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Updated 13/07/2023
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Bernafon Alpha


  • Compatible with iPhone and Android
  • Rechargeable options available
  • Customs and models with telecoil available
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Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

 Reviews, styles, features & benefits

 

October 2022 Update:  Bernafon introduced the new custom In Ear hearing aid options (only currently available in Alpha 9 and 7 performance levels) and new Music Experience program (not available in the Alpha 1).

Janauary 2022 Update:  Alpha now has to BTE models - the miniBTE T and recahrgeable miniBTE T R.

October 2021 Update:  Bernafon has now added a miniRITE T model to this range - a traditional battery option and includes a telecoil system and a double push-button.  There is also a new charging system and Bernafon CROS/BICROS miniRITE T R hearing aid that is compatible with Alpha.

 

An introduction into the Bernafon Alpha hearing aid range

On the 27th of January 2021, Bernafon launched its Alpha hearing aid range.  Being inspired by animals' exceptional hearing led to this revolutionary hearing aid and introduced the first digital hearing aid with Hybrid Technology to the industry.

Bernafon Alpha MiniRITE T

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids introduced Hybrid Technology to the industry

Like a hybrid car, Bernafon Alpha hearing aids Hybrid Technology combines the best of two processing approaches throughout the entire signal path. Working independently or in tandem, Hybrid Technology strikes the right balance for optimised performance in countless listening situations.  Other benefits include:

 

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What is the advanced technology within Bernafon Alpha hearing aids?  

Bernafon’s famous signal processing is transformed into new dimensions for the Alpha hearing aids.  Bernafon's noise management and feedback cancellation also work as true Hybrid systems.  We discuss the Hyrbid processing features in detail further down the page.

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Rechargeable Bernafon Alpha hearing aids

There are two rechargeable hearing aids available in the Alpha range.  The Bernafon Alpha miniRITE T R is an easy-to-use, rechargeable hearing instrument with a li-ion battery, a telecoil and a double push button.  This style is ideal for mild to profound hearing loss.

The Bernafon Alpha miniBTE T R is their smallest BTE hearing aid yet, with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, telecoil, single push button and ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss.

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid charging systems

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid chargers

The Alpha range has two charging solutions available.  These are:  The plug & Play charger that is an easy-to-use charging system to use at home.  The second is the Charger Plus which is a portable easy-to-use charging system to use on the go.

Why are the rechargeable styles beneficial? The fast and reliable lithium-ion battery provides power for a full day of use, including direct audio streaming.

They simply give you the confidence you need to go about your day knowing you have the power and hearing experience all day - without having to worry about recharging or changing your batteries.

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid colours

  • Behind Ear styles:  There are upto nine colours you can choose from.
  • In Ear Styles:  There are upto five colours you can choose from.
Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids Bluetooth connectivity

Bernafon Alpha is a Made for iPhone hearing aid, which includes 2.4 GHz Bluetooth low energy and NFMI technology, a telecoil and double push-button for volume and program changes  It also provides quick charging capabilities with its plug & play charging station - giving you a full day of power to stream sound and hands-free calls.

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids mobile phone compatibility

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids are compatible with devices running iOS 13 or later. Direct audio streaming for Android devices requires Android 10 or later, Bluetooth 5.0 and implementation of Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on the Android device.

Hybrid Balancing

  • Personalised and balanced speech audibility and listening comfort.
  • Independent attenuation customisation for speech in noise and solely noise situations.

 

Hybrid Feedback Canceller

  • Combines phase cancellation and spectral-temporal modulation to get rid of feedback within milliseconds.
  • Increased fitting range and a more beneficial target match due to higher feedback threshold.

Hybrid Noise Management

  • Smart Directionality and Smart Noise Reduction to reduce noise in 24 bands.
  • Optimised Smart Noise Reduction algorithm.

 

 

Hybrid Sound Processing

  • Parallel sound processing in the time and frequency domains.
  • Phonemic broadband compression in real-time is combined with high precision compression in 24 frequency bands


Bernafon Alpha Made for iPhone hearing aids

What are the main benefits of Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids? 

How can they help your hearing?

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

What can Bernafon Alpa hearing aids offer wearers?

 

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids compatible apps

The below breakdown shows you the main Bernafon accessories that you can use to benefit from direct-to-ear streaming, as well as controlling your hearing aids and other Bluetooth devices.

Easy Control App

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids EasyControl-A app & EasyControl connect

 

This is the Bernafon Alpha hearing aids must-have app that gives you full control over the volume, program and battery level of your hearing aids.

  • 'Find my hearing aid' function.
  • Connect to various IoT based devices with the IFTTT service.
  • Stream the microphone signal from your mobile to your hearing aids.
  • Fine-tune the sound you hear when watching TV.
  • Stream audio with the streaming equaliser.
  • You can schedule online appointments and remote fitting sessions with your local audiologist with the EasyControl Connect app.

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aid Accessories & Compatability

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid's SoundClip-A gives you:

Bernafon Sounclip

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid's TV-A (TV adapter) lets you:

Bernafon's TV Adapter

Bernafon Alpha hearing aid's RC-A (remote control) use this for:

Bernafon's Remote Control



Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids are accessible to all wearers - depending on your individual hearing loss needs, lifestyle and budget, you can choose from three different performances and technical specifications. 

The Alpha miniRITE T R is available with the miniFit speaker system (with five power levels) and a variety of domes and custom moulds.  Here are the performance levels available in the Bernafon Alpha hearing aid range:

►Bernafon Alpha 9 hearing aids

►Bernafon Alpha 7 hearing aids  

►Bernafon Alpha 5 hearing aids 

►Bernafon Alpha 3 hearing aids 

►Bernafon Alpha 1 hearing aids

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aid Models

 Bernafon Alpha miniRITE T and miniRITE T R hearing aids

 Bernafon Alpha MiniRITE T And T R

Bernafon Alpha miniBTE T and miniBTE T R hearing aids

 Bernafon Alpha MiniBTE T And T R

Bernafon Alpha In Ear hearing aid styles

NB:   The custom In Ear offerings are only currently available in Alpha 9 and 7 performance levels.  The wireless Bluetooth connectivity is only available in the ITE and ITC hearing aid models.

Bernafon Alpha Custom In Ear Hearing Aids


Need more support with Bernafon Alpha hearing aids?

Hearing aids have transformed the lives of millions of people worldwide, offering a multitude of benefits. From restoring communication and improving cognitive abilities to enhancing quality of life and promoting professional success - hearing aids empower individuals with hearing loss to actively engage with the world around them.

Call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists to find out whether this hearing aid range is a good fit for you and your hearing loss.

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Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aid Prices

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Behind the Ear & In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC, IIC

2 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Bernafon Alpha Full Range

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aids Information

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Compare the Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aid Performance Levels Below

Price Each
£1795
£1395
£1195
Price Pair
£3195
£2695
£2295
Hybrid Technology & Hybrid Sound Processing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Frequency bandwidth
10 kHz
8 kHz
8 kHz
Fitting bands
24
20
18
Hybrid Balancing
Yes
Yes
No
Speech Balancer
3 options
2 options
-
Noise Balancer
4 options
2 options
-
Hybrid Noise Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smart Noise Reduction
4 options
4 options
3 options
Smart Directionality
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dynamic States
3 options
2 options
-
Omni States
2 options
2 options
-
Hybrid Feedback Canceller
Yes
Yes
Yes
Transient Noise Reduction
4 options
3 options
3 options
Omni Directional
Yes
Yes
Yes
True Directionality Plus
Yes
Yes
No
Personalisation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tinnitus SoundSupport
Yes
Yes
Yes

What's included in our hearing aid prices?

Full Hearing Test & Examination by a Registered Audiologist
Fitting and Programming of Hearing Aid(s)
All Aftercare and Fine Tuning for Life
Full Manufacturer's Warranty
60 Day Full Money Back Guarantee

Bernafon Alpha hearing aids

Bernafon Alpha Hearing Aid Reviews

A brief summary from our audiologists and their patients

What did our audiologists think of Bernafon Alpha hearing aids?  This is only a brief review of the Bernafon Alpha hearing aid range, as we can only provide feedback from our customers who have chosen the models within this range. We endeavour to provide more feedback from customers, as and when we have relevant and useful information.

Firstly, most customers genuinely felt that Alpha's sound quality along with the noise reduction was reliable and successfully gave them better hearing experiences in a large array of environments and listening scenarios.

Secondly, depending on whether aesthetics are important to you - the shape and size of the models are slightly larger rechargeables than that of their competitors but very similar to the Oticon More miniRITE.  Therefore, if you are a fan of this design - then you might want to consider the Alpha.  However, this does not compromise on comfort, these hearing aids simply fit very well to the shape of the ear and allow for all-day comfort.

Lastly, this hearing aid range provides Android streaming compatibility, however, some customers have noted that this could be limited to specific Android models.  We always advise checking with your audiologist first to see whether your Android smartphone is compatible with this range.

This information was written by Paul Harrison - Audiology Expert

Meet Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert & Founder

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

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Is this the best model for me?

If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?

In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:

Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.

Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.

Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.

Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.

Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up. 

For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.

One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.

Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.

Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.

The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.

However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.

People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.

There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.

Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.

The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.

Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.

Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.

As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.

Where can I get the hearing aids covered?

Hearing aids are easily lost, misplaced or damaged and typically are one of the most expensive personal possessions an individual can own. We offer hearing aid warranty cover for £80 per year per aid.  Find out more here

How much does the hearing test cost?

All our audiologists use the very latest technology and provide the full range of tests to accurately measure your hearing for free.  Find out about what we offer all our customers here

Do home visits cost extra?

Hearing Aid UK offers all their customers free home visiting services and home visits for hearing aids - Including hearing tests, fittings, maintenance, check-ups and much more in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.  Find out more information here

How come you're much cheaper than other places?

Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we are dedicated to offering low hearing aid prices. We achieve this by having no head office and low marketing costs.   Our hearing aid prices are amongst the lowest you will find anywhere in the world.

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