The Naida Q90 was launched in 2013 and is the top (premium) level of power hearing aids now available from Phonak. They contain the new Quest (‘Q’) chip technology and offer a wide range of excellent features along with faster sound processing, even better sound quality and that extra bit of power that you require. The Q90 has replaced the previous Naida S9.
These hearing aids are available in 3 different styles.
The Q-RIC is the Receiver In Canal option in this power range of hearing aids. It has a sleek design and comes with a choice of colours from traditional beiges and browns to fun and bold reds and purples. It is fully compatible with Phonak’s wireless accessories and has Telecoil and FM. This hearing aid is also water resistant.
The Q-SP is a BTE (Behind The Ear) hearing aid that also offers an aesthetic slim tube option. This model also comes with the wide choice of colours and is water resistant. Like the other models in this range, it features Telecoil, FM and has full wireless capability.
The Q-UP is the largest of the 3 models and offers the most power. It is still available with a selection of colours to choose from and is water resistant with a longer battery life. It also features the Telecoil and FM options and is wireless compatible.
Along with the extra power that these hearing aids provide, the Naida Q90 features Phonak’s new ‘Q’ (Quest) sound processing technology. With the introduction of Binaural VoiceStream, your hearing aids communicate wirelessly with each other to share information. This has allowed Phonak to introduce a range of new features that vary depending on the technology level.
Speech in Wind detects which hearing aid is receiving a clearer signal and sends that signal across to the other side. Another available new feature is Auto StereoZoom. This will automatically focus on speech, and block out unwanted noises.
The Naida Q90 has 20 sound processing channels, and also features NoiseBlock, WhistleBlock and EchoBlock to ensure you always receive a clear sound by keeping out unwanted noises. This hearing aid also has a feature called SoundRecover, which helps you hear the higher frequency sounds.
The SoundRelax feature cushions any sudden loud noises to maintain your listening comfort.
The Naida Q90 is also fully wireless compatible so can be connected to your everyday devices using Phonak’s range of wireless accessories. The ComPilot neckloop is a streamer worn about your person which will stream sounds directly into your hearing aids. When used in conjunction with the TV Link, you can listen to your television as if you were wearing headphones and adjust the volume as needed. The Remote Mic accessory gives you the freedom to enjoy a normal conversation in any environment as this device will stream the other person’s voice into your hearing aids.
The Naida Q90 is the top (premium) level of technology in this new range of super powered hearing instruments from Phonak. They are suitable for those who require a bit more power when it comes to their hearing loss. It is available in a choice of 3 styles and a wide range of colours so you can personalise your listening experience. The Naida Q90 has replaced the previous Naida S9. These hearing aids come with a range of new binaural features thanks to the new Quest technology and have Telecoil options. The Q90 is a fully wireless hearing aid and is designed to be water resistant. If you are interested in Phonak’s new Quest chip technology but feel you may not require the extra power model there is also a BTE (Behind The Ear) model known as Bolero Q90, an ITE (In The Ear) range known as Virto Q90 and an RIC (Receiver In Canal) range known as Audeo Q90.
If you are on a budget the Naida range offers the Phonak Naida Q30, Phonak Naida Q50 and the Phonak Naida Q70 which are all fantastic hearing aids.
To see more products in the Phonak Naida Q Hearing Aid range view here.
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.
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.