Costco Phonak Brio 3 (Product Information)

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#41

This stuff is tough to decipher. I don’t see much difference between the old Phonak Audéo V models and the new Phonak Audéo B models. Except, they added a rechargable model, WhoopDeeDo! Oh, and a SoundRecover2 tweak.

But wait, there is the new Phonak Audéo B-Direct and that is new. It has the new SWORD chip and offers direct connectivity to cellphones (iPhone and Android). Though I believe the new SWORD chip resides in just this one model, the Audéo B-Direct.

What this looks like to me (except for the rechargeable model and SoundRecover tweak) is that the other Phonak Audéo models (B90, B70, B50, B30) just got a name change from Audéo V to Audéo B. I don’t see any other changes. Thus the Phonak Brio 3 hasn’t changed from the Phonak Brio 2, except for the SoundRecover2 tweak.


New Oticon OPN 1 hearing aids sound different than the trial pair I was using
#42

Unfortunately you are right, not until Audeo B Direct is there a new chip (SWORD).

"The Audeo Belong Receiver In Canal hearing device range is the first Phonak hearing device range with a rechargeable option. This in itself is quite an amazing innovation and a new direction for them. However there is much more that is new in this range than just that, the Belong comes with an upgraded operating system, the latest version of Phonak’s SoundRecover2 and new microphones and programme buttons.
The range uses the existing Venture chipset…"
from—hearingaidknow dot com

I’m not sure when they say “upgraded operating system” what that means when they also say the Audeo B “uses the existing Venture chipset”

I wonder how important SoundRevover2 will be for me. It might be valuable since I have so much loss in the higher frequency range.


#43

Maybe SoundRecover2 (because it’s adaptive) will make you hate it less, and therefore leave it activated as opposed to turning it off :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


#44

Also the Audeo B has Telecoil in the 312 battery size. I’m not sure about the Kirkland 8.
Maybe not important to most people but I would consider that a plus.


#45

the only this I dislike is that there is something newer…don’t jump all over me for saying that.


#46

Although KS7 has telecoil, KS8 does not appear to.


#47

There be some truth to that! Frequency lowering is often not tolerated. Sound Recover 2 is supposed to be better tolerated. Also, frequency lowering often takes a fair amount of tinkering to get right and I think what often happens is that it’s turned on, patient complains and fitter turns it off. See, it didn’t work. I’ve been playing with frequency lowering on my KS7s for close to a year now and still not sure I’ve got my settings optimized. Biggest difference I notice is that I hear more bird songs and I can hear our dog’s tags “tinkle” (No, I still can’t hear him “tinkle!”) when he approaches from behind.


#48

You have similar loss to mine, so I pay attention to your findings.
I have a very large dog and I can hear him tinkle…get a bigger dog.
But my young grandkids have started talking in fake VERY low voices so that I can hear them.
They think it’s quite funny (Me too).


#49

I hate it when the manufacturers come out with a seemingly new platform which is anything but a new platform. Considerable effort is required to discover when/if/how they are doing this.

Oticon did something similar with the Alta/Nera/Ria, Alta1/Nera1/Ria1, Alta2/Nera2/Ria2 (1’s are the VA models with a tinnitus feature). Sure there a few changes here and there but it is basically the same technology.

This instance is clearly a case in point. Some Firmware/software changes (SoundRecover2) minor cosmetic changes (microphones and programme buttons you say) and Voila, a new Audéo B platform. This chaps my hide.