Phonak

Based in Switzerland, Phonak was founded in 1947 with the mission to reconnect people to their loved ones and their passions in life with state of the art hearing technology.

Committed to raising awareness about hearing loss and dismantling taboos around it, Phonak has vowed to continue their work until “wearing a hearing aid is as simple and routine as eyeglasses or contact lenses.” In their nearly 60 years of innovation, Phonak has introduced a number of hearing technologies: the SuperFront hearing aid in 1978, AudioZoom multi-microphone technology in 1995, MicroLink FM receiver in 1996, and the Smart Link, the first hearing aid to utilize Bluetooth to connect to mobile phones in 2003.

Belong Platform

Belong is the newest platform from Phonak, built into the latest rechargeable solutions. Belong has been designed to simplify the lives of consumers, based on user feedback. Designers took three main elements in mind: ease of use, hearing performance, and aesthetics/design. In addition to the breakthrough lithium-ion rechargeable technology, Belong provides sophisticated listening features such as AutoSense OS and Sound Recover 2.
Belong provides wearers with 20% better speech understanding, 60% improvement in speech understanding in noisy environments, 37% reduction in listening effort when having conversations in cars, and 10% improvement in soft speech understanding.

Why Rechargeable Technology?

Zinc air batteries have long been the trusted power supply for hearing aids, but as hearing aids become more advanced, with wireless capabilities and sophisticated processing platforms, batteries must be replaced more often. In the past, traditional zinc air hearing aid batteries were changed once or twice a month, but with newer technology, some require a change every few days.

In the span of a few years, this can add up. Some hearing aid wearers find they are spending up to $150 a year on hearing aid batteries alone. Meanwhile, there is less confidence in the lasting power of batteries. Instead of feeling confident that your hearing aids will work for you anywhere you go, you must remember to bring an extra set of batteries with you, just in case. If you lead an active lifestyle, or find yourself often in louder settings, your hearing aids will process more auditory information, which will require more battery power.

Annually, 150 billion zinc air batteries make their way to landfills. As they are not recyclable, these batteries become waste product which run the risk of seeping lead and acid into underground water supplies and become an environmental hazard.

Traditional zinc air batteries are a drain on your pocketbook and are harmful to the environment. If there’s another solution, would you take it?

Phonak has recently introduced a new rechargeable hearing aid solution, using lithium-ion battery technology (the same kind of long-lasting rechargeable battery that powers your laptops, cell phones, and tablets). With rechargeable battery technology in hearing aids, the concerns with traditional hearing aid batteries are thing of the past.

Phonak’s Rechargeable 
Lithium-Ion Battery Technology

With the new Phonak Bolero and Audeo hearing aids, lithium-ion batteries are built into the hearing aids. This means you do not have to remove or replace your batteries as you would traditional models. Lithium-ion battery technology is quite remarkable: with one simple charge, you will experience 24 hours of hearing.

Phonak’s rechargeable solution is one of the quickest charging and longest lasting options available on the market. With a 3-hour charge, you are guaranteed 24 hours of hearing. If you are short on time, then no worries – a 30-minute charge will give you up to 6 hours of full performance.

Phonak’s Audeo B-R provides 40% more power than conventional rechargeable batteries and reliably supports the advanced technology with ease. With lithium-ion battery technology in the new Phonak Audeo B-R, you can be confident in your batteries and focus on experiencing crystal clear sound.
And, last but not least, Phonak’s lithium-ion battery solution does not require removal or replacement for four years. This should give any hearing aid wearer peace of mind in their Phonak hearing aids.

Recharging Options

Phonak offers three excellent recharging options. The Phonak Charger Case is a charger, drying kit, and protective hard case all in one. This charging station is best utilized on your bedside table for an overnight charge.

The Phonak Power Pack is a portable solution, which is easily charged with the Charger Case. The Power Pack provides power for short trips where there is no power source available. The Mini Charger is a compact and discreet solution, but provides just as much power.

Venture Processing Platform

With faster speed and a longer battery life, the Venture Processing Platform is Phonak’s latest innovation and update to their hearing aids. The Venture Platform is designed specifically with these updated features: Comfort in Echo, Speech in Car, Speech in Loud Noise, Music, Speech in Wind, Speech in 360 degrees (enhanced spatial awareness), Ultra Zoom (sound focus), Tinnitus Balance noise generator, Water Resistance, and Quick Sync. The Venture Platform gives wearers improved speech recognition, better sound quality, and a seamless listening experience.

Styles and Features

Phonak hearing aids come in a variety of models. For mild to profound hearing loss, there are three main models: Audeo V, Virto V, and Bolero V, all equipped with the Venture Processing Platform. The Audeo V is a receiver-in-canal hearing aid, the Virto V is a customizable in-the-ear hearing aid, and the Bolero V is a behind-the-ear hearing aid. The Audeo, Virto, and Bolero are designed to automatically select the best settings in different noise environments, improved speech recognition, and better sound quality in cars. Tinnitus therapy is also available with Phonak hearing aids.
Phonak also offers a hearing aid designed specifically for one-sided deafness, the CROS II. This hearing aid collaborates with the hearing ear with a microphone that picks up sounds and voices from the non-hearing ear, and balances audio data for a fuller spectrum of sound. For children with single-sided deafness, Phonak offers the Roger hearing aid. Also for children and teens, Phonak offers a line of pediatric hearing aids called SkyQ. These treat a range of hearing loss and are designed to withstand the active lives of young people.

Interested In Phonak Hearing Aids?

Your journey to better hearing starts here. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule a free consultation at one of our 13 Puget Sound locations.
Call Us 800.500.8243
Share by: