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

Abram Bailey

Professional Member

19 August 2016 - 8.15K Views

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 04 September 2016
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?
Abram Bailey, AuD
Abram Bailey, AuD 04 September 2016 Replied to Member
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.

Emily Taylor, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Pikesville

19 August 2016 - 8.15K Views

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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Kenneth 01 February 2019

Spoke to Phonak sales dept. 

They plan to release this model in the fall of 2019.

I am looking for this model so if anyone gets a release date please let us know. 

Mittie Tollefson

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Sedona

19 August 2016 - 8.15K Views

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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Kenneth 01 February 2019

Are you sure this model has been released. 

Spoke to Phonak sales dept and the tell me it will be released fall of 2019.

They have the same one being released in February 2019 without the Telecoil. 

Funny when I called them I got three opinions with different future release dates.

Hard to predict something will be released until it happens.

Only Apple can give you a firm release product date. 


Kara N
Kara N 22 November 2016
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.)
Member 28 June 2017
Do Phonak Virto V50 hearing aids have a T coil or a T coil option please?
Member 10 August 2017
Just got new hearing aid. This doesn't have bluebooth or T-coil?
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