Written by Paul Harrison
In October 2012 Phonak launched their new range of ITE (In the Ear) hearing aids, the Virto Q. The ‘Q’ stands for Quest and refers to Phonaks new chip technology which incorporates their new Binaural VoiceStream features. This has now replaced Phonaks Ambra, Solana and Cassia hearing aids.
It is available in four ITE (In the Ear) Styles which come in a range of colours.
Virto Q 10 – CIC (Completely in Canal)
Virto Q 312 – ITC (In the Canal)
Virto Q 13 – ITE (In the Ear)
Within the Virto range there is also the Virto Q Nano. This is a tiny IIC (Invisible in Canal) hearing aid. It sits deep in the ear canal and is designed for people who want something that Is virtually invisible.
The Virto is available in three levels of technology
Premium – Phonak Virto Q90 Hearing Aids – (replaced Ambra)
Advanced – Phonak Virto Q70 Hearing Aids – (replaced Solana)
Standard – Phonak Virto Q50 Hearing Aids – (replaced Cassia
As well as retaining all the excellent features from previous ranges such as the Ambra, Phonaks new Quest technology brings us Binaural VoiceStream. This means that your hearing aids will communicate with each other and work together to enhance your listening experience. Within this technology are innovative new features.
The Speech in Wind and Auto SteroZoom features are only available on the Virto Q90
Other features include
Some styles within the Virto range are also wireless compatible. Phonak have developed a range of accessories to work along side it to give you the freedom to enjoy everyday activities such as watching tv.
Although the Virto Q Nano does not have wireless options, it does have its own accessory called the MiniControl. This is a small remote that can be fitted onto a set of keys that can be set up to adjust either your program or volume settings.
In conclusion, the Phonak Virto Q offers excellent technology that has wireless compatibility It is available in a range of technology levels, styles and colours to suit your individual needs. If you are interested in this technology but find BTE (Behind the Ear) hearing aids preferable, then you may want to try Phonaks new Bolero Q range.
Price for one - £1395 | Price for a pair - £2095
Launched in 2012. This aid has now been superseded by the newer, and far superior V90.
Price for one - £1150 | Price for a pair - £1895
Launched in October 2012 and superseded in 2015. This aid has now been replaced by the newer V70
Price for one - £895 | Price for a pair - £1495
The third level of technology back in 2012. This aid has now been superseded by the newer V50