We spoke about the Audeo B-R in our last article because the big news and hype around the launch of the Audeo Belong range, was really focused on those innovative and ground breaking Lithium-ion rechargeable instruments. However, the range has much more than that to offer. It is a full line of receiver in canal hearing aids with new features and new hardware.
Okay, so the huge news is definitely that the Audeo Belong hearing device range is the first Phonak hearing device range with a rechargeable option. But there is much more to the range than just that, it comes with a new version of AutoSense OS, the latest version of Phonak's frequency lowering feature. SoundRecover2 and new microphones and programme buttons.
The range is available in four technology levels, the 90, the 70, the 50 and the 30, although the rechargeable option is not available is only available in the 90,70 and 50.
The original AutoSense OS has proved to be a pretty excellent operating system, however Phonak believed they could make it better and have introduced a new and improved version in the Belong Range. They say that they have improved the system with new settings that change how it works.
These tweaks to the operating system, change how the hearing aids work in different sound environments. They also say that this has allowed them to deliver even better speech intelligibility.
SoundRecover2 is a frequency lowering feature that moves high frequency sounds in speech into lower areas of hearing. Phonak's version of this strategy is called frequency compression, it is useful for people who have little or no high frequency hearing. The feature is adaptive and only works when and if it is needed.
As I said, the Belong range has a new style of programme button which is easier to find and use and a new microphone system. The microphone system works in a much better and quieter way, making the Audeo Belong the quietest hearing aids Phonak have ever introduced. It means when you sit in quiet you will hardly know you are wearing them.
The range itself is a full line Audeo (Audeo being the name that Phonak use for their RIC devices) offering, so that is a full range of Receiver in Canal devices. There are five different devices on offer which are as follows:
This is a very small RIC device using a size 10 battery, it is quite discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. It doesn't have a telecoil although as always it is a wireless device. It has a button but no volume control.
Again a very small RIC device, however, it uses a size 312 battery, it is still very discreet and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. Like the 10, it doesn't have a telecoil although as always it is a wireless device. It has a button but no volume control.
Slightly bigger than the 312, it is still a small and discrete device RIC which uses a size 312 battery, it can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. Un-like the 10 and the 312, it has a telecoil as well as being a wireless device. It has a button but no volume control.
The largest of the Audeo B RIC range, it runs on a size 13 battery and can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses. The 13 comes fully loaded with both a telecoil, programme button and a volume control as well as being a wireless device.
The RIC device that all the hype has been about, a rechargeable hearing device running on Lithium-ion power. A solid 24 hours of use from one three hour charge. It can be used with several receiver variations meaning it can cover a lot of hearing losses down to profound. It is also a wireless device with a programme button but no volume control or telecoil. This really is a ground breaking device, with Lithium-ion rechargeable battery that won't let you down.
The device will run for 24 hours of use with 80 minutes of streaming. Early reports say that the devices will run for up to sixteen hours with up to six hours of streaming. So even if you are a heavy user of streaming accessories you should still get a full day.
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