Sonova Holding AG, a provider of hearing solutions, announced that it will present its latest innovations at AAA 2018. The Group further broadens its portfolio of rechargeable hearing aids and expands the range of products based on its SWORD™ (Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital) chip. SWORD is designed to enable direct connectivity to any cell phone 1 as well as TV streaming across the range of Sonova hearing instrument brands.

Phonak completes its latest generation Belong™ platform with the introduction of the Naída™ B power and Sky™ B pediatric family of hearing aids. The offering is complemented by the debut of the Roger™ MultiBeam Technology for its remote microphone portfolio 2. With the launch of Moxi All, Unitron is said to become the “first company” to combine universal mobile phone connectivity with rechargeable technology. And Hansaton is introducing sound SHD stream, focussing on direct connectivity and binaural features.

“The completion of our rechargeable portfolio with products for all types of hearing loss clearly demonstrates our commitment to deliver innovations that benefit all people in need of smart and convenient hearing solutions,” said Arnd Kaldowski, CEO of Sonova. “I am also excited that our revolutionary SWORD chip, that enables direct connectivity to any cell phone, can be found in an ever-growing number of products across all our hearing aid brands. Our expanded offering clearly demonstrates our goal to continuously introduce new technologies and setting new standards for the industry.”

Phonak completes the Belong platform and expands industry leading rechargeable portfolio

With Naída B, Phonak is introducing the 5th generation of its family of power hearing aids, specifically developed to address the unique and complex challenges faced by users with severe-to-profound hearing loss. For these users, Phonak Naída B default first- fit provides what they say is “the industry’s best Speech Intelligibility Index (SII) results 3” and enhanced performance in noise when combined with Roger wireless solutions. Naída also comes in a rechargeable Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) option, offering a  feature-rich rechargeable hearing aid from Phonak, dedicated to this user group.

The new Sky B pediatric portfolio features AutoSense Sky OS, an operating system built specifically for children, and SoundRecover2 which gives children access to a broader range of sounds essential for speech and language development.4,5 Phonak now offers a rechargeable option, Phonak Sky™ B-PR, that is designed to give children a full day of uninterrupted hearing on a single charge.6,4

The next generation of Roger performance and ease of use comes in the form of MultiBeam Technology (MBT), that uses three microphones to form six directional beams within 360 degrees7, according to Phonak. When a Roger microphone with MBT is placed on a table, it is designed to automatically selects the speaker to improve the speech understanding up to 61% in group conversations and in loud noise3.   Phonak reports that Roger Select™ and Roger Table Mic II are the first products to make use of MBT.

With Phonak CROS B-R, Phonak combines the performance of its Contralateral Routing of Signal (CROS) technology with the rechargeability in its non-surgical solution for single-sided deafness, according to the announcement. In what’s said to be the company’s “first” CROS device featuring a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, CROS is designed to pick up sounds and voices from the non-hearing ear and wirelessly transmit them to the hearing aid on the other ear. It offers speech understanding in noise thanks to Binaural VoiceStream Technology™.

Unitron Moxi All – Combining the benefits of direct connectivity with rechargeability

The new Moxi All hearing aid is reportedly the “only solution on the market” to connect patients directly to conversations on any mobile1 phone without wearing a streamer, while also giving them the convenience of rechargeability. After powering up overnight, a rechargeable battery is designed to help keep them in the conversation for up to 16 hours, including two hours of mobile phone use and five hours of TV streaming. In addition, Moxi All offers users the flexibility to use traditional hearing batteries at any time.

Hansaton sound SHD stream – Binaural hearing intelligence meets the SWORD chip

With the launch of sound SHD stream, Hansaton is presenting its latest RIC hearing aid system in the sound SHD product family, which offers binaural features for a natural hearing experience. Thanks to the SWORD chip, it connects directly to any Bluetooth® capable phone1.

Sonova hosted an investor and analyst conference call. The slides of the presentation are available at:

Link to the webcast

  1. Smartphones and traditional mobile phones with Bluetooth® 4.2 wireless technology and most older Bluetooth versions.
  2. Based on preliminary data. Peer-reviewed article and Field Study news available end of 2018 at:
  3. Field Study News under development. Full details available in spring 2018 at:
  4. Feilner M, Rich S, Jones C. (2016). Automatic and directional for kids [Brochure]. Phonak Insight. Retrieved from:
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  7. Gigandet X, Fulton B, Smith C. Roger MultiBeam Technology—Enhancing the group listening experience [Brochure]. Phonak Insight. Retrieved from:

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Source: Sonova