Bernafon are owned by Demant A/S who also own the hearing aid manufacturer Oticon and the hearing aid retailer Hidden Hearing. Bernafon are perceived as the lower cost alternative to Oticon. A bit like Volkwagen compared to Audi who are both part of the same company. If you've been to Hidden Hearing then no doubt they'd recommend Bernafon or Oticon hearing aids.
If you're struggling to understand the make and model names of Bernafon hearing aids then here's a simple guide to help:
The higher the number, the higher the technology level and the higher the price.
Bernafon was established in 1946 in Switzerland by Hans Gfeller. It is one of the biggest producers of hearing aids today, with its products being sold in 70 countries around the globe. As part of the the Demant Group (which also has the Oticon and Sonic hearing aid brands) they have always strived to develop the highest quality hearing technology.
Hearing and understanding are essential for communication. Drawing on years of Swiss innovation, Bernafon is ideally positioned to support individuals with hearing loss to regain their quality of life and strengthen communication with family and friends. Bernafon uses advanced technologies and high-quality technology in order to significantly reduce the negative effects that hearing loss has on both the individuals, their families and society as a whole.
The company’s hearing aids use cutting-edge technology to offset hearing loss while offering useful extras such as wireless connectivity for seamless pairing with your mobile phone. Their hearing aids are known for their natural sound quality and discreet, yet inexpensive designs. Besides hearing aids, Bernafon features a broad variety of devices to complement your hearing experience such as apps, streamers, microphones and remote controls.
Bernafon understand that the environments that hearing aid wearers face are not static, but dynamic. They never sit still for one second. Our environment can rapidly shift from quiet and subdued to loud and boisterous, often in seconds. The company therefore believes that because of the opportunities of unforeseen changes, it's best not to label certain listening situations. Their concept is that of the sound environment as an active and continually evolving landscape.
These dynamic situations demand a dynamic hearing aid. To help wearers keep up with these dynamic shifts, Bernafon hearing aids aim to persistently monitor the surroundings for any changes in sound, and help the user to understand speech even in the face of these changes in sound. Key to this philosophy is their DECS technology.
As the heart of all its approach, Bernafon utilizes this technology to help individuals hear better. No strict classification limits are used by the technology. It operates in frequently changing listening settings which always allows the user to adjust their sound levels dynamically and seamlessly. This means, essentially, that this system from Bernafon looks into the world and then keeps tweaking hearing aid settings for optimal benefit.
Dynamic Feedback Canceller
This new Dynamic Feedback Canceller (DFC) operates ten times faster than the system that preceded it, which means it is their fastest and most efficient feedback cancelation technology.
This enables the entire use of audio signals, without dividing it into several channels. Audio quality can be processed more naturally and without loss of high frequencies, which are vital for a high-quality hearing experience, especially when listening to music. The effect is a very natural and rich sound.
With this app, volume, program changes, muting, battery status, and so on can be controlled in a quick and discreet way. There's also a function called ‘Find my hearing instrument’ for those times when you put your hearing aid somewhere and forget where you have put it.
The Viron are the first' True Environment Processing' hearing aids in the industry. The new processing chip provides extremely fast sound detection and processing to provide users with more accurate data in real time about their environment. It also includes the newly patented feedback cancelling system and comes in a new rechargeable option.
Viron hearing aids do not conform to the environments usually classified by more conventional hearing aids. They give wearers to access to the natural sound of the environment that they are living in.
The True Environment Processing hearing aids take their power from the company’s ground-breaking Dynamic Environment Control System (DECS). The device is available in a mini Receiver-in-the-ear (miniRiTE), miniRiTE-R (a rechargeable version) and the miniRITE-T, a telecoil option.
A ‘Made for iPhone’ Hearing aid, The Bernafon Zerena is able to connect directly to iPhones using a low-energy 2.4 GHz Bluetooth technology. This means it can be used to stream music, video podcasts and other audio content directly into the hearing aid.
The model family is available in three technology levels. The Zerena 5 is the standard model, the Zerena 7 is more high-powered and the Zerena 9 offers the pinnacle of performance. There are also three styles of hearing aid, which means there really is something to suit all hearing levels and lifestyle needs.
This is the first of Bernafon’s models to take advantage of their DECS technology. The included miniFit speaker enables greater convenience and comes in a multitude of styles and earpieces. The Zerena has an IP68 rating, making it resistant to water and dust.
For a long time, the Juna was their premium hearing aid and luckily it is still on the market. Available in a wide range of designs and colours, the key technology in the Juna is the Audio Efficiency technology that switches hearing settings automatically, depending on the sound environment you are in.
One of the best things about the Bernafon hearing aids is the fact that they feature ChannelFree technology. This technology amplifies speech signals 20,000 times every second, which leads to a vastly improved and natural sound quality.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.