March 2017 update - All models have now been superseded by the newer "Tempus" range.
November 2015 update - All in the ear models are now available. These are called the "Stride" models.
Important note regarding hearing aid names
Some companies supply a slightly more basic version of this hearing aid and market it as the "Vista N 710". The hearing aid is still made by Unitron and is almost identical to the North 700.
You will also see other names associated with Unitron products, such as "Moxi, Now, Fit, All, Dura, Kiss, Stride, Insera. These are all essentially different "shapes" of this hearing aid. For example, the Unitron Tempus Pro Moxi sits over the ear, whereas the Unitron Tempus Pro Insera fits entirely into the ear and is hidden down the ear canal. Feel free to ask us for a more detailed explanation.
The Unitron North 700 is the mid-tier hearing aid. It uses the new "North" processor. It is ideally for people who have a moderately active lifestyle and need to hear well when out and about in shops, cafes and other social situations with medium levels of interfering noise.
Moxi Fit The Moxi "Fit" is a great looking aid, it is barely noticeable that it is slightly bigger than the Moxi Kiss. This is because it includes a push-button for program changes or controlling the volume and also a telecoil.
Moxi Kiss The "Kiss" is discrete and tiny of the three Moxi's. The winner of two 2015 design awards it is perfect if you do not want the extra features which add size to the Moxi Dura and Moxi Fit.
Moxi Dura Considering that the "Dura" is mainly for those with a severe to profound hearing loss and therefore is required to provide a lot higher amplification, it isn't much bigger than the Moxi Fit.
The Unitron North chip identifies where you are and is pre-programmed with five separate environmental variants (out of the seven below) The aim is always to keep the main focus on speech that is in front of you and the aids will change between the different environmental settings to achieve this. These environments are;
Conversations in quiet
Conversations in a small group
Conversations in a crowd
Conversations in noise
General noise without speech present
Multiband adaptive directionality
This feature has a similar effect to the more advanced "Speechzone" feature of the higher end aids. It can't home in on speech in the same way but it instead looks for background noise and suppresses it in order to help you hear speech more clearly.
The Pinna is your outer ear. The natural "Pinna effect" is what your ear does naturally, acting as a funnel to collect sounds. This hearing aid replicates this effect despite being sat on the back of your pinna.
Short sudden sounds such as dropping a plate can be very loud with some hearing aids. Antishock makes the hearing aid react straight away to stop these sounds before you hear them.
To help with voice clarity on the telephone, this feature streams the phone signal to both hearing aids for a stereo sound effect when listening on the phone.
IP57 standards of water and dust resistance. Absolutely not waterproof, no scuba diving in them.
The North 700 includes other features such as Easy-t, Feedback manager, Tinnitus masker, Windcontrol, Log it all, Flex system, Natural sound balance, Duo-link, data logging. Detailed descriptions of these would make for a pretty long article so if you want any of them explaining then we're happy for you to call or email us to ask.