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Venture V50 | Audeo, Virto, Bolero, Nano, Naida Hearing Aids & Reviews

Price for one, £1095 | Price for a pair, £1995
5 year guarantee included

Warning – the Audeo model of the Venture 50 / V50 has now been superseded by the superior Audeo Belong 50 / B50. The other models in the Belong range, Virto B50, Nano B50 and Bolero B50 aren’t out yet. Keep an eye on this page or ring us for updates on when they will be out.

venture range

What’s included in our price?

  • Full hearing test and examination by registered hearing aid dispenser
  • Fitting and programming of hearing aid(s)
  • Fine tuning and all aftercare for the life of the hearing aid(s)
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • 60 day full money back guarantee if not completely satisfied
  • VAT Inclusive

July 2016 update – The Phonak Venture range has now been fully reviewed. Please scroll down to “Phonak Venture – reviews by audiologists”  for further details.

General Features

The Phonak Audeo V50 is an RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aid. The small sound processor sits behind the ear and the sound receiver is just inside the ear canal. The V50 contains 12 sound processing channels and a range of programs and features to improve your hearing clarity in a range if different situations.

It is the standard level hearing aid in the Audeo range and benefits from Phonak’s Binaural VoiceStream Technology. This technology allows one hearing aid to collect the sound of speech and transmit it to both hearing aids at the same time, without any time lag, giving you better hearing clarity in more difficult listening environments.

Many of the programs are automatic, so that you don’t need to change your settings when moving from one place to another. Others are manual so that you have more control over your own hearing.

These programs include:

Comfort in Noise

This program reduces the volume when the noise levels become too loud, ensuring your listening comfort.

Speech in Noise

This program helps you to hear conversation in noisy places by focusing the directional microphones to the front, so you can hear the person you are facing, whilst reducing the noise behind you.

Calm Situation

This program is designed for quiet environments and one to one conversations, helping your hearing clarity.

UltraZoom

These hearing aids have directional microphones to help you hear sound all around you. In more difficult listening environments the UltraZoom program can narrow your field of hearing to a small beam allowing you to listen to a specific person in a room full of conversation and background noise. This program is ideal for restaurants and social events where the sound would usually all blend into one noise.

Whistleblock

The sound of feedback is a common problem for hearing aid users. This program can detect the feedback sound before you can hear it, and remove it before you or anyone else notices. It can tell the difference between feedback and other high pitched sounds so that you still hear the sounds you want to, without any distortion.

NoiseBlock

Continuous background noise is often a problem for hearing aid wearers, as many hearing aids simply amplify everything. This program can pick out the sounds of kitchen appliances or office equipment and reduce the volume, making it easier for you to hear the conversation around you.

Real Ear Sound

This program helps the wearer to locate the direction of different sounds around them.  It does this by copying the way the ear collects sound, this, along with the Receiver In Canal design, gives you a more natural hearing effect.

DuoPhone

The DuoPhone program is designed to make it easier to use the telephone, a common problem for those with hearing aids. Working alongside the Binaural VoiceStream Technology this program can take the callers voice from one hearing aid and transmit it to both hearing aids in real time. This not only allows you to hear the caller in stereo, it also reduces the sound in the room, so you can concentrate on the conversation.

SoundRecover

Many people lose hearing in the high frequency ranges, so it is harder to hear certain sounds and voices, such as women and children speaking. This program can reproduce these high frequency sounds within your hearing range, improving speech clarity.

FlexControl

This allows you to adjust the settings of your hearing aid so you can fine tune your listening for different situations.

FlexVolume

This gives you control over the volume settings of your hearing aid, so you can make changes to suit you.

QuickSync

The QuickSync program ensures that your hearing aids are always working together on the same settings. If you make adjustments to the settings on one hearing aid, the other will change automatically.

Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common problem. This program uses the sound distraction method to help you cope with the symptoms. It creates a range of pleasant sounds for your mind to focus on instead of the internal ringing noise.

There are a range of accessories from Phonak which are fully compatible with these hearing aids. There is an app which you can download to your Smartphone, turning your phone into a remote control for your hearing aids. This allows you to change your programs and settings easily and discretely.

The Phonak ComPilot can stream sound from your phone, or other Bluetooth enabled devices. It can also pair with other accessories including the TV Link for easy television listening and the mini microphone allowing you to hear a speaker in a demanding listening environment.

These hearing aids are available in a wide range of colours, from neutral tones which can blend with your hair and skin colour to bright fun colours designed to let you show them off. The strong dust proof coating is also water repellent so you don’t need to worry about the weather.

Naida

The Naida V was released 18 months after the Venture series first appeared. The Naida comes in several shapes from the smaller RIC up to the larger superpower BTE shape. It offers a number of additional benefits over the original models in the V series, the Bolero and Audeo.

– It is water resistant down to one meter depth for up to 60 minutes and has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. Not suitable for swimming however.
– It’s made from a glass fibre material 60% tougher than the usual hearing aid shell materials.
– The Naida’s are suitable for the whole range of hearing losses from mild to profound.

Phonak Venture – reviews by audiologists

“Hold on, why are these reviews by audiologists rather than customers” I hear you say. Click here for an explanation of our reviewing policy.

The Phonak Venture, or “V series” hearing aids were released back in January of 2015. As to why we are reviewing a hearing aid range that has been around for 18 months, the Phonak Venture aids are still highly relevant in our opinion due to the enduring popularity of the Phonak brand. In addition we are not expecting any new Phonak ranges to be out in the near future. Therefore, as part of our new reviewing strategy we have polled our entire network of independent audiologists to see what they thought.

The audiologists were asked to rate on a scale one to five stars, each of the four Venture models, the V90, V70, V50 and V30. Comparing them not to each other, but to the expectations one should have about each particular aid when judged against other hearing aids in the market.

They were also invited to write their opinions which we have included below. Where an audiologist has mentioned other hearing aids by another manufacturer, we have blanked out that information. This is simply because we wanted a balanced review discussing the merits of these particular hearing aids rather than a forum for promoting one product over another.

For each of the ranges, V90, V70, V50 and V30 there are a number of other names attached including Audeo, Virto, Bolero and Nano. These refer to the physical appearance of the aid rather than the technology inside it.

Star ratings

Phonak V90 was rated five stars

The V70 was rated four stars

The V50, two stars

The V30 one star

Conclusion

Our audiologists seem to generally like the Phonak Venture series though most rate the “over the ear” versions (Audeo, Bolero) more highly than the in-ear variants, the Virto and Nano. As you will read below some audiologists have a variety of minor issues with the aids but nothing at all that stands out as a persistent or irreconcilable problem.

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Audiologists reviews

I’m not the best at writing reviews, hope this helps!
1. Yes, we fit Phonak Venture hearing aids and have done so since they were launched. We find them to be a high quality product that is very reliable and the sound quality is second to none.
2. We fit all Venture models depending on the customers budget and find that the V70 and V90 deliver the best results.
3. Currently we find Phonak superior to any other manufacturer and the number of hearing aids returned by customers is less than 1%, which is fantastic.
Source – Audiologist in Wales.

I have only fitted about 10 pairs of the V range. There appears to be good acceptance and clear sound. Build quality is typically good and durable. Patients could see improvement over previous Phonak aids. Have had no disappointments yet. However the {other manufacturer aids} are more powerful and have a more versatile fitting range than the Unitron/Phonak.
Source – Audiologist in London.

Plenty of Phonak V90 + V70 fitted, excellent. No returns.
Limited amount of V50 + V30 fitted, not great. None returned but lower user satisfaction and more {bleep, language} about required to achieve a reasonable fitting acceptance.
Source – Audiologist in Yorkshire.

Well generally phonak are superb, but a little tinny for some people. I prefer to use the Audeo V50 on most patients as the V90 can ‘fluctuate’ in very noisy places, perhaps making too many alterations in some environments. The back up service from Phonak is very good, but it is obvious that they are very busy.
Source – Audiologist in Yorkshire.

My experience of Phonak V products has been good. In particular the top of the range V90 RIC has been very well received. My one concern is that the feedback manager on open fits with a pronounced slope have been compromised by the ‘over zealous’ feedback manager. Yes it works very well, but at the cost of high frequency amplification. There is no semi open/tulip dome available, only open or closed. Where there is a marked low frequency then this of course need not be a problem.
Source – Audiologist in Scotland.

I’ve fitted many of the Phonak Venture hearing aids and had really good results with them.
The Audeo’s have been the most successful, I’ve fitted at least 100, mainly V90’s and I would say most customers have been happy, I’ve had very few returns.
The accessories play an important part of the fitting as most clients are really impressed when they try the phone or TV package.
The Virto V’s are not quite as successful. They tend to be big and don’t have a small enough remote unless the client purchases a Compilot. The wireless CIC’s (Nano’s) tend to be massive.
I hope this is helpful please let me know if you require any further information.
Source – Audiologist in the North West.

I have fitted V90’s and V50’s mainly. Found that the v90 was at its best when it had been released, however after 4 months they released an update which for some reason affected the sound quality negatively. Still a good aid though.
Source – Audiologist in the Midlands.

We have fitted many Phonak V90 through all the range, Nano to Audeo.
We mainly fit top range but we have had good results with the V70 and the V50, these are hearing aids that clients do not need to fiddle with, the automatic features are really good. The down side is having to wear the ComPilot for streaming, most do not like the idea, the ComPilot Air is another option and means that you do not need the neck loop, but you still have to clip it to your person and it needs to be within 12-8″ of the aids.
The Phonak V90 is a great aid, but would be better if it had the blue tooth connectivity without a ComPilot.
Source – Audiologist in the South East.

I have fitted all of the Phonak V90,70,50 and 30 RICs (Audeo’s) and they are good hearing aids. I have not fitted many of the in the ear aids apart from the Nanos which fit well but don’t have any user controls. Cosmetically the Audeo’s are very good and the fit is usually good and the volume button on the aid is useful. Hearing in noise is good but not the best and the feedback system is not great so some loss of clarity is measurable compared to other aids. Direct connectivity to phones / streaming is not available so you have to use a device worn around the neck or now the new Compilot air which sits in the shirt pocket.
Source – Audiologist in Sussex.

Phonak V90 nano, aids were made wrong, then the new ones were too big for the customer, poor customer services from Phonak, Returned for refund.
Source – Audiologist in Staffordshire.

I haven’t dispensed many of these aids, the few I have done have been OK. 1 pair V90 and 1 pair V30.
Source – Audiologist in the Essex.

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