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Siemens Ace Hearing Aid Review

Siemens Ace Hearing AidSiemens Ace comes in a wide selection of Behind-The-Ear (BTE) product formats. There are many options available, but the most distinguishing characteristic of the Ace is the fact that it is the most discreet hearing aid in the product range.

The Siemens Ace is a Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) format. The speaker is placed in the ear canal. This allows for the BTE cover to be substantially decreased in terms of size. Another benefit is the speaker separated from the microphone. This ensures that more amplification is delivered before any feedback occurs. Although, RIC hearing aids are common for the industry, the Ace is positioned over others, thanks to its tiny receiver, discreet shape and appearance.

On the inside, the Ace technology is limited only by means of its specifics. However, its capabilities are extended to the use of the most advanced sound processing platform called Micron. Besides the limitations defined by its very small size, the Ace is an extremely competitive hearing aid.

The purpose of any hearing aid is to create balance between the benefits that its technology offers and the ability of hearing impaired people to enjoy listening and participating in conversation in a discreet fashion. The Ace is discreet and well equipped to provide such a balance. Thereby, it provides the wearer with the peace of mind that they can use it wherever necessary without having to worry about others noticing its presence.

Alternatives

As an alternative to the Ace, Hearing Aids Direct suggests Resound Verso 9 because of its discreet size and affordable price. It comes in a range of seven different product formats including BTE and Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC).

Inside, the Verso 9 is a 17 channel sound processor. Not only is it fast, it is also energy efficient. The number of channels is sufficient to provide the closest match to the particular frequency shape that your type of hearing loss requires. The algorithms powered by this processor are many and may seem confusing. Binaural Directionality, Binaural Environmental Optimizer II and Binaural Fusion do not sound familiar to the majority of users. However, all algorithms work simultaneously to deliver a natural and comfortable sound.

Additionally, a large palette of colours is available for you to choose from. The Verso 9 is nano-coated, which ensures a good protection against dirt and moisture. There is an option for a remote microphone that can be located near the person you want to hear. This is particularly useful in places with a lot of people, such as restaurants. This is a great benefit that Resound offers to its customers; it helps solve the problem with hearing speech in the presence of noise. Nevertheless, prior to purchasing, schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist to discuss these options.

Starkey X Series 110 Hearing Aid Review

Starkey X Series 110 Hearing AidStarkey X Series 110 occupies the first tier in hearing aid technology. The X series was designed to replace the S series; continuing Starkey’s reputation for providing modern but high quality hearing aids. Naturally, this second generation product has more benefits than its predecessor.

The X series 110 uses the newest sound processing platform developed by Starkey. It operates on 16 channels. Their number determines the ability of the hearing aid to deliver a natural and comfortable sound. The 16 channels provide the flexibility needed to accommodate the specific frequency loss shapes. With the X series your audiologist can produce a close match to your type of hearing loss.

A range of features and algorithms are powered by the Starkey’s sound processing platform. They include a noise reduction system called Voice iQ2. It reduces noise up to 20dB. This algorithm has an option with five levels. It allows you to personalise the hearing aid according to your requirements. An environmental algorithm sets the aid so that the speech intelligibility is maximized while sound around you changes. A feedback cancellation algorithm is also included. It is called Feedback Eliminator.

The X series 110 is wirelessly enabled and can be linked to various Starkey’s accessories. Bluetooth compatible add-ons also provide a great benefit to the user. You can connect your hearing aid to everyday devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, TVs, telephones, etc. However, before your purchase, discuss these opportunities with your audiologist.

Starkey X series 110 is available in a broad selection of product styles. They incorporate the tiny Behind-The-Ear (BTE) format. Previously, Starkey has been strong on providing In-The-Ear (ITE) formats. Since they have extended their range, the X series is their best hearing aid to date.

As a successor to the S series, the X series has more to offer to hearing aid users. If you were happy with the S series, then you will certainly enjoy the Starkey X series. Take advantage of this top-notch system by trying it out from Hearing Aids Direct.

Alternatives

Widex Dream 330 comes in a wide range of product styles. They are offered in a variety of four different levels of technology. All of them are operated by the True ISP sound processor.

The Dream 330 is available in both BTE and ITE formats. The BTE format comes in four sizes and uses a micro-tubing, Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC), as well as Receiver-The-Ear (RITE) technology to produce sound. With so many options, this hearing aid can suit almost all types of hearing loss. Inside, it is a 10 channel sound processor. Some of the main algorithms focus, clarify and amplify the required sound while at the same time reduce undesirable noise.

The Dream 330 is wirelessly compatible. It can be connected through Bluetooth to various Widex DEX accessories. Additionally, it can be paired with household devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players and TVs. Review more of the benefits of Widex Dream 330 at Hearing Aids Direct.

Widex Dream 440 Hearing Aid Review

Widex Dream 440 Hearing AidWidex Dream 440 is the highest level technology of the four in the Dream series and is superior to the Dream 330, 220 and 110. All of them are operated by the modern sound processing platform which is called ISP. It powers the compound algorithms that give the Dream series their unique sound quality and hearing improvement. In addition, it features a wireless connectivity with faster processing of sound.

Internally, the Dream 440 has a 15 channel sound processing chip. It is made to imitate the natural role of the human ear. It is still a question as to whether more or fewer sound channels are required to provide natural sound. There are hearing aids with 20 channel sound processors that are claimed to deliver the closest match to natural sound. Nevertheless, the Dream 440 has the required flexibility to offer high quality amplification across the human auditory range.

By examining the processing algorithms that deliver this harmonious sound, the Dream 440 can be classified as providing a comfortable sound experience to its wearer. The sound is carried to the ear through the TrueSound feature. Other algorithms include: Audibility Extender, Speech Enhancer II, Noise Reduction, Feedback Cancellation, Digital Pinna and much more. Therefore, the Dream 440 is reputed for its sound quality which many users prefer to other brands.

The Dream 440 is wirelessly enabled and can be connected to the Widex DEX accessories. This helps hearing impaired people to integrate their hearing loss into daily routines with the minimum of disruption. We recommend you discuss these options with your audiologist to find what best suits your needs.

Widex Dream 440 is now available in a broad range of formats and can serve the majority of hearing losses. Additionally, it can be ordered in a variety of colours and patterns to personalise it to your preferences. Just like its predecessor, the Dream 440 has a tinnitus management system which is designed to ease the symptoms of tinnitus through amplification

Alternatives

Oticon Alta Pro is a premium hearing aid also launched this year. On the inside it is a 10 channel sound processor. The Alta Pro uses the Inium Chip Platform which operates faster and impels more compound algorithms whilst using less power producing longer battery life. Although 10 channels are not as many as other brands offer, they are sufficient enough to formulate a result close to most needs. In addition to other effective algorithms, the Alta Pro provides a unique sound quality through blending several different sound processing techniques.

Some of the main algorithms include Speech Guard E which responds to the changes in environment. It is able to adapt when a sudden change in noise arises, promptly reducing sound to a comfortable level.

Other algorithms are designed to assist in keeping the wearers sound orientation by focusing on speech such as  Spatial awareness and Directionality. The components of the Alta Pro are nano-coated using T-Caps, O-Cap and Pro Wax. They protect the hearing aid against dust and moisture. Oticon Alta Pro is available in a range of product formats and patterns to match your taste. Last but not least, the device is wirelessly compatible and can be paired to a list of household accessories.

Starkey Ignite 20 Hearing Aid Review

Starkey Ignite 20 Hearing AidDeveloped by the US manufacturer, Starkey Ignite 20 is a budget friendly hearing aid. Although it is an entry level technology, the Ignite 20 is renowned for its robustness and price competitiveness. Many people who suffer from hearing impairment are satisfied with its benefits, which is why it established a strong reputation among hearing aid users. Additionally, it is easily accessible and entirely worth the investment.

With the Ignite 20 you are provided a selection between two Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and four In-The-Ear (ITE) product formats. With so many possibilities, for an entry level portfolio, you are spoiled for choice. In addition to the standard formats, there are several other devices to consider. Starkey Ignite Xino is categorized as an Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC). It is a tiny but discreet device which is located inside the ear canal. Prior to choosing one of the options, please discuss them with your audiologist. This will ensure that your listening experience is tailored to suit your hearing loss and lifestyle. A very small BTE is also available, supporting Starkey’s well-earned reputation for manufacturing small devices. .

Inside, Starkey Ignite 20 is a four channel sound processor. While there are devices that operate on more channels, four are usually enough for an audiologist to match it to your type of hearing loss. Basic algorithms include feedback cancellation, directional microphones and noise reduction. All of them are designed to cover the key requirements a wearer needs to hear a clear and consistent sound.

Certain models have wireless connectivity and can be paired to compatible Bluetooth devices such as TVs, MP3 players and mobile phones. The hearing aids models that are suitable can be linked to the Starkey range of wireless devices. They include a remote control, a streamer and a united system named Surflink mobile.

If you are not exposed to challenging listening environments or if you are a young user, then the Ignite 20 will meet your needs. Should you research the Ignite 20 and find out that you require a more complex device, then the Ignite 30 is the best model for you.

Alternatives

Just like the Ignite 20, Siemens Intuis is an entry level technology and is competitively priced. Those who do not suffer from severe hearing loss may not need an advanced and expensive system. They will certainly benefit from this hearing aid. The Intuis is operated by a four channel sound processing chip and is available in a variety of five product formats. There are four ITE formats, ranging from the most discreet Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC), Mini Canal and then In-The-Canal. Although there are not many algorithms powered by the device, the Feedback Cancellation, as well as Noise Reduction systems are enough to meet the demands of a user who is not exposed to difficult listening environments.

The Intuis has an attractive design and is made according to the highest of standards adopted by Siemens; therefore the wearer enjoys both a nice design and robust construction. In basic situations the Intuis may turn to be the right model for you. So, carefully consider the features of this product before purchasing.

Latest Hearing Aids 2014

Widex Dream 440 Hearing AidWidex Dream 440 is one of the latest in fashion hearing aids offered by Hearing Aids Direct. The advanced 15 channel sound processing chip technology integrated within the device is called ISP. It uses more complex algorithms and wireless connectivity. Thereby, the Dream 440 provides natural sound and high quality amplification. Some of the main algorithms are TruSound, Speech Enhancer II, Noise Reduction, Audibility Extender, Feedback Cancellation, Digital Pinna, etc. The device is available in a wide range of product formats and colours, so it can be tailored to your preferences.

Oticon Agil Pro Hearing AidOticon Agil Pro is operated by a 10 channel sound processing platform. The hearing aid delivers high quality of sound in a broad array of challenging listening environments. The Agil Pro is available in different product formats including Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE), Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and the discreet Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC). There is a variety of colours to choose from and personalise your hearing aid. If you are suffering with understanding of speech in the presence of noise, then the Agil Pro can help. It is fitted with a Multi-band Adaptive Directionality which provides a great benefit by focusing the amplification towards any speech present.

Oticon Intiga 10 Hearing AidOticon Intiga 10 is offered at several technology levels such as the Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC), RITE and BTE formats. It is a wirelessly enabled device and when ordered as a pair it will work simultaneously to better mimic the functions of the human ear. The 10 channel sound processor focuses amplification up to the required level and diminishes undesirable noise. The Intiga 10 provides a true benefit in difficult listening environments, particularly these of speech in noise. The hearing aid uses the RISE 2 sound processing platform which is revolutionary to Oticon. Not only does it have a superior capacity and operates faster, but it also consumes less power. This enables the device to function in real time and process sound without any delay.

Expected developments for 2014

Scientists have developed a new type of biomimetic microphone which will appear next year. It is expected to achieve a better acoustic performance than what is presently available in hearing aids. The microphone was inspired by a fly’s ears of all things! To minimise unwanted noise, it uses an optical sensing and advanced feedback system, called active Q control. Through this system the device is able to detect even the quietest sound. The microphone delivers a processed sound at its natural frequency without any passive damping. Its noise floor is 17 decibels lower than what can be realized when using a pair of low noise microphones to make a directional hearing aid. This sophisticated microphone will be used in both hearing aids and mobile phones to provide a high quality sound.

Starkey Wi Series i110 Hearing Aid Review

Starkey Wi Series i110 Heaeing AidStarkey Wi Series i110 is a wireless enabled hearing aid. It produces an unmatched sound which is as close as possible to normal human hearing. The device is available at three technology levels, beginning with the premium i110, through to the i90 and then the entry i70. These levels can be purchased in a range of five product formats. They include the discreet Completely-In-The-Canal (CIC), two In-The-Canal (ITE) which are Full as well as Half Shell, and two Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC). So clearly there is a broad collection from which to choose.

The Wi i110 is operated by a 16 channel sound processing chip. It is designed to provide an audiologist with the flexibility to match the aid to a specific type of hearing loss. When it comes to the number of channels, 16 is not ground breaking but nevertheless, it suggests that an advanced technology sound processor is being used. Starkey position the three technology levels in a simple matrix. It clearly shows that the upper level is suited for difficult environments such as crowded places, theatres, etc. This is possible through the simultaneous work of complex algorithms that focus, amplify and clear sound which is then delivered to the ears.

Some of the most important algorithms include the InVision Directionality and Voice iQ2. They assist in overcoming the difficulty of hearing speech in the presence of noise. Due to their great functionality, those who suffer from a severe hearing impairment can truly benefit from the high quality sound that the Wi i110 is able to produce. It is further equipped with a wireless system and can be directly linked to Bluetooth compatible devices. They include household appliances such as MP3 players, mobile phones or TVs. By connecting them you can listen through your aid at the desired volume level while the people around you are not burdened with listening to loud sounds. Before choosing a hearing aid, please consult your audiologist.

Alternatives

Siemens Xcel Eclipse 701 is similar to Starkey Wi i110 in terms of internal components. The only difference between both devices is the wide selection. The Eclipse 701 is available in only one product format and not many styles, sizes and shapes are offered. However, it comes in a plenty of colours to choose from.

The Eclipse 701 is a tiny hearing aid that is located deep within the ear canal. While it is very small, it might not be suitable for all ears. By using a soft dome, the device simply adapts to fit within the canal and holds inside. Although it is discreet and almost invisible, Siemens has equipped it with great technology add-ons.

Again, it is powered by a 16 channel sound processing platform. This means it is suited to cater to mild to moderate hearing loss. The required amplification is delivered through a complex algorithm called Soundability. It assists in balancing the lucidity and ability to understand sound.

Widex Dream 330 Hearing Aid Review

Widex Dream 330 Hearing AidLaunched this year by the Danish hearing aid manufacturer, Widex Dream 330 is a modern device with wizard features. The product is available in a broad selection of styles at different technology levels which are based on the True ISP sound processing platform. The Dream 330 is suitable for most types of hearing loss and is relatively easy on the pocket.

Among all four technology tier series, Widex Dream 330 is on the second level behind the Dream 440. It can be purchased in both Behind-The-Ear (BTE) and In-The-Ear (ITE) formats. The BTE is offered in four sizes. They have micro-tubing, Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) and Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC) applications accessible. It is important that you discuss these opportunities with your hearing specialist, so that you can decide which option best suits your needs.

Let’s take a look at goes on inside the Dream 330. Besides being a discreet and comfortable hearing aid, it provides the amplification needed to deliver a clear sound. The True ISP platform is a 10 channel sound processor that carries sound in four programmes. They can be configured to match the degree of most hearing losses.

Compared to other hearing aid brands, Widex Dream 330 is renowned for its quality of delivered sound. This is possible through a combination of various algorithms that focus on clarity and amplification while at the same time removing undesirable noise. These algorithms work simultaneously to provide you with a great sound experience.

Additionally, the Dream 330 is wirelessly enabled, so it can be connected through Bluetooth to accessories from the Widex DEX range. Thereby, the sound of your mobile phone or MP3 player is directly streamed to your hearing aid. Thus providing a versatile choice in getting the most from your hearing aid.

Alternatives

Considering the price range of both the Dream 330 and Starkey X series 110, they are in a same segment. The Starkey X series 110 operates with a 16 channel sound processing system. It is flexible enough to provide a comfortable sound level which is appropriate for your specific hearing loss. Additionally, it powers a list of features including: Voice iQ2 and Feedback Eliminator. The first one reduces aggressive noise up to 20dB, while the second algorithm maximises speech in the presence of noise and removes unwanted sounds. The X series is wirelessly compatible and can be paired to different Starkey accessories. These include mobile phones, MP3 players, etc, all of them using Bluetooth technology. The device is available in various styles and colours.The Starkey X series 110 is a truly beneficial and affordable hearing aid that is offered by Hearing Aids Direct as a good alternative to the Dream 330 and at preferential prices.

Best Hearing Aids Below £1000

Starkey Ignite 30Within the range of hearing aids that can be purchased through Hearing Aids Direct are several devices providing great benefits for those who suffer from hearing impairment. They are made to assist with most types of hearing loss and are available at prices below £1000. In order to give you a clear overview of what these hearing aids feature, the following table summarises their main characteristics.

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Siemens Eclipse Xcel 301 is a modern yet flexible hearing aid. The domes are available in a couple of colours to match your individual taste. The Eclipse 301 uses an 8 channel sound processing chip. It powers a set of algorithms including Feedback Stopper, which removes annoying sounds. The SoundSmoother platform handles loud and sudden noises. Irritating wind noise is reduced thanks to the e-Windscreen algorithm, providing liquid listening experience in difficult hearing environments. The Speech & Noise Management system assists in understanding speech in the presence of noise. It amplifies sound and diminishes background noise, so speech can be efficiently grasped.

Phonak Audeo Q50 uses the Quest sound processor. It is available in a Behind-The-Ear (BTE) product format using Receiver-In-The-Ear (RIC). There are plenty of colour options to match the hearing aid to your preferences. Its housing has a lacquered coating which ensures its enhanced look will last longer.

Phonak Virto Q50 operates through the 12 channel Quest sound processing chip. It is available in a selection of four In-The-Ear (ITE) product formats. Despite the small size of the device, its battery has a longer lifespan. Moreover, it tends to be sturdier and has multiple functions. Some of them include noise reduction, feedback suppression and vent management. It can be connected to various day-to-day devices through a wireless connection. The Virto Q50 has an adjustable volume and can be paired with Bluetooth enabled accessories.

Oticon Acto is available in an array of different product formats. Additionally, the aid uses the RISE 2 platform, which controls a number of sophisticated sound processing platforms. Three of them focus on the binaural aspect while others eliminate unwanted sounds. A valuable feature is the wireless compatibility. It enables the device to be connected to various household items through the ConnectLine streamer system. Although the Acto is set as an entry level product, it has everything needed to deliver a high quality sound in some of the most difficult listening environments.

Starkey Ignite 30 uses a 6 channel sound processor. It powers the basic sound processing algorithms. They include noise management, directional microphones and feedback cancellation. Additionally, the device has voice and tone indicators. Ignite 30 is wirelessly enabled to directly communicate with a range of accessories. This option is particularly useful with household articles that are Bluetooth compatible.

ReSound Verso 7 Or Verso 9?

ReSound VersoToday technology is developing faster than ever before and no more so than in the world of digital hearing aids. Hearing aid manufacturers are designing more sophisticated products to accommodate the complex needs of their clients. ReSound, which is a leading Danish company, has followed the trend by launching the Verso series to take the place of the Alera.

Both Alera and Verso are available at several technology levels. ReSound Verso 7 is a second level technology while the Verso 9 is top of the range. Unlike the 9th edition, the Verso 7 uses a partial version of the Binaural Fusion System. However, it has Natural Directionality II which offers a great listening advantage for the most challenging sound environments, particularly speech in noise. The system assists in keeping the wearer awareness while focusing on speech. This is possible through shifting between omni-directionality and directionality.

If purchased in a bundle, both hearing aids can be programmed or connected to household devices including MP3 players or mobile phones. The Verso 7 has a compound phone recognition system which turns down the volume on the hearing aid not being used. This helps reduce the disturbance caused by background noise.

ReSound Verso 7 comes in a wide range of product formats. The device can be ordered in a variety of seven different shapes and styles. For further personalisation, there are plenty of colour options. Like with other similar features, the 9th version of Verso is also available in a selection of product formats including Behind-The-Ear (BTE) as well as Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC), styles and shades. The Verso 9 is nano-coated to prevent dust and moisture from penetrating. Should you have troublesome hearing experience in crowded places, there is an option of purchasing a remote microphone. It can be located near your conversation partner for better understanding of their voice. The voice is directly carried to your hearing aid through a wireless connection.

In addition to the exceptional wireless options, the Verso 9 is operated by a 17 channel sound processing chip that can be closely matched to the frequency shape of your hearing loss. ReSound Verso 9 uses a list of complex algorithms like Binaural Directionality, Binaural Environment Optimizer II and Binaural Fusion Technology. They work together to provide a clear, natural and comfortable sound. Altogether, the Verso 9 has all the technology needed to satisfy the demands of the wearer in every situation or difficult listening environment.

Although there is a slight difference in the price of both hearing aids, we recommend you try the Verso 9. You can benefit from our preferential rates offered at Hearing Aids Direct. Please, consult with your hearing care professional before purchasing.

  Main Algorithms Wireless Echo Stop Product Styles Colour Options Protection Listening Environments Level of Hearing Loss Programmes Battery Life/Size
ReSound Verso 7 Natural Directionality II Yes Yes BTE

RITE

CITE

Remote Microphone

7 Quiet

Moderate

Mild

Moderate

Volume Control 138 hours/312
ReSound Verso 9 Natural Directionality II

Environmental Optimizer II

Dual Stabilizer II (DFS)

Onboard Analyzer II

Yes Yes BTE

RITE

IIC

Remote Microphone

10 Nano-coat Quiet

Moderate

Demanding

Mild

Moderate

Profound

Volume Control

Wind noise reduction

138 hours/312

 

 

ReSound Verso 9 Hearing Aids Review

ReSound Verso 9 Hearing AidAfter several years of development, researchers from ReSound have devised a substitute to the Alera. The new innovation in hearing aids is called Verso. There are couple of technology levels, namely the 7th and the 9th editions. ReSound Verso 9 is the highest level and it encompasses the most advanced sound processing platform made by the Danish manufacturer. The product formats are seven, ranging from Behind-The-Ear (BTE) to the most discreet Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC).

The core of the Verso 9 is operated by a 17 channel sound processor. Not only does it work faster, but it also functions efficiently. The multi-channel platform allows for the device to be as closely matched to the frequency shape of hearing loss as possible. Although there are hearing aids with much more powerful chips inside, the Verso 9 is capable of adequately satisfying the needs of the most severe types of hearing loss.

The algorithms that the Verso 9 uses include Binaural Directionality, Binaural Environment Optimizer II and Binaural Fusion Technology. They work simultaneously to deliver a comfortable yet natural sound. Additionally, the product is available in a range of colours. The cover is nano-coated, so you will not experience any issues with moisture or dust. Another very important aspect that should be considered is the ability of the device to provide the wearer with a great sound experience in noisy environments.

The Verso 9 is accessible with an option of purchasing a remote microphone. It can be placed next to your conversational partner. This is particularly useful for noisy locations such as restaurants. By locating the microphone near the person with whom you are conversing,  it will directly transmit their voice to your hearing aid so you will be able to hear them quite clearly. The most challenging sound environment is speech in the presence of noise, so those who suffer from hearing impairment can really benefit from the remote microphone offered by ReSound.

Alternatives

To compare ReSound Verso 9 with a similar hearing aid, we shall take a closer look at Phonak Audeo Q90. The price of both devices is the same in addition to their quality. The difference is in their structure. Since Phonak is renowned for the fast Quest sound processing platform, they wisely incorporated it inside the Audeo Q90. The available product formats are BTE and Receiver-In-The-Ear (RIC). Unlike the Verso 9, the Audeo Q90 works on 20 channels which enables even more accurate adjustment to the personal shape of hearing loss.

The Q90 uses many complex algorithms including SoundRecover for precise amplification in the higher frequencies and Premium UltraZoom for delivering a clear as well as natural sound in difficult sound environments. The processes operated by the device help diminish unwanted sounds such as whistles, background noise, echoing, feedback screech and wind rush, which comes as a result of a microphone pick up. Phonak Audeo Q90 is highly efficient in public places as it can be wirelessly paired to loop systems. It can also be linked to various Phonak accessories through Bluetooth.