Phonak recognizes how important hearing is to enjoying all aspects of life; therefore, the company seeks to create easy-to-use and technologically advanced hearing aids and assistive listening devices to help people find that enjoyment again.
Hearing aids made by Phonak
Phonak names their products by the technology generation, with "B" indicating the latest technology. For example, the latest receiver in the canal (RIC) product is called the Audeo B while a product name with a "V" indicates the previous generation.
Recent introductions, Bolero B and Audeo B are available as rechargeable models (Bolero B-R and Audeo B-R). These can be perfect for wearers who wish to avoid daily battery hassles and repeated battery purchases. Note – the RIC style is another name for the receiver in the ear (RITE) style. The company's latest addition to the Audeo-B family, the Audeo B-direct, is a RIC instrument that connects directly to any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.
|Model name||Style||Price||Technology levels|
|Receiver in the canal (RIC)||$$ - $$$$||Essential (B30)
|Virto B-Titanium||Invisible in the canal (IIC)
(Shell made from titanium)
|Bolero B||Behind the ear (BTE)||$$ - $$$$||Essential (V30)
|Virto V||In the ear (ITE),
In the canal (ITC),
Completely in the canal (CIC),
Invisible in the canal (IIC)
|$$ - $$$$||Essential (V30)
|Sky V||RIC, BTE||$$$ - $$$$||Pediatric
|Naida V||RIC, BTE||$$ - $$$$||Super power
|CROS B||RIC, ITE, ITC||$$-$$$$||Single-sided deafness
Differences between Phonak’s technology levels
As with most hearing aid manufacturers, Phonak offers hearing aid technologies at several different price points. The hearing aids with the greatest number of features will carry the highest price tags.
- Phonak “Essential” hearing aids, also called V30 or B30, include a basic feature set. There are 8 channels for customizing the hearing aid levels across different frequencies. These hearing aids are perfect for budget-minded wearers who have basic listening requirements in quiet settings.
- Phonak “Standard” hearing aids, also called V50 or B50, include the basic set of features and select upgrades like an acoustic phone program that streams a phone signal to the other hearing aid. There are 12 channels for customizing hearing aid levels across frequencies. This level can be appropriate for value-conscious wearers who enjoy quiet settings, mostly one-on-one or small group conversations, watching television and catching up with friends and family on the telephone.
- Phonak’s “Advanced” hearing aids, also called V70 or B70, have all the features in Essential and Standard models in addition to features such as a music program, speech intelligibility enhancements and wind noise suppression. These hearing aids have 16 available programming channels. This technology level is suited for wearers who spend time in noisier environments, participate in outdoor activities, stream audio and talk on the phone frequently.
- Phonak’s “Premium” hearing aids, also called V90 or B90, have the greatest number of features. They include all the features in the first three levels plus several bonus features, including a program that is designed to improve speech in the car. These hearing aids have 20 available programming channels, which helps the hearing professional fit the most complicated hearing loss configurations. This level is suited for wearers who demand the best and most sophisticated technology. The feature set enables the hearing aids to integrate seamlessly with other audio devices for effortless streaming of sound, handle even the most challenging listening environments and allow wearers to engage in dynamic conversations with multiple speakers and enjoy rigorous outdoor activity.
A tinnitus feature is included in all Phonak hearing aid styles and technology levels. This tinnitus feature is meant for use under the guidance of a professional as part of a tinnitus therapy program.
Pediatric and specialty hearing aids
- Pediatric - Phonak has a long-standing reputation among highly-specialized pediatric audiologists for product and support excellence. Their current pediatric line is called Sky V which can accommodate mild through profound hearing losses. This line of products includes colorful styles that incorporate features specifically designed for infants, children, teens and parents.
- Severe to profound loss - The super power hearing aid designed for adults is the Naida V. It is available in RIC and BTE styles and four different levels of technology.
- Single-sided deafness - Phonak offers the CROS II and the CROS B hearing aids designed for people with single-sided deafness. These fittings consist of two hearing aids, one with a microphone for the ear with hearing loss and the other with a receiver which is fitted to the ear with normal hearing ability. The signals picked up on the side of the head with the impaired ear are routed to the good ear. This configuration can be helpful for hearing speech and determining the source and direction of sounds (localization).
- Extended-wear - Phonak also offers a unique extended-wear hearing aid, called the Lyric. The Lyric is an IIC product placed deeply in the ear canal by an authorized hearing care practitioner and left in place for months at a time. When the batteries run out, the devices are replaced. This type of device can be attractive for wearers who want to completely avoid daily handling and maintenance of hearing aids, changing batteries and cleaning. The Lyric is not appropriate for all ears and hearing losses, however, and requires careful consideration with the help of your hearing healthcare provider.
Other Phonak hearing aids
If you’re researching Phonak hearing aids, you may come across some of their other hearing aid models, such as Bolero V, Audeo Q, Bolero Q, Ambra, Virto Q, Naida Q, Sky Q, Solana, Cassia and Dalia.
Assistive listening devices made by Phonak
In addition to an extensive line-up of hearing aids, Phonak offers a line of assistive technology to work with their hearing aids to improve hearing ability in special situations. They offer the Roger Touchscreen Mic for teachers, Roger Table Mic, Roger Easy Pen, Roger Clip-on Mic and Roger Receivers, a line of wireless accessories to improve conversations in noisy situations, classroom settings or over a distance. They also offer the Phonak TVLink II, which works in conjunction with ComPilot II or ComPilot Air II to stream television and other audio signals to your hearing aids.Phonak EasyCall II streams mobile phone calls to both hearing aids for ease of listening. The latest assistive listening device (ALD) products are compatible with the latest hearing aid models. If you are interested in purchasing an ALD to go with Phonak hearing aids you already own, ask your hearing care professional which accessories are compatible with your hearing aids.
Phonak’s humanitarian work
Phonak’s parent company, Sonova Group, is proud to help people all over the globe hear well. Based on the premise of helping people regain their life passions, the Hear the World Foundation works to ensure equal opportunity for access to hearing care around the world. Supporting Hear the World Foundation means supporting quality hearing devices for everyone - especially those in third-world countries.
Phonak’s sister companies
Phonak is a part of a larger corporation, Sonova Group, which also operates the hearing device company Unitron. The hearing aid models produced by Unitron include Quantum², Moxi², Moxi² Kiss, Quantum Pro and Max. Sonova also owns Advanced Bionics, a cochlear implant company. Advanced Bionics strives to develop cutting-edge technology to enable patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss enjoy sound again. Their cochlear implant processor models include Naida CI Q70, Neptune and Harmony.