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Audeo Q50 Hearing Aids & Reviews

Audeo Q50
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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 This aid has now been superseded by the newer Audeo V50.

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High Street Price £1400

Our price £895

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The Audeo Q 50 was launched in 2013 and used to be the "standard" (second from bottom) level of RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aid from Phonak. It replaced the previous Audeo S5. The ‘Q’ refers to Phonaks old sound processing chip technology known as Quest.

The Audeo Q50 is available in three different styles and offers a choice of both subtle and bold colours

  • Audeo Q-312 – A more cosmetic looking hearing aid which offers wireless capability and the new Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator
  • Audeo Q-312T – This has a slightly larger design and offers wireless compatibility. It also has the Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator and Telecoil.
  • Audeo Q-10 – A small non-wireless hearing aid that features the Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator

New Features

The Audeo Q 50 has many of the features from the previous Audeo S 3 and also new  Binaural VoiceStream ones. This allows your hearing aids to communicate and work together to further improve your hearing.

  • Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator – Using a range of different sounds, this feature helps with managing tinnitus symptoms. It also offers access to the new Tinnitus Balance App which is compatible with Apple and Android devices to give even more sound options.
  • Acclimatisation Manager – This will automatically alter your hearing aid’s amplification levels and also allow manual adjustment.

Other features include

  • 12 Channels – Your hearing aid channels will process a range of frequencies so the more channels there are, the more specifically it can be programmed for your individual needs.
  • Ultrazoom– This is a Binaural microphone application which helps with speech capture and noise cancellation.
    • Whistleblock – This helps to get rid of irritating feedback sounds that may occur.
    • Soundrecover – This feature helps to improve your ability to hear the higher frequency sounds.
    • Noiseblock – This helps to eliminate any unwanted background noise.
    • Soundflow– This means your hearing aids will detect any subtle changes in your listening environment and adapt automatically using a selection of programmes.

The Audeo Q50 has wireless capability so can be used with Phonak’s range of accessories.

Accessories include

  • Phonak Compilot – Streamer worn around the neck
  • Phonak TV Link S – Tv transmitter/compilot charger
  • Phonak Mypilot – One touch display screen remote control
  • Phonak PilotOne – Basic remote control

 

In conclusion, the Phonak Audeo Q50 is a solid and reliable, if basic hearing aid for those on a budget. It has little to make it stand out over other aids as so many newer models have been released in the meantime.

If you are interested in this type of hearing aid but would like to take full advantage of the new technology available then you may want to look at the Audeo V series of aids which have more features and more sound processing channels.

If you would prefer a different style of hearing aid then you may want to try the BTE (Behind the Ear) model, the Bolero Q50 or the ITE (In The Ear) model, the Virto Q50. Find out all the latest information and view the complete range from Phonak Audeo Q Hearing Aids range here.

Author: Paul Harrison


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