Designed for people who only have hearing in one of their ears. Available as the CROS or BICROS system, it is suitable whether you have perfect hearing in your good ear or if you have a hearing loss
Update, CROS II has now replaced the previous CROS.
The Phonak CROS ITE was launched in 2011 and is designed for people who only have hearing in one of their ears. Available as the CROS or BICROS system, it is suitable whether you have perfect hearing in your good ear or if you have a hearing loss in that ear as well. CROS stands for Contralateral Routing Of Signal and refers to the way the sound is transmitted from one ear to the other.
CROS – For those who have no hearing loss in their good ear.
This system works by placing a transmitter in your non-hearing ear to pick up the sound. This then wirelessly sends the sounds to a device in your normal hearing ear while maintaining a natural sound.
BICROS – For those who also have a hearing loss in their hearing ear.
If you also have a hearing loss in your other ear, the BICROS system will work in exactly the same way as the CROS but the receiving hearing aid will also manage the hearing loss in this ear.
This system is available in the following ITE (In the Ear) styles
ITC - (In the Canal)
FS - (Full Shell)
HS - (Half Shell)
The Phonak CROS system can be paired with any wireless capable Phonak hearing aid in the new Spice range.
As they are wireless capable, they can be connected to a number of Phonak wireless accessories. These 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
Any additional features would depend on the model of hearing aid you choose to pair with your CROS system.
Pricing for CROS and BICROS aids can be a bit confusing. You need both sides which are priced seperately. Some examples:
CROS-B ITE £795 with Virto B30 £695 = £1490
CROS-B ITE £795 with Virto B50 £1095 = £1890
CROS-B ITE £795 with Virto B70 £1395 = £2190
CROS-B ITE £795 with Virto B90 £1695 = £2490