Have a hard time hearing the TV? Phonak's new TV Connector accessory has you covered! Billed as a “plug and play” device, this USB-powered TV Connector streams audio within a range of 15 meters, effectively turning the hearing aids into wireless TV headphones. As soon as the TV Connector is powered on, it will automatically detect Audéo B-Direct hearing aids within a 1 meter radius, so there is no need for a complicated pairing process. A neat thing about this accessory is it will stream to all connected hearing aids simultaneously, ideal for multiple Audéo B-Direct hearing aid wearers watching TV together.
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Based on 4 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.
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.
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