Unitron Hearing Aids
Unitron is a leading brand of the Sonova Group, the world's largest manufacturer of hearing aids. Other brands under the Sonova umbrella include Phonak and Lyric hearing aids and even a private label brand for United Healthcare, called “Relate”. Based in Canada with U.S. headquarters in Minnesota, Unitron operates in more than 70 countries around the world and has a major presence in North American and European markets.
2019: Unitron Discover
2017: Unitron Tempus
2015: Unitron N Moxi, Unitron Stride
2013: Unitron Moxi Kiss
2012: Unitron Max 20, Unitron Quantum 6, Unitron Quantum E, Unitron Quantum Pro
2011: Unitron Moxi
Unitron technology overview
Unitron makes premium and entry level hearing aids for all levels of hearing losses, programmed by an audiologist or other hearing health professional based on the results of a hearing test. The brand has drawn on its parent company's R&D leadership to help deliver high-performance hearing aids—especially products offering universal wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
Unitron markets four different technology platforms and produces several different styles of hearing aids and technology tiers underpinning those platforms. To better help you understand Unitron’s product naming structure here’s a quick guide.
Three Technology Platforms
- Blu (2021)
- Discover Next (2020)
- Tempus™ (2017)
- Shine™ Rev+ (2020)
Four Hearing Aid Styles
- Moxi™ RICs
- Stride™ BTEs (power)
- Max™ BTEs (power in Tempus platform)
- Insera™ custom in the ear
While Unitron does rely on its parent company for product development, it has also maintained brand independence and differentiated its products and services with unique offerings, such as its FLEX:TRIAL which enables prospective wearers to try out their hearing aids prior to purchasing, and FLEX:UPGRADE, which allows for technology upgrades after purchase (more about this below).
Wireless audio streaming
Unitron and its Sonova-owned sister company, Phonak, both offer true Bluetooth hearing aids. They were the first manufacturers to provide a universal wireless solution that can stream stereo audio directly to and from any of the millions of standard Bluetooth-enabled audio devices in the world today. In addition, their hearing aids allow the wearer to enjoy hands-free calling as the hearing aids act as wireless headsets. Bluetooth compatibility includes Android phones, which currently account for more than 85% of the global smartphone market and approximately 50% of the U.S. market. Sonova’s newer and higher-end products don't require an intermediary audio streamer to connect with Android phones which is still the case with a few hearing aid manufacturers.
Unitron’s newest Bluetooth hearing aids on the Blu platform allow for 2 active connections and pairing for up to 8 different devices. The company also offers several other Bluetooth hearing aid models at different technology and power levels. These include Moxi Receiver-In-Canal (RIC), Stride Behind-The-Ear (BTE), and some Insera custom products.
Unitron hearing aid prices
Unitron hearing aids range in price from $1,137 to $3,645 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the Tempus, Discover, and Moxi Blu.
|Unitron Moxi Blu 9||$3,645|
|Unitron Moxi Blu 7||$3,255|
|Unitron Moxi Blu 5||$2,406|
|Unitron Moxi Blu 3||$1,648|
|Unitron Discover 9||$3,429|
|Unitron Discover 7||$2,842|
|Unitron Discover 5||$2,343|
|Unitron Discover 3||$1,979|
|Unitron Tempus T Pro||$3,275|
|Unitron Tempus T 800||$2,837|
|Unitron Tempus T 700||$2,304|
|Unitron Tempus T 600||$2,117|
|Unitron Tempus T 500||$1,633|
About Our Pricing Data
Average retail prices are calculated based on data from HearingTracker’s advertising platform. Consumers save an average of $518 per device on Unitron hearing aids when using Hearing Tracker’s hearing aid discounts platform.
Unitron key features
Unitron’s products offer a variety of features across the company’s product portfolio. Features will vary by technology platform and the technology tier within that platform, but let’s take a look at some of the notable features of Unitron products.
Unitron’s new sound processing in their Blu instruments is called AutoFocus 360. This processing strategy takes advantage of the wireless connection between the binaural hearing aids (both ears fit with Blu hearing aids), analyzing input across the 4 microphones to adjust directionality and noise reduction in challenging environments. The intent is to improve speech understanding and listening comfort in noisy listening situations.
This feature is new to Unitron but previously available within Phonak products. Tap control allows you to start/stop streaming, accept or reject phone calls, and even access digital mobile assistants such as Siri by double-tapping the top of your ear. The feature can be enabled by your hearing care provider within the programming software or by you in the Remote Plus smartphone app. The tap feature is somewhat unique as most manufacturers require you to start/stop streaming from the connected audio device.
Unitron offers lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aids in three of their technology platforms, though choices are very limited within the Tempus line. Two different chargers are available depending on the style of hearing aid chosen. A portable charger is not available. However, a portable power-pack is available for the Moxi style products which allows you to charge the hearing aids without a power outlet. Rechargeable products are not offered in the custom product lines, but are available from other manufacturers.
Often people who suffer from tinnitus will see relief of their symptoms simply by wearing appropriately fit hearing aids. However, some people may still experience bothersome tinnitus even when wearing hearing aids. Across all of their platforms and all of their technology levels, Unitron offers the ability for your hearing care provider to add additional masking noise to your personalized amplification. Not all manufacturers provide this feature in their hearing aids.
Unitron Blu hearing aids: Connectivity and Personalization
In 2021, Unitron introduced its latest hearing aid technology platform, Blu. Utilizing their new Sonova PRISM™ (Processing Real-time Intelligent Sound Management) chipset and Integra OS signal processing, the company launched 3 new RIC styles and 2 power BTE instruments. Although Unitron Blu is currently only available in BTE and RIC styles, the hearing aid can fit any level of hearing loss.
Unitron Blu Styles
The Blu hearing aid is offered in 6 different BTE/RIC styles including 2 power hearing aids. As mentioned above, custom products are not available at this time; however, any degree of hearing loss can be fit with these devices:
- Moxi B-R = their smallest lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid
- Moxi B-RS = contoured and elongated form factor designed for style, comfort, and rechargeability
- Moxi B-RT = their smallest rechargeable RIC with a telecoil
- Moxi B-312 = their smallest RIC utilizing a standard disposable battery (size 312)
- Stride B-UP = their new thinner power BTE with a disposable battery (675)
- Stride B-PR = their new thinner power BTE with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Unitron Blu hearing aids.
All of the above are offered in 6 different color options. In addition, you also have your choice of technology levels. That is, depending on your lifestyle and listening needs, the product is offered in several technology tiers. The highest tier, Blu 9, is considered premium technology and will incorporate all features. You can step down in technology (and price) as needed with the available 5 (standard) and 3 (essential) levels. As noted above, Unitron offers their FLEX system which allows you to try different levels of technology and even upgrade to the next technology level should your listening wants or needs change.
The new Moxi™ B-RS
The latest addition to the Moxi line, the Moxi B-RS resembles the Phonak Slim hearing aid for the design-focused consumer. Individual left- and right-side instruments are meant for comfort and built specifically for each ear, and a new rechargeable charging case is offered for on-the-go use.
The new Moxi™ B-RS
Soft Speech Lift
Blu has improved upon previous Unitron platforms by doubling the memory capability of the chipset allowing for updated automatic sound processing. Blu incorporates Soft Speech Lift and new personalization features via the Remote Plus smartphone app.
Soft Speech Lift is a feature of Blu products that will add gain (volume) of up to 4 dB to soft speech in quieter listening environments (below 55 dB SPL). People with hearing loss often miss soft speech cues such as consonants. Many consonants (e.g, the /sh/ and /s/ sounds) are not only high frequency sounds where many people experience hearing loss, but are also low in intensity.
Automatic environmental adjustments
Amplification can help you hear these missed cues but can also amplify other sounds you don’t want to hear. This is why noise reduction, directional microphones, and other algorithms like Soft Speech Lift and AutoFocus 360 are all aligned according to your current listening environment. It’s also why it’s important for the hearing aid to have an accurate environmental classification system, which Unitron continues to perfect via their machine learning and improved chipset capabilities.
For example, you typically don’t want directional microphones or noise reduction algorithms to engage in quiet environments—in these cases you want to hear everything around you, especially speech. However, if you’re in a noisy restaurant, you want both noise reduction and directional microphones to engage without you having to think about it; you want them to be dynamic and do all the work. That is, as you move around, they should adjust accordingly and they can make adjustments independently in each ear. Many modern hearing aids, including those from Unitron, can accomplish this quite well, allowing for better hearing in a wide range of listening environments. Unitron products will classify up to 7 different listening environments.
Personalized noise handling
However, no two listeners are ever the same. For example, some hearing impaired listeners have a very low tolerance for noise, while others prefer to hear more background sounds. Unitron’s Blu offers new levels of personalization via the Remote Plus app.
Within the automatic program, you can choose to change not just volume or low/high frequencies, but also select to improve comfort or clarity within that program. When choosing “Comfort” or “Clarity” within the app, programming changes are made behind the scenes. For example, if you choose “Comfort'', there is a slight reduction in volume and the strength of speech enhancement is minimized.
You can also choose to increase/reduce the noise reduction and even adjust settings for the directional microphones. These changes/preferences can be reviewed by your hearing care professional on your next visit and help further fine tune your hearing aids as needed.
Wireless streaming and hands-free calling
Connectivity to smartphones and other devices in your home is now considered a “must-have” feature within hearing aids. How that connectivity is achieved varies across hearing aid manufacturers, which means that the functionality will also vary. For example, Phonak and Unitron were the first hearing aid manufacturers to make available hands-free calling with Bluetooth compatible phones.
Recently, other manufacturers (e.g, Starkey and ReSound) have also added this convenience feature. What this means is that you are no longer tied to your phone for calls. That is, your hearing aids can act as a wireless headset, picking up your voice when speaking to the person on the other line. Some manufacturers still require that you speak into the phone in order for your voice to be heard by the caller. The hands-free calling is a very attractive convenience feature for many people.
Another feature somewhat unique in the industry is the ability to start/stop streaming of audio with a tap of the hearing aids. Most manufacturers require that you start/stop streaming on the audio device itself. This too is a convenience feature and is blurring the lines between wireless headsets and sophisticated hearing aids.
Unitron Discover Next hearing aids
Unitron Discover Next hearing aids, introduced in 2020, include 3 different Moxi RIC hearing aids, 2 Stride power BTEs, and 3 Insera custom styles. Both the Moxi and Stride BTEs have rechargeable choices, but the custom styles use conventional hearing aid batteries only. Discover Next hearing aids also provide connectivity options, including universal Bluetooth streaming of phone calls, and digital media from mobile devices to both ears, hands-free.
Unitron Discover Next
Discover hearing aids offer many of the same features of the Blu platform including the connectivity and rechargeable hearing aid options mentioned above, but also noise reduction, environmental classification, and soft speech lift to name a few.
Also included in Discover Next is Unitron's SoundCore processing software which identifies and classifies seven distinct acoustic environments. They include quiet settings, extremely noisy environments too loud for easy conversation, conversations in small, medium and large groups, and music.
However, some of Unitron’s newest technology features are absent, notably AutoFocus360, the tap control, and the ability to pair to more than 2 devices. Remember that Blu can connect to 2 devices and pair up to 8 devices, while Discover Next products are limited to pairing only 2 devices and having an active connection with just one.
An advantage of the Discover Next products is that they are offered in custom products, which at this writing are not available within the Blu product platform.
Both Blu and Discover Next hearing aids are compatible with their latest smartphone app, Remote Plus, allowing you to not only control simple adjustments like volume via the app but also allowing you to personalize your hearing experience.
Discover Next Styles
Discover Next technology is available in a variety of styles and power levels including:
- Moxi Fit = Small RIC with standard 312 battery
- Moxi Move R = Small RIC with rechargeable battery
- Moxi Jump RT = Small RIC with rechargeable battery and telecoil
- Stride M = Traditional BTE with standard 312 battery and telecoil
- Stride PR = Power BTE with rechargeable battery
- Insera = Custom products available in Invisible-In-Canal (IIC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC), canal and In-the-Ear (ITE) styles.
Note that Bluetooth connectivity is offered in all of the Discover Next BTEs and RICs, but is not available in the custom products (Insera).
Both Moxi and Stride products are available in your choice of 8 different colors. The custom Insera products are available in 4 different color options.
You also have a choice of 4 technology levels which are labeled: 9 (for premium), 7 (advanced), 5 (standard), and 3 (essential). Keep in mind as you step down in technology tiers you will also lose features, such as number of programmable channels and number of classification environments among others. However, the cost of the instruments also declines with technology tiers, and Unitron offers the advantage of the FLEX:UPGRADE program (see below for details).
Tempus hearing aids
Unitron's Tempus Moxi RIC family of hearing aids provides solutions for every level of hearing loss, with numerous connectivity and color options. Although Unitron's newer Blu and Discover Next platforms surpass the older Tempus technology, the Tempus product line still remains a workhorse for a broad range of hearing needs. Tempus hearing aids are offered in RIC, BTE, and custom models, providing a more basic level of technology while maintaining several conveniences, including environmental classification, noise reduction, automatic and adaptive directionality, and telecoil support for hearing loops.
Like Discover Next, Tempus is available in an IIC custom instrument and is smaller than all other custom styles, fitting deeper into the ear canal and allowing for a high level of cosmetic appeal. Since the product is recessed into the opening of your ear canal, onboard controls such as a push button are not possible. However, an IIC remote control is available for volume and program changes.
Unlike the Blu and Discover Next hearing aids, Unitron's Tempus hearing aids require an intermediate streaming accessory to connect with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, music players, and other devices. However, with the accessory the streaming is binaural, meaning you’ll hear the sound in both ears.
Tempus products are available in a variety of styles and power levels including:
- Moxi Now = Small RIC with standard 10a battery
- Moxi Fit = Small RIC with standard 312 battery
- Max SP = Traditional power BTE with standard 13 battery
- Max Up = Traditional super power BTE with standard 675 battery
- Insera = Custom products ranging from IIC to ITE
Moxi is available in a choice of 10 different colors, while the Max power BTEs have 6 color choices. The custom Insera products are available in 4 different color options. You also have a choice of 5 technology levels including T Pro (premium), T800, T700, T600, and T500. Unitron extends the FLEX ecosystem to this line as well.
Other notable features include frequency compression, tinnitus masking, the FLEX ecosystem, and compatibility with Unitron's uControl™ app (available on iOS and Android). Tempus Moxi Fit also runs Unitron's high-performance SoundCore sound processing. SoundCore automatically adjusts for various listening experiences and acoustic environments.
Unlike the Discover hearing aids, Unitron's Tempus hearing aids require an intermediate streaming accessory to connect with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, music players and other devices.
Other Tempus Moxi RIC hearing aid models include Tempus Moxi Now, Tempus Moxi Kiss, Tempus Moxi Dura, and Tempus Moxi All.
Shine Rev+ Hearing Aids
In 2020, Unitron introduced their new entry level hearing aids, Shine Rev+. These hearing aids are basic technology intended to be affordable and durable. While they don’t offer connectivity options, rechargeability, or sophisticated sound processing, they do offer important features such as automatic, adaptive directional microphones, noise reduction, feedback control, telecoil, and tinnitus masker availability. They also provide “duo link” which allows for control of both instruments via only one device.
Shine products are not available in different levels of technology as they are intended to be basic technology. However, you do have a choice of colors, with 4 options for custom products, 2 options with Shine Rev+ Up, and 3 choices with both the M and P models.
Shine Rev+ Styles
Shine Rev+ products can fit any degree of hearing loss and are available in a variety of styles including:
- Shine Rev+ RIC = discreet RIC with telephone coil and standard 312 battery
- Shine Rev+ M = small BTE with telephone coil and standard 312 battery
- Shine Rev+ P = power BTE with telephone coil and standard 13 battery
- Shine Rev S & HPm = durable BTE with a 13 battery size, volume control, and program push button
- Shine Rev+ Up & HP = ultra power BTE with telephone coil and standard 675 battery
- Shine Rev+ Custom = Custom hearing instruments available in CIC to full shell ITEs. Telecoil is an option depending on size of instrument.
The FLEX experience for trying and upgrading technology
Unitron has long been known for its innovative "try-before-you-buy" FLEX:TRIAL experience that gives an easy introduction to the sometimes disorienting world of hearing aids. FLEX:TRIAL allows your hearing care provider to program off-the-shelf hearing aids to different technology levels that you then try at home. Your hearing care professional can see how you rate your listening in different home environments, and then help you decide if a higher or lower level of technology is desirable. This gives you a chance to see how advanced features may benefit you in your real-world situations prior to purchase. The FLEX:TRIAL is usually completed free of charge; however, not all providers offer this service.
FLEX:UPGRADE allows for a technology-level upgrade after you have purchased your hearing aids. With many manufacturers, once you have decided to purchase a hearing aid and you’re outside of any trial period, you are tied to that decision. That is, you can’t usually upgrade without purchasing a different hearing aid. FLEX:UPGRADE allows you to upgrade to a higher level of technology if you find that your listening needs change or that you aren’t hearing quite as well as you had hoped. This upgrade is usually done within 12 to 18 months after your purchase of the hearing aid and will be accompanied by an upgrade fee. Keep in mind that these are feature and technology upgrades (not changes to receiver strengths or accessory changes), and they are designed to provide a higher level of feature performance within the hearing aids.
Accessories and apps
Unitron offers numerous accessories, and its parent company Sonova is arguably the world leader in terms of supplying auxiliary devices that will enhance the performance of your hearing aids. However, availability will depend on the technology platform and options chosen.
For example, for Tempus hearing aids that do not directly connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices, Unitron's wireless streaming accessories provide comprehensive smartphone and Bluetooth hearing aid connectivity. Unitron also provides several remote microphones, TV streamers, and remote-control devices. Smartphone apps available for both iOS and Android phones also enable wireless control of volume, program settings, personalization, and management of Bluetooth accessories.
One of the most common complaints of people with hearing loss is that they can’t hear in noisy environments. As such, hearing aid manufacturers have added directional microphones, noise reduction, and other features within their hearing aids to improve speech understanding in noise. However, a hearing impaired ear—even with the best hearing aid—cannot function like a normal-hearing ear in a noisy situation. It’s also true that people with normal hearing often have difficulty hearing speech in a very noisy environment. One of the best ways to improve speech understanding in noise is to increase what is called the “signal-to-noise ratio”. Simply put: make the signal you want to hear louder than the noisy environment.
While directional microphones on hearing aids can help improve the signal-to-noise ratio, remote microphones take it to a much higher level. For example, in a noisy restaurant or classroom, if the person to whom you are speaking is wearing a microphone (or it’s placed on the table in front of them), their speech will be picked up more readily than the ambient noise.
The result is that remote microphones make the speech significantly louder than the environment, allowing for better speech discrimination. Unitron, like its sister company Phonak, offers several remote microphone options including the Roger Pen, Roger Select, and the Roger Table Mic II. For more information on those devices see the Accessories section.
Many new Unitron hearing aids are compatible with Phonak's Roger wireless accessories.
uMic and PartnerMic Remote Microphones
Allows you to focus on a single speaker in noisy environments or in the classroom or meeting. Beneficial to those who have significant trouble hearing in noise even with hearing aids.
uMic Remote Microphone
This personal wireless microphone system lets patients hear their companions more easily in challenging listening environments. Attach uMic using the built-in clip or lanyard loop and wirelessly send audio directly to both hearing instruments, through uDirect 2.
Compatible hearing aids:
Lapel worn microphone for one-to-one conversations in noisy environments, streaming speech from the source directly to your hearing aids.
Compatible hearing aids:
Remote Plus and uControl smartphone apps
Unitron's smartphone apps let you share in-the-moment impressions of your hearing instrument performance with your hearing care provider, who can use the information to improve your program settings. The apps also let you adjust volume and program settings on your hearing aids.
Available for both Apple and Android devices, the Remote Plus App is compatible with Blu and Discover Next products. It allows for simple adjustments such as volume and program changes but also allows feature adjustments but will vary by the platform. For example, you can adjust “comfort” and “clarity”, rate your satisfaction with the hearing aids and even access remote care from your hearing care provider.
Remote Plus App
An app for iPhones and Android smartphones that not only lets you change programs, control volume and adjust the balance of your hearing aids, but also send in-the-moment reports on their performance to your hearing care provider. (The equalizer and remote adjust functions work on Discover Next and Blu hearing aids only.)
Compatible hearing aids:
Charging stations for lithium-ion batteries
Unitron provides easy-to-use charging stations for the lithium-ion batteries in its rechargeable hearing aids. Which charger you need will depend on your hearing aid style (RIC or BTE). There is also an optional optional secondary power pack to provide additional overnight charges even when you don't have access to a power outlet.
Charger Power Pack
An optional charger power pack is available for occasions when an electrical outlet isn’t nearby. Works with the Unitron Charger for Discover-platform rechargeable hearing aids.
Compatible hearing aids:
Several are available depending on the technology platform of your hearing aids. Regardless, all allow for streaming of stereo audio from your TV, laptops, and other devices directly to your hearing aids. Allows you to watch/listen at your preferred volume without disturbing others.
Remote Control and Remote Control 2
These remotes allow for simple control of volume and program change in a small but easy to use remote. Ideal for those who have difficulty manipulating small buttons on the hearing aids or for those who prefer discreet changes to their hearing aids.
IIC Remote and Remote Control 3
The Remote Control 3 can easily fit in your pocket, and the IIC Remote can even attach to a keychain. Both are wireless controllers that let you adjust volume and switch programs in the IIC hearing aids.
A handheld remote controller small enough to attach to your keychain, it can adjust volume and change programs in your hearing aids.
uStream and uDirect 3 streamers
Streamers receive signals from Bluetooth-enabled devices and send them wirelessly, in stereo, to the Unitron hearing aids. The uStream device is small enough to be carried in your pocket or clipped to your shirt. And the uDirect3 streamer hangs from the neck. Both give you direct, hands-free connections to mobile phones, TVs, FM receivers and MP3 players.
Unitron provides a very wide array of products and technology similar to their sister company, Phonak. Both companies have led in wireless connectivity options, as well as offering treatment options such as tinnitus maskers and remote microphones.
Unitron offers the extra benefit of the FLEX program allowing you time to choose different levels of technology or changing over time to accommodate changing listening requirements. Unitron products are often priced at a lower cost point compared to Phonak products despite offering many of the same features. Please discuss which products and brands are most appropriate for your hearing loss and listening needs with a hearing care professional to ensure your best outcomes.