Phonak Virto V50 Hearing Aids
Standard Range Custom Hearing Aids From Phonak
Phonak Virto V50
Phonak Virto V50 Hearing Aids
The Virto V50 is the Standard or second to bottom custom or ITE hearing aid range from Phonak. ITE devices are popular because they are discreet options. As we have said before, ITE devices do have their pros and cons, and they are not suitable for everyone. Even if they are suitable for you, there is clear information you need to understand to get the best out of them. You can read all of the details on our Hearing Aid Types page. The Virto Venture has not been fully replaced yet, however Phonak have introduced the Virto Belong in a limited manner. You can read about the latest hearing aids from Phonak here.You can read about all of the best brands of hearing aids here.
The Virto V (for Venture, the name of the chipset) replaces the Audeo Q (for Quest) hearing aid family. Phonak have introduced updated styles with newly designed casings and features. As a standard hearing aid the devices deliver the best clarity available in even in many of the daily listening situations you face. So, let's take a deeper look at what the Virto V50 hearing aid range has to offer you:
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The Phonak Virto V50 is the standard level hearing aid in the Virto range. It contains a lower level of technology than the V70 with 12 sound processing channels and a range of features to help you to hear in a variety of listening situations. The V50 also benefits from Phonak's Binaural VoiceStream TechnologyTM which allows one hearing aid to recognise speech sounds and transmit the speech to both hearing aids in real time. This technology works alongside various other features to give you the best hearing clarity in different challenging listening situations. Many programmes are automatic, so you don't have to change your settings when moving from one place to another, others are manual, giving you more control over your own hearing.
The Virto V50-Nano is the smallest and is an "invisible in the canal" or IIC aid. The Virto V50-10 NW O is the smallest of the Virto's, slightly larger than the Nano. The 10 means it takes a size 10 battery, NW means no wireless so you miss out on all of the features for which wireless is needed. O stands for omnidirectional which means that you don't get the benefits associated with dual microphones. The Virto V50-10 O is the same as the previous model but with wireless and the Virto V50-10 is again the same but with dual microphones squeezed on. Moving up to the Virto V50-312 you have a larger "half shell" aid that takes a size 312 battery. The largest of them all is the Virto V50-13, a "full shell" aid that takes a size 13 battery.
So what is AutoSense OS? AutoSense is in effect the operating system or management system in the hearing aids. It analyses the sound environment you are in and makes changes to how other features and technology within the hearing aid is working. It is the overall feature that ensures you are having a good listening experience. It is a completely automatic feature that seamlessly alters your hearing aids to your changing listening environment. The blurb says - AutoSense OS accurately captures the precise listening environment you are in, changing when it needs to, to provide you with a comfortable listening experience throughout your day, which is pretty accurate.
Speech in Noise
Noise is reduced from the back allowing you to focus on the conversation in front of you.
Creates a comfortable listening environment to simply relax or enjoy a one to one conversation.
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As with the V90 and V70, you have a number of automatic programmes, however, with the V50 you lose speech in car, comfort in echo and music. Phonak have made quite a bit about the Venture range's ability to handle music. So losing it at this level may be an issue for the music lovers out there. You also lose Speech in Loud Noise and Speech in Wind. Nevertheless, It is a multi programme aid and the programmes include;
- Comfort in Noise, reduces loud noise to make your hearing more comfortable.
- Speech in Noise, focuses your hearing to the front, reducing noise behind you.
- Calm Situation, adjusts your hearing aids for comfort and better hearing in quiet environments and one to one conversations.
This programme is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room.
Directional microphones allow you to pick up the sound from all around you giving you a wide range to hear sound. The ultrazoom feature narrows this range to focus on a small area where someone is speaking. This gives you better speech understanding and reduces the effect of background noise. I don't think I need to explain this one, it is just another strategy that the microphone management uses.
Flexcontrol and FlexVolume
The Flexcontrol and FlexVolume programs give the wearer more control over their hearing. It enables the wearer to fine tune their hearing aids for better hearing in different environments.
This feedback elimination feature recognises the feedback sound and removes it before you know it is there. As with the Echoblock feature, it can do this without sound distortion.
This feature recognises continuous background sounds, such as traffic noise through a window, the dishwasher or office photocopier. It can reduce the volume of this sound so that speech is clearer and easier to understand.
Real Ear Sound
This feature allows the hearing aids to mimic the way the ear naturally listens. This, as well as the receiver in canal design, means that it is easier for you to determine the direction the sound is coming from and you get a more natural experience.
This feature is designed to make it easier to talk on the telephone. The hearing aid on the telephone side transmits the speech to both hearing aids simultaneously, which improves speech clarity whilst reducing the sound of distractions in the room. This is the feature that the acoustic phone programme uses to help you hear a call.
This feature takes the high frequency sounds which are outside your hearing range, such as children's voices and high pitched sounds, and makes them easier to hear.
Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator
This feature helps to relieve the symptoms of tinnitus by generating a pleasant sound.
Phonak has a range of accessories which are fully compatible with the Virto range.
Connect & Communicate
Phonak Virto V is compatible with the Phonak wireless communication portfolio. These accessory wireless devices deliver quality sound, ease of use and support you across many different situations that you face on a day to day basis.
The Phonak EasyCall connects hearing aids wirelessly with any Bluetooth enabled cell phone. It binaurally streams the phone call directly to the hearing aids for maximum speech understanding.
Phonak Dect II
The Phonak DECT II is the ideal phone for use both at home or in a small office. The phone signal is streamed wirelessly to both hearing aids simultaneously. This provides unmatched sound quality and great understanding.
Phonak Conversation Set
The small and stylish Phonak ComPilot Air II Bluetooth streamer, combined with the RemoteMic, transmits a distant speaker's voice directly to both hearing aids over a distance of up to 20 meters (66 ft).
Phonak Entertainment Set
TVLink II, combined with ComPilot II provides high quality stereo sound directly to both hearing aids when watching TV or listening to music. 24 hours continuous streaming time and 30 meters range.