Christopher S. Frink, MS Currently, the only company offering technology that can be upgraded is Unitron, a sister company to Phonak (both are owned by Sonova) which has technology that parallels them for the most part (about 95% of Phonak technology is available in Unitron products, and vice versa). Other companies may offer upgradeable technology in the future, particularly... Read more
Sara Carnevale Fearon, AuD The Phoank Brio is the line available at Costco. The new Audeo models (Vs) run on a newer/faster computer chip and therefore give better sound quality. They have some other new features including a wind noise reducer (one of the biggest hearing aid complaints is wind noise). Basically, the Brio is an older version of Phonak's technology - depending on... Read more
Christopher S. Frink, MS Our clinic is actually conducting a longitudinal study on this to verify the improvement of SoundRecover2 over SoundRecover, and so far it is very promising, so the short answer is "yes." But here's the long answer...We currently have approximately 12 participants in the study. SoundRecover2 was introduced in April of 2016, but strictly using... Read more
Ryan Himeda, BC-HIS 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... Read more
Lisa Goulart, BA Two different solutions. To give you a direct and quick answer: my preferred choice for unilateral profound losses would be Phonak Bi-CROS. Most clinics would offer you a trial period allowing you the opportunity to trial both then you choose what suits your loss, life style and personal preference better.
Julie Norin, AuD The Phonak Brio and Brio 2 are products that are specially made for and only sold at Costco warehouses. I only work with the main Phonak products that are available to audiologists market-wide, so I am not all that familiar with the specifics of the Brio/Brio 2 products; However, I do know that they are not the exact same product as the current Phonak... Read more
Christopher S. Frink, MS Most new hearing aid technology now features automatic analysis of your listening environment to react to background noise and take measures when this occurs in order to optimize speech intelligibility for you. As an example, when you go from a quiet room to a restaurant, the hearing aids may react by initiating its directional microphones to limit the... Read more
Rebecca Jahed, AuD At this point, there is not an option for a rechargeable CROS/BICROS with the Phonak Belong series. I check every so often when I call Phonak because it would be an amazing option to offer those with an un-aidable ear. This information that I have been given is that the battery voltage is not compatible with the requirements necessary when streaming... Read more
Alexandra Tarvin, AuD In addition to quicker processing and bandwidth which leads to brighter sound quality and understanding in a non-distored inner ear, the Venture line of Phonak devices has better understanding in noise. This includes car noise and background noise. All of the features available in the device does depend on the tier/level of device that an individual... Read more
Rachel Magann Faivre, AuD Custom hearing device products do not have IP (Ingress Protection) ratings, only behind-the-ear devices do. For moisture, the highest score a product can receive is an 8, which means it is waterproof. Custom devices between ReSound or Phonak are likely to be similar, with a rating of 7, which means it can be submersed in water for up to 30 min and still... Read more
Timothy Charles Steele, PhD I believe these are important questions addressed between you and your audiologist. There are many variables that make decisions like this such as your type/degree/configuration of your hearing loss, your sensitivity to loudness, your previous amplification use, etc....I would recommend you discuss this with an experienced, trusted audiology... Read more
Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD The ComPilot is the previous generation of the ComPilot II. The ComPilots have a better battery life than the ComPilot Airs, but are a little bulkier and require you to wear a neckloop (whereas the ComPilot Airs are smaller clip onto your shirt). Follow this link for more information.
Christopher S. Frink, MS I have quite a bit of experience with CROS technology and single-sided deafness, having conducted four separate studies and individual assessments of unique products when they've been introduced. So, I'd like to actually present a brief history on CROS technology to serve as a foundation for my recommendations.CROS technology has actually existed for a... Read more
Christopher S. Frink, MS Yes, it's made for iPhone (M4iP)--and any phone that has Bluetooth capability, including Android and even old flip-phones! So it's actually "made for any phone" (M4AP).What's the difference? Bluetooth connectivity has been available for hearing aids since 2006, where a user could connect their hearing aids to their cell phone (or any other... Read more
Matthew Pearson I have just spoken with Phonak about this very issue. A patient's Android connection to her ComPilot is rock solid but her iPhone tends to disconnect regularly.Apparently there isn't a great answer iPhones do disconnect from time to time.A ComPilot (a neck worn remote/streaming device) with an Android Phone may be a better solution (with an MC1 lapel mic... Read more