COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

Best Invisible Hearing Aid

Phonak was founded in 1947 in Zurich, Switzerland, and under ownership by Sonova, Phonak continues to merge Swedish craftsmanship with Silicon Valley technologies to create some of the world’s most innovative hearing solutions. Phonak’s devices are manufactured in Germany by Hansaton, Sonova’s engineering specialists.

Phonak created the first invisible hearing aid, the Lyric, which remains the only 100% invisible hearing aid on the market today. The device, which is inserted by a hearing care professional, features months-long battery life, moisture protection, and natural sound. In addition to the Lyric, Phonak offers several other extremely discreet hearing aids, such as the Virto M model. 

Phonak Hearing Aid Models

FeaturesAudéo ParadiseNaida ParadiseVirto MarvelBolero MarvelCROS BLyric
Fit TypeRICBTECustom in-earBTEBTE and Custom in-earCIC — 100% invisible
Battery Size

312, 13, or Rechargeable

675 or Rechargeable

10 or 312

312 or Rechargeable

312, 13, or Rechargeable

Custom

Rechargeable

Some models

Some models

No

Some models

Some models

No — device must be replaced once battery is drained (after several months)

Telecoil

Yes, on “T” models

Yes, on “P-UP” models

No

Yes

No

No

Physical Volume/Adjustment Button

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Varies; some models

No

Audéo Paradise

phonak hearing aid

The Audéo Paradise receiver-in-canal line of hearing aids features AutoSense OS 4.0, which is an enhanced automatic operating system. This feature, along with the Paradise line’s speech clarity technology, provide exceptional sound quality, the ability to better understand speech in noisy situations, and top-rated streaming that automatically adjusts for optimized sound quality. 

The Audéo Paradise line features two rechargeable options and the ability to stream audio directly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Paradise models come in nine colors and can accommodate mild to severe hearing loss.

Naida Paradise

Launched in early 2021, The Naida Paradise improves upon earlier generations of the Naida hearing aid and continues to bring people with severe to profound hearing loss closer to the beauty of natural sound. Naida Paradise users will understand speech better, more clearly hear high-frequency sounds, and experience enhanced perception of both nearby and distant sounds. The Naida Paradise line features direct Bluetooth streaming from a range of device types directly to one’s hearing aid, and can even be used as a wireless headset for hands-free calls and meetings.

Bolero Marvel

The Bolero Marvel behind-the-ear line features AutoSense OS, improved speech intelligibility in noisy environments, stable and easy communication when in a vehicle, less distortion when in environments that echo and a tinnitus balance noise generator.

The Bolero Marvel line features two BTE hearing aids: A mild-to-moderate model and a mild-to-severe rechargeable option. Both models in this line have the ability to stream audio directly from Bluetooth-enabled devices, and each comes in your choice of nine colors.

Virto Marvel

The Virto M line features Phonak’s popular custom-fitted hearing aids that blend almost invisibly into the wearer’s ear. Virto M users experience better hearing performance due to this device’s Biometric Calibration, which provides a two-decibel improvement in directionality. Virto M hearing aids also utilize Phonak’s AutoSense OS for effortless listening in any environment. 

These custom models are built with state-of-the-art 3-D printers and are available for every degree of hearing loss. Wearers are able to select from four faceplate colors and six shell colors in various flesh tones.

CROS B

The CROS B can accommodate people who have unaidable hearing loss in one ear using technology that delivers sound from the unaidable ear to the user’s other ear. Utilizing Phonak’s Binaural Beamforming technology, the CROS B models create a very narrow beamforming pattern that results in a 3.8 dB improvement of sound intelligibility in noisy situations. This model is now available with a rechargeable battery.

The BTE version of the CROS B comes in nine colors, and the custom-fitted, in-ear model is available in your choice of eight colors.

Lyric

phonak lyric hearing aid

Phonak’s Lyric is the completely-in-canal model that may be the world’s only 100 percent invisible hearing aid. This model is made from a soft, biocompatible material that is made to fit deeply and snugly in the ear canal, and it is so discreet that it must be inserted by a hearing care professional. Users can continuously wear their Lyric through months at a time, without the need to take it out even while showering or sleeping. However, if one desires to remove their Lyric hearing aid, a special removal tool is included in the purchase price. 

Lyric is not made to be reinserted and must instead be replaced after removal. This device is best suited for users who have mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Phonak Hearing Aid Technology Levels

Most of Phonak’s hearing aid models come in a range of four available technology levels. These technology levels determine the presence of features like noise reduction and own-voice processing, as well as the hearing aid’s number of programmable channels. Higher technology levels fetch higher prices as well, as the lowest levels (30 and 50) offer Phonak’s most basic feature sets.

Feature90
Premium
70
Advanced
50
Standard
30
Essential
Duo Phone

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Duo Phone

Yes

Yes

No

No

Duo Phone

Yes

Yes

No

No

Noise Block

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Echo Block

Yes

No

No

No

Real Ear Sound

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Whistle Block

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Finetuning Channels

20

16

12

8

Warranties on Phonak Hearing Aids 

Phonak warranties offer free repairs of hearing aids which malfunction due to manufacturing and/or material defects. Phonak hearing aids are covered by a one-year, limited international warranty. The warranty period begins on the date of purchase and proof of purchase is required to file warranty claims. 

Phonak’s international warranty does not include hearing aid accessories such as batteries, tubes, ear molds or external receivers. Local warranty information can be obtained from an audiologist or other hearing care professional. Authorized retailers may offer their own extended or additional warranties in combination with Phonak’s manufacturer’s warranty.

Phonak Hearing Aids’ Apps

myPhonak App

This app lets wearers of Audéo Marvel and Audéo B-Direct hearing aids connect with their audiologist in real time. When problems arise, users can contact their hearing care professional through the easy-to-use app via video chat or messaging to quickly solve the problem. Use of the myPhonak app requires an invitation from the user’s audiologist or other professional.

myCall-to-Text App

Anyone with a hearing impairment — whether they wear hearing aids or not — can use this app to ensure they hear their mobile phone conversations correctly. Well, not hear exactly. More like read. The downside is that some of the app’s features require a paid subscription.

All myCall service plans allow the user to make unlimited free calls to anyone who also uses the app. In order for the user to be able to read incoming calls from non-app users, they’ll have to subscribe to the basic or pro plan. Click here to compare each plan.

Phonak Remote App

Currently, this app only works with the Audéo Marvel and Audéo B-Direct hearing aids. Once the wearer has paired his or her phone with Phonak’s Bluetooth compatible hearing aids, he or she can use the app to adjust their volume, split the volume for each side separately, mute and unmute, access programs, change program names and much more.

Phonak RemoteControl App

This app works with all Phonak hearing aids as long as the wearer has the Phonak ComPilot Air II accessory. It has the same features as the Phonak Remote app, but with extras such as audio streaming and voice alerts.

Phonak Guide App

Phonak wearers can use this app to familiarize themselves with any Phonak hearing aid. Users can learn how to properly handle and maintain their hearing instruments, read through troubleshooting guides and more. 

Phonak Hearing Aids’ Wireless Accessories

Roger Select

This state-of-the-art wireless microphone is great for wearers who are frequently in stationary situations where hearing may be difficult due to background noise. With this accessory, they can improve their ability to hear by placing the Roger Select on a table. The device will then automatically single out the person talking and switch from one participant in a conversation to another as each person speaks. If the hearing aid wearer wants to hear just one particular person during multiple conversations, he or she can manually select who to listen to. This handy accessory also transmits the sound of TVs, phones and other multimedia devices. 

Roger Table Mic II

This mic does basically the same thing as the Roger Select. It has a battery life of 16 hours and will work with an additional Roger Table Mic II for optimal listening results in multi-party conversations.

TV Connector

Used in conjunction with Audéo Marvel and Audéo B-Direct hearing aids, wearers can route sound from their TV or stereo directly to their hearing aids. This is a plug ‘n play device, so no pairing is needed. It can be connected to an unlimited number of Audéo Marvel and Audéo B-Direct hearing instruments.

Roger Touchscreen Mic

This microphone was created to help both teachers and students in a classroom environment. The Roger Touchscreen Mic works with most hearing instruments, cochlear implants, and bone-anchored hearing devices, and additional receivers and microphones can be connected into a single network. There are seven additional accessories that work together with the Roger Touchscreen Mic to enhance communication in the classroom. These additional accessories are listed at the bottom of the Roger Touchscreen Mic product page. 

Roger Pen and Roger EasyPen

These wireless microphones were designed to help hearing aid wearers hear and understand speech in noise and speech at a distance even more clearly than people who have no hearing difficulties at all. They automatically adjust to noise levels and can be used in conjunction with Roger receivers. Using Bluetooth, the Roger Pen also connects to mobile phones, televisions, and other multimedia devices. The Roger EasyPen is best suited for users who do not need the Bluetooth feature or manual microphone control.

Roger Clip-on Mic

The directional microphone on this accessory helps the wearer hear one-on-one conversations better through their hearing aids, especially in noisy environments at a distance. All the wearer has to do is give the mic to the person they are having a conversation with, and that person can clip the microphone to his or her clothing or wear it around their neck. The sound then transfers to the hearing aids. The Roger Clip-On Mic will also transmit sound from multimedia devices to Phonak hearing aids.

Roger Receivers

Phonak offers a variety of receivers that will connect to hearing aids and cochlear implants. When connected, hearing aid or implant wearers will be able to hear sounds transmitted by any Roger microphone.

Phonak EasyCall II

Hearing loss sufferers who have difficulty hearing mobile phone conversations even with a hearing aid may want to try this wireless accessory. It maximizes speech understanding by streaming cell phone calls directly to the user’s hearing aids. It will connect to any Phonak wireless hearing aid and works with smartphones and non-smartphones that are Bluetooth enabled. Wearers simply attach the EasyCall to their cell phone and it will always be ready. It has up to 10 hours of talk time and can remain on standby for as long as 10 days.

Phonak DECT Cordless Phone

Hearing aid wearers and those without hearing aids who have a traditional landline but struggle to hear phone conversations can improve speech understanding by over 40% with this cordless phone. Owners of the Phonak DECT Cordless Phone use it just as they would any other phone, with no programming or additional devices. As soon as the user picks up the phone to talk, sound is automatically amplified in reaction to peripheral noise. If the user is a Phonak hearing aid wearer, sound transmits from the phone directly to both hearing aids. Users can even connect up to six handsets to the base.

Phonak ComPilot Air II

This device is rechargeable, and when fully charged, it can stream for up to 24 hours. It streams audio from any Bluetooth enabled device such as cell phones, computers, TVs, and more directly, to Phonak Venture or Belong hearing aids. Users can also use the device as a remote to adjust their hearing aids’ volume and program settings. To gain even more control over the hearing instruments, wearers can use the ComPilot with the Phonak RemoteControl app. Spoken messages inform wearers of the names of callers, the status of the ComPilot and more.

Phonak PilotOne II

This easy-to-use remote control attaches to a keychain and is compatible with the Venture and Belong hearing instruments. It’s used to control the volume and main programs of Phonak hearing aids.

Phonak RemoteMic

Hearing aid wearers who use this microphone in conjunction with the Phonak streamer can have a one-on-one conversation at a distance of up to 66 feet. The individual without hearing aids will clip this lightweight device to their clothing so that their voice transmits directly to the user’s hearing aids. The microphone streams for up to eight hours on a full charge. Volume can be adjusted for a variety of listening situations.

Phonak TVLink II

Anyone who wears Phonak wireless hearing aids and owns the ComPilot Air II can use the TVLink to stream audio from their television or stereo equipment directly to their hearing aids. While streaming audio to their hearing aids, users will also be able to hear other sounds around them (people, doorbells, alarms etc). Phonak TVLink II streams audio from a distance of up to 100 feet. Hearing aid wearers can also use the charging base of this accessory to charge the ComPilot Air II. 

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