Phonak Virto B are the very latest range of custom ‘in the ear’ hearing aids to be released by Phonak. Available in all four technology levels of 30, 50, 70 and 90. Thats Entry Level, Mid Range, Advanced and Premium respectively. Virto B supersedes the older Virto V range based on the old Venture chipset.
Virto B is part of the Belong family of Phonak hearing aid technology. It is available in all sizes of custom product, including the Titanium, the ultra discreet IIC (invisible in canal) model.
Phonak Virto B are the world’s first hearing aids with Biometric Calibration. Engineered to provide better hearing performance, customised specifically for your individual ear and ear shape.
Each ear is unique, each ear hears differently. Each and every person is individual. Even our left ear differs from our right. The distinctive characteristics of our ear anatomy has an influence on how sound is captured, directed towards the ear drum and converted into information that the brain can understand.
The Phonak proprietary hearing aid modelling software measures and analyses the unique characteristics of your individual ear anatomy. It identifies over 1600 biometric data points, then calculates the unique calibration settings for each Virto B hearing aid.
Saved into the hearing aid memory, these calibration settings ensure increased accuracy and precision. In this way, Phonak Virto B is able to more reliably sense where sound is coming from, thereby giving you access to better hearing performance.
Autosense OS and main features
AutoSense OS analyzes the sounds around you every 0.4 seconds. It can identify whether you’re in a noisy restaurant, car, concert hall or at home. It draws upon multiple features, blending them to create over 200 distinct settings to precisely match your sound environment. The result – unmatched hearing performance and sound quality.
Below is a breakdown of some of the more important features available in Virto B, followed by a Features Breakdown at the various technology levels.
- AutoSense OS – Seamlessly fits to the changing listening environment. AutoSense OS accurately captures and analyses the sound environment. Then, more precisely than ever before, it blends feature elements from multiple programs in real time to provide a seamless listening experience.
- Speech in Loud Noise enables you to automatically focus on a single voice in a noisy crowd. The hearing aid automatically focusses on the voice you want to hear. This allows you to effortlessly interact in the most cluttered of soundscapes
- Speech in 360 automatically selects the direction of speech and sends this speech signal from one ear to the other. Improving speech intelligibility without the need to face the speaker.
- Speech in Wind – Speech in Wind detects the wind noise in both hearing aids. Then, through sophisticated binaural processing the results are compared in real-time. The aid with the better speech signal is identified and the good signal is streamed to the other side.
Not all features are available on all models. For a full breakdown of the complete range see our Phonak Belong Product and Features Comparison.
To take advantage of all the features available in Virto B means buying the premium product, the B90. For some there will be no option but to do that. However not every client needs all the features that are available to reach the required result.
We always advise that the best product for our clients is the level of technology that matches your lifestyle and expectations. Sometimes the best product can be the premium level. Sometimes the best product that most closely matches your needs is a mid range technology for instance.
Phonak Virto B and Wireless Compatibility
More models than ever before can take advantage of all the wireless goodies available for Phonak wireless hearing aids. All the Phonak Belong range (including some – not all – versions of the CIC but excluding the Titanium model) are wireless compatible. Here are some of the many accessories you might want to consider in our Phonak Wireless section.
Phonak Compilot – This streaming accessory allows you to enjoy mobile phone calls and high-clarity stereo sound quality for multimedia audio through your hearing aids. Thanks to Bluetooth, the ComPilot can be easily connected to a huge range of mobile phones, smartphones, computers, tablets, music players and more. It can also be used as a remote control. It can change the hearing aids’ program and volume, and offers VoiceAlerts for easy interaction.
Phonak DECT II – This cordless phone looks like a regular phone, but is actually much more powerful. Phonak DECT II transmits sound to both ears simultaneously, reducing noise and maximizing understanding. The phone includes a booster mode for when you are not wearing your hearing aids. Thanks to the wireless streaming, you can hold the phone in a regular manner. Family members without a hearing loss can use the cordless phone too, just like a regular phone.