Life Changing Breakthrough for People with Hearing Loss

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Phonak today have delivered true game changing technology for people with hearing loss.

A technological innovation that means hearing aid users, no matter what brand of mobile phone they use, will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of mobile phone calls with ease and simplicity.

The New Phonak Audeo-B Direct

Phonak have just introduced a device called the Audeo B-Direct. It is a revolutionary hearing aid that changes wireless connection to a mobile phone forever. The Audeo B-Direct connects to any Bluetooth® enabled mobile phone, directly without a streamer. Even better, it offers true hands free calling. As it supports the classic Bluetooth protocol, it provides direct connectivity to cell phones – including AndroidTM, iPhone® and even classic cell phones – with no extra body-worn streaming device required. This is their first ever Bluetooth® hearing aid.

True hands-free calling is now a reality

The hearing aids offer real hands-free voice calling. The wearer can answer or reject a phone call by simply pressing the push button on their hearing aid. The ringing of the phone is heard through the hearing aids and once the call is accepted, the conversation is instantly streamed. You don’t even need to pick up your phone. Your voice is picked up by the hearing aid’s intelligent microphone network and transmitted to the other caller similar to a wireless headset.

Hearing aids that double as a wireless TV headphones

They have also introduced an accompanying TV Connector, which uses their proprietary AirStreamTM technology. It is designed to be a state-of-the-art compact multimedia hub that seamlessly connects wearers to their favorite TV programming for an immersive audio experience. It’s a plug and play solution that automatically turns a pair of Audéo B-Direct hearing aids into wireless TV headphones. The TV Connector can also connect and transmit to multiple sets of Audéo B-Direct hearing aids simultaneously. That’s a pretty good solution for couples with hearing loss.


Posted by Simon

Simon Cowell, RHAD, MSHAA

Based at our Christchurch centre Simon specialises in wireless and Bluetooth systems, and has considerable experience in the fitting of CROS and BICROS hearing systems.

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