Phonak Virto B Titanium – Sounds of Life Reviews Phonak’s Smallest Ever Custom hearing aid

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 Sounds of Life reviews the Phonak Virto B Titanium

 

phonak virto b pricesThis month Phonak launched its new ultra-discreet, micro hearing aid range called Titanium.  The Titanium range is available in both a completely-in-the canal (CIC) hearing aid style and the smaller invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid style.  The name Titanium refers to the fact that the new shell material Phonak is using to manufacturer the hearing aid is titanium.

Traditional custom hearing aids use an acrylic shell.  These shells are made using a 3D-printer from a 3D image of the wearer’s ear canal.  To achieve smaller designs, such as CIC and IIC styles, manufacturers have had to build the shells to be thin so all the electronic components could fit in.  Unfortunately, this has resulted in a reduction in robustness.  For many users of IICs they often find their shells break (or crack) regularly requiring repair.

 

Instead of acrylic, Phonak has chosen to use medical grade titanium as the shell material.  The titanium material addresses the above issue, so that the hearing aids can be both ultra-discreet and robust.  Like traditional acrylic, the Phonak Titanium shells are manufactured by a 3D printer from images of the wearer’s ear canal.  However, the shells are far more durable and lightweight than acrylic.  By using titanium, Phonak can achieve a much thinner shell while increasing durability.  In fact the new titanium shell is half the width of traditional acrylic shells, yet 15 times stronger.  In addition, the Phonak Titanium hearing aids have achieved an IP68 rating for resistance to both water and dust.

In addition to this new shell material, the Phonak Titanium uses smaller electronic components.  The combination of having a thinner shell and smaller components not only means the overall hearing aid design is smaller, but there is also more room for venting.  For most hearing aid fittings, adequate venting is critical to eliminate the “occlusion effect”, the blocked up feeling that occurs when hearing aids are worn, particularly common in wearers with high frequency hearing loss.  Phonak claims that using smaller components and the new titanium shell material they can reduce the size of their IIC hearing aid by up to 26%.

 

 

The new Phonak Virto B Titanium is being released on Phonak’s latest generation platform: Belong.  The Belong platform features Phonak’s new AutoSense operating system.  According to Phonak, the new AutoSense OS analyses the soundscape every 0.4 seconds and adaptively manages an array of features to create 200 distinct settings to manage different sound environments.   Users also have the option of manually adjusting programs via a program change control integrated into the battery door.

Sounds of Life’s Phonak Titanium pricing

The Phonak Titanium is a fantastic hearing aid solution for clients wanting a discreet, virtually-invisible hearing aid solution.  Currently it is available at two performance levels: Premium B90 and High-end B70.  As an introductory special, Sounds of Life is offering the Titanium at the following prices:

Premium- Titanium CIC/IIC B90 $3890

High-End- Titanium CIC/B70 $2990

Fitting and follow-up consultation fees apply: Binaural $380/Monaural $280

The product come standard with a three-year warranty and 3-year free care package from Sounds of Life.

If you feel hearing loss is impacting your life contact Sounds of Life.

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    Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer transparent and affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands.

     

     

    Does Hearing Loss Cause Brain Function Decline?

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     Does hearing loss cause brain function decline?

     

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    Hearing loss can have a number of social and health impacts including reduced quality of life and well-being.

    According to a study by Assistant Professor Lin at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, older adults with hearing loss are also more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than older adults with normal hearing.

    Using repeated cognition tests over six years, researchers at John Hopkins School of Medicine found that cognitive abilities of subjects with hearing loss declined 30 percent to 40 percent faster than subjects with normal hearing. The levels of this cognitive decline were correlated to the degree of hearing loss.

    “Our results show that hearing loss should not be considered an inconsequential part of aging, because it may come with some serious long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning,” says Assistant Professor Lin.

    In another study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the impact of using hearing aids on cognitive decline was investigated.  The study showed that adults with hearing loss who wore hearing aids experienced less cognitive decline than those who did not wear hearing aids.  If fact the hearing aid wearers performed as well as adults with normal hearing.

    Although more research is needed to determine the degree in which hearing loss impacts cognitive decline, these studies highlight another potential impact of untreated hearing loss.

     

    If you feel hearing loss is impacting your life contact Sounds of Life.  For the month of March, Sounds of Life is offering FREE hearing screenings for adults over the age of 50 years.

    Contact us today on 1300 744 432 or via our contact form below:

     

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      Johns Hopkins Medicine. Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults. 2013 

      Amieva et al (2015) Self-Reported Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-year Study. Published in The American Geriatrics Society