Phonak Audeo Q30
- Three product formats
- Lacquered finish on all products
- Wide choice of colours
- Great value Audeo technology
- Telecoil as an option
- Wireless compatible Q-312
The Audeo range of receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) products from Phonak was first launched in 2011 using their S (Spice) processor and has now been updated with the new Q (Quest) processor. In addition Phonak have moved from the original product format names of Smart, Mini and Yes to Q-10, Q-312 and Q-312T. There is no doubt that the Audeo has been a highly successful product portfolio for Phonak with many thousands of satisfied users around the globe but is the launch of the Audeo Q a cosmetic revamp or does the new range deserve to be considered a worthy successor to the original Audeo?
As with the original Audeo the new Audeo Q is available in four technology levels although this time there is a choice of products at the entry level. The Audeo Q-30 is labelled as “Essential” by Phonak, as your rise up through the bands they use the terminology “Standard”, followed by “Advanced” and finally “Premium”. The three products available are all small BTEs (behind the ear) hearing aids using RIC (receiver-in-the-canal) technology as are all Audeo products. This results is a smaller case which fits behind your ear as the receiver or speaker sits inside your ear canal. There are additional advantages of being able to provide more sound with less feedback and this format is now widely used within the industry.
The smallest product within the Audeo Q-30 range is the Q-10, so named because it utilises a size 10 battery. If size and discretion is your primary consideration then it would appear that the Q-10 would be the product for you but a word of caution. It is marginally smaller than the Q-312 but it lacks the wireless functionality. Phonak have further decreased the size of the Q-10 by removing the push button control from the case so it is a fully automatic product.
The slightly larger Q-312, again named after its battery size, would appear to be the best compromise between size and performance. It is the smallest Audeo Q equipped with full wireless functionality and in today’s world it is becoming increasingly important as the opportunity to connect to a variety of household www.ces is of significant benefit for very many hearing impaired people.
The largest of the three product formats is the Q-312T which has all the benefits of the Q-312 but in addition has a telecoil installed so the www.ce can connect to loop systems installed in churches, theatres, post offices etc.
Across the range the Audeo Q-30 has a limited number of features and sound processing algorithms in line with its entry level status. The hearing aids do come the SoundRecover algorithm as well as WhistleBlock and the basic level of NoiseBlock, so in keeping with Phonak’s reputation one can expect a reasonable sound quality from these products. The sound is processed and delivered across 8 channels, which provides impressive flexibility for an entry level hearing aid.
A new feature for the launch of the Audeo Q range is that all www.ces can be set up with a “Tinnitus Balance Noise Generator”. Tinnitus is such a subjective condition is difficult to generalise but if you suffer from this condition you should definitely discuss this with your Hearing Aid Audiologist during your consultation.
In summary, the entry level Audeo Q has all the quality and technology that one would expect from a world leading company like Phonak but one should always be tempted to look further up the price list and see what else there is and how that may benefit your specific hearing needs. Check out the Audeo Q-50, the Audeo Q-70 and the Audeo Q-90 before deciding which level is right for you.
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