Signia Styletto 7AX Review

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April 1, 2024
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Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

Signia Styletto hearing aids have a sleek appearance that looks more like consumer tech than a medical device.

7X is the top technology level available for the Styletto product. It comes with a complete set of sound processing features, including motion detection, speech focus, and 48 channels of customization for your audiologist to work with. If you regularly travel or spend time in groups, this top-end level will probably be worth the additional cost.
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Signia Styletto is a prescription product and offers two options for care:

Pros πŸ‘
  • ‍Sleek product design
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  • Bluetooth streaming enabled for iPhone and Android
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  • Rechargeable
Cons πŸ‘Ž
  • ‍No onboard pushbuttons (requires app or remote control changes)
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  • Signia Styletto is a premium product at a premium price that may be out of budget for some
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Hearing Loss Level πŸ”Š
Mild - Severe
  • Signia Styletto is a fully customizable, prescription hearing aid appropriate for mild-severe hearing loss
  • If you have severe hearing loss, your care provider may fit you with a custom earmold to reduce feedback
  • If you have profound hearing loss, you may be a better fit for a high-powered BTE style hearing aid
Care Type πŸ₯
Prescription
  • Signia Styletto is a prescription device fit and programmed by a professional
  • After an initial fitting, you can connect with your care provider remotely through the Signia app
Sound Quality πŸ”Š
Strong in Background Noise
  • Signia uses a unique Split Processing technique helps isolate background noise and boost speech clarity
  • Signia's Own Voice Processing (OVP) helps take the edge off of that uncomfortable sound quality of the user's own voice that many patients experience when adjusting to hearing aids
Comfort 🦻
Very Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Signia Styletto comes in in a comfortable receiver-in-canal style that is easy to wear all day
Style  πŸ’«
Behind The Ear
  • Sits behind the ear with a receiver (speaker) that reaches into the ear canal
  • Signia Styletto offers a stylish, slender form factor that is unique in the category
  • Choose between various color schemes and options. Two-tone options: Black/fine gold, black/graphite, black/silver, cosmic blue/fine gold, blue/rose gold, blue/silver, white/fine gold, snow white/rose gold, snow white/silver. Solid color options: Beige, black, deep brown
Battery πŸ”‹
Rechargeable Only
  • Rechargeable only
  • 20 hours on a full charge (16 hours, including 5 hours of streaming)
  • Two charger options: Portable charger with induction charging, or plugin Dry & Clean charger
  • Wireless charging available with the purchase of a Qi USB-C charging cable
Connection πŸ“‘
Bluetooth Available
  • Signia Styletto allows Bluetooth streaming, music listening, and phone calls. iPhone users can take calls hands-free, while Android users must keep their phones close to pick up outbound audio
  • Signia Styletto uses Apple's MFI connection and Android's ASHA connection to stream content through Bluetooth
  • Signia Styletto hearing aids can connect to multiple devices (ie. TV and phone) simultaneously
Dexterity Level 🀏
Average
  • Signia Styletto is reasonably easy to handle but does require the wearer to place the hearing aid behind their ear and insert the receiver into the ear (consistent across all behind-the-ear styles)
  • Signia Styletto does not include push buttons, so all program and volume changes need to be made through the Signia app or an external microphone (purchased separately)
Waterproof Level πŸ’¦
IP68
  • Signia Styletto is water resistant with an IP rating of 68
  • This hearing aid can withstand dust and water submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
App features πŸ“±
Has An App, Telehealth Capable, Find My Hearing Aids
  • Remote care: Included in the Signia app (not a separate app)
  • Customization: Treble/bass, volume, microphone directionality, Signia Assistant
  • Tinnitus masking: Customizable options through your hearing care professional
  • Find my hearing aid: Not available
  • Health tracking: Step tracking, activity (e.g., high intensity versus low), and wear time
Pricing and Process
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Pricing

The national average price for Signia 7AX hearing aids is around $7,400 per pair.

Our research indicates that the best pricing and care packages are currently available through ZipHearing and Yes Hearing.

  • ZipHearing offers Signia 7AX hearing aids starting at $4,398 (see a professional in a local clinic)
  • YesHearing offers Signia 7AX hearing aids at $5,445 per pair (a professional will come to your home)

Process 

ZipHearing or Yes Hearing will match you with a local professional and secure a lower price (typically 25% less than the national average).

Fill out the form on either site to get matched with local care.

ZipHearing Form - Yes Hearing Form

Recommendation

We review thousands of customer reviews and available prices to find the best available care providers. Our readers are consistently happy with ZipHearing and Yes Hearing and give both companies 95%+ 4 and 5-star ratings on Trustpilot.

How to Choose a Technology Level
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Signia Styletto comes in several technology levels. Each device looks identical from the outside, but on the inside, each technology jump offers more sophisticated sound processing and special features. In general, wearers opt for the top technology they can reasonably afford.

The key differences between tech levels mostly come down to background noise management.

Signia Styletto 7AX

  • 20 bands of customization
  • 48 background sound analysis settings
  • Includes Echo Shield

Signia Styletto 5AX

  • 16 bands of customization
  • 32 background sound analysis settings
  • Does not include Echo Shield

Signia Styletto 3AX

  • 12 bands of customization
  • 24 sound processing channels
  • Does not include Echo Shield

Review Signia's full feature matrix here.

Read our full guide to choosing a technology level here πŸ‘ˆ

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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

As an audiologist, I am always on the lookout for the latest hearing aid technology. Recently I got to trial the Signia Styletto, an award-winning hearing aid from Signia, one of the leading hearing aid manufacturers.

In the clinic, I've fitted these devices on patients, but having firsthand experience gave me a new perspective.

I learned so much from wearing these devices and combined with my clinical experience, I'm excited to share more about this product to help you decide whether this product is right for you. In this article, I’ll provide an overview of this product and share my observations from using the devices.

About the Brand

‍Signia is one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the hearing industry, manufactured by WS Audiology. Previously, Signia operated under the Siemens name but was more recently acquired by Sivantos.

They offer a quality hearing aid technology portfolio with different form factors and charging options, which I'll explore later. Their products are known for their innovative design and split-processing AX technology to help with background noise.

The Styletto is their latest premium product which boasts a sleek design and top-of-the-line sound quality. Now that you know more about the brand, let's get into more specifics with the Signia Styletto.

Noteworthy Features

The Styletto has several noteworthy features that stand out from other models today. Aside from the sleek design, Signia's AX split processing is known for its smooth handling of background noise and motion sensor AI technology (pretty innovative, right?).

Signia's Own Voice Processing (aka, OVP) helps take the edge off of that uncomfortable sound quality of the user's own voice that many patients experience when adjusting to hearing aids. The convenient rechargeability options are some of the best on the market.

These hearing aids will easily last a full day, and the charging case holds four additional charges without needing to be plugged in.

Finally, you'll appreciate the hands-free calling options if you're an iPhone user. (Psst: Do you need a CROS hearing aid option? Signia's got that as well.)

Other Form Factors

‍The sound processing in the Styletto is available in three different form factors: behind-the-ear (BTE), traditional receiver-in-canal (RIC), and custom hearing aid options.

That's one of the great things about Signia technology. You'll have the same excellent processing technology available in different form factors.

Who is not best suited for the Styletto?

If you want a hearing aid with a disposable battery option or have dexterity concerns, there are better options than the Styletto. However, there will be other Signia options that can work here.

Personal Listening Notes And Wearing Observations

Okay so, let's get to the good stuff. My experience with Signia was positive overall. However, there are a few issues I experienced and you find more insights below.

The Fit

‍Overall, I found the Signia Styletto a comfortable fit in the ear. I wore the Styletto with a sleeve dome tip, which felt comfortable in my ear. The slim RIC design is also relatively lightweight, and I have no issues.

In the Office

When I wore the hearing aids into the office, I made several interesting observations. While doing an audiogram, I placed the headset over my hearing aids and was pleased that I didn't experience any feedback. (Note: My hearing aids were set to mild hearing loss, more significant hearing losses could produce feedback.) 

One drawback presented itself unexpectedly. In the middle of a conversation, my phone began ringing in my ears despite being set to silent mode. Later on, I found where to disable ringtones in my phone settings to prevent this from happening again.

Streaming

I tried out a few different types of streaming, including podcasts and music. The sound quality for both was good. However, I did have some intermittency with my left hearing aid streaming cutting out. The Signia team suggested I place my cell phone in a front or back pocket toward the center of the body (rather than my right coat pocket).

This adjustment fixed the issue. One point that impressed me was the smooth transitions from streaming audio to external microphones. While in my car, I connected my phone to my GPS which spoke the directions through the hearing aids.

In between directions, the hearing aids returned to picking up sound from the car and road with smooth transitions.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I highly recommend Signia’s Styletto as an attractive option for those seeking a high-quality hearing aid solution that offers both comfort and convenience.

With its array of features, including background noise processing, motion sensor technology, Bluetooth compatibility, and streaming, it’s no wonder why this product has become so popular among patients worldwide.

So, if you're looking for a sleek hearing aid option, give the Signia Stylleto a try.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Soundly conducts in-depth research to guide prospective hearing aid wearers. Our work is funded through reader support. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.

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The breakdown

Signia Styletto hearing aids come at a comparable price to the other top-of-the-line products like Oticon More and ReSound One. So what makes this hearing aid different?

Styletto hearing aids have a unique design to the hearing health category. The sleek devices look more like tech products than medical devices and are a favorite among style-seeking customers. Styletto combines this fashion-forward design with all the features you would expect, like Bluetooth streaming, rechargeability, and clear speech in background noise.

Styletto hearing aids in recharge case
Man holding Styletto hearing aids in recharge caseHand holding Signia Styletto hearing aid

The tech inside

Styletto hearing aids come with an AirPod-like charging case and Bluetooth streaming capabilities. The devices use motion detection to gather information about your surroundings as you move from one space to the next. The hearing aids automatically sense when you start walking or sit down and make intelligent decisions about where to focus. Styletto also gets top marks for the Signia Assistant feature in their app. The Signia assistant asks you simply worded questions about your current environment and preferences and adjusts your program based on your responses.

Getting up close

Styletto comes in 5 tech-forward colors, including all white, all black and two-toned with silver and rosegold accents.

Signia Styletto hearing aid colors

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