 3, making even non-mobile phone conversations clear and vibrant. *Cheer 60 and Cheer 40 wireless models only **Cheer wireless models only 5 4 6 7 5 SoundLink App for iPhone® and Android™ smartphones* Patients will applaud our newest app: The Sonic SoundLink App along with SoundGate 3 lets listeners change volume, programs, and listening sources right on their iPhone or Android smartphone.1) 6 RC-N Remote Control** All Cheer wireless devices can make the most of our newly designed RC-N Remote Control. This small, simple-to-use device with outstanding battery life fits in a pocket or purse for easy, discreet program and volume changes. Patients with dexterity issues especially appreciate the convenience of this remote—no more fiddling with tiny buttons or dials on their hearing instruments. 7 Wireless Programming with FittingLINK** The FittingLINK is a small, lightweight wireless programming device that minimizes your effort and increases patient comfort during fitting sessions. Simply place the programmer’s flexible strap around a patient’s neck and launch EXPRESSfit on your fitting PC. EXPRESSfit recognizes the connection to wireless instruments and allows you to proceed with your fitting as usual. No cables or connectors to computer or instruments means no extra hassle—and you can put your full focus on your patient. SoundLink App for iPhone runs on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 4, and requires Sonic wireless hearing aids and SoundGate 3 with firmware 3.1 or later. SoundLink App for Android smartphones requires Sonic wireless hearing aids and SoundGate 3 with firmware 3.1 or later. 1) 8 Sonic • Cheer for the excitement Cheer for the starting lineup: Sonic Style With so many styles and technology levels, Cheer can really attract a crowd. You’ll find features to meet a variety of hearing needs. And with discreet sizes and even invisible models, Cheer will have patients on their feet. BTEs The Cheer family of instruments includes four behindthe-ear models, all with contemporary designs. The slim miniRITE and new Nano BTE are discreet options for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss needs. Patients with more severe hearing loss will appreciate the new Power BTE or the sleek Compact Power Plus. All Cheer BTEs come standard with wireless connectivity*, and are available in six stylish colors. New! miniFIT System Fitting BTEs has never been easier with the new miniFIT from Sonic. This complete system with updated thin tubes, speakers, and domes offers peak performance and convenience. The compact kits keep all Cheer BTE acoustic accessories together and conveniently organized. ITEs Cheer is available in a wide range of custom options, too— from the nearly invisible IIC (Invisible-In-Canal) to powerful ITE (In-The-Ear) models. These models are custom molded to the ear for a flawless fit, they come in a variety of colors, and many are available with wireless connectivity. lminiRITE l Nano BTE Style l Power BTE that stands out l Compact Power Plus BTE miniRITE** beige Nano BTE taupe IIC*** black (IIC only) brown CIC beige Power BTE grey dark grey ITC light brown Compact Power Plus black ITE medium brown dark brown *Cheer 20 with limited wireless connectivity **Cheer 60 and Cheer 40 only ***Cheer 60 only Sonic • Cheer for the excitement9 10 Sonic • Cheer for the excitement Model Overview Battery Size Power Model IIC*** 10 CIC ITC ITE MNR** N P CPx 10 312 13 312 312 13 13 l l l Power Receiver n n l n n n n n n Directional Microphones Program Button l l n n Volume Control l l n n Telecoil l l n n Auto Telephone l l n n n l l n n n Wireless Connectivity* l l n DAI/FM n n Earhook l n n Thin Tube Adapter n l l IP57 IP58 IP58 IP Rating Receiver Sizes n STANDARD l OPTIONAL IP58 Small (60) Medium (85) Power (100) *Cheer 20 with limited wireless functionality **Cheer 60 and Cheer 40 only ***Cheer 60 only Sonic • Cheer for the excitement11 Feature Overview* Cheer60 Cheer40 Cheer20 Sound Quality Signal Processing 3······················· Speech Variable Processing ·······················4 Phoneme Focus n n n Envelope Focus n n n 8 kHz 8 kHz 8 kHz n Frequency Bandwidth Frequency Transfer n Noise Management Adaptive Feedback Canceller n n Wind Noise Reduction n n Soft Noise Reduction n n n 4 Options 3 Options 3 Options Omni Directionality n n n Fixed Directionality n n n Adaptive Directionality n n Volume & Program Change n n Non-Telephone Ear Control (Auto-T) n Non-Telephone Ear Control (Manual) n n Universal Program n n n Manual Listening Programs 4 4 4 Environments 13 11 5 Data Logging n n n Data Learning n FittingLINK Wireless Programming l l l Real Ear Fit n n n Wireless Capability n n n Push Button Mute n n Audible Performance Indicators n n n Start-Up Delay n n n Auto Telephone Detection n Speech Priority Noise Reduction Directionality Binaural Coordination n Programming Options Patient Conveniences n STANDARD l OPTIONAL *Not all features available in all models © 2015 Sonic Innovations, Inc. 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