Phonak, a hearing instrument and wireless communication solutions’ company, announced the extension of its latest-generation Belong platform with Phonak Naída™ B and Phonak Sky™ B hearing aids. The addition of a lithium-ion rechargeable Naída B-R RIC, Sky B-PR, and CROS B-R (a solution for single-sided deafness) further expands the company’s portfolio of rechargeable hearing aids. Phonak also announced the debut of Roger™ MultiBeam Technology, available in the new Roger Select™ microphone as well as Roger Table Mic II.
“Around the world, hearing care professionals trust Phonak to deliver innovative hearing solutions that solve even the most challenging situations,” said Thomas Lang, senior vice president of Phonak marketing. “Today Phonak builds on this legacy of trust by introducing products that redefine expectations in power, pediatrics, and Roger connectivity. Our now-complete Belong platform portfolio means professionals have the flexibility to offer the industry’s most comprehensive rechargeable suite of hearing solutions to ensure the best possible care.”
Now in its 5th generation, Phonak Naída B is designed to provide the flexibility to meet clients’ sound processing needs with an additional dedicated fitting formula—Adaptive Phonak Digital Contrast. Naída comes in a rechargeable Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) option, which is designed for users with severe to profound hearing loss.
MultiBeam Technology takes Roger to the next level
In 2013, Phonak introduced proprietary Roger 2.4 GHz wireless technology, which was designed to transmit a speaker’s voice directly to the listener. Five years later, the next generation of proven Roger performance and ease of use comes in the form of MultiBeam Technology (MBT). According to Phonak, this technology uses three microphones to form six directional beams within 360 degrees. When a microphone with MBT is placed on a table, it is designed to automatically select the speaker to improve the speech understanding in group conversations and noisy situations.
Roger Select™ and Roger Table Mic II are reportedly the first products to make use of MBT. Roger Select is a microphone that uses MBT to help people with hearing loss hear better in noisy restaurants or other gatherings. Three distinct modes (automatic, manual, lapel) are designed to allow wireless hearing in a variety of conversations and environments. The Roger Table Mic II is the successor to the Roger Table Mic, now featuring MBT. The microphone is ideal for working adults who need to actively participate in meetings, said Phonak.
Phonak also announced the Roger Repeater, which is designed to extend the operating range of any Roger network in the Roger for Education portfolio and could be utilized for large school applications like auditoriums and gymnasiums.
The Phonak Naída B and Sky B will be available in the US starting February 19, with the rest of the world to follow in March. All new Roger products as well as CROS- B-R will be available later in Spring 2018, according to the company’s announcement.