Phonak Virto Q70
- Phonak’s Advanced ITE portfolio
- 16 channel sound processing
- New Quest chip platform
- Four different ITE product formats
- Includes Phonak Nano
- Advanced directional microphone system
Phonak has progressively updated its product portfolio through the transition from its Spice chip platform to the Quest. All product families that bear the Q suffix – e.g. Virto Q are powered by the Quest chip. If you are offered or are researching a Phonak hearing aid that still carries the S suffix, this will indicate that the chip inside is the previous generation Spice processor which in its time was a world beater and while it still may provide good quality hearing benefit you ought to be aware that there is a more up to date alternative.
The Phonak Virto Q70 is a family of four in-the-ear products which in decreasing size order are the 13FS (full shell), the 312ITC (in the canal), the 10CIC (completely in the canal) and the smallest Nano. Some functionality is lost as you decrease the size of the hearing aid so do not be too quick to assume that the tiny Nano is the best for you. Make sure you can both handle the size (are your fingers as nimble as they used to be?) and will not miss out by going for discretion over performance.
The number 70 element within the Virto Q70’s name is indicative of the technology tier. Phonak has launched the Virto at four technology levels from the Premium 90 down to the Essential 30, in between which are the Advanced 70 and the Standard 50. So what is retained at the second rung down the ladder and what is lost?
Let’s start by stating that the Virto Q90 is loaded with a mind-boggling list of sound processing algorithms powered by the Quest in a 20 channel format. This is a very high quality hearing instrument. The Q70 does lose out on the number of channels which drop to 16 but this in itself would not be overly noticeable, particularly if you bear in mind that some competitive manufacturers offer only 15 channels for their top of the range products. It does however have some algorithms that are similar to its more advanced brother but lack some of the cutting edge technology advances that invariably are retained for the Premium product. The Q70’s directionality system isn’t quite as good as the Q90, it lacks FlexControl, EchoBlock and the new feature of binaural WindBlock. It only has four manual programms and four streaming programms. So should one feel like a second class citizen with the Virto Q70? Absolutely not!
The Virto Q70 is an extremely advanced hearing www.ce by any measure. Yes, the Virto Q90 may have an additional bell or whistle here and there but set up by a professional hearing aid audiologist who is comfortable with the Phonak programming software and is aware of your needs, we are very confident that this www.ce will provide life improving benefit. The Q70 has some extremely sophisticated sound processing algorithms which will combine to produce a rich, natural amplified sound. In many industries the best value for money is often found in second tier products, so our advice is that unless money is no object, take a long hard look at the Virto Q70, it would certainly be amongst our Best Buys.
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