A worldwide leader in hearing aid technology, Phonak operates in more than 100 countries and boasts a 70-year history of innovation. The Swiss company is known for its premium-quality hearing aids, stylish wireless accessories, and a long menu of digital sound processing algorithms designed to provide a natural listening experience and to make speech easier to hear in a variety of situations.
Our most popular Phonak hearing aids include the new Audéo B, rechargeable Audéo BR, and custom in-the-ear Virto B models. Before learning more about these hearing aids, you may want to know that each one comes in four performance levels: Essential, Standard, Advanced, and Premium. In most cases, you can identify the performance level of Phonak hearing aids by the model number included in their name (A higher model number indicates a higher performance level). For example, Audéo B90 represents the Premium level of Audéo B hearing aids, while Audéo B30 represents the Essential level.
Stepping up from one performance level to the next generally increases the number of features or programs to improve sound quality, comfort, or speech understanding in specific listening situations. For instance, all Audéo B hearing aids include programs for calm situations or speech in noise, but only the Premium level (Audéo B90) includes programs tuned specifically for speech in wind noise. The difference between Phonak hearing aid performance levels is not just about additional programs. Higher performance levels may also include a more sophisticated version of features also found at the Essential level.
Which Phonak hearing aids should you choose? This is a matter of individual hearing needs and personal preference. While discreet appearance tops the priority list for some people, Bluetooth phone connectivity matters more to others. In general, the more specific or challenging hearing needs you have, the more you may want to consider choosing advanced hearing aids. With a wide range of features and options, and with multiple hearing aid styles designed for any level of hearing loss, Phonak offers something for nearly everyone. You can expect excellent sound quality, great reliability, and a refined fit and finish across the Phonak product range.
Audéo B is Phonak’s newest line of receiver-in-canal hearing aids that automatically adjust to your listening environment. On the inside, Audéo B benefits from an upgraded operating system called Autosense OS. By sensing your listening situation and adjusting the hearing aid program to match, Autosense OS does a great job eliminating the need for manual adjustments. Of course, you can still make manual changes - like adjusting the volume - if you wish, but you probably won’t need to. Just switch the hearing aids on and let Autosense do the rest. It transitions automatically between 200 distinct settings in response to the noise level and type of sounds going on around you.
On the outside, Audéo B hearing aids feature an all-new design created not only to look good on your nightstand and hide discreetly behind your ears, but to keep moisture and dirt out of the hearing aids. Phonak has not given this improvement as much publicity as some other aspects of Audéo B, but we think it’s important, because the new design will make these hearing aids even more reliable than previous models.
Audéo B is available in four models with nine colors and up to four performance levels per model. Perfect for mild to severe hearing loss.
- You want the latest automatic hearing aids from one of the world’s leading hearing aid makers.
Audéo™ B Direct
Audéo B is available in five models, but two of them are getting most of the attention. One of them is Audéo B Direct. This model has generated so much excitement, because it connects directly to any BlueTooth® phone - and we don’t mean only the latest and most expensive smartphone. We are talking about almost any Bluetooth phone, “smart” or otherwise. After a few simple steps to pair your hearing aid and phone, calls will ring directly to the hearing aid. Simply press a button on the hearing aid to answer or reject calls. The hearing aid microphone will pick up your voice for the caller to hear, giving you the convenience of hands-free conversation. With Phonak’s Remote app for iOS or Android, you can use your smartphone to adjust the hearing aids. Alternatively, leave the phone in your pocket, or on the couch across the room. The wireless range is up to 10 ft.
Audéo B Direct hearing aids also connect to Phonak’s TV Connector multimedia hub, allowing you to stream TV and music, in stereo, directly to the hearing aids. Audéo B Direct is available in nine colors and three performance levels.
- You want to make talking on the phone so convenient that your friends who don't need hearing aids will want them anyway when they discover what yours can do.
- You intend to stay up late watching action movies as loud as you want, but without disturbing anyone- you will need the TV Connector multimedia hub (sold separately) to connect the hearing aid to your home theater system.
Audéo BR is the second Audéo B model getting a lot of attention. It’s the world’s first hearing aid with a purpose-built rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This hearing aid is just like the Audéo B, but with no need for disposable batteries. Since a rechargeable battery is sealed into the hearing aid, you can’t use disposable zinc-air hearing aid batteries with Audéo BR. But why would you want to? The rechargeable battery keeps the hearing aid fully-powered for up to 24 hours of use and charges in just 3 hrs. The hearing aid slots neatly into its charging base, without any fiddly cables or connectors that could easily break. If you need to charge while on the road, there is an optional power pack that attaches to a portable Charger Case. Even after thousands of charge cycles, the battery won’t deteriorate, so you can count on it to keep your hearing aid going strong for years.
Audéo BR is available in nine colors and three performance levels. Best of all, you will never need to buy batteries for this hearing aid!
- You love the simplicity of rechargeable batteries, you’re tired of purchasing disposable batteries, or you might have difficulty seeing and manipulating tiny zinc-air hearing aid batteries.
Virto B are the world’s first hearing aids with Biometric Calibration. As part of the Belong family, they share the fully automatic functionality of Autosense OS with their Audéo B siblings. The most notable difference is that Virto B hearing aids are worn in the ear canal rather than behind the ear. They must be custom made in the shape of your ear to fit comfortably and work effectively. This means you will need to visit your local ZipHearing partner for ear impressions before Phonak can build a hearing aid just for you.
Building the hearing aid is only part of the customization process, because Phonak also fine tunes the listening programs, based on the size and shape of your ear (Yes, really) - a process Phonak calls “biometric calibration”. Why should this matter? The answer has to do with how sound waves reflect off the ear toward the hearing aid microphones. Subtle differences between ears of different sizes and shapes can degrade the performance of directional microphones in canal-style hearing aids. Since directional microphones are one of the most important features for improving speech understanding in background noise, calibrating the hearing aids for individual listeners results in better hearing performance compared to uncalibrated hearing aids.
Virto B is available in six models and four performance levels in a variety of styles with or without a volume control. Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss or up to profound hearing loss, with some models.
- You are looking for in-canal hearing aids with top-notch automatic hearing performance
- You want to enjoy Bluetooth wireless connectivity and prefer in-ear hearing aids compared to other styles
Virto™ B Titanium
This hearing aid doesn’t just have titanium in its name. It is actually made of the precious metal. Who would want a titanium hearing aid? Anyone who wants super discreet, durable invisible-style hearing aids. This hearing aid’s ultra-thin titanium shell is 50% thinner than the acrylic and other materials used to build other custom hearing aids. This makes it possible for the Titanium model fit in tighter spaces, such as small and winding ear canals. Having such a thin shell also leaves more room for an air vent, meaning Titanium hearing aids may allow for better air circulation in your ear canal, which helps your own voice sound natural, and can improve sound quality.
In terms of what is on the inside of the hearing aid, Virto B Titanium has the same Autosense OS electronics as performance, Virto B Titanium is equivalent to its Virto B counterpart, just smaller. As far as controlling the Virto B Titanium, it may be ordered with a push-button, allowing wearers to control the hearing aid's volume. If it is determined there is no room for a push-button on the device (because it's so small), Phonak will supply a small metal keychain-like wand, called the “MiniControl” which allows a user to change the volume by simply raising the wand to the hearing aid, which will then emit a sound (audible only to the user), indicating the volume has successfully changed. Virto B titanium comes in two performance levels, Advanced and Premium.
- You want the smallest and lightest invisible hearing hearing aids, without sacrificing hearing performance.
- You prefer invisible hearing aids, but you’ve been told your ear canals are too small, or you have had difficulty getting invisible hearing aids to fit comfortably (and you’re willing to try again)