Written by Paul Harrison
In early 2013 Phonak launched their new range of RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aids, the Audeo Q. The ‘Q’ stands for Quest and refers to Phonaks new sound processing chip technology which has allowed them to add a range of new Binaural VoiceStream features. Some retailers are now giving special offers such as 2 for 1 on the Audeo S which is no longer the top level of RIC technology as it has been superseded by the Audeo Q range.
It is available in three different styles which come in a range of both traditional and bold colours.
The Audeo Q is available in four different levels of technology
Premium - Phonak Audeo Q90 Hearing Aids (Replaced Audeo S9)
Advanced - Phonak Audeo Q70 Hearing Aids (Replaced Audeo S5)
Standard - Phonak Audeo Q50 Hearing Aids (Replaced Audeo S3)
Essential - Phonak Audeo Q30 Hearing Aids (Replaced Audeo S1)
The Audeo Q range offers many of the same features as the previous Audeo S range and thanks to Phonak’s new Quest technology it has some innovative new ones with Binaural VoiceStream. This means that your hearing aids will communicate with each other and work together to further enhance your listening experience.
The Speech in Wind and Auto SteroZoom features are only available on the Audeo Q90
Other features include
The Audeo Q range features some wireless compatible models so Phonak have developed a range of accessories to work along side it.
In conclusion, the Phonak Audeo Q offers excellent technology that has wireless compatibility. It is available four technology levels and has a choice of styles and colours to suit your individual needs. If you are interested in this technology but would prefer a different style of hearing aid then you may want to try the BTE (Behind the Ear) range known as Bolero Q or the ITE (In The Ear) range known as Virto Q.
Price for one - £595 | Price for a pair - £995
The Audeo Q30 is a very basic RIC (Receiver In Canal) aid from Phonak.This aid was superseded by the newer Audeo V30 in January 2015.
Price for one - £895 | Price for a pair - £1495
The Audeo Q50 is a "standard" (second from bottom) level RIC. Launched in 2013. This aid has now been superseded by the newer Audeo V50.
Price for one - £1150 | Price for a pair - £1895
The Audeo Q70 was a mid level RIC hearing aid from Phonak. Launched in 2013. This aid has now been superseded by the newer Audeo V70.