Phonak launched their Phonak Audeo Life hearing aids on Friday 20th May 2022. A brand new addition and concept to the already popular Paradise hearing aid platform, which offered a more natural sound, faster processing chip, universal connectivity and better Bluetooth hearing aid technology in general (when compared to Marvel).
However, the main difference here is that it's waterproof. In fact, it's the world's first waterproof rechargeable hearing aid in the industry. We think these hearing aids are going to be solid favourites for sporty individuals and those who travel a lot.
This Phonak waterproof hearing aid compromises of a Parylene coating enabling the device to be waterproof, sweatproof and showerproof. A sealed and tougher hearing solution that provides waterproof benefits upto 50cm of water. So effectively, this hearing aid is ideal for those with an active lifestyle and hobbies. Giving you premium sound, power and the ability to keep up with the pressure of high-intensity sports.
The Phonak AUdeo Life P30 hearing aids offers the essential level of technology in this hearing aid range. Phonak has redesigned the charging system for Life, calling it Phonak Charger Case Go. Using magnets to securely hold the hearing aids in place while charging at home or on the go. This charging system also features an internal battery, giving you three full charges on one charge itself.
Call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists about the Phonak Life hearing aid range and what it could do for you and your hearing. Alternatively, you can read an excerpt from the Paradise range page and download Phonak Life Paradise hearing aid technical details below.
**Please note, there will be an additional surcharge of £125 if we are pairing a single hearing aid with an existing aid bought from another company where we are taking over the aftercare responsibilities and looking after both hearing aids**
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2021 Update: The Paradise hearing aid range now includes the Naida model in P rechargeable and UP.
The Phonak Paradise hearing aid range launched on 19th August 2020, initially only in the Audeo Receiver in Canal (RIC) hearing aid style. However, I expect this portfolio will grow in the next twelve months.
Along with a new look and new impressive technology - Paradise hearing aids are said to offer today's consumers advanced sound quality, a personable hearing experience and digital solutions along with universal Bluetooth connectivity and much more.
This Made for Any Phone hearing aid supersedes the Phonak Marvel range. You can view the launch article of the Phonak Paradise hearing aid here
Why do Phonak Paradise digital hearing aids make for an interesting hearing aid range? Let's take a look at the hearing aid that is set to prove - "There’s nothing quite like the sound of Paradise"
Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids - The Chip
The most significant changes and improvements are on the inside of this new model and the main player in this is the PRISM sound processing chip or Processing Real-time Intelligent Sound Management. It features double the memory of the Phonak Marvel model and a greater scope of Bluetooth connectivity options with this low-power consumption Made for Any Phone hearing aid.
How about the power?
Due to this new sound processing chip, Paradise can offer a little more power out of the hearing aid. Let me explain, the Ultra Power Receiver (UP) offers 71 dB of gain and a max power output of 132. So when we take Marvel into consideration, Paradise is 4 and 2 dB over the last Phonak range. All the powers - Power, Medium and Standard get a 1dB increase in gain.
Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids - The Motion-Sensors
The new chipset also provides the power needed to boost the Phonak Paradise's features and the main source of power for the new ones - especially the Motion-Sensors. Phonak knows how important the concept of motion is to wearers and that's where this technology comes in.
It allows them to gain from better hearing and sound focus in either walking or running hearing experiences when you are talking to someone else. On paper, this should mean better conversation in noise and movement, as well as natural sound and focus.
The Motion-Sensors also have another important role within the technology of Paradise and that is to manage the new Tap Control feature in the digital hearing aid.
Multifunctional Bluetooth Connectivity - All just a tap of the ear
The Tap Control feature is definitely going to be one of the highlights of this new hearing aid - offering more functionality and control to the wearer. In fact, it offers up to eight Bluetooth devices to be paired, as well as two to be connected at the same time.
You can accept/end calls, pause/resume streaming and activate Voice Assistant on your smartphone - such as Siri. Using the Voice Assistant and Tap Control together makes for easy-going access to great control and functionality, without the annoyance of multiple button pressing.
App and Streaming Mobile Compatability
Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids - The Rechargeables
Generally, I would go into the styles available on this platform first - but I thought before that I needed to highlight the importance of the rechargeable models in the Phonak Paradise hearing aid range, as they are in some ways a game-changer so to speak.
Yes, I believe, that they are no doubt a better option if the technical 'extras' are important to you. When talking about the Tap Control and Motion-Sensors of Paradise, you can only benefit from these with, in some cases, only the premium specifications and, in both cases, the rechargeables. To make this more clear (at the time of writing):
Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids - The Battery Life
Phonak have stated that a fully charged Paradise hearing aid should deliver 16 hours of power. This statistic is based on 8 hours of listening, 4 hours of streaming (audio via Bluetooth Classic) and 4 hours of TV Connector usage. Technically, if you're not streaming - you could potentially get 24 hours of battery power.
30 mins charge = 6 hours
60 mins charge = 12 hours
90 mins charge = 19 hours
3 hours charge = 24 hours
Phonak Paradise Hearing Aids - The Other Features
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.
If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.
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.