Phonak Bolero V: A new level of performance and reliability

Phonak Bolero V: A new level of performance and reliability

The smallest IP67 rated Phonak BTE offers reliable speech understanding in every listening situation – Venture technology ensures seamless adaptation to changing soundscapes

San Antonio, Texas / Staefa, Switzerland (March 25, 2015) – Decades of BTE expertise meet the latest Venture technology: Phonak Bolero V, packed in an aesthetically appealing design, provides a seamless listening experience in every listening situation. The IP67 rated Phonak Bolero V is water resistant and dust tight for extra durability. Covering a wide range of hearing loss levels, the three new Phonak BTE models, available in four performance levels, now come with an integrated Tinnitus Balance noise generator and easily connect with the entire Phonak Wireless Communication Portfolio.

“With the introduction of Phonak Bolero V, we continue to roll out our cutting edge Phonak platform, this time packed in a small and robust new BTE design,” says Martin Grieder, Group Vice President Phonak. “Hearing aid users can rely on excellent sound quality and speech understanding in every listening environment. This means more confidence and freedom to live your life to the fullest, whether you want to spend time with friends and family or enjoy the pleasures of nature.”

Phonak Bolero V runs on AutoSense OS, the central brain of the new Phonak Venture hearing aids. It captures and analyzes incoming sound and can draw on over 200 settings to match the sound environment exactly and to seamlessly provide the best setting for that environment – with no manual interaction required and with 30% less battery consumption than the previous hearing aid generation.

“Since having Phonak Venture hearing aids, I can hear people and the music better,” says Julie Horne from Nottingham, England. “Lots of my friends have commented on how my confidence is coming back and how I can just join in a conversation. Music-wise, it just sounds so much nicer, like it did when I was younger.”

Wide range of Phonak wireless accessories offer boost in performance
The comprehensive Phonak Wireless Communication Portfolio makes watching TV, listening over larger distances and receiving phone calls with Phonak Bolero V even easier. Phonak EasyCall connects any Phonak wireless hearing aid to any Bluetooth enabled cell phone. Permanently attached to the back of the phone, it streams the conversation directly to both hearing aids in unmatched sound quality. Phonak Bolero V is also compatible with Phonak CROS II, the latest generation of the proven Phonak single-sided deafness solution.

Bolero V will be available with immediate effect.

Bolero V highlights:
•Three models – a streamlined product offering serving a wide range of hearing loss levels
•Newly designed housings – made from high-tech, light-weight composite materials for comfort and extra durability
•Smallest IP67 rated Phonak BTE – all models are water resistant and dust tight to ensure extra robustness and reliability
•AutoSense OS – the next generation of technology automation for seamless adaptation to the wearer’s listening situation with unrivalled accuracy and precision
•Tinnitus Balance noise generator – Flexible tinnitus solution for the first time with Phonak BTEs
•Phonak Support App – used on the go and helps new users get the most from their Phonak hearing aids
•Phonak EasyCall – connects any Phonak wireless hearing aid to any Bluetooth enabled cell phone

About Phonak
Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, has developed, produced and globally distributed state-of-the-art hearing systems and wireless devices for more than 60 years. The combination of expertise in hearing technology, mastery in acoustics and strong cooperation with hearing care professionals allows Phonak to significantly improve people’s hearing ability and speech understanding and therefore their quality of life.

Phonak offers a complete range of digital hearing instruments, along with complementary wireless communication systems. With a worldwide presence, Phonak drives innovation and sets new industry benchmarks regarding miniaturization and performance.

For more information, please visit www.phonakpro.com

So how is the Phonak Brio UP compaired to this new model ? Is there a model that has as much power?

The Brio P-UP (similar to the Naída Q-UP) has more gain and output than any of the Bolero V models.

Thanks again rasmus_braun for these updates.

These aids are drawing the same current as the quest models and the frequency range is significantly smaller. I am talking about 10% loss in frequency range. I can not believe the these aids have a 150 ms release time.

Obviously this platform has adpative stereozoom going for it but I am not sure if the shortcomings of the above will make it worth it. For some using the quest bolero maybe a better option.

How does the just introduced Bolero V90 SP bte compare with the Naida Q90 bte both in gain and features?

read your other posts and the bolero v90 sp is more like the nadia q-sp in terms of gain performance. but with your loss you might want wait until the end of the year when the nadia v may be released. releases are being made quickly nowadays. otherwise you will be dealing with feedback issues.

obvious feature difference is “speech in loud” and “speech in car” which I believe uses adaptive stereozoom (no just forward facing anymore).

venture from what I’ve read did away with the feedback issues that plagued the quest line.

you can use an app to control the aid but need the compilot 2 or compilot air 2 unit in between.

they have a compilot air 2 that doesn’t require a neckloop to make phone calls hands free.

on a side note looking at your loss, have you tried contacting widex and phonak via their contact link on their websites for help? I would provide your audiogram and ask them what options you have. phonak frequency shifting technology only goes down to 1.5 KHz which is at the edge of your hearing range. I would ask widex about their audibility extender frequency shifting technology and the lowest frequency sounds can be copied to via this technology. and let me know as I would like to know. phonak and widex have very different competing frequency shifting technology. ask these companies to provide a list of audi who have lots of experience with the solution they’ve provided around your zip code. if they don’t have a solution then ask them to provide a list of audiologist who have a lot of experience with their power line of aids.


http://www.widexusa.com/en-us/contact-form/
I would also contact oticon as they were the former power aid champ via their sumo line.
peoplefirst@oticonusa.com
please note that siemens binax is the direct competitor to the phonak venture line and the main technology here is a microphone array (4 microphones) that’s adaptive (point anywhere). might as well contact siemens too.
https://us.hearing.siemens.com/services-information/contact-us/

Thanks for your reply.
I am a retired senior and have worn has for 30 plus years. The past several years I have worn Phonak Savia Art Power BTE however my hearing has become worse in the past 2 years in the speech understanding area. I went to local Phonak audi and Resound audi and tried a Linx on demo a 312 bte and then a 9 Power bte. After a couple of weeks I took them back as they could not get them adjusted correctly. I then tried from another audi the Linx units but had the same result. Plus they were in the low $6,000 range. I then went to Costco as they were carrying the Phonak Brio and wore on demo the Phonak Brio P UP which had plenty of power but again the difficulty. was getting them adjusted correctly. Tried 2 different Costco hearing aid depts at their suggestion as they did not have a lot of experience with the Phonak Brio P UP bte aid. During the demo 45 day time I located a Phonak audi who said they would reprogram my Savia Art so I could have as a back up and during the visit said they would match the Costco Brio Price. It was a Connect location. So currently I am wearing Phonak Naida Q90 P SP. I have not had any feed back issues with the Phonak Brio P UP or Phonak Naida Q90 P SP. It also has plenty of power with some in reserve for the future. I believe I can try out the new Bolero V90 SP bte and if the benefits ie speech understanding etc and adjustments help my hearing better than the Naida Q90 SP I will get them. From what I have read and what the audi said the Bolero V90 Sp bte will be a few hundred dollars more but not a few thousand more.

While I would like to wait until the the V platform is introduced to the Naida Q90 SP. I can not rely on the several year old Savia Art to help me in the speech understanding area.

Sorry this post is lengthy and will appreciate any comments.

Just found out that the widex audibility extender can go as low as 680 Hz for it’s start frequency. this is the frequency above which sounds will be copied from and then copied below the start frequency.

http://www.hearingreview.com/2006/10/linear-frequency-transposition-extending-the-audibility-ofhigh-frequency-information/

I really suggest you contact the widex company via their website. provide your audiogram. and ask them for a list of audiologists who has a lot of experience with your loss or the aid that they recommend you use. I bet whoever they recommend also sells phonak. by the time you interviewed this person I bet the nadia v will be out. so you can compare the 2 brands vs each other.

no aid should cost more than 3k each. trial period should be at least 30 days with around a $300 penalty for not buying.