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Phonak Virto B-Titanium and other IIC hearing aids

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Phonak Titanium

What is Phonak Titanium?

The Phonak Virto B-Titanium is the tiny custom made in-ear version of the Belong hearing aid.

It is actually what it appears to be – a Phonak hearing aid made from titanium.

Rather than the usual hard acrylic used for hearing aid shells, this aid is made from paper thin titanium.

Often when people contact us and ask about the Phonak Titanium, it is usually because they are looking for a discreet and invisible hearing aid and with the Titanium being the most widely advertised, they believe that to be the main or only option. Whilst the Titanium is certainly a good hearing aid, it is worth noting similar options from other providers.

Titanium Pair Visual

   The Phonak Titanium pro's and cons.

+ They are made from titanium and are therefore very hard to damage, the shell is 15 times stronger than hard acrylic.

+ Phonak are a reputable brand

- The underlying technology is quite old. Whilst there have been a few software improvements, the hardware that is responsible for improving hearing was last upgraded in January 2015

- Wireless signals cannot penetrate a titanium shell which means no ear to ear communication or Bluetooth

- With only two price points, the B90 and B70, they can be quite expensive for people who want a discreet aid but have no need for the extra features in a top of the range hearing aid.

So what are some worthwhile alternatives?

  • The Virto B non-titanium range. These are made from hard acrylic and have the same core technology.The aids are slightly larger and if you opt for them being larger still, you can fit in extra's like Bluetooth and dual microphones. They also have four price points, the B90, B70, B50 and B30. This means that if you have basic requirements then you can save yourself £1000 on a pair.

  • The Starkey Soundlens. These are very expensive, however they tend to come out even smaller than the Titanium and yet still somehow manage to fit in full Bluetooth capabilities.

  • The Signia Silk, a modular IIC, is for people who have predominantly high frequency hearing loss, but still want to wear an invisible hearing aid. Often invisible in canal aids can really make your ear canal feel blocked and make your own voice sound strange. The Signia Silk is an open fitting IIC and aims to prevent that problem.

  • The Oticon Opn IIC. Oticon arguable have the best technology for cutting out background noise whilst keeping everything sounding natural. The processor is around 50 times faster than the Titanium and the aid is about the same size or slightly smaller than it. You pay for the superior technology though.

  • The Bernafon Nevara 1. One generation back in technology and a relatively basic hearing aid, but if it's an invisible aid you're looking for, it's no bigger than any of the other options but it's a fraction of the cost.
Written by Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

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)

 

Comparison of IIC models with ratings by Hearing Aid UK

Price Each
£1,595
£1,395
£1695
£1695
£445
£1995
Price per Pair
£2,695
£2,295
£2695
£3190
£795
£3695
Invisible in canal
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Number of Channels
20
16
48
64
Chanelfree
24
Bluetooth
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Ear to ear wireless
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sound Quality
*****
****
*****
*****
***
*****
Clarity in background noise
***
**
****
*****
**
****
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair

In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. 

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In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included. 

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£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair
£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair
Tech Rating:
£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair

In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included.

View Full Range

In the Ear
Fitting Styles: IIC

5 Year Warranty Included.

View Full Range

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Phonak Virto Titanium Hearing Aids

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Phonak Virto B-Titanium 90

Tech rating:
£1595
per aid
£2695
per pair
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Phonak Virto B-Titanium 70

Tech rating:
£1395
per aid
£2295
per pair
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