Phonak Audeo Paradise 90 /Audeo P90
Phonak Audeo Paradise 90 RIC Hearing Aid review
Phonak Audeo Paradise 90 Hearing aids (Audeo P 90) Leading the innovation change in the hearing aid technologies. The overwhelming success of Marvel was a tough act to follow for Phonak, but early feedback indicates that Paradise is pleasing Australian hearing aid users even more.
These multifunctional hearing aids deliver excellent sound quality, are easy to use and provide a true sense of well-being. Between the sound quality, enhanced Bluetooth connectivity (allowing two simultaneous active connections) and new features such as tap control and motion sensor hearing, Paradise is setting a new benchmark in hearing aid technology in Australia.
Phonak Audeo Paradise 90 (audeo P90) is a multifunctional hearing aid that delivers an excellent hearing experience with industry-leading wireless connectivity. Unlike any other hearing aid, they connect directly to either your iOS, Android smartphone or other Bluetooth enabled devices to stream any kind of audio. Users can have hands-free conversations and connect with popular voice assistants like Siri, by double tapping their ear. With Audeo P, the microphones on the hearing aids can be used to send the user’s voice to the caller. This means the 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.
With more than 60% of smartphone users in Australia owning Android devices, those using Paradise love that it can connect to all Bluetooth devices, iOS and Android alike – even their TV and laptop. You can enjoy true hands-free phone calls and stereo sound quality streaming for your music, videos, e-books, podcasts and so much more!
The integrated motion sensor detects when the wearer is moving and having a conversation and can automatically steer the hearing aid microphones for better speech understanding. Developments in the sound processing chip also allow the hearing aid to enhance soft sounds in quiet situations; and engage personalised noise cancellation in more noisy environments. Rechargeable and non-rechargeable options are available, with the rechargeable variant offering the most features.
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.
What makes Audeo Paradise hearing aids outstanding?
- Crisp, natural sound, brilliant speech understanding and personalised noise cancelling.
- Exceptional sound quality from first fit
- Simplified Universal connectivity, which has been enhanced by new features such as Tap Control and multiple Bluetooth® connections.
- Tap control enabled voice assistant
- Ease of conversation when walking due to motion sensor hearing
- Combining all of these features with powerful Lithium Ion rechargeable technology and empowering smart apps!
The New Phonak Audeo Paradise 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 Paradise is AutosenseOS 4.0. which is an automatic program that adjusts 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 Audeo P allows for features like StereoZoom within the Speech in Loud Noise program which can improve speech understanding in background noise significantly.
Rechargeability is a great feature of Audeo P – The Audeo PR Audeo P RT provides 24 hrs of battery life. This may drop to 16 hours of if you are doing 4 hours of Bluetooth classic streaming per day. What makes the new Audeo rechargeables easier to use is that they turn on immediately after removing them from the charger case which removes the need for the user to switch the aids on or off.
The Audeo P has access to the myPhonak App which can control Program and volume changes, allow users to adjust the environmental balance when streaming, and provide battery readout for rechargeable models. The Phonak eSolutions portal within the app also contains a hearing diary, and access to Remote Support with the audiologist. The Tinnitus app – This allows the user to control tinnitus – masking sounds if needed. The Call to Text feature can turn a user’s smartphone into a captioned telephone so the user can read the conversations as s/he hears them.
One limitation of the Audeo Paradise range is that they are not CROS compatible and, therefore, may not be a good option for people who have Single-Sided Deafness who may benefit from CROS or BICROS fittings.
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Review by Dr Moh Dadafarin, Audiologist, Hearing Rehabilitation Specialist, Melbourne Australia, October 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.