Does Phonak make a hearing aid with Bluetooth, telecoil, and rechargeable batteries?

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RYAN HIMEDA, BC-HIS - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Pearl City
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Recently, Phonak launched their new platform that should be shipping out as we speak caled the Audeo Belong Rechargeable or Audeo B-R.  According to the materials that we received from Phonak they are claiming that the hearing instrument charges very quickly with about 24 hours of batt life.  They also explain in their documents that the hearing instrument do have a streaming batt life around 80 min continuoulsy.  Glad to see that they offer the Audeo B-R at the 312T series as well.  This does have the telecoil as well as probrably the larger model Audeo B-R 13.  All according to what I read are compatible with the icompilotII and compilotair as well. Still I believe you will need to add a program for T-Coil use.  But overall can't wait to get my hands on they to try them out with our patients supossedly their new version of autosense creates a better advatage for patients especially in situations with coversatiion in noise.  Very interesting. 

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Abram Bailey, AuD - Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder
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We recently added the Phonak Audéo B-R to our hearing aid review database. We're excited to see what customers will report, especially with regard to real world battery life. The B-R does not have a telecoil, and to my knowledge it is not directly compatible with smarphones like the iPhone. The B-R is compatible with the Phonak ComPilot II, ComPilot Air II, and EasyCall, which can help you to connect your devices to 3rd party Bluetooth devices (like your iPhone). 

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Member Consumer - 3 months ago
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Your review contradicts itself when you say the Audeo B-R does not connect to the iPhone in one sentence and then says it connects to 3rd party Bluetooth devices (like your iPhone). Can you sort this out for me?

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Professor Abram Bailey - 3 months ago
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The hearing aid can connect to the iPhone but an intermediary device is required. In other words the connection between the aids and iPhone is not direct.

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Emily Taylor, AuD - Doctor of Audiology in Pikesville
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Unfortunately the new Phonak Audeo B-R does not have a t-coil option but does offer the rechargeable capabilities as well as accessories to enable the Bluetooth. 

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Mittie Tollefson, BC-HIS - Hearing Healthcare Provider in Sedona
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Yes Phonak does make hearing aids that are bluetooth, have telecoil and as of just recently have come out with the rechargeable aids as well.

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Member Kara Norcross - 18 days ago
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Rechargeable: Yes, Phonak's newest hearing aid is the Audeo B, which has a rechargeable option.
T-coil: The t-coil is not available in their rechargeable hearing aid (Audeo B-R), however, it is available in many of their other hearing aids including the new Audeo B 13 and 312T.
Bluetooth: Phonak does not have any hearing aids with direct to iPhone capability like a few other manufacturers do; however, they do have the ComPilot II or ComPilot Air II, which allow you to connect to most bluetooth devices. The ComPilots are nice because you do not have to hold a phone up to talk because they have a microphone built in. If you plan on doing a lot of bluetooth streaming, the rechargeable hearing aid is likely your better option because streaming drains batteries very quickly. (Of note: There are no hearing aids on the market at this time that can connect directly with Android based phones because of the way Android systems work. If you have an Android, you will need the manufacturer's bluetooth accessory.)

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