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Audeo, Nano, Virto, Naida and Bolero V90 Hearing Aids & Reviews

Venture V90 | Audeo, Nano, Virto, Naida and Bolero
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Price for one - £1695 | Price for a pair - £2995
Jan 2015 - Phonak Venture V90 was launched and replaced the older Q90.
Sept 2016 - Audeo Venture V90 was superseded by the Audeo Belong B90.

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High Street Price £2300

Our price £1695

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September 2016 update - The Phonak Audeo Venture V90 has been superseded by the rechargeable Phonak Belong B90

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

virto range

Now that the full range of Phonak's Venture or "V" series have been released we have added this guide to help you decipher which aid is which. Illustrated above are the most popular variants. The Virto V90-Nano is the smallest and is an "invisible in the canal" or IIC aid. The Virto V90-10 NW O is the smallest of the Virto's, slightly larger than the Nano. The 10 means it takes a size 10 battery, NW means no wireless so you miss out on all of the features for which wireless is needed. O stands for omnidirectional which means that you don't get the benefits associated with dual microphones. The Virto V90-10 O is the same as the previous model but with wireless and the Virto V90-10 is again the same but with dual microphones squeezed on. Moving up to the Virto V90-312 you have a larger "half shell" aid that takes a size 312 battery. The largest of them all is the Virto V90-13, a "full shell" aid that takes a size 13 battery.

The four behind the ear models shown are the Audeo V90-10 which takes a size 10 battery, the Audeo V90-312 which as you may have worked out takes a size 312 battery. The Audeo V90-312T is the same again but with the addition of a telecoil or "loop" system facility. The Audeo V90-13 is the largest and fits a size 13 battery.

Features

The Phonak Audeo V90 contains the highest level of technology in the Audeo range with 20 sound processing channels and a wide range of programs and features to help you to hear in challenging environments.

This RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aid is available in 11 different colour options so you can choose a shade close to your skin tone or a bold fun colour to stand out from the crowd.  The dust proof coating is also water repellent, ensuring that your hearing aid stays in great working order for longer.

Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM allows one hearing aid to recognise speech sounds and transmit the speech to both hearing aids in real time. This technology works alongside various other features to give you the best hearing clarity in different challenging listening situations.

Programs include;

  • Comfort in Echo, which reduces the noise of echo making it easier to hear speech.
  • Speech in Car, which makes it easier to follow conversations when you can’t take your eyes off the road.
  • Speech in Loud Noise, reduces the effect of loud noise making it easier to understand speech.
  • Music, giving you better clarity when listening to your favourite music.
  • Comfort in Noise, reduces loud noise to make your hearing more comfortable.
  • Speech in Noise, focuses your hearing to the front, reducing noise behind you.
  • Calm Situation, adjusts your hearing aids for comfort and better hearing in quiet environments and one to one conversations.

Stereo Zoom

This program is designed to focus the hearing aids automatically on the clearest speech sound they can pick up. Ideal for noisy environments where there is background conversation.

Zoom Control

Rather than just focusing on sounds in front of you, this program can focus on speech sounds to the side or behind you. This is ideal for situations where you cannot easily turn to face the speaker, such as when you are driving and trying to listen to directions from your passengers.

UltraZoom

Directional microphones allow you to pick up the sound from all around you giving you a wide range to hear sound. The ultrazoom program narrows this range to focus on a small area where someone is speaking. This gives you better speech understanding and reduces the effect of background noise.

Speech in Wind

When you are outside, the sound of the wind can drown out all conversation. This program works out which hearing aid is getting the better speech signal and using the Binaural VoiceStream Technology sends the speech to both hearing aids. This improves speech clarity and also reduces the effect of wind noise.

Flexcontrol and FlexVolume

The Flexcontrol and FlexVolume programs give the wearer more control over their hearing. It enables the wearer to fine tune their hearing aids for better hearing in different environments.

Echoblock

Listening in assembly halls or places of worship is often a problem for hearing aid wearers due to the sound echoing around the room. This program recognises the sound echo and removes it, without distorting the other sounds around you.

Whistleblock

This feedback elimination program recognises the feedback sound and removes it before you know it is there. As with the Echoblock program, it can do this without sound distortion.

NoiseBlock

This program recognises continuous background sounds, such as traffic noise through a window, the dishwasher or office photocopier. It can reduce the volume of this sound so that speech is clearer and easier to understand.

Windblock

Removes the sound of the wind when you are outside.

SoundRelax

Sudden loud sounds can be unpleasant or painful for those with hearing loss, particularly when it is amplified by your hearing aid. The SoundRelax program can soften the impact of sudden loud sounds without distorting the other sounds around you.

Real Ear Sound

This program allows the hearing aids to mimic the way the ear naturally listens. This, as well as the receiver in canal design, means that it is easier to determine the direction the sound is coming from.

DuoPhone

This program is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room.

SoundRecover

This program takes the high frequency sounds which are outside your hearing range, such as children’s voices and high pitched sounds, and makes them easier to hear.

QuickSync

Changing the volume or setting on one hearing aid will automatically change the other hearing aid as well. This synchronisation makes sure the hearing aids are always working together.

Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator

This program helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by generating a pleasant sound.

Phonak has a range of accessories which are fully compatible with the Audeo range.

These include a remote microphone and TV link which streams sound wirelessly to your hearing aids via the Phonak ComPilot. The ComPilot can also stream sound from multimedia devices such as smart phones, computers and MP3 players. The Phonak remote control app allows you to change your smartphone into a remote control for your hearing aids.

Superpower version - Naida

The Naida V is the more powerful version of the V90, 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. 

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Author: Paul Harrison


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