The Audeo Q 90 is the premium level of technology in Phonak’s latest RIC (Receiver In Canal) range of hearing instruments and was launched in early 2013. These hearing aids feature Phonak’s new Quest chip technology, and offer a range of innovative new features with faster sound processing and better sound quality. This has replaced the previous Audeo S 9 which contains Phonak’s older Spice chip technology. View the Marvel collection for newer technology.
This RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aid comes with 3 style options that each offer a different combination of features.
The Q-312 has a small cosmetic design and is available in a choice of colours so whether you want subtle and traditional or bold and expressive, there is a colour option to suit you. These hearing aids are also fully compatible with Phonak’s range of wireless accessories and have a number of new features thanks to the Quest chip technology. This hearing aid also has a new feature to help relieve the symptoms of tinnitus known as the Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator. Using a range of sounds, it helps to ease the discomfort and also has a Tinnitus Balance App which is compatible with Apple or Android devices to give you the ability to select the sounds that suit you.
The Q-312T is slightly larger than the other two but still has an attractive design and comes with the same choice of colours. It offers the same features as the Q-312 such as wireless connectivity and the Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator. This model also has a Telecoil feature which is not available on the other models.
The Q-10 is also available with the same wide choice of colours and has a sleek attractive design. This model is fully automatic and contains Phonak’s new features and their Tinnitus Balance Sound Generator. The Q-10 is the non-wireless model in the Audeo Q range.
The Audeo Q 90 not only has the same excellent features that were available on the previous ‘S’ models but because of the new ‘Q’ (Quest) technology, there are a number of new features as well. With the introduction of Phonak’s new Binaural VoiceStream technology, your hearing aids can now wirelessly communicate with each other and share information. Speech in Wind is one such feature and is only available on the premium Q90 models. Your hearing aids can now detect which of the devices is receiving a clearer signal in a difficult listening environment and stream that signal across to the other side. The Q90 also has Auto StereoZoom which can automatically focus on the sounds you want to hear, such as speech, and block out unwanted noises.
The Audeo Q90 has 20 sound processing channels which allows your hearing aids to be more specifically programmed for your individual hearing needs. This hearing aid also features NoiseBlock, WhistleBlock, WindBlock and EchoBlock features which all give you a better listening experience by suppressing unwanted noises and sounds. There is also a feature that helps you to hear the higher frequency sounds more clearly called SoundRecover. The Audeo Q90 also has the SoundRelax feature which is designed to help soften the impact of any sudden loud noises to maintain your listening comfort.
Some of the models in the Audeo Q90 range are compatible with the wireless accessories available from Phonak. Using a ComPilot neckloop, you can connect to devices such as the TV Link streamer which will transmit the sound from your television straight to your hearing aids. You also have more freedom to enjoy normal conversations in any environment using the Remote Mic accessory. This device picks up the other person’s voice and sends it into your hearing aids.
The Audeo Q90 is the premium level of RIC (Receiver In Canal) hearing aids from Phonak They offer a choice of different styles and colours to suit a range of needs and preferences. The Audeo Q90 has replaced the previous Audeo S9 and is one of the most advanced hearing aids available from Phonak. They are available with a range of new binaural features thanks to the new Quest chip technology and also have options for Telecoil users and Tinnitus sufferers. There are also wireless options within this range. If you are interested in this new technology but would prefer a different style of hearing aid you could try the Bolero Q90 which is a BTE (Behind The Ear) model or the Virto Q90 which is an ITE (In The Ear) range.
If you find you are on a bit of budget and would like to take a look at the other Audeo ranges there is the Phonak Audeo Q70, Phonak Audeo Q50 and the Phonak Audeo Q30, that all have specific functions and capabilities.
Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry. He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers. He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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