Phonak Audeo B90-Direct
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Phonak Audeo B90-Direct Hearing Aid Description & Features
Billed as the first "Made for All" hearing aid, the Phonak Audeo B-Direct is the first hearing aid ever to provide direct connectivity to any cell phone with Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology and most older Bluetooth phones, for the wireless streaming of phone calls.
Released by Phonak on August 20, 2017 the Phonak Audeo B90-Direct falls under Phonak`s premium technology level within the Audeo B-Direct family.
As premium technology, this hearing aid is the best technology that Phonak has to offer, making it an excellent choice for individuals with active lifestyles, who need hearing aids that can deliver the most exceptional sound quality in any listening environment.
The Phonak Audeo B90-Direct hearing aid has 20 channels and 5 customizable programs, and that gives it the flexibility to digitally process sound in a way that sounds natural, and can also be adapted to the particular listening environment of the wearer.
The Audeo B90-Direct is powered by a size 13 battery which will need to be changed every 7-10 days. With a maximum potential gain of 66 SPL, the Audeo B90-Direct is suitable for individuals with mild to severe hearing loss.
With its discreet RIC (receiver in canal) style, the Audeo B90-Direct sits comfortably behind the ear and is hardly noticeable to the wearer or others. This hearing aid is available in 9 color choices as shown below.
If you have questions about the Audeo B90-Direct that you don`t find answered on this page, or are looking for specs on this device, you might want to check out the downloadable documents (below), visit Phonak`s website, or feel free to give us a call at 800-731-6794.
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Video infographic: Phonak Audéo™ B-Direct hearing aids with direct connectivity
Enjoy the freedom of universal connectivity with the Audéo B-Direct hearing aids. Designed to connect to any cell phone* and TV.
Audéo B-Direct: Direct Connectivity, Now Made For All
Introducing Audéo B-Direct, the first Made For All hearing aid that provides direct connectivity to any* cell phone. Powered by the SWORD™ chip, the Phonak proprietary 2.4 GHZ radio chip and the Belong platform, Audéo B-Direct broadens the Phonak portfolio with a direct connectivity solution. *with Bluetooth® 4.2 wireless technology and most older Bluetooth phones
Phonak Audeo B90-Direct Accessories & Smartphone Apps
The Phonak Remote app turns your smartphone into an advanced remote control for your Phonak hearing aids. To use the app, you'll need wireless hearing aids, like Audéo or Audéo M, that support direct connectivity. Once you have installed the Phonak Remote iOS or Android app on your smartphone, an easy-to-follow pairing wizard will help you connect the app to your hearing aids. You can use the Phonak Remote app to: Change your hearing aid volume and listening program - Balance the volume of wireless streaming and your surroundings - Customize your listening programs - Check out the demonstration mode to experience explore more possibilities.
TV Connector: $249
The easy to use streaming device for TV and music. The TV Connector is a plug and play interface to TV’s and other audio sources, supporting the direct connectivity of Phonak Audéo B-Direct hearing aids. It simplifies setup, usage and offers superior stereo sound quality using AirStream™ technology. With the TV Connector, you can simultaneously stream audio signals up to 15 meters away, to an unlimited amount of connected hearing aids.
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In-Person & Local Hearing Aid Fitting & Programming Service
Based on the results of your hearing test, your local ZipHearing provider will professionally fit and fine-tune your hearing aids to your unique needs.
45 Day 100% Risk-Free Evaluation Period
Once your hearing aids have been fitted, you'll have 45 days to evaluate them. All appointments with your local provider during your 45 day evaluation period are included at no additional cost. If you decide to return your hearing aids within the evaluation period, you'll be issued a 100% refund.
Once your 45 day evaluation period has concluded, you are entitled to an additional 3 follow-up appointments during your first year of ownership at no additional cost. After your first year of ownership or 3 follow-up appointments (whichever comes first), office visits will be billed at a rate of $35 for appointments lasting 30 minutes or less, and $65 for appointments lasting 30 minutes or longer.
3 Year Full Manufacturer Warranty
1 Year Supply of Batteries
At the time your order is placed with ZipHearing, you're sent a 1 year supply of hearing aid batteries delivered directly to your door. These batteries will usually arrive to your home before your scheduled date to pick up the hearing aids from your ZipHearing provider's office, but if they aren't, your provider will get you started with a few batteries at your delivery appointment. We provide premium Rayovac batteries which have a shelf life of 4 years.
Wax Filters, Domes, and Cleaning Supplies
Simple cleaning & maintenance supplies will be provided by the manufacturer and given to you at your hearing aid fitting appointment, along with rubber or silicone domes, and wax filters, which your hearing provider will show you how to use, ensuring your hearing aids remain free of wax, oil, and other debris.
Phonak Audeo B90-Direct Reviews
Based on 6 User Reviews
I chose Phonak based on my extensive consultation with audiologist friends and consultants in Indianapolis, where we have another home. Phonak was recommended the most highly of all the brands. My experience so far has indicated that the technology is highly sophisticated to allow for numerous adjustments, all of which have been necessary. My first week was one of profound disappointment (honestly) since I was not understanding speech any better than I historically have without aids. My interest in hearing aids was to improve my understanding of speech in noisy environments, not to hear coins click (which I cannot hear without the aids).
I have a very difficult hearing situation to correct (normal hearing in the lower frequencies but major drop off in hearing in the upper frequencies.) I have had this condition for many years so there is a brain-retraining that is necessary in addition to the technology. When I went back for the first follow-up, the provider made major significant adjustments and I found immediate benefit in most environments. I was able to actually understand our waitress in one of our favorite restaurants in town whereas in the past I would just assume what the wait-staff had said (or ask my wife). I could understand my daughter in our car ride back from the airport last night whereas in the past I would just hear car noise and mumbled speech. I had my second follow up appointment today and the audiologist made some additional adjustments to all the programs and to be honest, some understanding is now better but some is worse. I guess the lesson is that it will take a while to fine-tune the technology to make it work optimally. I am along for the ride!
One other factor is the brain retraining that is necessary. I downloaded an audiology rehabilitation program and work through those exercises. I realize that after years of not understanding speech well, I have difficulty is distinguishing many consonant sounds. Now that I hear the high frequencies again, I fully agree that my brain needs to learn to recognize those sounds correctly and that will take work on my part.
The biggest draw of this item is the blue tooth capability. My experience, with 2 phones and 2 cell providers is that while I can hear clearly, the other side reports 'cutting out". Very disappointing and i will contact phonak support once again to get a remedy or they go back.
Not very pleased with sound. Went back for second visit to have adjusted. The left ear was much to shrill, right was fine. She toned down the left ear which improved, mostly. Now the lower frequency is not as sharp as it was. Not thrilled with blue tooth. I have to fumble with the button on top of hearing aid to connect, half the time I have to put phone to my ear if I want to use phone. I guess I have one more included visit to audiologist for adjustment. I have used phonak for over 10 years, I am not as pleased as in the past.
While the hearing aids sound great, there are some limitations I've found. For me, like one of the previous commentors, the biggest draw was the bluetooth streaming direct to android. I find it unreliable, there will be times where I absolutely love it, it's amazing, and then times where I just cannot keep a connection. One of my biggest hesitations before I bought this was that it only does single sided streaming to one ear, but i Really found this to be inconsequential, I do not mind it at all, as all I've ever known was hearing the caller in one ear. What I do mind and miss out on is that you can't stream audio from the phone, only phone calls, so it's another limitation that you have with this hearing aid compared to others in the same class. But what you get in exchange, is the only hands free bluetooth hearing aids, and that, when it works, is exceptional. Finally, I wish that these hearing aids would perform better in crowds, it is my understanding accoridng to my dispenser that Phonak has de-featured these a little bit, reduced their background noise capabiltiies, in order to make room for the Bluetooth features. I go back and forth between whetehr or not this was a worthwhile trade. I think I will keep these hearing aids, as I'm too many adjustment appoints in to turn back now and I am reasonably satisfied, but for the price I do wish they met more of my needs.
Love these hearing aids, sound quality is great, very comfortable, very little learning curve. Really like the blue tooth capability. Very impressed with the quality and service of Zip Hearing and the provider where they sent me for the hearing test, fitting, and instructions. Thank you...very professional organizations.