Phonak Hearing Aids

Models, Features, Prices, and Reviews

16 July 2019

Phonak is the world’s largest hearing aid brand. Founded in 1947 in Zurich, Phonak quickly emerged as a leading developer of early electronic hearing aids. In 1985, after acquiring multiple additional hearing aid brands, it took on the name Phonak Holding AG and subsequently moved its headquarters to Stäfa, Switzerland. In 2007, the holding company renamed itself Sonova Holding AG, or Sonova Group.

Phonak Marvel Bluetooth Hearing Aids

Today, Phonak is Sonova Group's flagship brand, known not only as a market leader but also as an innovator in digital hearing aid products and technologies. In 2017 it introduced the first hearing aid to feature a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery providing all-day power, the Audéo B-R. And in 2018 Phonak introduced the first full-featured Bluetooth hearing aid, the Audéo Marvel.

Bluetooth technology

Phonak took many people by surprise in November 2018 when it launched the Marvel Bluetooth hearing aid, the first hearing aid capable of streaming audio—in stereo—directly to and from any Bluetooth-enabled audio device. Previously, no other hearing aid manufacturer had solved the technical challenges of universal Bluetooth connectivity.

Before Phonak introduced Marvel, only iPhone users had exclusive access to hassle-free direct stereo streaming. Android users, on the other hand, had to purchase and tote around separate streaming accessories to access wireless audio, from their phones. With Android accounting for 86% of the global smartphone market, that left a clear unmet need that Phonak filled with Marvel.

To deliver binaural streaming of music and phone calls, Phonak developed the third generation of its SWORD (Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital) wireless chip. It integrates all the communication protocols on a single hearing aid chip, which also lessens power consumption and overcomes battery life limitations of earlier chipsets.

Phonak is also working closely with sister Sonova brand Advanced Bionics (AB) to integrate universal Bluetooth connectivity technology into cochlear implants sold by AB.

Rechargeable hearing aids

While rechargeable hearing aids have been available for many years, lithium-ion powered hearing aids have only been on the market since 2016, when Phonak introduced its Audéo B-R rechargeable hearing aids. Previous generations of rechargeable hearing aids simply weren’t ready for prime time. Consumers experienced problems with short battery life, leading to less than one full day of power, and inconsistent power output, which caused hearing aids to malfunction on a regular basis.

Phonak Marvel Rechargeable

Advances in rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology have overcome those issues. Phonak reports that its new generation of rechargeable hearing aids can easily last a full day (up to 36 hours). Thanks to the consistent power output of the lithium-ion battery technology, users won’t experience any of the malfunctions or intermittence that limited older models.

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Charger Case Combi

The Phonak Charger Case Combi is a charger, drying kit and protective hard case all in one. Additionally, it includes a cleaning tool in the robust and splash-proof housing.

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Phonak hearing aid models

Phonak makes premium hearing aids, programmed by an audiologist or other hearing health professional based on the results of your hearing test. Phonak has a broad range of hearing aid models addressing all levels of hearing loss. They come in multiple form factors, with advanced Bluetooth and other connectivity features, and a family of accessories.

Audéo Marvel

Based on Sonova's advanced SWORD chip technology, Phonak Marvel hearing aids are the first to enable wireless streaming of all audio content to both ears, in stereo, from Apple iPhones, Android smartphones, and countless Bluetooth devices.

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Phonak AudéoTM Marvel RT

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Release Date: 19 August 2019

Phonak Audéo M hearing aids delivered some noteworthy industry-firsts, including:

  • Stereo Bluetooth streaming - Streaming from iPhone, iPad, MacOS, Android, Windows, and any other Bluetooth-enabled audio device.
  • Hands-free calling in stereo - True hands-free calling from Bluetooth-enabled phones and VOIP services like Skype.
  • TV Streaming - Marvel can stream directly from Bluetooth-enabled TVs, and can also stream from the Phonak TV Connector accessory.
  • Rechargeability - Marvel promises a full day of hearing aid use from a single charge of its lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
  • At-home adjustments - Marvel hearing aids can be adjusted remotely by your hearing expert.
  • Moisture protection - As with most Phonak hearing aids these days, Marvel hearing aids have a high IP68 rating.
  • RogerDirect - Users can stream audio from Phonak's portable Roger remote microphone directly to their hearing aids.
  • Phonak hearing aid technology - Phonak's AutoSense OS™ 3.0, developed with artificial intelligence (AI) helps users hear better in background noise.
  • Smartphone app - myPhonak app provides access to remote support services enabling your hearing care professional to customize your personal listening experience in real-time.

Phonak Audeo Marvel Bluetooth Hearing Aid Review

Audiologist and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions in Anthem Arizona, reviews the NEW Phonak Audeo Marvel hearing Aid.

Phonak Audeo M (Marvel) Bluetooth Hearing Aid Review | Made for Android & iPhone

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Audéo B

Phonak's Audéo B hearing aids were the first to offer an optional lithium-ion rechargeable battery when they hit the market in 2016. Built on the Phonak Belong technology platform, the rechargeable option provides 24 hours on full charge, including up to 80 minutes of wireless streaming.

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Phonak AudéoTM B R

22 reviews

Release Date: 01 August 2016

All five Audéo B models feature a discrete receiver-in-canal (RIC) form factor. And the AutoSense sound processing software senses your surroundings and your hearing aids automatically respond with new sound settings. Phonak says 95% of Audéo B rely solely on the automatic adjustments without having to make them manually.

Options include a choice of rechargeable batteries or size 10, 13 or 312 disposable batteries, an integrated t-coil, and a model providing wireless monaural connectivity from any Bluetooth phone, including both iPhone and Android smartphones.

Virto B Titanium

Phonak Virto B-Titanium is the world’s only mainstream custom hearing aid made of premium medical-grade titanium. It is the smallest and most discreet custom hearing aid the company has ever produced. Manufactured with the latest 3D printing technology, Virto B-Titanium combines the superior strength and light weight of titanium with a comfortable fit in the ear canal.

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Phonak VirtoTM B Titanium IIC

9 reviews

Release Date: 21 February 2017

Compared to traditional acrylic, titanium shells are 15 times stronger and 50% thinner. A thinner shell allows for deeper placement in the ear canal, resulting in a more discreet fit. Virto B-Titanium is an ideal solution for first-time hearing aid wearers, 62% of whom prefer an invisible hearing aid. Phonak also still markets earlier Virto Q models in the Virto hearing-aid family.

Naída B

Phonak introduced its first power hearing aid for people with severe-to-profound deafness in 1978. The Phonak Naída B is the 5th generation of its power hearing solutions.

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Phonak NaídaTM B B-R RIC

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Release Date: 14 February 2018

The Phonak Naída B features:

  • Improved speech understanding - Phonak Binaural VoiceStream Technology enhances understanding and reduces listening effort in challenging listening situations.
  • Enhanced hearing performance in noise - combining Naída B hearing aids with Roger wireless microphone accessories enhances hearing performance in noise and over distance.
  • Rechargeable model - Naída B-R RIC is the most feature-rich rechargeable hearing aid from Phonak.

Bolero B

Phonak Bolero B PR is a behind the ear hearing aid that has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control, volume control, and mute control), water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, and rechargeable batteries. Phonak also still markets earlier Bolero V models in the hearing-aid family.

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Phonak BoleroTM B PR

6 reviews

Release Date: 01 February 2017

Lyric invisible hearing aids

Placed completely out of sight in your ear canal near the eardrum by a trained professional, the Phonak Lyric 3 is an invisible hearing aid. It's worn round the clock for several months at a time through daily activities including exercise and showering. While traditional hearing aids capture and process sound outside of the ear, Lyric uses the natural anatomy of the ear to amplify and provide a full, natural listening experience.

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Phonak LyricTM 3

8 reviews

Release Date: 02 April 2014

CROS B for one-sided loss

In 2011, Phonak introduced the industry‘s first wireless CROS solution for single-sided deafness. Today's CROS B hearing aid, powered by Phonak Belong technology, detects your listening situation and switches to the best setting for it. It picks up sound reaching your deaf ear and transmits them wirelessly to the hearing aid in the ear with better hearing.

Cros B R

Sky B - Hearing aids for children

Phonak’s pediatric Sky B hearing aid family comes in six models. Compatible with Roger accessories for use in the classroom, mix-and-match colors and styles appeal to kids.

Phonak Sky B

Phonak tinnitus solutions

The Phonak Tinnitus Balance Portfolio helps you manage the ringing, humming and buzzing sounds from tinnitus. Elements of the portfolio include a noise generator option for your hearing aids that distracts you from your tinnitus, a smartphone app that allows you to customize a library of in-ear sounds and music, and a separate accessory that streams sounds directly to your hearing aids.

Tinnitus Balance App

Hearing aid accessories

Phonak provides a number of hearing aid accessories that improve hearing aid performance in challenging listening environments, while watching TV, when on the phone, and in numerous other ways. To learn which accessories work with the Phonak hearing aids you wear, consult with your hearing healthcare provider.

Phonak ComPilot II and ComPilot

Phonak ComPilot II and ComPilot are multi-purpose neck-looped accessories. They transmit audio to your hearing aids directly from your Bluetooth phone, or from your TV via Phonak TVLink. They pair with other Bluetooth-enabled devices in addition to working with Phonak’s 2.4 GHz Roger family of remote wireless microphones. And they provide up to 24 hours of streaming time.

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ComPilot II

The second-generation transmits audio to Phonak hearing aids directly from Bluetooth phones, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and from TV and remote microphones via Phonak 2.4 GHz accessories.

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The ComPilot II works with Phonak Venture and Belong hearing aids. ComPilot works with hearing aids and Advanced Bionic cochlear implants based on earlier Phonak technology platforms. Consult with your provider to find out which works with yours.

Phonak ComPilot Air II and ComPilot Air

The wireless Phonak ComPilot Air streams audio in stereo while connecting Phonak hearing aids via Bluetooth to a variety of sources, including cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops and computers. Unlike the ComPilot and ComPilot II, which hang from your neck, it is completely wireless and doesn’t require a neck-loop. So it can be clipped to your collar or lodged in your shirt pocket.

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ComPilot Air II

Transmits audio to Phonak hearing aids directly from Bluetooth phones, other Bluetooth-enabled devices, and from TV and remote microphones via Phonak 2.4 GHz accessories. ComPilot Air has less battery life than ComPilot but does not require a neck-loop.

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Like the other ComPilot products, ComPilot Air and ComPilot Air II can be used with Phonak TVLink for TV audio, or with Phonak RemoteMic for better understanding over distance. The ComPilot Air II works with Phonak Venture and Belong hearing aids, and ComPilot Air works with hearing aids based on earlier Phonak technology platforms. Consult with your provider to find out which works with yours.

Used in combination with ComPilot or ComPilot Air, Phonak TVLink connects to your TV and transmits audio to your Phonak hearing aids—turning them into wireless stereo headphones. Streaming starts as soon as TVLink and the connected audio source are switched on, and it transmits at distances of up to 100 feet (30 meters).

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TVLink II basestation

TVLink II connects to your TV and transmits audio directly to your Phonak hearing aids. ComPilot or ComPilot Air II required.

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Other Accessories

Phonak offers a strong portfolio of wireless accessories and apps. The wireless Roger portfolio is particularly innovative, with devices like the Roger Table Mic II being standouts in the industry. Multiple Table Mics can be connected to create a network and with a range of more than 20 meters (65 ft). Here are some of our favorites:

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RemoteMic

Clipped onto the speaker’s clothing, Phonak RemoteMic transmits the speaker’s voice directly to both hearing aids via a ComPilot or ComPilot Air over a distance of up to 66 feet (20 meters).

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Roger Select™

Phonak Roger Select is a microphone specifically designed to help boost your hearing performance and keep you at the heart of the conversation.

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Roger Table Mic II

Phonak Roger Table Mic II is a microphone dedicated for working adults who participate in various meetings. It selects the person who’s talking and switches automatically between the meeting participants.

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Roger Table Mic II – Wireless microphones for better hearing at work

Roger Table Mic II is a microphone dedicated for working adults with hearing loss who participate in various meetings. Simply placed on the table it selects the person who’s talking and switches automatically between the meeting participants. Multiple Roger Table Mic II can be connected to create a network, making it ideal for large meeting configurations.

Roger Table Mic II – Wireless microphones for better hearing at work

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Roger Pen

Handy microphone for various listening situations. Thanks to its portable design, it can be conveniently used where additional support is needed over distance and in noise. It can also transmit the sound of multimedia devices e.g. T.V. and has wideband Bluetooth for cellphone calls.

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Roger EasyPen

An effective yet simple microphone with only two buttons for clients who desire ultimate simplicity with full Roger performance, including listening to multimedia.

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Roger Clip-on Mic

The Phonak Roger Clip-On Mic is most powerful Roger partner microphone for conversations in difficult listening situations and over distance.

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Dect II

Phonak DECT is a cordless phone that connects automatically and wirelessly with Phonak hearing aids. It can also be used by anyone with normal hearing not wearing hearing aids. Up to six handsets can be connected to the base, making the phone useful for small offices. Each handset works within 950 feet (300 meters) of the base station.

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RemoteControl App

The Phonak RemoteControl smartphone app provides remote control of Phonak hearing aids. Used in combination with ComPilot or ComPilot Air, it is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones.

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Recent reviews

Check out these recent reviews for Phonak-brand hearing aids. Click on the model name to see more reviews!

Kevink
Kevink 12 August 2019
Phonak Audéo Marvel

I've had them for about two months now and I would say they are okay. I do like the fact that phone calls can come through them directly, but when they do because of the way it's configured the mics pick up all the sound around me and the people I'm talking to cannot hear me unless I'm in a totally quiet environment. They said the wind noise when on the call almost completely made it unbearable and when I was in the store, the person on the phone only heard the people's conversations behind me to the point that they thought their phone calls with someone else. I contacted Phonak about this and asked them if there was a way to disable the rear microphones when a call came in so the other person on the call didn't hear everything else. Their response was these are supposed to work like conference room phones which is totally wrong the rear mics should be disabled. Only the front mics should pick up sound. I know they can do something because when I'm streaming my TV and I walk in and out of the room it muted the other sounds around me. For example, I was vacuuming and when I got within the streaming device it muted the vacuum to the point that I almost didn't hear it and all I could hear was the TV. Wind noise on these when I'm walking or driving in my car with the windows open is to the point that I have to take them out. Another thing I don't like about them is that what I'm eating I hear myself chewing and if I want to carry on a conversation at the dinner table I actually have to take them out of my ear which defeats the purpose of having a hearing aid. My audiologist has adjusted them as much as she can and it hasn't fixed or made the issue what I would call greatly improved. What I do like about them like is the direct phone call to them but I do not like the direct streaming audio. If I'm surfing on my phone all the sudden they are embedded videos the sound of the video kicks in muting the mics and I lose the conversation around me. I'm going to keep these for a little longer but I may be going back to my Oticons unless Phonak can fix these issues

Anonymous
Anonymous 11 August 2019
Phonak Lyric 3

Need to replace them about every five weeks. They do not last months. They buzz and I need to dig in with my fingernail to stop the buzzing.

Anonymous
Anonymous 04 August 2019
Phonak Naída Q

for hearing and speech

Anonymous
Anonymous 01 August 2019
Phonak Naída B

Good hearing aid for profound loss

Anonymous
Anonymous 26 July 2019
Phonak Audéo Marvel

I'm still in my 2 week trail period. First time HA user. I am a 64 year old musician, so I am a lot pickier with sound in general. I find there's still some discomfort wearing them, but this can be remedied by my audiologist. As for reproducing sound, I can hear a bit clearer. I am getting a bit of distortion with general all around sound coming into the external built in mics. Audio streaming works quite well and sounds okay. The distortion is annoying since I have them turned down to minus 2 on the app, from the 0db level setting done by my audiologist. These do have a music program installed, but as I mentioned above, being a musician, it lacks, somewhat and doesn't have much improvement in the low frequency range. I have to remove my HA's when wearing studio headphones recording and editing music in my home studio. I have tinnitus and these HA's actually do mask it a bit. Now, if my audiologist can help to tune them a bit better to reduce or eliminate the distortion, I will consider keeping them. And the rechargeable battery feature is pretty cool too. If you are not a musician, I would recommend trying these particular devices out! PS: for my situation, I may have to try a different model or even a different brand of hearing aid.

Anonymous
Anonymous 23 June 2019
Phonak Audéo Marvel

Great with no regrets

Member
Member 07 June 2019
Phonak Audéo Marvel

They're great. The biggest issue is finding a provider that is familiar with these enough to program them to they best of their abilities.