Phonak Launch Their Latest Naida Hearing Aid Range
Naida Venture Hearing Aids
Phonak is a hearing aid manufacturer that is renowned for solutions for severe and profound hearing loss. They have just launched their latest addition, the Naida Venture range which continues and builds on that historical legacy. We attended the launch event in Dublin to learn about the new hearing devices.
As we said, Phonak have just launched the latest addition to their now famous Naida range at a launch event held in Dublin. The new addition is based on the Venture chipset and brings all of the benefits of that new platform to people with severe and profound hearing loss. The range is available in four levels of technology which include the V90, V70, V50 and V30. This is the fourth upgrade to the Naida range which was first launched in 2007.
The Naida devices have become the go to hearing aids for people with severe to profound hearing loss since their launch. Phonak has a long history with devices of this nature so there is a huge amount of experience in their business. The new range brings new form factors with much smaller and more powerful devices than available in the older Naida Quest range. It also packs in some great updated features with a new SoundRecover strategy to deliver as much sound information as possible.
The launch event was attended by Matt Gilbert, who is an English rugby union footballer currently playing at Flanker and number eight for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Matt is the only deaf professional sportsman in England. In 2012 Mat was fitted with a Phonak hearing device. Since then he has worked as a celebrity ambassador for Phonak, helping to raise awareness of hearing loss. He discussed his experiences with The Naida devices, he also explained how the ancillary wireless devices had changed his life.
Matt has profound hearing loss, however using Phonak's wireless accessories like the com pilot and the TV link allows him to use his mobile phone and watch television with his wife without subtitles. Something that he was unable to do before, he felt that this integrated solution based strategy really made the difference for him, giving him freedom. He can take his own mobile phone calls now, as opposed to having his wife do it for him. Matt also discussed using his hearing aids on the field when he was playing. He said that the robustness of the Naida gave him the confidence to use them on the field where they were bound to get knocked about a bit. He said generally there has been no issues and they have held up very well.
The hearing aids
Naida V RIC
The Naida V RIC (Receiver in Canal) offers amazing power in a small package, it will deliver outstanding benefits for people with mild to severe hearing losses delivering power with discretion. The device which is a new form factor with a size 13 battery comes with three possible receiver options, the XS, the XP and the new X UP (for Ultra Power). The X UP option is a newly designed receiver which offers more output than the previous one. In essence the option will cover a more severe hearing loss.
With the introduction of a newly designed X UP receiver, the hearing aid will cover a hearing loss down to a flat 100 dB. This means that even people with a severe to profound hearing loss can avail of a very discreet solution without compromise in power or functionality. If this might be an attractive option for you, you need to be aware that there is some extra clean and care steps with a RIC device. As a RIC device, you will need to ensure that you take care of the receiver and follow a daily drying routine to ensure taht it does not fail from wax ingression or moisture build up.
Naida V SP
The new Naida V SP is 25% thinner than its predecessor, it is also a much smaller hearing aid. It runs on a size thirteen battery and can be fit with a power slim tube and tip which offers real discretion. The power slim tube can be fit with either acrylic or silicon custom tips. The device can also be fitted with a standard thick tube and mould configuration. The power slim tube has been re-designed by Phonak and it now sits lower on the top of the ear and hugs the face in a better way. This means that it is slightly more discreet than the last generation tubes.
The power output on the new SP has been increased and it now matches the power output of the older Naida Quest UP. This means that more people with severe to profound hearing loss can now avail of a more discreet option. The SP runs on a size thirteen battery which accounts for that smaller size, but the power management system that Phonak uses ensures that the battery drain is controlled. The device is a little bigger than the RIC but it is still a very small hearing aid. All in all it is a very discreet option which delivers a lot of power, something that many people with profound hearing loss really want.
Naida V UP
The new Naida V UP is again thinner and smaller than its predecessor with a new form factor. The power output on the hearing aid has been increased giving it even more performance for even the most profound hearing loss. It is powered by a 675 battery and can also be fitted with a power slim tube and custom tip. This is definitely one of the smallest 675 traditional type hearing aid solution for profound hearing loss I have ever seen. It will give people with profound hearing loss a more discreet solution.
Feature run down
Sound Recover 2
With a new version of Phonak's sound Recover strategy the Naida offers more high frequency cues than ever before. This allows access to the nuances of sound that you may not be able to hear.
The range is rated to IP68, which means it will survive immersion in one metre of water for sixty minutes without damage. Phonak are circumspect calling it water resistant, but another manufacturer calls this waterproof. One way or the other this range will quite happily get in the shower and the pool with you.
The casing is made with a new glass fiber reinforced material, the Naída V is now 60% more robust than its predecessor which together with its resistance to water should really give you confidence it won't fail.
As part of the Venture platform the new Naida range benefits from Autosense and all of its features. This allows it to deliver the best possible experience in a range of sound environments.
If you have any questions about the Phonak Naida range or you would like to experience the difference, call us on 1800 848 888 or book your appointment online now.