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Phonak Virto Hearing Aids & Reviews

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


New Features


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.


  • Acclimatisation Manager – This changes your amplification levels automatically when needed. The levels and settings can also be manually adjusted
  • Speech in Wind – This feature detects the wind noise in both hearing aids. It then identifies which side is receiving the clearer signal and streams it across to the other one.
  • Auto SteroZoom – This automatically focuses on the voice that you are trying to hear. It then excludes noises from other directions from entering leaving the speech clear.

The Speech in Wind and Auto SteroZoom features are only available on the Virto Q90


Other features include


  • Up to 20 Channels - Each channel processes a range of frequencies so the more channels you have, the more specifically it can be programmed to suit your hearing needs.
  • Ultrazoom/Stereozoom/Autozoom  -  These are all binaural microphone applications designed to enhance speech capture and noise cancellation.
    • Whistleblock – To give the wearer freedom from the annoying feedback that can occur.
    • Soundrecover – Improves the wearers ability to hear high frequency sounds while maintaining a natural sound.
    • Noiseblock – This is designed to suppress background noise leaving speech clearer. Soundrelax – This detects sudden loud noises and reduces gain automatically to cushion the sound
    • Echoblock  - This helps to ease distortion in places that would otherwise reverberate the sound eg. Large halls, churches.
    • Windblock – This manages wind noise without having to adjust microphone settings.
    • Soundflow with Flex Control – This feature detects even the most subtle changes in your listening environment and using different programmes it can adapt automatically to ensure comfort and clarity in your hearing.The flex control feature allows the user to make adjustments in real time.
    • AOV (Accoustically Optimised Vent) – This ensures the wearer has minimum occlusion


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.


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


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.

Author: Paul Harrison

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