Phonak Hearing Aids Review – Forbes Health
As one of the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturers, Phonak has the financial resources to put in the necessary research and development of innovative and advanced hearing aid technologies, says Julie Prutsman, an audiologist and owner of Sound Relief Hearing Center, which has locations in Colorado and Arizona.
“With one of the top brands, you know you’re getting the best sound quality, reliability and technology,” says Prutsman. “If you select a hearing aid from a lesser-known company, you’re most likely not getting the latest and greatest technology.”
Phonak stands out as the first hearing aid manufacturer to offer Android and general Bluetooth compatibility in their devices, says Dokianakis. Phonak is also known for its excellent contralateral routing of signal (CROS), technology for people with normal or mild to moderate hearing loss in one ear and hearing loss in the other ear that can’t be helped with a hearing aid, he adds.
The reliability of Phonak hearing aids is comparable to other brands, but the design of the devices and the user’s environment (working outside, for example) can affect their susceptibility to moisture damage and problems caused by earwax or debris in the microphone, says Dokianakis. “This is another reason why product selection should be guided by a professional who understands these issues and can fit each patient with the best option for their needs,” he says.