Phonak Speech in Wind feature


#1

Anyone use the Phonak Speech in Wind feature? Is it actually any good?

I do a lot of sailing and struggle to hold a conversation due to the wind.

Am thinking of buying HAs that have the Speech in Wind feature to help.


#2

I have not tried the Phonak aids yet. Two years ago, l demo the Starkey aids outdoors with a HIS talking with the winds behind me. I was able to hear speech without any wind noise. I am getting the Phonak Naida aids. I was a sailor and did not wear aids because they weren’t water resistant.
I used hand signals with my dad when l was working on the foredeck.


#3

In all programs you can apply “windblock” to a certain degree. Every time there is a light wind my Naidas reduce overall output on all frequencies. The sound of wind on a microphone is successfully blocked. But speech recognition is going down, too. :frowning:
I assume that “Speech in Wind” just applies the windblock-feature to the program all the time. If this is the only case then this is of no use for me.
I think you should try to find a mechanic solution (like long hairs) to successfully block wind-noise specifically during sailing.


#4

I’m a self programmer and I’ve just sprung for 2 x Phonak Naida Q90 for £230.00 off eBay.

Hopefully I notice a difference with the Speech in Wind feature.

I already wear Ear Gear when sailing to help with wind noise.


#5

Mine work very well in the wind. Good luck. Go Phonak, get the job done.


#6

With my current Phonak Naida Q70s I’ve got WindBlock set to max.

They work very well going around daily life when it’s windy but not at the sailing club. :frowning:


#7

@Zebras
I don’t like the per-program option “windblock” in my Naida-B70. That’s why this option is set to only a low value. You seem to like this option, that’s good for you.

Meanwhile I have googled around and found a PDF at and from Phonak. “Speech in Wind” is working different than just applying “windblock” all the time: the sound from the less affected HA is streamed to the other side and the low and only low frequencies are then exchanged. The technical info sounds very good.
Unfortunately I no longer have the V90s for testing and now only wear the advanced Naida and not the premium version. Speach in wind is therefore missing and I am unable to try it for you. For me it was not worth to extra charge for the premium HA. I think you can benefit from this manual program.

Btw. you have mentioned “Ear Gear”. I didn’t know of that before. How much does you benefit from them? Do they really successfully block wind-noise? I am interested in them when biking with my family.


#8

@Dani Thanks for the reply.

Ear Gear will be good for biking but I feel don’t help with wind noise but helps with sweat and dirt.