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In order to maximise their research and development spend, hearing aid manufacturers tend to release new technologies at multiple different price points with the products being gradually de-featured down the price range. The logic behind this is to offer their latest technology at a number of levels to suit most pockets and thereby maximise their sales. With the highly complex technology that exists within today’s hearing aids this is not too difficult but when a product USP (unique selling point) is its size then it becomes slightly more difficult.
Siemens have positioned both the iMini products squarely at the feet of those consumers who are focussed on size. There is a lot in their brochures regarding how the products are handcrafted to perfectly fit inside your ear canal. You will be relieved to learn that both the size and fit are common across the iMini range so there is no compromise here. The Siemens iMini in both it's 701 and 301 form are both small, bespoke devices designed to fit deep in your ear and be invisible to the outside world.
In order to have some justification, the 301 is less featured than the 701. It has been reduced to 8 channel processing and some of the sound algorithms are not as sophisticated as its higher tech brother.
However, as the iMini is all about size, you should carefully discuss what incremental benefits there are within the 701 and if they do not deliver benefits that you require you may be perfectly well served by the lower tech and possibly better value iMini 301.