Price for one - £1395 | Price for a pair - £2295
Bernafon Zerena 7
The Zerena 7 is the mid-level model in Bernafon’s new Zerena range. The premium model is the Zerena 9 and there is also an entry model, the Zerena 5.
The Zerena 7 is basically just a slightly less feature rich version of the Zerena 9, so if you are interested in finding out more about the Zerena 7 then we recommend that you read our Zerena 9 product page as this will give you lots of information about all of the different features that are available in the Zerena range. However it is worth bearing in mind that with the Zerena 7 there are some important differences which we explain further below.
As with all hearing aids, the less technologically advanced and feature rich they are, the less they cost, so the Zerena 7 could represent a more affordable option for you than the Zerena 9. Again it is worth checking which features you and your audiologist feel that you would benefit from and ensuring that they are present in the Zerena 7 before you make your choice.
Who Is The Bernafon Zerena 7 Suitable For?
The Zerena 7 has been designed for people who lead active lifestyles, experiencing numerous changing environments on a daily basis. It features Bernafon’s breakthrough DECS™ technology that constantly adapts your hearing aids to the environment that you are in, rather than classifying sounds into different categories and switching to the preset settings that have been identified as being appropriate for that.
However the Zerena 7 doesn’t quite have the same processing technology as the Zerena 9 and can’t mirror the Zerena 9’s performance in noisy or more challenging environments. Therefore we would recommend the Zerena 7 for anyone who still leads an active lifestyle doing lots of different things in an average day, but that doesn’t encounter louder environments as often and is happy to compromise on their hearing aids’ performance in these to achieve a price saving down from the Zerena 9.
Technological Differences Between The Bernafon Zerena 9 And The Bernafon Zerena 7
For a full description all of the technological features present in the Zerena 7, please see our Zerena 9 page, however there are a number of important differences between the two models that you should bear in mind when making your decision.
Dynamic Noise Management - an important part of the Zerena range’s breakthrough Dynamic Environment Control System™ (DECS™), the Zerena 7 features the Silver version of this technology, which includes one Dynamic Directionality setting and four Dynamic Noise Reduction settings. Whilst the Zerena 9 features the premium Gold version with 2 Dynamic Directionality settings and the same four Dynamic Noise Reduction settings. This means that whilst the Zerena 7 will still manage the speech to noise ratio well, background noise may still be accidentally amplified and you may find it more difficult to detect exactly where sounds are coming from.
Dynamic Amplification Control System - another vital part of the DECS™, again the Zerena 7 only features the Silver level of this technology. This means that there are only four Speech in Noise management settings (compared to the Zerena 9’s six settings) and two Comfort in Noise settings (compared to the Zerena 9’s four settings). Again this means that the detection and management of the amplification of speech over background noise will not be as fast, clear or effective as in the Zerena 9.
Dynamic Range Extender - this feature is only present in the Zerena 9. It acts to ensure that even loud noises are heard clearly, there is even a setting specifically for Live Music which means that you will not get the same high level of experience in concerts or other loud environments with the Zerena 7.
Transient Noise Reduction - there are only three options available for this feature in the Zerena 7, whereas there are four in the Zerena 9. This means that there is a higher chance of unexpected loud noises being identified as desired sounds and thus amplified.
8 kHz Frequency Bandwidth - the Zerena 7 can detect and faithfully reproduce sounds from across a 8 kHz range, whereas the Zerena 9 has a 10 kHz bandwidth. This means that with the Zerena 9 you will be able to hear more sounds, especially in the lower and higher frequencies.
14 Fitting Bands - in the Zerena 7 the processor can detect up to 14 different sounds at once and the decide which should be amplified and which should be suppressed. Whereas the Zerena 9 is able to do this for 16 different sounds at once, giving you a more natural result.
True Directionality - this feature, which mimics the way in which the direction of both low and high frequency sounds would naturally travel through the ear, allowing you to pinpoint both the sounds that you want to hear and those background environmental sounds which keep you connected to the world, is only present in the Zerena 9.
To find out more about the Zerena 7 or the entire range of Bernafon Zerena, or other, hearing aids, contact Your Hearing today. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable audiologists are on hand to talk through any questions that you might have and can arrange for a free hearing test to be conducted at your convenience.
Author: David Roberts