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 This aid has now been superseded by the newer V50
The third level of technology currently available from Phonak is the Bolero Q50 and Virto Q50. These models were launched in October 2012 and have replaced the previous Cassia range.
The Bolero Q50 is available in four BTE (Behind the Ear) Styles which come in a range of colours which now include hair and skin tone options.
Bolero Q 50 M312 - Power Micro BTE
Bolero Q 50 M13 - Micro BTE
Bolero Q 50 P - Power BTE
Bolero Q 50 SP - Super Power BTE
The Virto Q50 is the ITE (In the Ear) option which also comes in a range of styles and colours.
Virto Q 50 10 – CIC (Completely in Canal)
Virto Q 50 312 – ITC (In the Canal)
Virto Q 50 13 – ITE (In the Ear)
Within this range there is also the Virto Q 50 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.
As well as having all the same features from the previous Cassia model, 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 including the Acclimatisation Manager – This changes your amplification levels automatically when needed. The levels and settings can also be manually adjusted.
Other features include
• 12 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 - This is a binaural microphone application designed to enhance speech capture and noise cancellation.
• Whistleblock – To give the wearer freedom from the annoying feedback that can occur.
• Soundrecover – Improves the wearer’s ability to hear high frequency sounds while maintaining a natural sound.
• Noiseblock – This is designed to suppress background noise leaving speech clearer.
• Windblock – This manages wind noise without having to adjust microphone settings.
• Soundflow– 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.
• AOV (Accoustically Optimised Vent) – This ensures the wearer has minimum occlusion
Some styles within the Virto and Bolero Q50 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.
• 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 50 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 50 and Bolero Q50 are the third level of technology that have wireless compatibility. They are available in a range of styles and colours to suit your individual needs. Although still an excellent hearing aid, they have quite a few less channels and features than the Virto/Bolero Q 90 or Q70 and also do not include some of the new binaural features developed by Phonak, view the complete range from Phonak Virto Hearing Aids range here.