Phonak Marvel the predecessor to the new Paradise hearing aid was the most popular hearing aid on the market in 2019 and early 2020.
The new Phonak Paradise is similar in appearance with a slimmer push button and a slight difference in the orientation of the micro-phone ports. They use the same receivers as the Marvels and the same Ceru-shield wax filter system.
Phonak have released the whole range at the same time instead of a gradual roll out like they did with Marvel. They have eliminated their size 312 version with a tele-coil from the range, but they still have the size 13 battery version with a tele-coil.
A new chip platform called the PRISM which stands for Processing, Real Time, Intelligent, Sound Management which has double the memory of the previous sword chip that was in the Marvel platform. They have added motion sensors into their rechargeable versions.
These allow the hearing aids to make microphone setting changes based on movement so it doesn’t only rely on acoustic information in your environment to make automated changes.
Benefits of Motion Sensors
For example if you are in a noisy environment but you are stationary position such as sitting at a dinner table the hearing aids know they have to put themselves into more of a directional setting. If you then get up and start walking after 6 steps the hearing aids will identify that you are moving and the hearing aids will then open up the microphone pickup range. So if you are walking next to someone the hearing aids won’t remain in directional focus forward mode and enable you to pick up the speech of the person you are walking with.
Data from research shows users prefer to have motion sensors active.
The new Prism chip allows more and better connectivity to multiple devices. Up to eight devices can be connected at the one time whether Android of Apple operating systems. They can also be actively connected to two different devices at the same time. So if you are streaming audio from your computer and you receive a phone call you can answer the phone call without having to switch over the connection.
The Phonak Paradise hearing aids like Marvel offer truly hands free calls by using the microphones on the back of the hearing aids to pick up your voice. You don’t even need your phone on you as it can be within a 20 meter radius. To answer or end your phone calls you simply reach back and give one of your hearing aids a double tap. The hearing aids can even announce who’s calling in your ears. You no longer have to feel for and press the button. This touch control however is only available in the rechargeable versions.
Stream All Types of Audio
All types of audio will stream wirelessly through the hearing aids, whether it’s music, an audio book, youtube video and you can stop and start that streaming simply by giving the hearing aid a double tap as well. You can also use this double tap method to access your virtual assistant such as Siri, Bixby or Google Assistance. Simply double tap and say “Call Rachel” for example and the hearing aids will automatically connect. You can also connect to two TV connectors simultaneously.
Enhanced MyPhonak App
: The enhanced MyPhonak App for smart phones has some new improvements and additions. It allows you to readily customise your audio to different environments by giving you access to “Clarity” & “Comfort” quick keys which affect the relative amounts of base or treble amplification applied. A three band graphic equaliser can also modify the relative amplification across the frequency range.
Noise Reduction adjustments and Speech Focus adjustments can also be manipulated. You can then save these as an additional program you can readily access in the future.
Remote Support Capable
The MyPhonak App also allows you to have a virtual appointment with your hearing care professional using the Remote Support function. You can use your Smart phone or tablet in the comfort of your own home to have your hearing aids programmed. Using the Paradise hearing aids your hearing care professional can test your hearing remotely. There’s an Audiogram direct function where the hearing aids produce the test tones to obtain a type of graph of your hearing sensitivity called a Sensogram or Insitu-gram. These results can then be directly applied to accurately fit and fine tune the hearing aids. This is convenient where hearing can fluctuate or change and it is difficult to attend a hearing clinic in person.
New Operating System Auto Sense 4.0
Phonak has also introduced its new operating system Auto Sense 4.0 now that now incorporate the input of the motion sensors to automatically put the hearing aid in the optimal mode for any acoustic environment. The key new additions include Dynamic Noise cancellation to enhance the signal to noise ratio in noisy environments by 4dB which can make the difference between understanding someone in noise and not being able to understand them. It now also features Speech Enhancer used in quiet environments for helping understand softly spoken people when in a quiet environment. It gives extra amplification to soft speech sounds.
Four Tiers of Technology
Phonak have released their Paradise in four tiers of technology levels from the Premium Phonak P90, Advanced P70, Standard P50 and Essential P30.
Each time you go down in a technology level certain features are eliminated & so is the ability to customise your devices. The higher level hearing aids have a feature set deigned to improve their performance in complex listening situations where there’s typically more competing background noise. The signal of speech relative to the competing background noise is improved. This improves listening comfort, reduces listening effort and improves speech understanding.
For individuals with single sided deafness Phonak engineers are working to develop a cross aid solution.
Phonak Paradise does have some impressive new innovations that should see it become one of the best selling hearng aids on the market in 2020. If you would like to trial the new Phonak Paradise hearing aids contact us Today. You can have a month no obligation trial to experience their great features and benefits.