Price for one - £1095 | Price for a pair - £1995
Jan 2015 - Phonak Venture V50 was launched and replaced the older Q50.
Sept 2016 - Audeo Venture V50 was superseded by the Audeo Belong B50.
September 2016 update - The Phonak Audeo Venture V50 has been superseded by the rechargeable Phonak Belong B50
July 2016 update - The Phonak Venture range has now been fully reviewed. Please scroll down to "Phonak Venture - reviews by audiologists" for further details.
The Phonak Venture range
There are 6 different Virto models and 4 Audeo models. They all have different codes;
The 10, 312 and 13 codes simply refer to the battery size the aid takes. With the Audeo-312T, the "T" stands for telecoil which lets the aid connect to a loop system. "O" means it is an omnidirectional hearing aids (has only one microphone) "NW" means the aid has no wireless features.
The Phonak Audeo V50 is the standard level hearing aid in the Audeo range. It contains a lower level of technology than the V70 with 12 sound processing channels and a range of features to help you to hear in a variety of listening situations. The RIC (Receiver In Canal) style has a small case which sits behind the ear to process sound, and the receiver sits just inside the ear canal.
As with others in the range, the V50 benefits from Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream Technology. This enables voice streaming from one hearing aid to another, with no time delay. This, along with other programs allows you to hear voices in stereo at times when listening is difficult.
Many programs are automatic, so you don’t have to change your settings when moving from one place to another, others are manual, giving you more control over your own hearing.
These programs include:
The directional microphones are designed to pick up as much sound from all around you as possible, giving you a 360 degree hearing focus. This program allows you to narrow this focus by targeting the microphones on a small area. This is ideal for helping you to hear conversation in a noisy environment, enhancing speech whilst reducing background distractions.
This program gives you control over the volume of your hearing aids, allowing you to change the level of sound for hearing comfort.
This program allows you to change the settings of the programs in your hearing aid, so you can make adjustments to suit you and your listening environment.
This program ensures that your hearing aids work together all the time. If you change a volume program setting on one hearing aid, the other will automatically synchronise so that they are always on the same settings
The sound of feedback is distracting and annoying for hearing aid wearers. This program can detect the feedback sound before you can hear it and remove it. It can do this without distorting any other sounds around you. It can tell the difference between feedback and other high pitched sounds so you still hear the sounds you want to.
The sound of continuous background noise can make it difficult to hear anything else as hearing aids usually amplify the sound. The NoiseBlock program can recognise sounds such as constant traffic through the window, office equipment or home appliances and reduce its volume, so that you can concentrate on the sound you want to hear.
Real Ear Sound
Those with normal hearing can detect where sounds are coming from because of the shape of the ear. The Real Ear Sound program is able to copy this effect, helping you to determine sound location as well as a more natural listening experience.
This telephone listening program tackles the problem many people with hearing aids face when using the telephone. Using the Binaural VoiceStream Technology the sound of the caller’s voice is streamed to both hearing aids at the same time, allowing you to hear the phone call in stereo. Meanwhile the sound in the room is reduced, allowing you to focus on the conversation without distractions.
Many people with hearing loss find it difficult to hear sounds in the higher frequencies, such as women and children’s voices. This program recovers these sounds and brings them within your hearing range for better speech clarity.
Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator
This program helps to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, also known as ringing in the ears. Sound distraction is often used as a treatment for tinnitus. These hearing aids can generate a range of pleasant sounds to distract the mind from the tinnitus whistle.
These hearing aids are available in a range of colours, from pale neutral tones to bright, bold and fun colours, so you can choose one to suit you and your lifestyle. The sound processor casing is tough and dust repellent as well as water repellent, so you don’t need to panic if you are caught out in the rain.
There are a range of compatible accessories from Phonak which are all easy to use. These include an app which, once downloaded to your Smartphone, allows you to use your phone as a remote control to change your settings easily and discretely.
The Phonak ComPilot is a sound streamer which can link to your Bluetooth devices such as your Smartphone and MP3 player. It also links to a remote microphone, allowing you to hear a speaker in a loud or difficult environment. The TV Link also connects to the ComPilot allowing you to enjoy programs at a volume to suit you.
Superpower version - Naida
The Naida V is the more powerful version of the V50, usually just for those with a severe to profound hearing loss though there is also the smaller RIC version so all hearing losses are covered. Some people choose the Naida due to its increased durability. It is made from a reinforced glass fibre 60% more robust than the usual material and the Naida V is also water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating.