- 8 channel processing
- RIC product format
- Data learning
- Multiple power levels
- Choice of colours
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The Siemens Pure RIC is available in four different technology levels and the 301 is the third of those. In order to feel one has made a correct selection in deeming this product as suitable for your needs, there are two questions one has to ask. Firstly is the Pure the right basic product and secondly is the 301 the right technology level?
The Siemens Pure is an RIC product format. RIC stands for receiver in the canal. This is a product format where the main part of the aid (the case) sits behind your ear and the receiver (speaker) is in your ear canal connected by a fine translucent wire. This is a very popular design as it enables a smaller case but still large enough to house twin microphones and all the necessary technology. Typically it uses a size 312 battery which allows for good battery life and by having distance between the microphones and receiver allows more amplification without the risk of feedback, we would have no hesitation in recommending the Pure or any other RIC as a suitable product format.
So is the 301 the right technology level? This is very much a question that hinges upon how and where you wish to use the device. We can tell you that the Pure 301 has 8 sound processing channels compared to 16 for the 701, 12 for the 501 and only 6 for the 101. We can tell you that more is better for a more precise fit but what it is difficult to say is how this may impact your use of the product.
Siemens do publish a very simplistic chart which outlines which technology level is suitable for which listening environment and while it is clearly open to personal interpretation let’s be guided by them. Siemens indicate that the Pure 301 is suitable for use in the following environments: Home, Private Conversation, TV/Movies, Restaurant and Meeting. If you believe that encompasses the areas of your life where you need better hearing then you would do well to seek more information on the Pure 301. More complex listening environments such as Parties and Crowds would definitely be better handled by more sophisticated sound processing so if that is the case have a glance at the 501 or 701 levels.
In summary, this is a good choice for the majority of basic user needs. Perhaps the ideal first-time product.