Phonak Audeo B90 10

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“Optimal support in the most challenging listening situations, great sound quality and a discreet, modern design. So small that it virtually disappears behind the ear”

PHONAK AUDEO B90 10 (Premium hearing aid – RIC style)

Alternative: Phonak Audeo B90 312 / 312T: The slightly larger model shell, with longer battery life – perhaps easier if manual dexterity is poor. The 312T model has a T-coil / loop function.

Alternative: Phonak Audeo B90 R: Rechargeable / B90 D: Connecting.

 

Our Verdict:

The best ever premium hearing aid with no.1 spot across Europe.
In today’s competitive market, you should be able to negotiate a free trial on all hearing aids. Just ask.

 

PRICE TO PAY:  Around £2800 to £3700 for a pair

 


APPEARANCE AND FEEL:

(the weight, size, shape, how well it fits ergonomically to the ear; the thickness and flexibility of the wire; the shell construction, quality, finish, IP properties, construction of buttons / switches / battery compartment)

4 STARS

Really well thought-through. A robust shell with IP68 protection. Equipped with the best wire on the market – flexible and very thin.

 


SOUND PRODUCTION:

(tested for how natural sounds are; how owner’s voice sounds; quality of classical and popular amplified music; naturalness of everyday quiet sounds such as indicator click, and loud sounds such as toilet flush, wind)

5 STARS

Most people that trial this – think that it sounds amazing. I thought the same.

 


BACKGROUND NOISE PERFORMANCE:

(how well the instrument appears to cope with the suppression of background noises, such as party speech babble, traffic noise, loud wind noise, car engine sound)

5 STARS

The V90 is very effective in noisy places, however it is a little harsh at times.

 


EASE OF PROGRAMMING:

(from the audiologist perspective – how easy and user-friendly the programming software is: this can affect the quality of the results for the end-user)

5 STARS

There is no real doubt that the Phonak fitting software is the best. It’s fast, obvious, intuitive.

 


MAINTENANCE & RUNNING COSTS:

(cost of out-of-warranty repairs, cost of shell repairs, spare parts, ease of procuring replacement parts, consumables such as domes, wax guards, receiver wires; shell integrity when put under stress)

5 STARS

Parts are readily available at low cost.

 


OTHER COMMENT:

This is the best-selling make in Europe. They do spend a lot on research and development. It’s an obvious choice IF you do get offered a free trial.

5 STARS 

 

Overall best in class up to September 2018

Review by MR (Sept 2018)