The Latest RIC Devices From Phonak, The Audeo V 90
The Phonak Audeo V90 Hearing Aids
Phonak hearing aids are renowned in our profession for quality and reliability. They are constantly introducing new hearing aid features and technology to deliver a better experience to people with hearing loss. The introduced their new Venture chipset and platform in 2015 and it was a strong update of their hearing device range. The Audéo V (for Venture), is a Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aid, which makes it a versatile but discreet device. The Audeo V replaces the Audeo Q (for Quest) hearing aid family. Phonak as is the norm have introduced the devices in a range of skin colours that enhances the hearing aid's discreetness if that what you want. They have also introduced it in their usual fashion and fun colours if that is more to your taste. The new Venture devices deliver outstanding support in even the most challenging listening situations. The Audeo V delivers:
- a great choice of styles at different price levels
- An option to help manage tinnitus
- And so small that it virtually disappears behind the ear
Hearing Aid Types & Technology
The Phonak Audeo V90 is the flagship or premium level of technology in the Audeo range. It has 20 sound processing channels and a wide range of programmes and features to help you to hear in challenging environments.
The dust proof coating is also water repellent, ensuring that your hearing aid stays in great working order for longer. Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM allows one hearing aid to recognise speech sounds and transmit the speech to both hearing aids in real time. This technology works alongside various other features to give you the best hearing clarity in different challenging listening situations.
The four behind the ear models of Audeo are the V90-10 which takes a size 10 battery and is the smallest, the Audeo V90-312 which takes a size 312 battery. The Audeo V90-312T is the same again but with the addition of a telecoil receiver for a loop system. The Audeo V90-13 is the largest and fits a size 13 battery.
We have talked about it before, AutoSense is the brain of the operation, it analyses what is going on in your environment and decides what all of the hearing aid features are going to do. It is an outstanding automatic feature that seamlessly alters your hearing aids to your changing listening environment. AutoSense OS accurately captures the precise listening environment you are in, changing when it needs to, to provide you with a comfortable, seamless listening experience throughout your day.
Speech in Loud Noise
The feature helps you focus in on the single voice you want to hear from a noisy crowd. When noise reaches a level that makes understanding one person in a crowd difficult, StereoZoom, Phonak's excellent microphone management system is automatically activated, allowing you to focus on the voice you want to hear and ignore the noise you don't.
Speech in 360°
Understand speech from any direction. The Speech in 360 feature automatically selects the direction of speech and sends this speech signal from one hearing aid to the other, improving clarity and speech intelligibility without the need for you to face the speaker.
Speech in Wind
Enjoy conversations even on a windy day. When wearing hearing aids wind noise can interfere with your speech understanding and listening comfort. The Speech in Wind feature enhances your ability to understand speech well, even when the wind is blowing.
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The Audeo V range are multi programme hearing aids with both automatic and manual listening programmes which include;
- Comfort in Echo, which reduces the noise of echo making it easier to hear speech.
- Speech in Car, which makes it easier to follow conversations when you can’t take your eyes off the road.
- Speech in Loud Noise, reduces the effect of loud noise making it easier to understand speech.
- Music, giving you better clarity when listening to your favourite music.
- Comfort in Noise, reduces loud noise to make your hearing more comfortable.
- Speech in Noise, focuses your hearing to the front, reducing noise behind you.
- Calm Situation, adjusts your hearing aids for comfort and better hearing in quiet environments and one to one conversations.
Speech in Wind
When you are outside, the sound of the wind can drown out all conversation. This programme works out which hearing aid is getting the better speech signal and using the Binaural VoiceStream Technology sends the speech to both hearing aids. This improves speech clarity and also reduces the effect of wind noise.
This programme is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room.
This feature is designed to focus the hearing aids automatically on the clearest speech sound they can pick up. Ideal for noisy environments where there is background conversation.
Rather than just focusing on sounds in front of you, this features can focus on speech sounds to the side or behind you. This is ideal for situations where you cannot easily turn to face the speaker, such as when you are driving and trying to listen to directions from your passengers.
Directional microphones allow you to pick up the sound from all around you giving you a wide range to hear sound. The ultrazoom feature narrows this range to focus on a small area where someone is speaking. This gives you better speech understanding and reduces the effect of background noise.
This feature is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room.
Flexcontrol and FlexVolume
The Flexcontrol and FlexVolume feature give the wearer more control over their hearing. It enables the wearer to fine tune their hearing aids for better hearing in different environments.
Listening in assembly halls or places of worship is often a problem for hearing aid wearers due to the sound echoing around the room. This feature recognises the sound echo and removes it, without distorting the other sounds around you.
This feedback elimination feature recognises the feedback sound and removes it before you know it is there. As with the Echoblock feature, it can do this without sound distortion.
This feature recognises continuous background sounds, such as traffic noise through a window, the dishwasher or office photocopier. It can reduce the volume of this sound so that speech is clearer and easier to understand.
Removes the sound of the wind when you are outside.
Sudden loud sounds can be unpleasant or painful for those with hearing loss, particularly when it is amplified by your hearing aid. The SoundRelax feature can soften the impact of sudden loud sounds without distorting the other sounds around you.
Real Ear Sound
This feature allows the hearing aids to mimic the way the ear naturally listens. This, as well as the receiver in canal design, means that it is easier to determine the direction the sound is coming from.
This feature takes the high frequency sounds which are outside your hearing range, such as children’s voices and high pitched sounds, and makes them easier to hear.
Changing the volume or setting on one hearing aid will automatically change the other hearing aid as well. This synchronisation makes sure the hearing aids are always working together.
Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator
This feature helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by generating a pleasant sound.
If you would like to know more about the latest hearing aids from Phonak, or if you are looking for a hearing test or hearing aids in Dublin, Letterkenny or across Ireland, why don't you give us a call on 1800 848 888 or contact us online