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New Phonak Paradise

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Owned by the Sonova group (probably one of the largest hearing related companies in the world) who also own Unitron. The Swiss company Phonak have been established since 1947. They are world leaders in hearing aid and cochlea implant research and development and as of September 2007, the group employed about 4,200 employees worldwide. In Autumn of 2006 Phonak launched the “Hear the world initiative” which creates awareness on the topic of hearing health and hearing loss and promotes good hearing world wide. They are one of the biggest of the big six hearing aid brands.

Phonak patent many of the latest hearing aid technologies that other hearing aid manufacturers try to mimic. They continually update their hearing aid platforms and a new one arrives about every two years. They are regarded as one of the best hearing aid brands in the world and they have offered many innovative hearing aid technologies in the past and continue to do so. They are somewhat famous for their hearing aids for people with severe to profound hearing loss.

In fact, to a certain extent, their Naida hearing aid range is seen as the standard for people with those types of losses. Understanding their hearing aid offerings can be a little confusing though. Phonak do things a little differently than the other manufacturers when it comes to naming their hearing aids. They do use numbers to signify the different technology levels, however, they split their hearing aid types or models out with different names. So you need to understand the platform, such as the Belong, the name of the hearing aid and the corresponding number.

For instance, in the recent past, a flagship or premium range hearing aid from Phonak will use the number 90 while a basic aid will have the number 30 in the name. Their BTEs are called Bolero, their ITEs are called Virto and their RIC / RITEs are called Audeo. Their superpower hearing aids are called Naida. So for instance, if you are offered a Virto Belong 90, you are being offered a top of the range in the ear hearing aid which is on the Belong platform. Let’s take a look at what is currently available from them.

New Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids 2021

Phonak Marvel the predecessor to the new Paradise hearing aid was the most popular hearing aid on the market in 2019 and early 2020.

The new Phonak Paradise is similar in appearance with a slimmer push button and a slight difference in the orientation of the micro-phone ports. They use the same receivers as the Marvels and the same Ceru-shield wax filter system.

Phonak have released the whole range at the same time instead of a gradual roll out like they did with Marvel. They have eliminated their size 312 version with a tele-coil from the range, but they still have the size 13 battery version with a tele-coil.

New Hardware

A new chip platform called the PRISM which stands for Processing, Real Time, Intelligent, Sound Management which has double the memory of the previous sword chip that was in the Marvel platform. They have added motion sensors into their rechargeable versions.

These allow the hearing aids to make microphone setting changes based on movement so it doesn’t only rely on acoustic information in your environment to make automated changes.

Benefits of Motion Sensors

For example if you are in a noisy environment but you are stationary position such as sitting at a dinner table the hearing aids know they have to put themselves into more of a directional setting. If you then get up and start walking after 6 steps the hearing aids will identify that you are moving and the hearing aids will then open up the microphone pickup range. So if you are walking next to someone the hearing aids won’t remain in directional focus forward mode and enable you to pick up the speech of the person you are walking with.

Data from research shows users prefer to have motion sensors active.

 

Better Connectivity

The new Prism chip allows more and better connectivity to multiple devices. Up to eight devices can be connected at the one time whether Android of Apple operating systems. They can also be actively connected to two different devices at the same time. So if you are streaming audio from your computer and you receive a phone call you can answer the phone call without having to switch over the connection.

The Phonak Paradise hearing aids like Marvel offer truly hands free calls by using the microphones on the back of the hearing aids to pick up your voice. You don’t even need your phone on you as it can be within a 20 meter radius. To answer or end your phone calls you simply reach back and give one of your hearing aids a double tap. The hearing aids can even announce who’s calling in your ears. You no longer have to feel for and press the button. This touch control however is only available in the rechargeable versions.

 

Stream All Types of Audio

All types of audio will stream wirelessly through the hearing aids, whether it’s music, an audio book, youtube video and you can stop and start that streaming simply by giving the hearing aid a double tap as well. You can also use this double tap method to access your virtual assistant such as Siri, Bixby or Google Assistance. Simply double tap and say “Call Rachel” for example and the hearing aids will automatically connect. You can also connect to two TV connectors simultaneously.

 

Enhanced MyPhonak App

The enhanced MyPhonak App for smart phones has some new improvements and additions. It allows you to readily customise your audio to different environments by giving you access to “Clarity” & “Comfort” quick keys which affect the relative amounts of base or treble amplification applied. A three band graphic equaliser can also modify the relative amplification across the frequency range.

Noise Reduction adjustments and Speech Focus adjustments can also be manipulated. You can then save these as an additional program you can readily access in the future.

 

Remote Support Capable

The MyPhonak App also allows you to have a virtual appointment with your hearing care professional using the Remote Support function. You can use your Smart phone or tablet in the comfort of your own home to have your hearing aids programmed. Using the Paradise hearing aids your hearing care professional can test your hearing remotely. There’s an Audiogram direct function where the hearing aids produce the test tones to obtain a type of graph of your hearing sensitivity called a Sensogram or Insitu-gram. These results can then be directly applied to accurately fit and fine tune the hearing aids. This is convenient where hearing can fluctuate or change and it is difficult to attend a hearing clinic in person.

New Operating System Auto Sense 4.0

Phonak has also introduced its new operating system Auto Sense 4.0 now that now incorporate the input of the motion sensors to automatically put the hearing aid in the optimal mode for any acoustic environment. The key new additions include Dynamic Noise cancellation to enhance the signal to noise ratio in noisy environments by 4dB which can make the difference between understanding someone in noise and not being able to understand them. It now also features Speech Enhancer used in quiet environments for helping understand softly spoken people when in a quiet environment. It gives extra amplification to soft speech sounds.

 

Four Tiers of Technology

Phonak have released their Paradise in four tiers of technology levels from the Premium Phonak P90, Advanced P70, Standard P50 and Essential P30.

Each time you go down in a technology level certain features are eliminated & so is the ability to customise your devices. The higher level hearing aids have a feature set deigned to improve their performance in complex listening situations where there’s typically more competing background noise. The signal of speech relative to the competing background noise is improved. This improves listening comfort, reduces listening effort and improves speech understanding.

For individuals with single sided deafness Phonak engineers are working to develop a cross aid solution.

Phonak Paradise hearing aids have impressive new features that deliver real world benefits. It is likely to become one of the best selling hearing aids on the market in 2020 and 2021. If you would like to trial the new Phonak Paradise hearing aids contact us Today. You can have a month no obligation trial to experience their great features and benefits.

 

Meet The Brand New Audeo Marvel

Phonak Made For Any Phone

Phonak introduced their latest hearing aid platform which they are calling the Marvel at EUHA in October 2018. It is their latest hearing aid platform and it is quite an exciting introduction. The Marvel will be a full range of Made For Any Phone hearing aids. The first to be introduced will be two models on their Audeo Receiver In Canal hearing aids range. They will be offered in the usual four levels of technology, the Marvel 90, 70, 50 and 30. There is quite a lot to talk about with the new introduction, so let’s get to it.

 

Phonak Audeo Marvel Hearing Aids

The Audeo range is the first part of the Marvel platform to be introduced. Eventually, the Marvel Audeo family will be made up of five hearing aids of which two will be rechargeable, but for now, only two models will be introduced. The smallest traditional Zinc Air battery size will be the 312. The full Audeo range will not be available initially, below you can see a quick explanation of the devices and their expected availability. The hearing aids will be available in the typical four levels of hearing aid technology as you would expect from Phonak. However, Phonak will make the rechargeable hearing devices available at every level of technology including the entry level for the first time.

Phonak Audeo Marvel hearing aids

Made For Any Phone

With the Audeo B-Direct, Phonak chose traditional Bluetooth to give them a direct connection to any mobile phone. The traditional Bluetooth protocol offered huge benefits to them. It meant that any hearing aid they produced would be technically able to connect to any Bluetooth enabled device, not just phones. The first Made For Any Phone hearing devices (The Audeo B-Direct) did not offer stereo audio streaming of phone calls or any other audio. It also ensured that Phonak’s quite famous ear to ear features did not work.

 

The New System Has No Limits

The new Marvel platform does not have any of those limitations, it will allow users to experience stereo streaming audio from any Bluetooth enabled device, that includes most mobile phones available, computers, and even some modern Bluetooth enabled TVs. Not only will the experience stereo audio streaming they will also receive the full benefits of Phonak’s ear to ear features (Binaural Voice Streaming Technology BVST for short).

Fully Featured Hearing Aids

These hearing aids include all of the latest Phonak features including their much-celebrated ear to ear features. They also have a brand new sound management system called Autosense 3.0 which recognises and automatically adapts to precisely match more listening situations than ever before. Autosense 3.0 also classifies streamed signals and will adapt how it works to better help you to hear the way you should. It also includes two new automatic programmes for streaming audio.

 

Multi-functional and Feature Rich Hearing Aids

hese hearing devices are hugely multi-functional and feature-rich, here’s the quick list:

Stereo Bluetooth streaming: Stereo streaming from any Bluetooth enabled device, that means iPhone, iPad, laptops, computers, Macs, Android phones, Windows phones, hell any Bluetooth-enabled phone.
Real Hands-free calling in stereo: Like the Audeo B-direct, the Marvel offers true hands-free calling from Bluetooth-enabled phones and VOIP services like Skype, except, to both hearing aids.
TV Streaming: Marvel can stream directly from Bluetooth-enabled TVs, and can also stream from the Phonak TV Connector accessory.
Rechargeability: They say both Marvel rechargeables will deliver a full day of hearing aid use from a single charge.
Remote adjustments: Marvel hearing aids can be adjusted remotely by your hearing expert.
New App Eco-System: Brand new apps to make life easier and engage the consumer in the process.
RogerDirect: This is really fascinating, for the first time, users will be able to stream from Roger devices directly to their hearing aids.
Full Phonak Feature Set: The Marvel will offer full and up to date inter-ear features.

 

Stereo Bluetooth streaming

Marvel will directly stream stereo audio from any device capable of streaming audio via Bluetooth. This includes almost any device you can think of. You can connect it directly to your Android phone; you can connect it directly to your Mac Book or Windows laptop. You can even connect it directly to any Bluetooth enabled television. That is pretty amazing, that is a direct connection without any streamer. The quality of streaming audio is excellent; audio is full and clear. Music is warm and full, and phone calls are clear.

True Hands-Free Calling

The Marvel delivers true hands-free calling in stereo. You will hear your phone calls in both ears giving you a better chance at understanding what is being said. Hands-free means you don’t need to touch your phone. Your phone can be up to thirty feet away. You simply hit the button on your hearing aid to answer the call and chat away. The hearing aids use their microphones to stream your voice to the caller.

 

More Than Just Audio Connection

The Bluetooth connection is being used for more than just audio streaming though. They will also use that same connection for data exchange between the mobile phone and the hearing aids. This ability offers much more benefits for consumers and professionals alike. The data exchange is the core of the new ability to remotely fine tune the hearing aids in real time and for the user to give real-time day to day feedback with the new Hearing Diary.

New Phonak remote support for Marvel hearing aids

Remote Fine Tuning

The new Phonak remote fine-tuning system is excellent, a video calling system gives the same feeling of face to face interaction, just in a different way. While the remote support may not be for everyone, I think it will be welcomed by people who see it as a real alternative to in-clinic appointments

 

Speech To Text

They have also introduced a new speech to text app with the new products. The new app acts as a transcription system which allows users to read what is being said by the person on the other end of the phone. It works in real time and thanks to hands-free phone calling you can carry on the conversation while you read the dialogue. The app will allow people with hearing loss extra help to understand people on their mobile phone.

 

RogerDirect Coming

Phonak’s Roger system is the Gold Standard in FM assistive devices for people with hearing loss. All Marvel hearing aids will be able to be upgraded in late 2019 by hearing care professionals so that the new RogerDirect™ system can be added to the hearing aids allowing Roger microphone equipment to stream directly to Marvel hearing aids without having to attach an external receiver. That is something special and it will provide even better benefit for people in complex sound environments.

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