Phonak has finally introduced the Naida range on the Belong platform. It had to be expected and it was a question of when really. Although, they gave us a pleasant surprise by taking the opportunity to introduce the first ever rechargeable hearing aid for people with severe to profound hearing loss. Let's take a look at the Naida B range.
The latest Upgrade of a Powerful Solution
The Naida Belong is just the latest upgrade to a hearing aid range that has become foundation device for treating people with severe to profound hearing loss. The range is made up of three hearing aid types two of which will be available across four levels of technology. However, the third, the rechargeable RIC device will be available only across the three top levels of technology. The devices are:
Naida B R RIC
This is the first ever rechargeable Naida hearing aid, the device is a receiver in canal hearing aid which can be used with three power levels of receivers. The device has a programme button and is powered by a Lithium-Ion rechargeable cell, it will suit people with a hearing loss up to severe. The rechargeable hearing aid will only be available in the B50, B70 and B90 technology levels.
Naida B SP
The Naida B SP (Super Power) is a traditional Superpower BTE hearing powered by a size 13 battery that will suit people with a severe to profound hearing loss. The hearing aid has both a programme button and a volume control and will be available in the B90, B70, B50 and B30 levels of technology.
Naida B UP
The Naida B UP (Ultra Power) is a traditional Ultra power BTE hearing powered by a size 675 battery (huge battery) that will suit people with a profound hearing loss. The hearing aid has both a programme button and a volume control and will be available in the B90, B70, B50 and B30 levels of technology.
All The Latest Features
The hearing aids have all of the latest features from the Belong range but offer a new proprietary fitting formula called Adaptive Phonak Digital Contrast. Phonak say that the new formula offers real benefits to some people who have real difficulty with hearing speech sounds. In essence, the formula should really contrast the consonant sounds from the vowel sounds in speech to allow better understanding.
Of course, they also use the very well received Sound Recover 2 which seemed to perform very well in the Naida V when it was first introduced. The operating system has also been tweaked to offer a better more seamless experience as users move from sound situation to sound situation.
Great Devices, Hard Hearing Loss to Treat
The Naida range has proven to be a fantastic hearing aid offering real benefits to people with some of the most difficult hearing losses to treat. The Belong range, in general, has been very successful and I have had some really great results from the devices I have fitted. In fact, I would say that the Audeo Belong 50, seems to perform better than I expected. With all of that in mind, I would expect the new Naida Belong range to work well for people who really need it.
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Posted by Geoff
Geoffrey (Geoff, anything else makes him nervous) Cooling is an Irish hearing aid blogger and has been involved with the hearing aid industry for over ten years. He has worked in private practice dispensing hearing aids and as a manufacturer's rep. He has written two books and they are both available on Amazon. He loves technology, passing on knowledge and is legendary for many other things, primarily the amount he curses, his dry and mischievous sense of humour and his complete intolerance of people who are full of themselves. Please feel free to connect with him
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