The Phonak Audeo Belong Range

October 21st 2016

The recent introduction of the Phonak Audeo Belong range has been somewhat overshadowed by the hype surrounding the new rechargeable option. It is actually deserved hype because the rechargeable feature is a massive step forward, however, there is much more to the story. The new Audeo Belong range has much more to offer, let's take a look.

You can see a full rundown on the latest Phonak hearing aids here

What's different about the Belong?

The Audeo Belong comes with an upgraded operating system, the latest version of Phonak's proprietary feature Sound Recover 2 and new and improved hardware. Meaning that while the Belong is based on the same chip as the Venture hearing aids, they are an advancement on the venture devices. 

Operating System

The operating system is still Autosense OS, however, Phonak have been taking a huge amount of field trials with Autosense since it was first introduced. Those field trials delivered a huge amount of real time valuable data and feedback. 

They have used the data and feedback to good effect, changing and tweaking settings on the operating system to deliver even better speech intelligibility in challenging situations. In essence what you have now is the very best of what was an excellent system.

The Phonak Audeo Belong Range
Audeo Belong Range

Sound Recover 2

Sound Recover is a feature that moves sounds that you would have no way of hearing, into areas of your hearing that still work. That is a relatively simplistic description but in essence that is what it does. Quite often we see people with regions of hearing that just don't work any longer. Or are so damaged that they would never be able to pick up sound information of any value. 

In cases like that, normal amplification does not help, in fact sometimes it can just make things worse. Sound Recover is an excellent strategy in these cases, it means that the user still gets the sound information which allows them understand speech. The new version is adaptive and much better at doing it's job, early feedback from users is that it makes an amazing difference. 

Hardware changes

Phonak have introduced a new button on the devices (not sexy but it makes them easy to use) and a whole new microphone assembly. The microphone assembly is the big news, it is a better microphone system and it is quiet, very quiet. Let me explain, all hearing aids suffer with something called circuit noise. It is a low volume sound that is often described as a hiss. 

It is a function of the electronics, in particular the microphones. Every hearing aid manufacturer takes steps to reduce this sound, but some people with good low frequency hearing can still hear it.  While it is not a major issue, it can be an annoyance. The new microphone assembly in the Belong range makes it exceptionally quiet, I have been told by wearers it is easy to forget you are wearing hearing aids.

The Phonak Audeo Belong Hearing Aid Range

The range itself is a full line Audeo offering, so that is a full range of Receiver in Canal devices. That's five different devices:

Audeo B-10

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. 

Audeo B-312

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. 

Audeo B-312T

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. 

Audeo B-13

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.

Audeo B-R

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. 

As I said, the hype has been around the rechargeable option, and rightly so. But the range has so much more to offer than just rechargeable hearing aids. If you are interested in the latest hearing aids available in Melbourne, why don't you give us a call and arrange an appointment. It is always free and there is never any obligation. 

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