Price for one - £1095 | Price for a pair - £1995
Rechargeable models and charger £50 extra per aid.
The full all-inclusive aftercare package and four year guarantee included.
September 2017 update, full range now available including the custom in-ear "Virto" models and the new B-Direct
What is B-Direct?
The same as the regular Phonak Belong Audeo B50 only with additional wireless streaming capabilities. This is the first "made for any smartphone" hearing aid that can do fully wireless streaming without an extra device. It works with any smartphone that has Bluetooth. In addition they have a new improved TV streamer box to go along with it.
The B50 is the third in the series and is considered to be a lower-mid range aid. If you are after a rechargeable model then this is the cheapest it will get as the lower priced B30 is not available as a rechargeable option.
So why go for the B50? Generally speaking, these are aimed for people who lead a fairly quiet lifestyle as they don't have the more sophisticated noise reduction of the more expensive models.
The differences in full
When compared to the next model up, the B70, here is what you miss out on.
The Music setting. The automatic AutoSense OS system still has the three "Calm Situation", "Speech in Noise" and "Comfort in Noise" settings but no "Music".
Four fewer channels, the B50 has only 12 channels compared with the B70's 16.
Windblock. No wind noise reduction in this aid.
Directionality and noise reduction. Both are more basic in the B50 making it only suitable for light social type background noise.
• Audéo B50-10
• Audéo B50-312
• Audéo B50-312T
• Audéo B50-13
• Audéo B50-R
Author: David Roberts