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Alpha hearing aids for music

Bernafon Alpha - inspiration in every note

Bernafon introduces a new way of experiencing music. The new Music Experience program was designed with years of expertise in the music field. True to our mission for best sound in any situation, music enjoyment is just one program change away with Bernafon Alpha hearing aids.

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Bernafon's best for music enjoyment

No matter whether your clients dance to classics, trumpet the jazz rhythms, move to hits directly streamed into their ears, play in an orchestra, or listen to music over the radio. With Music Experience, Bernafon Alpha hearing aid users benefit from:

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    Superior sound quality thanks to real-time and high-precision sound analysis through Hybrid Sound Processing™

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    Well-balanced music enjoyment based on a music-specific compression scheme

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    Bernafon's years of music expertise to best cater to musicians and music lovers alike

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    Higher sound fidelity thanks to a large bandwidth and extended dynamic range

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    Easy accessibility and handling with one dedicated program for all types of music experiences

How does the Music Experience program work?

Two turn into one. In the past, two programs were needed to best cater to different types of music listening situations. Now, the new Music Experience program does it all in one dedicated solution. It pairs Hybrid Sound Processing™ with an algorithm specifically designed for music to cater to live, played, recorded and streamed music alike.

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    The music algorithm uses an independent compression scheme to amplify the broader frequency and dynamic range of music sounds. It accommodates various music listening situations. All types of music are amplified more transparently for an accurate sound reproduction.

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    Hybrid Sound Processing™ optimally processes music with high precision and in real-time, based on up to 48,000 signal estimations per second.

Together they cater to the fast-changing dynamics of music. Read our Topics in Amplification (TiA) or visit our resource center to access further information about Music Experience.

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The dynamics of music

Music is different from speech. Its spectrum is more variable with higher peaks and a broader frequency range. Amplification based on a speech spectrum will not do it justice by limiting the output and causing distortions.

As early as 2010, Bernafon was among the first in the industry to release technology that specifically addressed the dynamics of music. With Alpha's Music Experience, Bernafon has taken the next step towards rich music enjoyment.

Why is music important?

Research indicates that music has the power to affect people’s wellbeing. It creates a certain atmosphere and influences the listeners' emotions. Music can trigger memories of the past and help people to relax. Studies show the positive effects of music through:

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    ... boosting the listener's mood 1

  • Older couple dancing and laughing at home while enjoying the Music Experience of Bernafon Alpha rechargeable hearing aids

    ... reducing stress 2

  • Older man wearing Bernafon Alpha rechargeable hearing aids is taking guitar lessons from a younger teacher

    ... and stimulating the memory. 3

  1. Schaefer H. E. (2017). Music Evoked Emotions Current Studies. Frontiers in neuroscience, 11, 600. doi:10.3389/fnins.2017.00600
  2. Collingwood, J. (2016, May 17). The Power of Music To Reduce Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/lib/the-power-of-music-to-reduce-stress#1
  3. Diaz Abrahan V., Shifres F., Justel N. (2019). Cognitive Benefits From a Musical Activity in Older Adults. Frontiers in psychology, 10, 652. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00652
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Great music enjoyment and best sound without compromise

Bernafon Alpha is the first hearing aid to feature the new Music Experience program. Its superior sound quality is not only limited to music. Thanks to its innovative Hybrid Technology™ it simultaneously augments both speech understanding and listening comfort, even in the most rigorous listening situations.

Learn more about Alpha's Hybrid Technology™

Pioneering the way music is processed in hearing aids

Bernafon enjoys a successful legacy in processing live music and maximizing the benefits of hearing aid technology for hearing-impaired musicians. Research audiologists working at Bernafon have published regularly in this field for many years.

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  • Hockley N.S., Bahlmann F., & Chasin M. (2010). Programming hearing instruments to make live music more enjoyable. The Hearing Journal; 63(9) pp. 30-38. Open access

  • Hockley N.S., Bahlmann F., & Fulton, B. (2012) Analog to digital conversion to accommodate the dynamics of live music in hearing Instruments. Trends in Amplification 16(3) pp. 146 – 158. Open access

  • Chasin, M. & Hockley, N. S. (2014). Some characteristics of amplified music through hearing aids. Hearing Research 308, 2-12. Purchase to access

  • Chasin, M. & Hockley, N. S. (2018). Chapter 40 Hearing Aids and Music: Some Theoretical and Practical Issues. In Bader, Rolf (Ed.) Springer Handbook of Systematic Musicology pp. 841-853, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Purchase to access

  • Lesimple, C., Simon, B., & Tantau, J. (2020). Fitting Hearing Aids with Musicians [Bernafon White Paper], www.bernafon.com.
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