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Virto V70, Outstanding Custom Hearing Aids

Virto V70 Hearing Aids

We have said it before, we believe Phonak to be one of the premium hearing aid manufacturers in the world. Their new Venture platform is outstanding, delivering an excellent experience to their wearers. In our last article we discussed the Virto V90, the new top of the range custom hearing aids. This time we will look at the Virto V70 which is the advanced or upper mid range technology level. Phonak has decide to retain a lot of the high end features on the V70 and they are fantastic hearing aids working exceptionally well in all but the noisiest environment. Let’s take a look at them.

Phonak Virto V hearing aids WorcesterDesigned for you

The newest custom hearing aid range from Phonak. The Phonak Virto V Custom Product family is designed for customisation to you. The devices are individually crafted and tailored to your hearing needs. The Virto V range automatically adapts to your specific listening situation and allows you to better understand speech. They are designed to fit perfectly into your ear canal for ultimate comfort, Phonak say that there is no other hearing aid this small, capable of this much performance.

Feature Rich

The Phonak Virto V70 contains some outstanding technology. It has 16 sound processing channels and a wide range of programmes and features to help you to hear in challenging environments. The V70  also benefits from Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM   which 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.

Virto V hearing aid types

The Virto V70-Nano is the smallest and is an “invisible in the canal” or IIC aid. The Virto V70-10 NW O is the smallest of the Virto’s, slightly larger than the Nano. The 10 means it takes a size 10 battery, NW means no wireless so you miss out on all of the features for which wireless is needed. O stands for omnidirectional which means that you don’t get the benefits associated with dual microphones. The Virto V70-10 O is the same as the previous model but with wireless and the Virto V70-10 is again the same but with dual microphones squeezed on. Moving up to the Virto V70-312 you have a larger “half shell” aid that takes a size 312 battery. The largest of them all is the Virto V70-13, a “full shell” aid that takes a size 13 battery.

Virto v hearing aid types

AutoSense OS

Phonak autosense iconAn 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

Phonak speech in loud noise iconThe 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°

Phonak speech in 360 iconUnderstand 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.


It is also a multi programme aid and the programmes include;

Automatic Programmes

  • 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

Manual Programmes

Speech in 360

Automatically selects the direction of speech and streams this to the other ear, improving speech intelligibility without the need to face the speaker.

Speech in Loud Noise

Zooms in on a single voice in a diffuse noisy environment, improving speech intelligibility.

Acoustic Phone

This programme 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.


Stereo Zoom

This directionality 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.

Zoom Control

Rather than just focusing on sounds in front of you, this directionality 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 feature 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.


This feedback elimination feature recognises the feedback sound and removes it before you know it is there.


This noise reduction 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 wind reduction feature removes the sound of the wind when you are outside.


Sudden loud sounds can be unpleasant or painful for those with hearing loss, particularly when it is amplified by your hearing aid. The SoundRelax noise reduction feature can soften the impact of sudden loud sounds 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, as well as the receiver in canal design, 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 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 new feature helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by generating a pleasant sound.

Phonak has a range of accessories which are fully compatible with the Virto range. These include a remote microphone and TV link which streams sound wirelessly to your hearing aids via the Phonak ComPilot. The ComPilot can also stream sound from multimedia devices such as smart phones, computers and MP3 players. The Phonak remote control app allows you to change your smartphone into a remote control for your hearing aids.

Connect & Communicate

Phonak Virto V 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.

Phonak Easycall

Phonak Easycall

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

Phonak DECT phone

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

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

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.


The invisible Lyric hearing aid and Tinnitus relief

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Lyric Can Be very Beneficial For Tinnitus, & Here’s Why

Get relief from your tinnitus 24 hours a day with Lyric

The latest studies conducted by Dr Jacob Johnson, the Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, reveal that the extended wear (24/7) technology, may decrease the impact that your tinnitus has on your quality of life. The key feature of the benefit is that the Lyric provides sound stimulation all day every day. Let me explain why that is a good idea and why they can better for tinnitus relief than traditional hearing aids.

Hearing Aids & Tinnitus

Tinnitus is very often accompanied by hearing loss, in fact we believe much tinnitus may actually be a by-product of hearing loss. In most cases once the hearing loss has been treated with hearing aids, the tinnitus fades into insignificance.

However, once the hearing aids are taken out, the tinnitus returns. The problem is that most people will take their hearing aids out to go to bed. This is perhaps the quietest time of their day, which makes their tinnitus much more noticeable. Causing real difficulty with sleep, which frustrates and stresses them which increases their perception of their tinnitus. A vicious circle.

Lyric Hearing Aids Are Different

The real benefit of Lyric hearing aids for people with tinnitus and hearing loss is that they are worn 24/7. Therefore they are never taken out by the user and there is no let up in the relief provided by proper amplification. Even at bedtime, most users still have a noticeable difference in their perception of their tinnitus with Lyric.

It is this always on feature that makes Lyric very different from other hearing aids and other sound therapy for tinnitus. They work to give relief from tinnitus twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Risk Free Trial on Lyric Hearing Aid

In partnership with Phonak, the manufacturer of the 100% invisible hearing aid, we are offering a risk free trial of Lyric hearing aids. If you would like to know more about Lyric hearing aids in the Birmingham area, why don’t you call us on 01905 617803

Live life like you used to! Arrange for your 30 day risk free hearing aid trial in Worcester today by calling us direct on 01905 617803 or book your appointment now!


Lyric Hearing Aids at Worcester

Lyric Authorised Partner

The Lyric hearing aid, the World’s first and only 100% invisible hearing aid, that can be worn 24/7 is available at Worcester Hearing Centre. We are proud to be a Lyric Authorised Partner.

Fitting the Lyric invisible hearing aid in Worcester

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Fitting The Invisible Hearing Aid

Fitting the Lyric Hearing aid

We have been fitting the Lyric hearing aid for some time now in Worcester. We have had really fantastic results and many happy customers. The Lyric is a different type of hearing aid, in fact, it is the only one of its type. It is placed by us, exceptionally close to your eardrum. The Lyric is a completely invisible solution because of its deep placement in the canal.

Truly Invisible Hearing Aids

It is also the only long wear 24/7 hearing aid device on the market. It is worn for up to three months, no battery changes, daily extraction or insertion, simply hassle free hearing. Because of this placement it is exceptionally important that a trained professional both places and extracts the device. Actually placing the device does not take long and there is little or no discomfort.

Although Lyric® is an exciting and unique hearing solution, like all hearing aids, it is not the right solution for everyone with hearing loss.

The Lyric is only appropriate for people with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. Its use is also constrained by ear size and shape. There are also some medical contra indications to the use of the device. During the consultation we will assess your hearing problems, your ear size and shape, and your medical conditions to evaluate if Lyric is right for you. The very first step is to have a hearing test.

The Hearing Test

The first step if for us to do a thorough hearing test to identify your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. Our test is comprehensive and will involve a diagnostic test of all of the functions of your hearing system. The test involves procedures such as:

  • Pure Tone Testing
  • Speech Testing
  • Tympanometry
  • Acoustic Reflex Testing

These tests allow us a full appreciation of your hearing loss and its underlying cause. The tests will also allow us to judge if you are a viable candidate for the Lyric hearing aid. We will then move onto assess your ear canal and shape for seating of the Lyric hearing aid

Lyric Hearing Aid Assessment

We will inspect your ear canal using a special microscope, this is to see if your canal shape and health is okay for the Lyric. The Lyric will be in your ear canal for months at a time so we need to be confident in the health of your ear canal. If we are happy that you are suitable, we will then size your canal.

Sizing For Lyric

Using a special forceps and depth sizing tool we will measure the length of your canal. Once the length is measured and you are found suitable we then use different sizing tools to find the right size Lyric hearing aid for you. This is a simple exercise, we place the sizing tool into your canal and then we carefully inspect the canal with the microscope to assess the fit. Having found the right size we will then move on to the actual fitting.

Fitting The Lyric

Having found the right size for you, we program the Lyric via our system and then place it in your ear canal. We will quickly find the right position and this part of the procedure is over in moments.It is very much a new experience for people, most of our Patients adjust to the feel of the Lyric quickly. However, some people do need to come back so we can adjust the position of the device.

Initially what we do is to ask you to walk around town for a while, this gives you some time to experience the sound and the fit of the Lyric. You will then come back to the shop and we will undertake any adjustments in sound quality or positioning for you then and there.


Lyric – 100% invisible extended wear hearing aid

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Introducing lyric – the new 100% invisible extended wear hearing aid

Worcester Hearing Centre is one of a select group of UK dispensers to offer a device that offers a completely new way to treat hearing loss. Placed deep in the ear canal, the small hearing aid – just 12mm in length – cannot be seen and is designed to be worn 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, for months at a time.

The Worcester Hearing Centre is offering Lyric, labelled ‘the contact lens for your ears’, which can even be worn while sleeping, in the shower or during exercise. Developed by Phonak, the world’s leading manufacturer of hearing instruments, the device allows users to effectively ‘forget’ they are wearing it, providing a convenient and hassle free way for people to take control of their hearing loss. Find out more here.

Call us today on 01905 617803 to find out more or book a free consultation.


WHC Take presidence on Starkey invisible technology

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Audiologists from Worcester Hearing Centre Ltd attended the Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo ran from January 15th – 19th and saw delegates greeted by a phenomenal line up of speakers who support the world wide endeavours of Starkey Laboratories to deliver better hearing.

The list includes former US presidents, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton; chief evangelist of Apple, Guy Kawasaki and the renowned business magnate, television personality and author Donald J. Trump.  Whilst the event has a background in the challenges associated with hearing loss, the key topics are to focus on the role of innovation in the hearing profession.


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