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High tone moderate hearing loss, aids since 2006. Have had, in sequence Siemens, Resound, Siemens, and now Phonak. Have also has trials of Starkey and most recently Signia (Siemens). Phonak Audeo B90 trialed 2 months ago. A huge improvement over previous aids. As next gen Phonak M aids due shortly, bought a used pair of B90’s with the intention of moving to M90’s when they became available. But I won’t at least not for the time being as these B90’s meet all my needs, and cost including programming 1/4 of what a new pair would cost.
These are the first aids I have had that allow me to hear and UNDERSTAND what’s on the TV at any volume level. That in itself says it all. If you check the specs, the improvement from generation to generation of aids is often not great, with the exception of moving from thin tube to RIC aids, so bargains to be had. And of course you need an audiologist to do the programming, and they are a variable commodity! And as with any technology subject to failures, both intrinsic, and user introduced. And as always, choose your audiologist wisely, or consider doing it yourself, and yes it is possible.
I am embarrassed to say that I bought my Phonak hearing aids over a decade ago. I have a lot of natural hearing left, so I have an over-the-ear with an ear canal mold. I remember how amazed I was the first time I heard crackling paper. I had probably been missing that sound my whole life. I had some luck 2 years ago having them serviced at my doctor's office (yay HMO!!). They have been like the battery bunny, they keep going and going and going. I am finally financially able to replace them and will seriously consider the same brand. My experience with Phonak has been excellent!
I have a winter home in Chiang Mai, Thailand that is in a gated community with a very nice, large, and DEEP swimming pool. A few weeks ago I went for a swim and dove into the deep end of the pool. When I got home I realized I had not removed my hearing aids! By this time it was dark and the pool was closed. Next day I went to a department store and purchased a pair of swimming goggles. Went back to the pool and started searching the bottom of the pool for the aids. Miraculously there they were resting on the bottom of the deep end of the pool (about 8 feet deep!). They had been there for almost 24 hours by now.
Fortunately, the COSTCO audiologist had pushed me to purchase a little hearing aid 'dryer'-- cost around US$35 --since I swim daily. I placed the aids and batteries in the dryer for the 30-minute drying cycle. To my astonishment they cranked up right away (even using the SAME batteries that went down with the ship!!) and have been fine ever since! I hope this water immersion has not done any significant damage. I guess time will tell. But I must say I was flabbergasted they still worked just fine! NOTE: purchasing that little 'dryer' accessory was a wise move if you are a swimmer like I!
The fact that there are so many complaints about hearing aids may not come from the hearing aids themselves. Maybe it is the consumer. They are a computer, nothing will be like the natural ear. Background noise was an issue when I had great hearing, so why would it change when I have crappy hearing? If the hearing aid stops working, maybe it's wax...
Apparently when the hearing aid is PLUGGED, it stops working as well. (And yes, it can happen within a day.) Phonak hearing aids allow for me to hear the football game coming over the speaker in a loud and crowded bar. That in itself tells me they work well. The battery drain in the 13 hearing aid seems to be awesome- I get around 14 days of battery life and the hearing aid connects to my Samsung phone for phone calls. It's only on one side, which is all I would expect - (I mean... who puts their phone on both ears at the same time? Telemarketers... that's it!) If you keep the hearing aid clean and wear it all day long, I think your brain just gets used to how amazing the world actually is. With all the studies of dementia and hearing loss being connected, why would anyone want to go without some help?
I have used the cross aids for about 5 - 7 years. They work wonderfully and is about what you could expect for anyone with 100% loss in one ear and 40% loss in the other. I have had them in for service 3 times and each time it took less than 5 days to get them back. I am curious of all the severe negative reviews - perhaps expectations are a bit too high? One friend I recommended them too thought the system was bad but it turns out she expected her perfect hearing back from prior to her hearing loss - and that isn't ever going to happen with the current level of medical apparatuses technology. 80 years ago the state of the art was an ear trumpet, so give it time.
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Bought top of the range Phonak Hearing Aids which worked beautifully to start with, then started eating batteries and the volume control was intermittent. I bought them on holiday and couldn't return to the original shop, but Phonak's system is that the individual sellers are paid upfront for after-sales servicing while the aids are under warranty, so -- according to them -- you have to go back to the person you bought them from, or you need to pay for checks/repairs, even though the hearing aids are faulty. Unfortunately Phonak is part of a Swiss company (Sonova) and they don't reply to emails, so their complaints system is about as useful as their hearing aids.
Phonak Audeo B-Direct is the best I have experienced. 62 year old male-Lifelong wearer. TV connect-Great for shows-Music good. Live Music-Wow! Never knew what I was missing. Conversation-Excellent. Not perfect, but the best I ever had. I WANT to wear these!
The VA supplied me with a pair of Phonak hearing aids and they worked perfectly for 5 years. Then the VA supplied me with a new pair and again, they worked perfectly for 5 years. Today I picked up my third pair from the VA and they are rechargeable. I highly recommend Phonak.
Purchasing my Phonak Hearing Aids in spring of 2015 worked well at first. Then I thought my hearing was declining. Found out the hearing Aids were. They have been in for repair more than my ear. Warranty ran out at the end of 3 yrs. They immediately started failing. Outlet where they were purchased fixed them for 75. 2 mo. later they are in need of another repair. No warranty. I said, "Forget it. I will use a horn."
The VA provided a pair of Phonak Cros aids for me 2 years ago. They are the first ones I've owned so nothing to compare to but they've been great for me. My hearing is 26%. Previously I had an extremely hard time understanding most conversation. Now I can understand most if I am facing the one speaking and within 10 feet or so. The aids have worked flawlessly except for a speaker that failed in the right one a few weeks ago. VA repairman replaced it while I waited. Possibly my fault for forgetting to remove it before showering a few times.
I bought a Phonak Model B70-13 BTE hearing from ZipHearing in August 2017. Long story short, the hearing aid never performed properly, this despite being sent to the "factory" for repairs multiple times and even once entirely replaced ("new serial number"). The local audiologist referred by ZipHearing was unable to get the hearing aid to work despite many attempts nor was a second audiologist, also referred by ZipHearing and at their expense, despite the latter getting significant help by phone from Phonak's "best" customer service rep. After a year of this situation I asked for a full refund. This was countered by an offer to refund 73% of the purchase price.
I also contacted Phonak directly. This is their response (August 23, 2018): "Thank you for contacting Phonak with your concerns. Please accept our apologies for our product not performing to your expectations. As the manufacturer, we must refer you back to your original provider for assistance. We are unable to override any offers or policies between you and the hearing care provider. We hope they are able to help you with a resolution."
Lest anyone think me a crank, I have been using a hearing aid since about 1990, having begun with ITEs then BTEs. This is the first time I have ever had a hearing aid fail utterly. My current hearing aid, a Widex BTE is now eight years old and works fine. With the newer-technology Phonak, I'd planned to use the Widex as a backup.
Got these from a professional ear/nose/throat practice at what is today a relatively high price ($5200). The good: The company did due diligence in measuring my hearing range and programming the aids accordingly. The bad: I've come to accept the fact that they're AIDS -- not CURES. I'm guessing that most people with hearing problems believe that hearing aids will restore their normal hearing. They won't! They're just what the description says: AIDS! They help, but don't CURE you hearing problems.
They also indicated that these top-of-the-line aids would suppress background noise in crowded places. They don't. In addition, the aids give off a signal (2 long beeps) to tell you the battery needs replacement. Trouble is, they do this as long as 3 hours before the battery is actually dead. You then get more beeps at ~2 hours and ~1 hour before the battery actually dies. Phonak needs to program the aids to give a SINGLE signal ~1/2 hour before it REALLY will die.
Had demo pair and was happy so ordered a pair. Picked them up on Thursday. Worked great. Took them out last night to go to sleep. Neither worked this morning despite new batteries. Have to wait until Monday to be fixed. Score now is 2 good days, will be 2 worthless days. Not happy.
We purchased the Phonak Hearing Aids about 3 years ago for a cost of $3,400.00. It was the best and highest price they offered because they recommended it saying my husband's hearing was very bad. We were supposed to get a 1 year warranty, but were charged when we went in in a few months. I complained and she did give me the money back that time. However, my husband has had to go in for repair several times since. It takes about 15 minutes and he is charged $250.00. He just did this a couple weeks ago for the left ear. Now, the right ear aid is not working. We just can't afford to keep getting them fixed. We are on SS and he only gets $782. per month. This is a travesty that they charge so much for hearing aids and the insurance doesn't cover the cost or the repair. Don't waste your money on Phonak Hearing Aids. They are crap and very expensive.
I bought Phonak's original Bluetooth CROS aid when they first came out. After decades of 100% single-sided deafness I thought they were a godsend. And they were - when they worked. They were not water-resistant so I couldn't wear them while mall-walking or during any other physical activity because perspiration often shut them down. Occasionally a couple of nights in the dryer helped, but other times, I had to take them to the audiologist (who cleaned the contacts). Three times they had to go back to Phonak so I was without them for weeks at a time.
Those aids finally gave up the ghost a few months ago, so I (slightly reluctantly) replaced them with the CROS B13, which is way, way superior technically to my old ones. Unfortunately, after wearing them for 9 days, the cord separated from the aid. I was able to push it back in and make it work a few times, but it kept separating. So I dropped it off at the audiologist today and was told they should be back in a week. I don't want this to be a premonition of "the same old same old" with finicky Phonak aids.
It was working great, 30 minutes after leaving the Dr.'s office it stopped working. I had to drive over an hour one way to get to a Dr. for this hearing aid and halfway home it just stopped working. This is ridiculous. This is JUNK. Don't waste your money or time.
Just got new aids from Phonak yesterday and sound was good 1st 12 hours. This morning the left one not working. Right one was working when I went to breakfast but by the time I got home NOTHING was working. I have about had it with these overpriced pieces of crap. The first aids that I had for 5 years (Starkey) also junk. One more chance with these Phonak, then I turn them in and go back to peace and quiet, once more???
I have Phonak Nadia V90's - the supposedly top of the line by Phonak when used with the Roger Pen. They cost big bucks. When I connect the Roger pen to my TV I can mute commercials using the program button. Unfortunately, when I un-mute the Nadia volume adjustments I may have made for that TV program are discarded and replaced with the startup default audio settings. My old Phonak aids and the TV linking Palm Pilot that are 4 years old hold the adjusted volume settings for that TV station when I mute and unmute. Phonak made a decision to revert to default settings during Nadia mute and unmute for some reason. Not retaining the TV audio setting I want during Nadia mute and un-mute makes the Nadia v90 A DO NOT BUY in my estimation.
I have gone through 2 sets of Phonak hearing aids and they are nothing but trouble. If I could get more than 1 week's use without breakdown, I would be surprised. It's really too bad because they are a very comfortable fit and the sound quality is good when they work. Waste of money!!
I've had my Brio 3s less than two weeks. Whilst my initial thoughts were, "I adored them" but by day 3 a problem has occurred nearly every 3 days and is now happening daily and as of tonight it refuses to stop. My left hearing aid makes this crazy electrical buzzing like a bee is in my ear. I can even duplicate noise loud enough by placing the receiver near the mic and turning the volume up just to make sure my husband could hear it and even he said, "What the heck that noise and when did that start?" The first time it happened I thought, "Oh maybe my wAx guard got clogged." So changed it only to still have the issue. I waited 3 hours and changed the battery and it stopped the issue. Second time I removed the hearing aid and let it sit turned off for about 5 minutes the buzz continued and I waited another 5 minutes and it stopped. This has been daily for the last 6 days.
As of tonight it started buzzing. I changed wax guards tried a new battery. It's been sat in the case airing for over 3 hours and constantly shorts the static buzz noise every time the aid is turned on. I'm at a loss. They have not got wet, I've not dropped or yanked the wires. Whenever I've removed the aid I've used the pull tab on the custom mold of the receiver. They have been carefully placed in the individual cases that Phonak supplied when not in use on my dresser. I'm actually really upset at this point because these are the first set I've bought privately in 30 years of Free NHS (UK) hearing aids. I never had issues within days. I always get 4-6 years before issues occur. My last hearing aids lasted 8 years!
I will be calling my fitter first thing in the morning and at this point I'm considering returning them already as I cannot keep removing and turning off aid for 10 min-3+ hours to stop the weird noise. I'm actually wondering if there was a programming issue because at the time of my appointment the iCube used to program wouldn't connect. It took 30 minutes of rebooting and constant reinstalling to get it to kick in. I have absolutely no issues with my right hearing aid that works flawlessly. It is only my left aid that is doing it.
I am deaf in my right ear. In December of 2017, the VA gave me a set of Phonak CROS hearing aids. They work great... when they work. I have had to send them back 5 times since first receiving them. Sometimes they last a month, sometimes a week or 2 or 3... but the shortest time was 3 days. Every time, the VA fixes and re-calibrates them. I just got them back Monday April 9, 2018. I took them out last night before going to bed just like I always do. I went to put them back in this morning. Nothing. Just like always I changed the batteries. They lasted one week again. I don't have anything good to say about Phonak CROS hearing aids.
Phonak Virto V50 - It’s just ok. Sound does go in and out and I have to click other telephone button on when it’s “out” to get it to come back “on”. Not very pleased with sound quality but compared to others it’s not the worst.
Just received new Audeo B-13 aids today from VA Phoenix. Problem began with unprotected exposure to aircraft engine noise and many flight hours. Now at 74, I decided to do something about my inability to hold a conversation without "huh?" every few sentences. Exam four weeks ago and installation today. So far, I love my new hearing. I've read the preceding reviews, so right now it's a wait and see game. I am also impressed with the volume controls on each earpiece receiver. The audiologists at VA are great. I am 200 miles from Phoenix, but telemed worked real well with minimal cutouts. Overall, I'm happy with the Phonak devices so far.
Phonak bluetooth hearings aids squeal all the time or make buzzing noises and vibrate. Hearing ear mold had to be done for the left side after complaining for about a month. Leaf ear aid started squealing after about 60 days and aid was returned after complaining for about a month. Now the trial period to return has expired and right aid starting to make crunchy sounds. Got aid that was sent in for repair today and it squeals worse than it did before I sent it in!
I bought the Naida V V-70 SP last year. Had one year warranty. My left hearing aid doesn't hold the sound, it keeps going down. I have boosted it several times but doesn't seem to hold. I have no warranty and have to get them repaired or get new ones. It's very expensive. I have been wearing hearing aids for 44 years, had many Phonak hearing aids and they worked but these are terrible. Has anyone else have issues with this model?
Have had these about 1.5 years and with each passing week, the quality deteriorates. They advertise that they correct for sound according to surroundings. This has never happened despite several trips to Connect Hearing for adjustments. And while I can adjust volume the clarity is not there. I am stuck for at least another 1.5 years but this is my last Phonak product.
Hearing aid bought December 2005. Could possibly be the worst hearing aid I ever purchased. I bought this from a local hearing doctor in Clemmons North Carolina and I think it's simply the fact that I was fitted with the wrong hearing aid for my hearing loss and my lifestyle but if this was my first hearing aid. I probably would never buy another one again. I got one from Harbor Freight for $12 and I think there's not much difference than its $1,800 one. I think they sold me what they thought I would be able to afford instead of what I need.
I went to Costco because I thought I would get a better deal. This is my third set of hearing aids. I've worn them for about twenty years. I have profound hearing loss so was told I had to go back to the ear mold, over the ear. They don't fit right, won't stay in my ear. They were expensive and I can't see much difference between these and my last Miracle Ear earbud aids, which I loved. I'm very dissatisfied with Costco and Phonak
Have had my Boleros for about 3 years. Excellent power and sound quality. My hearing has gradually gotten worse over the course of time and have worked with my audiologist to reprogram my Boleros to most my most recent audiogram. The Bolero V70 SP have a wide range and are able to adjust to my hearing needs. Would definitely recommend Phonak- had a 3 year warranty and have had my hearing aids completely refurbished by Phonak just before the end of my warranty, so like having brand new aids. Also purchased ComPilot II and remote microphone which are very useful in extremely noisy environments. Highly recommend trying out hearing aids from Phonak.
First off let me say; I've been wearing hearing aids for 39 years... NEVER ever in my whole life have I had so many hearing aid issues. That being said I now have not one but TWO hearing aids STILL broken. I've had them sent to be fixed. They come back still not working. I have spent hundreds that I do not have so I could hear. SHAME on you Phonak! I am now on a perm loaner for about a year now in frustration because I can't afford to fix nor buy new hearing aids.
What were the problems; sounds were not consistent. I would always be turning up the volume but not hearing anything. Audiologist would say that's the highest it can go and I know I've heard it be louder when I first got them so something is wrong! Second problem they feedback but no one else can hear it but me. I sent it in to be fixed. It came back within two weeks. The problem would resurface. I've done this several times each time they said it's fix and it wasn't due to the constant feedback. My left ear no longer works... at all. My deafness went from severe to totally deaf. I've had steady decrease for 39 years but nothing like losing 20 db in a matter of a year since wearing these... something in these aids are so wrong so off that it's undetectable to someone like me that is profoundly deaf. I now have one ear left and a loaner aid that I can't afford. Thanks Phonak for nothing!
Phonak Hearing Aids expert review by Shelley Webb
Phonak is an international hearing aid manufacturer with subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1947, Phonak is a member of the Sonova group of hearing aid companies.
Convenience: Phonak is a leading worldwide hearing aid brand, so it is easy to find an audiologist or hearing specialist near you. Use the Phonak website to locate a provider, then schedule an appointment to find out what Phonak hearing solution is best for your needs.
Technological innovator: Phonak has developed multiple hearing aid technologies that are not available from other brands, including the Quest platform which uses unique binaural VoiceStream technology.
Smallest options available: In keeping with their focus on innovation, Phonak consistently produces some of the smallest devices on the market for those who want their hearing aids to be discreet. Its new Lyric in-the-canal device is the smallest on the market and is completely invisible when worn correctly.
Kid-friendly options: Phonak offers solutions for listeners of all ages, including infants, toddlers, school-aged children and teens. Phonak also has developed an iPad app to teach children with hearing difficulties and the people around them how to get comfortable with hearing aids.
Tinnitus help: For those with tinnitus, Phonak has developed several sound therapy options to help reduce its annoyance. Users can stream ambient sound from the Tinnitus Balance noise generator directly to their hearing aids, or use the mobile app without hearing aids to mask the ringing and buzzing sound.
Best for: aging listeners, people with acquired or progressive hearing loss and children with hearing difficulties
Phonak Hearing Aids Company Information
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