Founded in 1947, Phonak is a Swiss manufacturer of hearing aids, now a part of the Sonovo Group. Phonak strives to restore hearing to people who have been disconnected from the people they love and the things they were once so passionate about. Phonak promises not to rest “until wearing a hearing aid is as simple and routine as eyeglasses or contact lenses.” Phonak is driven by three main goals in their production: collaborating with hearing professionals on their insight and knowledge; pursuing innovative solutions to hearing loss; and connecting with the people they serve.
Phonak Belong Processing Platform
Belong is Phonak’s newest processing platform, designed to meet consumer demand for a sleeker and more comfortable hearing aid, improved wireless connectivity, ease of use, automation, and a rechargeable power source.
Phonak hearing aids have always been at the forefront of design, with discreet silhouettes and premium comfort. Hearing aids powered by the new Belong Platform are sleeker and smaller than previous advanced aids from Phonak. They are easy to control, with a new push button design and indicator light, and enhanced microphone placement.
Belong offers improvements on Phonak’s trademark hearing features, such as AutoSense OS and SoundRecover 2. AutoSense OS is an automated system that reduces effort in hearing, while SoundRecover protects the integrity of sound quality. In conjunction, these features work together to empower wearers to focus on the sounds they want to hear. Additionally, AutoSense analyzes sounds every 0.4 seconds and balances them according to 200+ different settings to provide wearers experience a comfortable and accurate listening experience in almost any environment.
With these improved features, Belong provides wearers with 10% better soft speech understanding, 20% better speech understanding, 60% speech improvement in noisy environments, and 37% reduction in listening effort in conversations in vehicles. Phonak’s new microphone placement assists with picking up more sound from your environment, while Belong’s automated features work in conjunction to enhance speech recognition and sound directionality.
Audeo B and Audeo B-R
The brand-new Belong Platform is available on Phonak Audeo hearing aids: Audeo B and Audeo B-R. The Audeo family of hearing aids has been designed to treat mild to severe hearing loss and are receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids. Both Audeo B and Audeo B-R are available in four performance levels, customizable to meet varying degrees of hearing loss, and nine colors to blend in with your skin and hair tones. Their small size is prized among wearers who desire discretion, while the IP 68 rating of their construction ensures that moisture, dirt, and debris do not infiltrate the sensitive electronic components. This makes Audeo an excellent choice for people who lead active lifestyles.
For people who have long awaited a rechargeable hearing aid from Phonak, the Audeo B-R has arrived. As a rechargeable hearing aid, Audeo B-R is powered by advanced lithium-ion battery technology. Lithium-ion batteries, commonly found in smartphones and laptops, provide Audeo B-R with an incredibly long battery life on a quick charge. With a normal, six-hour charge, Audeo B-R provides up to 24 hours of uninterrupted hearing. If you’re in a rush, a 30-minute charge provides six hours of hearing. And, even better, lithium-ion battery technology means you don’t have to replace the battery for the life of the hearing aid (five to seven years). In cases that you do, just drop in to visit us at Family Hearing Aid Center for a replacement.
Phonak offers several different charging options for the Audeo B-R. As a charger, drying station, and protective hard case in one, the Phonak Charger Case is a reliable device for regular use at home. The Phonak Power Pack, which can be attached to the Charger Case, is perfect for short trips or added assurance throughout your day for a boost of power (it provides up to seven full charges for your Audeo B-R aids). The Phonak Mini-Charger is the smallest charging option and perfect for travel.
Lyric: The World’s First 24/7 Hearing Aid
As the world’s first 100% invisible, 24/7, showerproof hearing aid, Lyric is an innovative hearing solution from Phonak.
Worn deep in the ear canal, Lyric must be inserted by a hearing specialist. Due to its placement, Lyric does not need to be removed for daily activities such as exercising, sleeping, and showering. It is powered by a long-lasting battery, with a charge for up to four months. Wearers need not worry about battery replacement; they simply return to their hearing specialist for the Lyric to be removed and replaced with a fully charged model.
Lyric relies on the ear’s natural anatomy, which allows it to pick up and amplify sound. With excellent feedback cancellation, noise reduction features, and discreet design, Lyric is an excellent choice for people with active lifestyles.
Other Phonak Hearing Aid Models
Phonak hearing aids are designed to treat varying degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound. In addition to the Audeo, other classic models of Phonak include Bolero and Virto. While they all boast the similar technological features and functions, there are categories within each model to meet specific hearing needs, depending on the wearer’s hearing abilities.
Audeo is a receiver-in-canal hearing aid, Bolero is a behind-the-ear hearing aid, and Virto is a fully customizable in-the-ear/in-the-canal/completely-in-canal/invisible-in-canal hearing aid. All three Phonak models are available in different technological levels: Essential (30), Standard (50), Advanced (70), and Premium (90). For people with single-sided hearing loss, Phonak offers a CROS II hearing aid. For wearers with higher levels of hearing loss, NaidaQ treats severe to profound cases.
To learn more about Phonak hearing aids, visit us at Family Hearing Aid Center.
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