In the last few months, several new products have become available from three of the major hearing aid manufacturers. Two are new hearing aids, while the third is an accessory for an existing instrument. Let’s take a look at them.
Phonak introduced the Audeo Marvel™ in December of 2018. It is designed to meet the needs of those with mild to severe hearing losses. The Marvel is a miniature receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) hearing instrument that can connect directly to both iPhones and Android smartphones or other Bluetooth® enabled devices. When streaming, the new circuitry in the Marvel distinguishes between streamed speech and music signals, automatically optimizing sound quality. Marvel products have an optional rechargeable battery technology that is quick to charge and offers a full day of hearing. The devices switch on automatically when removed from the charger and turn off when placed in the charging case.
Meeting the special needs of individuals with severe to profound hearing loss is always a challenge. For those people, the GN ReSound’s Enzo 3D™ offers clear and crisp sound quality, making everyday hearing easier. The Enzo 3D is the most powerful product available today. It improves speech understanding by using Binaural Directionality III and Spatial Sense technologies. These features work to separate speech from background noises, improving speech understanding, while still providing awareness of all the sounds around you. This mimics how normal hearing individuals perceive speech in noisy environments.
The Enzo 3D also makes a direct connection to iPhones and can link with Android phones using a small interfacing device called the Phone Clip™.
Oticon’s new ConnectClip™ is about the size of a walnut and serves as several tools in one. ConnnectClip provides a direct interface between any Opn model and Android and iPhone cellular phones. It can be used to answer and speak on a cell phone even if the phone is up to 100 feet away.
The ConnectClip also acts as a remote microphone that can transmit voice or music about 100 feet. For example, when attending a talk, the ConnectClip can be placed on the lectern or directly on the lecturer, allowing the listener to hear a streamed high-fidelity signal.
Additionally, ConnectClip serves as a remote control for Opn-series hearing instruments. Program changes or volume adjustments can be made easily without having to touch the hearing aids or the app on your cell phone.