It looks like 2019 is going to be quite an amazing years for hearing aids. Most of the major hearing aid brands are either about to introduce new ranges or have just introduced new ranges.
Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids
We certainly couldn’t get away without talking about the exciting new Audeo Marvel range from Phonak. Although only recently introduced, they have proven so popular that Phonak is finding it hard to keep up with demand. The Marvel offers the latest Phonak hearing aid technology and it will connect to any Bluetooth enabled sound source.
That means any Bluetooth enabled phone, any Bluetooth enabled laptop, even any Bluetooth enabled TV. The devices allow stereo audio streaming of music or calls from your phone without the need for a streamer, even with Android phones. The only real problem I see with the Marvel is that the offering is limited right now to just two Receiver In Canal hearing aid models.
However, we expect that to change this year as they expand the Receiver In Canal models available. I believe that they will also begin to introduce the Behind The Ear Marvel hearing devices later this year, but we will probably have to wait for Virto Marvel In The Ear hearing aids until 2020.
For an android phone user, I would recommend the new Phonak Marvel for its quality audio streaming ability to any phone (whether Android or Apple iOS). Also for its improved natural sound quality for first-time hearing aid users.
Resound LiNX Quattro Hearing Aids
The Quattro from Resound is a pretty fantastic hearing aid. The rechargeable version of the Quattro gets our vote for the best rechargeable hearing aid available hands down. It offers an amazing 30 hours of use between charges.
It also provides 24 hours of use even if you have been streaming audio for 12 of those hours. That’s pretty amazing battery life and no one else comes close. The other element that really boosts these hearing aids is the charger case. The charger case holds three extra charges, that means if you go away for the weekend and forget your plug, you will be just fine.
On top of all of that, the hearing aids sound tremendous and deliver outstanding clarity even in the most complex of sound situations. While the Quattro is a Made For iPhone hearing aid and will connect directly to Apple products.
Resound hope that sometime this year they will push out an update to make it a Made For Android hearing aid as well. I would consider GN Resounds new Linx Quattro for musicians who want
Oticon Opn S Hearing Aids
Before I speak about the Opn S, I want to briefly talk about the Oticon Opn platform. For socially active individuals that are often in dynamic and unpredictable communication environments, I would nearly always recommend the Oticon Opn with its Open Sound Navigator Lx platform that preserves the speech streams coming from multiple directions and attenuates background noise between speech sounds.
This enables the user to easily switch attention when desired and reduces listening effort. If you are an Apple iPhone user this is an excellent choice as it also enables high definition Audio streaming through a 3.4GHz radio signal. Oticon Opn ‘twin link’ uses a separate broadband Bluetooth signal enabling outstanding binaural processing of sound between the instruments in real time.
The hearing aids, therefore, operate as a wireless pair synchronising many of their modes of operation including the coordination of multi-band adaptive directional microphones. I have had fantastic success with the Opn and even though it is getting a little old now, I would still have little hesitation in offering it. But now, I won’t have to.
New Opn S Platform
Oticon has just announced that in March they will be introducing a brand new range of hearing aids that they are calling the Opn S. They
Four Models, Three Levels of Tech
The Opn S will be available in four models and three levels of technology. The model types look like a Mini RITE, a Mini RITE-T, a Lithium-Ion rechargeable Mini RITE-T and a 13 BTE. As I said, this will be the first time Oticon goes with a lithium-ion power source. The details are scant and we would expect them to become clearer as we get close to launch time.
It really looks like these are going to be pretty amazing hearing aids and I look forward to working with them.
Starkey Livio AI
Starkey is introducing the Livio AI this year, this is very interesting hearing aid because of the functionality that Starkey is bringing to hearing aids. Starkey announced at CES 2019 that the Livio AI will include features such as:
- Translation in 27 languages
- Amazon® Alexa connectivity
- A new rechargeable option
- Fall Detection and Alerts
- Heart Rate Measurement
- Voice-to-text Transcription
- Natural user interface with tap control
- Self Check for hearing performance
- Thrive Virtual Assistant, built on Google Assistant
The Livio AI represents a brand new concept in hearing aids.Hearing devices that allow you to monitor your overall health.
I think as the year progresses we will see other devices as contenders for inclusion on this article. I will update it as the year progresses.