High Tech Custom Hearing Aids
Phonak Virto V90 Hearing Aids
Outstanding Custom Hearing Aids
Phonak has produced their best ever custom hearing aid range this year. They have managed to pack more features and technology into even smaller hearing aids. The Virto range really is the culmination of year of research and design work. The Virto V90, is their flagship aid and it is an exceptionally powerful one. Let’s look at what they have to offer you. The V90 is the top of the range device and you can see the full range of Phonak hearing aids available in Worcester here.
Let’s Talk Hearing Aid Types
The Virto V90-Nano is the smallest and is an “invisible in the canal” or IIC hearing aid. The Virto V90-10 NW O is the smallest of the Virto’s and is slightly larger than the Nano. The designation 10 means it takes a size 10 battery and the NW means no wireless. If you choose something this discreet you will have to expect to miss out on all of the features for which wireless is needed.
The designation O stands for omnidirectional which means that you don’t get the benefits associated with dual microphones. There is a lot of evidence that dual microphones really can help you to hear better in noisy environments. Up to now with a small CIC aid this would not have been an issue, no CIC aids had dual microphones, but Phonak have found a way to squeeze them on.
The Virto V90-10 O is the same as the previous model but with wireless and the Virto V90-10 is again the same but with those dual microphones squeezed on. Moving up to the Virto V90-312 you have a larger “half shell” aid that takes a size 312 battery. The largest of them all is the Virto V90-13, a “full shell” aid that takes a size 13 battery.
The Phonak Virto V90 contains the highest level of technology in the Virto range. It has 20 sound processing channels and a wide range of programs and features to help you to hear in challenging environments. This RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aid is available in 11 different colour options.
The dust proof coating is also water repellent, ensuring that your hearing aid stays in great working order for longer. Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM allows one hearing aid to recognise speech sounds and transmit the speech to both hearing aids in real time. This technology works alongside various other features to give you the best hearing clarity in different challenging listening situations.
So what is the technology on board the Virto V 90? Let’s have a quick run down of the tech in the aid and then I can explain it in further detail later.
An outstanding automatic feature that seamlessly alters your hearing aids to your changing listening environment. AutoSense OS accurately captures the precise listening environment you are in, changing when it needs to, to provide you with a comfortable, seamless listening experience throughout your day.
Speech in Loud Noise
The feature helps you focus in on the single voice you want to hear from a noisy crowd. When noise reaches a level that makes understanding one person in a crowd difficult, StereoZoom, Phonak’s excellent microphone management system is automatically activated, allowing you to focus on the voice you want to hear and ignore the noise you don’t.
Speech in 360°
Understand speech from any direction. The Speech in 360 feature automatically selects the direction of speech and sends this speech signal from one hearing aid to the other, improving clarity and speech intelligibility without the need for you to face the speaker.
Speech in Wind
Enjoy conversations even on a windy day. When wearing hearing aids wind noise can interfere with your speech understanding and listening comfort. The Speech in Wind feature enhances your ability to understand speech well, even when the wind is blowing.
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It is also a multi program aid and the programmes include;
- Comfort in Echo, which reduces the noise of echo making it easier to hear speech.
- Speech in Car, which makes it easier to follow conversations when you can’t take your eyes off the road.
- Speech in Loud Noise, reduces the effect of loud noise making it easier to understand speech.
- Music, giving you better clarity when listening to your favourite music.
- Comfort in Noise, reduces loud noise to make your hearing more comfortable.
- Speech in Noise, focuses your hearing to the front, reducing noise behind you.
- Calm Situation, adjusts your hearing aids for comfort and better hearing in quiet environments and one to one conversations.
This feature is designed to focus the hearing aids automatically on the clearest speech sound they can pick up. Ideal for noisy environments where there is background conversation.
Rather than just focusing on sounds in front of you, this feature can focus on speech sounds to the side or behind you. This is ideal for situations where you cannot easily turn to face the speaker, such as when you are driving and trying to listen to directions from your passengers.
Directional microphones allow you to pick up the sound from all around you giving you a wide range to hear sound. The ultrazoom program narrows this range to focus on a small area where someone is speaking. This gives you better speech understanding and reduces the effect of background noise.
Speech in Wind
When you are outside, the sound of the wind can drown out all conversation. This feature works out which hearing aid is getting the better speech signal and using the Binaural VoiceStream Technology sends the speech to both hearing aids. This improves speech clarity and also reduces the effect of wind noise.
Flexcontrol and FlexVolume
The Flexcontrol and FlexVolume programs give the wearer more control over their hearing. It enables the wearer to fine tune their hearing aids for better hearing in different environments.
Listening in assembly halls or places of worship is often a problem for hearing aid wearers due to the sound echoing around the room. This feature recognises the sound echo and removes it, without distorting the other sounds around you.
This feedback elimination feature recognises the feedback sound and removes it before you know it is there. As with the Echoblock program, it can do this without sound distortion.
This noise reduction feature recognises continuous background sounds, such as traffic noise through a window, the dishwasher or office photocopier. It can reduce the volume of this sound so that speech is clearer and easier to understand.
This feature helps to remove the sound of the wind when you are outside.
This noise reduction feature handles sudden loud sounds which can be unpleasant or painful for those with hearing loss, particularly when it is amplified by your hearing aid. The SoundRelax feature can identifies those impact sounds and softens them without distorting the other sounds around you.
Real Ear Sound
This feature allows the hearing aids to mimic the way the ear naturally listens. This means that it is easier to determine the direction the sound is coming from.
This feature is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room.
This frequency shifting feature takes the high frequency sounds which are outside your hearing range, such as children’s voices and high pitched sounds, and makes them easier to hear.
Changing the volume or setting on one hearing aid will automatically change the other hearing aid as well. This synchronisation makes sure the hearing aids are always working together.
Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator
This is a new feature, it is a noise generator which helps with the treatment of tinnitus
Connect & Communicate
Phonak Virto V range is compatible with the Phonak wireless communication portfolio. These accessory wireless devices deliver quality sound, ease of use and support you across many different situations that you face on a day to day basis.
The Phonak EasyCall connects hearing aids wirelessly with any Bluetooth enabled cell phone. It binaurally streams the phone call directly to the hearing aids for maximum speech understanding.
Phonak Dect II
The Phonak DECT II is the ideal phone for use both at home or in a small office. The phone signal is streamed wirelessly to both hearing aids simultaneously. This provides unmatched sound quality and great understanding.
Phonak Conversation Set
The small and stylish Phonak ComPilot Air II Bluetooth streamer, combined with the RemoteMic, transmits a distant speaker’s voice directly to both hearing aids over a distance of up to 20 meters (66 ft).
Phonak Entertainment Set
TVLink II, combined with ComPilot II provides high quality stereo sound directly to both hearing aids when watching TV or listening to music. 24 hours continuous streaming time and 30 meters range.
I think that pretty much wraps up all there is to know about the new Phonak Virto V90, we have been fitting it since its release and we have had outstanding success. f you have any questions about the new Virto range of hearing aids or hearing aids in general, why don’t you give us a call on 01905 617803 or book an appointment online.