Sounds of Life reviews the Phonak Virto B Titanium
This 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.
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