Oticon Xceed 1

Oticon Xceed 1

Oticon Xceed 1

Oticon Xceed hearing aid review

Oticon Xceed 1 Hearing Aid review

The new Oticon Xceed is an excellent solution for those with a severe-to-profound hearing loss. It is powered by Oticon’s fastest and most advanced platform, the new Velox S™. Compared to their previous generation of powerful hearing aids it provides better speech clarity with less listening effort in noisy environments. Overall, I have received great feedback from my patients who have been very happy and more confident with this product. Firstly, the new Xceed product avoids old-school directional technology and provides the new Oticon open sound experience for the first time ever. By analysing the environment 100 times per second in 360º it aims to:

• Improve speech clarity.

• Reduced listening effort.

• Improve outcomes in noisy environments.

For audiologists these severe-to-profound cases can be the most difficult. One reason is Feedback (whistling noise) limiting the amount of gain that can be prescribed. Oticon Xceed has a new feedback management system (OpenSound Optimizer) which has been excellent at significantly reducing potential feedback. This in turn can allow for more gain and improved speech clarity for clients lacking optimal gain. The hearing aid is currently the world’s most powerful hearing aid providing the highest gain and output in the industry: 146 dB SPL MPO and 87 dB full-on gain. In combination, these features give the audiologist substantial flexibility when programming these aids.

Finally, the new essentials for hearing aid technology are present such as Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone App control. The product provides high-quality streaming of sound to both ears with a user-friendly App. Most importantly, the smartphone app allows for after-care service by their hearing care professionals from anywhere in the world. This saves going to a clinic when unable to do so or emergency situations.

The new Oticon Xceed completes a competitive hearing aid portfolio that comes highly recommended to trial.

Reviewed by: Marcus Zavou, Audiologist, Melbourne Australia

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.

Phonak Bolero M90

Phonak Bolero M90

Phonak Bolero M90 Marvel

Phonak Bolero M90 Marvel hearing aid review

Bolero M90 and Bolero M90-PR hearing aids are the premium options in the Marvel family. Leading the innovation change is the new Phonak Bolero Marvel (Bolero M) hearing aids. These multifunctional hearing aids deliver excellent sound quality, are easy to use and provide a true sense of well-being. Unlike any other hearing aid, they connect directly to either your iOS or Android smartphone or other Bluetooth® enabled phones to stream any kind of audio.

You can enjoy true hands-free phone calls and stereo sound quality streaming for your music, videos, e-books, podcasts and so much more! With a simple plug and play solution, called Phonak TV Connector, you can also enjoy your favourite TV programs and movies. It’s just like using wireless headphones – except maybe even better. With Boleo M the microphones on the hearing aids can be used to send user’s voice to the caller. This means user can walk away from the phone and still have a clear conversation. The user can even answer, hang-up, or reject a phone call with the hearing aids themselves.

What makes Marvel hearing aids outstanding?

  • Exceptional sound quality from the first fit
  • Better speech understanding in noise
  • Reduced listening effort in noise
  • Connectivity to smartphones – iOS and Android, and a variety of everyday electronics
  • Extra-long streaming time
  • Top rated streamed sound quality combine excellent sound quality with direct connectivity, powerful rechargeable battery technology and smartphone apps – all in one. It’s no wonder that 95 out of 100 Hearing Care Professionals recommend an Bolero Marvel.

The New Phonak Bolero Marvel has an impressive range which includes Lithium Rechargeable, Lithium Rechargeable with Telecoil, size 13 battery with Telecoil, and size 312 battery model.

My favourite feature in Marvel M is AutosenseOS 3.0. which an automatic program that adjust the hearing aid programming depending on the environment that the user is in. This feature makes Phonak hearing aids a good option for people who may have difficulties manually selecting programs for different environments. However, the key factor for this feature to work is a thorough fine tuning of all these programs by the audiologist using Real ear Measurements at the fitting appointment. Unfortunately, not many audiologists perform these measurements for all programs as it may be considered time consuming!

Binaural VoiceStream Technology in Bolero M allows for features like StereoZoom and Speech in Loud Noise programs which can improves speech understanding in background noise significantly.

Rechargeability is a great feature of Bolero M – The Bolero M-PR provides 24 hrs of battery life. This may drop to 16 hours of life 4 hours stream per day. What makes the new Bolero rechargeable easier to use is that they turn on immediately after removing them from the charger case which removes the need for user to switch the aids on or off.

The Bolero M has access to Several Different Apps including the followings: The myPhonak App – This provides access to a patient portal for Phonak eSolutions and contains a hearing diary, and access to Remote Support with the audiologist. The Remote App – This can control Program and volume changes, allow user to adjust the environmental balance when streaming, and provide battery readout for rechargeable models. The Tinnitus app – This allows user to control tinnitus – masking sounds if needed. The Call to Text feature can turn user’s smartphone into a captioned telephone so the user can read the conversations as s/he hears them.

Phonak has changed their First Fit algorithm, to decrease high frequency amplification, in order to increase first user’s acceptance by improving the sound quality to a new user. Although this may make amplification more natural to an individual with a hearing loss in the high-frequencies and be preferred by a new user at their fitting appointment, it may not help if speech clarity is a priority. It is, therefore, important that the fitting is optimised taking into account client’s needs and preferences.

Review by Dr Moh Dadafarin, Clinical Audiologist, Melbourne, Australia September 2020

 

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You

The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.