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Bernafon Zerena 5
The Bernafon Zerena 5 is the entry level model in Bernafon’s new Zerena range. The range also features the premium Zerena 9 and the mid-level Zerena 7.
To find out more about all of the exciting new features available in the Zerena range, we recommend that you read our Zerena 9 product page, as this features all of this information. However there are, of course, a number of important differences between the Zerena 9 and the Zerena 5 that you should bear in mind and we will provide more information about below.
Although there are a number of technological differences between the Zerena 9 and the Zerena 5, the Zerena 5 does represent a significant cost saving compared to both the Zerena 9 and Zerena 7 models, so you may find that you are happy with this much simpler hearing aid to compensate for that.
Who Is The Bernafon Zerena 5 Suitable For?
As we have already mentioned the Bernafon Zerena 5 represents a much more simplified version of Bernafon’s new Zerena range. The main selling point of this range is its performance in both challenging and changeable listening environments. The Zerena range features Bernafon’s breakthrough Dynamic Environment Control System™ (DECS™) which is able to continually assess your environments and make constant adjustments to your hearing aids settings to produce the most dynamic and proactive sound possible.
The Zerena 5 features a much more scaled down version of the DECS™ technology, which means that although it is still able to adapt to changing environments, without relying on pre-set environment classifications as many other hearing aids do, it is not as quick or effective as either Zerena 9 or Zerena 7. It’s performance in noisy or more challenging environments is also much more limited.
Therefore we would recommend the Bernafon Zerena 5 to anyone who does still lead a reasonably active lifestyle, moving through a number of different activities in a day, but that doesn't tend to experience louder or more complex environments, or is willing to have a much decreased hearing experience in these.
Technological Differences Between The Bernafon Zerena 9 and the Bernafon Zerena 5
A full description of all of the available technological features in the Zerena range is available on our Zerena 9 product page, however there are a number of important differences between the features in the premium Zerena 9 and the entry level Zerena 5 which you should bear in mind. These include:
Dynamic Noise Management - this is part of the four main features that make up DECS™ and in the Zerena 5 the Bronze level of the technology is available. This is less powerful and only features one Dynamic Directionality setting and three Dynamic Noise Reduction settings, compared to the Gold level technology with two Dynamic Directionality settings and four Dynamic Noise Reduction settings present in the Zerena 9. This means that the Zerena 5 is much less able to identify what sounds are coming from where and then prioritise the amplification of speech over background noise.
Dynamic Amplification Control System - the Zerena 5 again features the Bronze level of this feature, as compared to the Zerena 9’s Gold version. The Bronze version only includes two Speech in Noise management settings, compared to the Gold version having six, and it doesn’t have any management settings for Comfort in Noise at all. This will also affect the effective prioritisation of speech over background noise.
Binaural Noise Manager - this feature is not present in the Zerena 5, only in the Zerena 9 and 7 models. Without this the noise reduction technology will always be applied to both hearing aids equally. This could result in the speech from someone who is speaking off to the side of you not being amplified highly enough above the background noise which is automatically being suppressed.
Transient Noise Reduction - the Zerena 5 only has three options for reducing unexpected loud noises, whereas the Zerena 9 has four. This may result in these surprise sounds being accidentally amplified much more frequently.
Dynamic Range Extender - this feature is also only present in the Zerena 9. We think that it’s a must for anyone who enjoys going to live music events as not only does it have a specific setting for these, but it also ensures that any desirable loud noises are transposed clearly without any issues of clipping or distortion.
8 kHz Frequency Bandwidth - the Zerena 5 and 7 models are both able to process sounds within a 8 kHz range, whereas the Zerena 9 has a 10 kHz bandwidth. This means that in the Zerena 9 sounds in the lower and higher frequencies can be processed successfully rather than potentially being missed.
12 Fitting Bands - the Zerena 5 is able to detect and process sounds in 12 bands at once, processing each separately and then amplifying or suppressing them as appropriate. However the Zerena 7 has 14 bands and the Zerena 9 has 16 bands.
True Directionality - this feature is only available in the Zerena 9 model. It allows your hearing aids to recreate how high and low frequency sounds travel through your ear, making it easier for you to pinpoint the direction that sounds are coming from.
2 Transition Levels - the Zerena 9 and 7 both have three transition levels which allows your audiologist to program your hearings aids depending on how quickly you want the noise reduction and/or directionality programs to react. However with the Zerena 5 there are only two transition levels which means there is less of option to personalise this feature.
If you think that the Bernafon Zerena 5 might be the hearing aid for you then contact our team of expert audiologists today. Our friendly team are on hand to discuss all of your options, answer any questions that you have and get you started with a free hearing test.
Author: David Roberts