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Everything that you need to know about the latest and best hearing aids from Bernafon

 

A Swiss Hearing Aid Brand With Unique Ideas

Bernafon, a Swiss company, was founded in 1946, since then their commitment has been to deliver outstanding hearing aids. Bernafon became a sister company of Oticon after a buy out by William Demant. Bernafon has representatives and employees in over 70 countries.

While Bernafon is a sister company to Oticon and they share some technology such as chipsets, Bernafon has designed very different strategies and features. Some of those strategies are unique, no other hearing aid brand does it in the same way. On this page, we are going to talk about the latest and best hearing aids from Bernafon and the features that make them outstanding solutions for people with hearing loss.

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Bernafon Sound Strategy

Bernafon uses a system called DECS as the core of all of its strategy to help people hear better. Many of the hearing aid brands now use sound classification for specific sound situations. Those sound situations are the basis for what their hearing aids do in each sound situation. Bernafon does not believe that simple classification of several sound situations is enough because the world is not made up of a few sound situations. So the DECS™ system does not use hard classification boundaries. It works in frequently changing listening environments, resulting in dynamic and seamless amplification for the user at all times. In essence, that means that the Bernafon system looks at the world as it is and then makes constant changes to how the hearing aids work to deliver the best hearing ability. 

Wireless connectivity

Zerena’s super-fast and powerful chip includes smart dual-radio wireless technology with 2.4 GHz direct-to-hearing-aid and NFMI ear-to-ear technology. Clients can enjoy direct-to-ear streaming without the need for an intermediate device when using an iPhone and can enjoy seamless communication between the two hearing instruments.

Premium features

Zerena offers a set of the very latest sophisticated features from Bernafon which provide seamless hearing. For example, their Dynamic Range Extender manages loud input sounds ensuring they are clear, undistorted but not overwhelming. Their Frequency Composition feature makes high-frequency sound information available to you even if you have no hearing in that area. Finally, the Adaptation Manager allows you to get accustomed to your new hearing aids at your own pace.

Levels of Technology

Bernafon provides their hearing aids in three levels of technology in the Zerena range which they call the 9, the 7 and the 5. It is interesting how they distinguish features in those levels of technology. They actually retain a lot of the features across the three levels of technology, but there are differences in the number of channels in the devices and also the amount of customisation that a professional can undertake for you. I will try to explain them in clear and easy to understand language as we go.  

DECS From Bernafon

Continuous Environment Detection
It is as it sounds, the system analyzes the sound environment continuously, Bernafon says it does so with high-speed and precision.

Dynamic Noise Management™
or DNM™ effectively removes noise without adversely affecting speech. The system continuously endeavours to reduce noise while ensuring the speech signal is untouched. 

Dynamic Amplification Control™
or DAC™ continuously measures the speech to noise ratios and directs the information to Dynamic Speech Processing™. In essence, the system carefully and continuously analyses the speech in noise signal and passes that info onto the speech processor.

Dynamic Speech Processing™
or DSP™ accurately amplifies the signal based on level and the dynamic environment information received from DAC™. In essence, the system always tries to ensure the speech signal is clear.

The Hearing Aid Types

Zerena Hearing Aids

We are focusing on the Zerena range on this page, it is the latest and most modern range of hearing aids from Bernafon. Originally there were just three hearing aid types but they have expanded it to a full range now. Let's take a look at what is available. 

miniRITE Hearing Aid

The minRITE is a small receiver in the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can use four different speakers which means it is suitable for most hearing losses. As with the rest of the range, it has twin radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio and the other which is a proprietary Bernafon radio. The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner. The hearing aid works on a 312 battery and it comes with a programme button. 

miniRITE Rechargeable Hearing Aid

The minRITE rechargeable hearing aid is exactly the same as the miniRITE with the exception of rechargeability. It uses a ZPower silver Zinc rechargeable system which delivers a full day of use on an overnight charge. The ZPower system is such that if you forget to charge your hearing aids or if something happens, you can switch to normal hearing aid batteries without any issues.  

miniRITE T Hearing Aid

The minRITE T is again small receiver in the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can also use four different speakers which means it is suitable for most hearing losses. This hearing aid has three radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio, the proprietary Bernafon radio and a Tele-coil. The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner and the Tele-coil receives broadcasts from a loop system (very handy). The hearing aid works on a 312 battery and it comes with a multi-functional button that also acts as a volume control. 

BTE 105

The BTE 105 is a traditional behind the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can be used with a slim tube or a traditional tube and mould. This hearing aid has three radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio, the proprietary Bernafon radio and a Tele-coil. The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner and the Tele-coil receives broadcasts from a loop system (very handy). The hearing aid works on a 13 battery and it comes with a multi-functional button that also acts as a volume control.

Zerena 9 Hearing Aid Aids

Zerena Hearing Aids

The Zerena 9 is the top level of technology in the new Zerena range. It is packed with the very top Bernafon technology and can be expected to deliver high-quality hearing in even the most complex sound environments. The Zerena 9 was the hearing aid range that I trialled from Bernafon. I had an excellent experience with them and I was blown away by the SoundClip-A. Here is what you need to know about the very top level of hearing aid technology from Bernafon.

Dynamic Not Constrained

Bernafon says that in real life, the sound environment is active and constantly changing. Our surroundings can change between calm and quiet to excited and loud quickly. Because of this, they think that they should not label the listening situation due to the possibilities of unexpected changes. An active and constantly changing real-life sound scene is their definition of a “dynamic environment”. They believe that offering a dynamic hearing aid is the answer to the question. To do that, they include features that:

  • keep pace with the listening conditions giving instantaneous and seamless amplification
  • no longer limit the instrument performance based on environment classification rules
  • stay in sync with the listening conditions
  • allow the user to understand speech while still providing comfort even with sudden changes in the sound scene.

Unique Speech Amplification

Bernafon uses a unique strategy for speech amplification like no other. They call the strategy channel free and what it does is apply the same level of amplification to different sounds in speech. It harmonises the levels of speech sounds which means it gives you a better opportunity to hear them all. It is a really interesting feature and it seems to work well. 

Made For iPhone Hearing Aids

Zerena’s super-fast and powerful chip includes a smart dual-radio wireless technology with 2.4 GHz direct-to-hearing-aid and NFMI ear-to-ear technology. It means that you can enjoy direct-to-ear audio streaming without the need for an intermediate device when using an iPhone. It also provides seamless communication between the two hearing instruments which is used to give you the best sound possible in every situation.

Dynamic Environment Control System

Bernafon has a brand new technology that they call Dynamic Environment Control System™ or DECS™. DECS is the core Bernafon’s strategy to help you hear better. It is the management system of the hearing aids which works in response to changing sound environments. They say that it delivers dynamic and seamless amplification for you. The hearing aids respond to the changing world as it is to deliver the best hearing ability.

Amazing features

The Zerena 9 offers the very latest features from Bernafon and the 9 range is the only one that offers their new Dynamic Range Extender. This feature manages loud input sounds ensuring they are clear and without distortion, it does so while still ensuring that the sounds are not overwhelming. This type of feature really comes into its own when people are attending live music events or concerts. It means that they can enjoy that experience so much better. Bernafon's Frequency Composition feature makes high-frequency sound information available to you even if you have no hearing in that area. Let's take a look at some of the other features

Tinnitus SoundSupport

The Zerena 9 range offers tinnitus sound strategies, it uses amplification and tinnitus relief together in one solution.  It also offers a choice of tinnitus relief sounds as part of different sound therapies.

Zerena 9 Models

The Zerena 9 range is available in a full range of hearing aid types, two Receiver In The Ear (RITE) models, one of which has a rechargeable option. A Behind The Ear (BTE) Model and finally five custom or In The Ear models (ITE). All of the hearing aids in the range except the two smallest, the Completely In Canal (CIC) and the Invisible In Canal (IIC or Invisible hearing aid) are direct connection Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. The new invisible hearing aid from is the smallest IIC they have ever made and they say it will fit up to 80% of ears.

Bernafon miniRITE hearing aid

Zerena 9 miniRITE Hearing Aid

The minRITE is a small receiver in the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can use four different speakers which means it is suitable for most hearing losses. As with the rest of the range, it has twin radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio and the other which is a proprietary Bernafon radio.

The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner. The hearing aid works on a 312 battery and it comes with a programme button. 

Bernafon miniRITE Rechargeable hearing aids

Zerena 9 miniRITE Rechargeable Hearing Aid

The minRITE rechargeable hearing aid is exactly the same as the miniRITE with the exception of rechargeability. It uses a ZPower silver Zinc rechargeable system which delivers a full day of use on an overnight charge. The ZPower system is such that if you forget to charge your hearing aids or if something happens, you can switch to normal hearing aid batteries without any issues.  

Zerena 9 miniRITE T Hearing Aid

Bernafon miniRITE-T hearing aid

The minRITE T is again small receiver in the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can also use four different speakers which means it is suitable for most hearing losses. This hearing aid has three radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio, the proprietary Bernafon radio and a Tele-coil. The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner and the Tele-coil receives broadcasts from a loop system (very handy). The hearing aid works on a 312 battery and it comes with a multi-functional button that also acts as a volume control. 

Zerena 9 BTE 105

Bernafon BTE 105 hearing aid

The BTE 105 is a traditional behind the ear hearing aid that is suitable for hearing losses from the mild to severe. It can be used with a slim tube or a traditional tube and mould. This hearing aid has three radios, one which is a Bluetooth radio, the proprietary Bernafon radio and a Tele-coil. The Bluetooth radio makes these hearing aids Made For iPhone, the proprietary radio is used for communication between the hearing aids which ensures settings and features are co-ordinated and act in a more effective manner and the Tele-coil receives broadcasts from a loop system (very handy). The hearing aid works on a 13 battery and it comes with a multi-functional button that also acts as a volume control.

Features

The Zerena 9 uses the Gold level of the new DECS system, the very pinnacle.

Dynamic Noise Management™

  • Dynamic Directionality* High / Medium focus
  • Dynamic Noise Reduction 4 Settings

Dynamic Amplification Control™

  • Speech in Noise 6 settings
  • Comfort in Noise 4 Settings

Dynamic Speech Processing™

  • ChannelFree™
  • Speech Cue Priority™

Speech

  • Low Frequency Enhancer
  • Frequency Compositionnxt

Comfort

  • Binaural Noise Manager
  • Adaptive Feedback
  • Transient Noise Reduction 4 options
  • Wind Noise Manager*
  • Dynamic Range Extender
  • Soft Noise Management

Processing

  • Frequency Bandwidth 10 kHz
  • Fitting Bands 16
  • Directionality Controls
  • Fixed Dir*
  • Fixed Omni
  • True Directionality™*

Individualization

  • Program Options/Memories* 14/4
  • Binaural Coordination*: VC, Program Change, Mute
  • Adaptation Manager
  • Transition Level 3 options
  • Data Logging
  • Tinnitus SoundSupport*

*The availability of this feature may be dependent on technical constraints of hearing aid style. Please check Product Information of the desired style for more details.

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