Phonak: Company Overview
The Swiss manufacturer Phonak was founded in 1947 and has been committed to reconnecting people to their passions and loved ones with innovative hearing technology. Phonak has also been instrument in raising awareness and eliminating taboos about hearing loss, vowing not to rest until “wearing a hearing aid is as simple and routine as eyeglasses or contact lenses.” Along with their activism, Phonak has a long history of innovation, with the SuperFront hearing aid in 1978, AudioZoom multi-microphone technology in 1999, and SmartLink, a Bluetooth-compatible hearing aid introduced in 2003.
The Belong Platform
Belong is the latest sound processing platform from Phonak. Belong Platform includes some of the most innovative technologies that have been created to date, making the listening experience easier for Phonak hearing aid wearers. Belong offers a brand-new lithium-ion battery technology: 24 hours of hearing on one single charge. For 24 hours of hearing, Belong only requires three hours of charging. It is the fastest charging and longest lasting battery on the market. If you’re in a rush, a quick half-hour charge will provide six hours of use! Unlike other rechargeable batteries, Phonak continues to push the boundaries: Belong batteries last four years, eliminating waste and benefitting the environment. Belong is the basis for Phonak’s brand-new hearing aid: the Phonak Audeo B-R.
The Phonak Audéo B-R
Phonak’s newest hearing aid is the Audeo B-R, utilizing the innovative and powerful new Belong platform. The Audeo B-R features trademark Phonak elements to clarify sound, such as AutoSense OS and SoundRecover 2. These automatic features provide 20% better speech understanding.
The Audeo B-R is an excellent choice for those who lead active lives and require confidence in their hearing devices. It boasts an ergonomic design and it is easy to use – with the push of a single button and an indicator light for battery charge. The Audeo B-R was designed and built based on consumer desires for their hearing devices: a combination of communication and intelligibility, natural sound experience, connectivity, wearing comfort, tinnitus solutions, and of course, a rechargeable option.
The Audeo B-R offers 24 hours of uninterrupted listening when fully charged. For many who stream sounds through a wireless connection, the B-R offers 80 minutes of streaming time.
AutoSense Operating System
Audeo B-R offers those with hearing loss an excellent and effortless listening experience, powered by the AutoSense Operating System (OS). AutoSense OS makes automatic adjustments to sounds, balancing and analyzing sounds as wearers move through their surroundings. This provides Audeo B-R wearers with a sense of freedom and accessibility, without the need to constantly make adjustments.
AutoSense OS addresses many of the difficulties one experiences with hearing loss. The Audeo B-R’s speech recognition features provide wearers with 60% improved speech understanding by zooming in on preferred voices in noisy environments. Another new feature offers wearers 10% improvement in soft-speech understanding.
Audéo B-R Styles
Phonak’s Audeo B-R is designed to address mild to severe hearing loss, and is a receiver-in-canal hearing aid (with a customizable mold made to fit the wearer’s ear canals. As a rechargeable hearing aid, Audeo B-R is charged with several different options. Phonak offers a few charging stations: the Phonak Charger Case (charger, drying kid, and protective hard case); the Phonak Power Pack (ideal for short trips, where no power source is available); and the Phonak Mini-Charger (a compact size for travel).