The earVenture "reVel" is a low-cost behind-the-ear hearing aid that is sold exclusively by licensed audiologists and hearing aid dispensers, and which is not available for purchase online.
The reVel is equipped with feedback cancellation, four customizable audio programs, digital noise suppression, fixed directional microphones, a telecoil, and more (see below). The devices lack support for direct-audio-input (DAI), and do not have Bluetooth (or any other) wireless connectivity. The devices could be used in conjunction with telecoil-neckloop wireless systems, but audio connections to wireless devices - without a neckloop system - would not be possible. The reVel devices are not compatible with a remote control, but do have volume buttons built in (as opposed to the earVenture faVor). At this stage, we are unsure of whether the hearing aids automatically switch into the telecoil mode (when the telephone is detected), but we are curious if that is implied by the word "active" in active telecoil.
When compared to the faVor, the reVel is a slightly larger hearing aid, but does have a larger battery, and longer operating time per battery. The reVel also sports volume control buttons, as mentioned above, and "Dynamic Speech Enhancement," which presumably helps enhance speech clarity in difficult listening situations. Lastly, the reVel provides a broader frequency range (7500Hz, in comparison to the faVor's 5700Hz bandwidth).
earVenture hearing aids are manufactured by IntriCon, the manufacturer of United Healthcare’s hi HealthInnovations’ line of hearing aids. For some background information on the earVenture initiative (partnership between the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and IntriCon) please refer to this news story.
We received some clarification from earVenture on the meaning of "active telecoil." See below
The term "active" telecoil means that we incorporate an independent amplifier on our telecoils to reduce inherent noise and other technical issues when tied directly to the main amplifier. Both models, the reVel and faVor, offer 4 memories (independently programmable) which can have telecoil functionality. There is no need for a magnet to activate (or keep active) the telecoil and you can configure as telecoil only (on faVor) or a mix of telecoil only or telecoil/microphone (on reVel). The telecoil response is determined based on the link to the primary program (audiogram) but can be independently programmed as necessary (more gain).
earVenture's mission is to deliver innovative resources and technology to audiologists, so that they can employ the model of care of their choice to ensure an exceptional patient experience at an affordable price. earVenture believes it will better serve audiologists in reaching an untapped demographic of patients who are unable or not yet ready to consider more expensive hearing aid options.