Phonak: What’s new?
Swiss company Phonak is a world-leader in hearing technology design. Their latest range, Quest, is built on a new digital signal processing platform that operates at 200 million instructions per second - that’s a lot of sound scene analysis. Phonak has also introduced new models on the Quest platofrm called Bolero Q, Virto Q, Audeo Q and Naida Q. Bolero Q is a BTE (behind-the-ear) with water and dust resistant rated, Virto Q is a new custom in-ear range, Audeo Q is the receiver-in-canal range and the Naida Q is the power BTE range.
At the heart of the Quest is “Binaural VoiceStream Technology” which, according to Phonak, delivers up to a 45% improvement in speech clarity in noisy settings. Quests’ uber-fast processing means the input at both devices is evaluated to determine how, together, they will optimise speech.
Behind the Scenes
Phonak is owned by a company called Sonova, who also owns a sister brand of hearing technology called Unitron. In Australia, Sonova owns a large nationwide chain of retail clinics called Connect Hearing, whom will recommend these two brands. We think that the two companies make great hearing aid technology. Rachel Deane, our Principal Audiologist & Director, knows this intimately - she was the GM for Unitron New Zealand for five years. However, our clinical approach is the complete opposite. Instead of recommending a product from a limited range, we will understand you, your specific needs and then source from all world-leading companies the best technology match, that is easy to use and offers the best value solution.
★ Signature Features
A standard option now for all manufacturers BTE hearing aids, the main benefit being a significant reduction in noise so that speech is improved where ordinarily it would drown in the din. The higher levels of technology have onboard several unique features such as “Auto ZoomControl” (see white paper) that will focus on the person speaking nearest you, whether behind, in front or to your side, such as when in the car.
The new Quest platform offers “Binaural Voice Stream Technology” and features like “DuoPhone”, which is real time reception of clear balanced speech in both ears - even a phone call is heard in both ears (see white paper).
Water & Dust Protection
Rated amongst the best in the industry, these are for those living in humid cimates, working in dusty places and those of us who perspire a lot.
Generates a broadband sound for use in sound therapies such as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy and offers an iPhone and Android App to personalise these tones with music from your library (Phonak iPhone APP or Phonak Android APP).
How do the Phonak Q90, Q70 and Q50 models differ?
Each of the Q (for Quest chip platform) product ranges (eg. Audeo, Virto, Bolero) in each battery size (10 and 312) all look the same externally but, internally, offer different levels of technology, meaning a different level of sophistication, in sound processing capability. The higher model numbers offer more features and greater frequency resolution. These features offer smarter ways to control background noise, enhance speech clarity and deliver a more natural sound, especially when you have a complex hearing loss. Book a complimentary consultation to find out which of the Phonak Audeo Q’s best suit you.
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