- 20 channel sound processing
- 11 different product formats
- Huge array of colours
- Includes ultra discrete Nano
- Multiple algorithm suite
- Wireless compatible
In October 2010 the Ambra was launched as the flagship product portfolio of the Swiss manufacturer Phonak. It has since been superseded by later technology using a more modern chipset but there is still much to recommend the Ambra and it is well worthy of a comprehensive review, particularly as it can now be found at price below the replacement premium products.
The Ambra is offered in a very wide variety of product formats, including five different shapes and sizes of BTE (behind the ear). These are the Petite, the Micro M, M H2O, the Micro P and the Super P. All of them have features and elements that will render them more or less suitable for your particular lifestyle and hearing loss, so take the time to discuss which may be best for you with your hearing aid audiologist. As well as the BTE portfolio, the Ambra is also available in five different ITE (in the ear) forms. These hearing aids range in decreasing size from the Full Shell, Half Shell, In The Canal, Mini Canal and Completely in the Canal. As if that were not enough choice there is the most discrete of all is the Nano format which is classified as an IIC or “Invisible in the canal” format. With all that choice we can be confident that there will be an Ambra for you.
The technology does vary according to the product format of the individual Ambra but in general there is a very complex suite of sound processing algorithms found within this range. The individual algorithms do not work in isolation but combine to provide a clarity and natural feel to the sound delivered. In most models there is the option of specifying a wireless function and we would strongly recommend that you discuss the benefits that this can bring. More and more household devices are now being manufactured with Bluetooth functionality and through Phonak’s wireless accessories you can listen to phones, MP3 players and the like wirelessly through your hearing. This not only provide access to the sounds that you want to hear but they are amplified in accordance with your hearing needs.
In summary, this product could either be viewed as yesterday’s technology and for those who always want the cutting edge best this may be the case or alternatively you can consider the Ambra as an excellent system that has lost nothing by being a couple of years on the market – indeed it has proven its worth, and now represents great value for money. You may reasonably expect a very good hearing result from the Ambra and in a format to suit you. We have no problem in suggesting that this may be one of the best buys around.
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