There have been many rumours about what Phonak were going to launch this autumn. The most persistent rumour was that they would launch a Made For iPhone hearing aid. Phonak is in fact one of the last big brands without a Made For iPhone range. Well they have finally announced it and it isn't a Made For iPhone, it's a Made For Any Phone.
The wearer can answer or reject a phone call by simply pressing the push button on the hearing aid. When the phone rings, it can be heard through the hearing aids and once the call is accepted, the conversation is instantly streamed. You won't need your phone, your voice is picked up by the hearing aid’s microphone system and transmitted to the other caller, simply truly hands free.
Unfortunately there is a drawback, if you like audio books or music on your phone, well this isn't the hearing aid for you. While phone calls will be streamed, music or other audio like Audio Books can not be. They have dealt with audio streaming from other sources though, so enjoying music or the TV is catered for.
They have also introduced an accompanying TV Connector, which uses their proprietary AirStreamTM technology. It is designed to be a state-of-the-art compact multimedia hub that seamlessly connects wearers to their favorite TV programming for an immersive audio experience. It’s a plug and play solution that automatically turns a pair of Audéo B-Direct hearing aids into wireless TV headphones. The TV Connector can also connect and transmit to multiple sets of Audéo B-Direct hearing aids simultaneously. That’s a pretty good solution for couples with hearing loss.
The new device will be available in three levels of technology, the 90, the 70 and the 50, so no entry level device this time around. Although that was to be expected based on the introduction of the rechargeable devices.
There is a new app to go with the devices for smart phones; the app offers the typical features you would expect. Volume adjustment, programme changes, you can also rename the programmes to make them easier to remember. The app will show a list of the available audio sources and allow the user to control the balance of audio when streaming. The hearing aids are expected to be available in late August or early September and the official UK launch date is the 8th of September.
If you are interested in the Phonak Audeo B-Direct range, or if you would like a hearing test, need ear wax removed or would simply like to talk to us about your hearing, why don't you give us a call and book an appointment. Don’t delay – call us now on 0141 -954 6030 or book online.