Hearing aids and accessories

Choosing hearing aids for every type of hearing loss

Simplifying life with a brilliant solution

Having the freedom to go wherever you like, without restrictions associated with hearing loss, is important to a fulfilling life. This is our key focus when creating new platforms for Phonak hearing aids and accessories.

Our aim is to create different types of hearing devices, which will simplify life, both automatically and effortlessly, while providing you with an exceptional hearing experience, everywhere, every time!

How hearing devices work

The best hearing aids go far beyond amplification to make lost sounds audible again. They can emphasize sounds coming from specific directions, differentiate types of sound, reduce noise and compress frequencies. This is all done automatically by the hearing aid, which recognizes and adapts to the situations the wearer is in.

The latest Phonak hearing aids also connect to smartphones, TVs and more — providing audio streaming from countless devices. They also make hands-free calls possible. Rechargeable options make using a hearing aid even more hassle-free.

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Types of hearing loss

The type of hearing loss is usually determined by where the issue arises anatomically in the ear (inner, middle or outer ear). There are three categories commonly used to distinguish hearing loss by origin:

  • Conductive Hearing Loss
    Conductive hearing loss refers to hearing loss that arises because sound cannot get through the outer or middle ear. This type of hearing loss can, among other reasons, be caused by fluid, earwax or an infection in the ear. It is often temporary and can sometimes be treated with medicine or surgery.
     
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss
    Sensorineural hearing loss comes from issues with the inner ear. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent. Age, noise and genetics are common reasons for sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
    This type of hearing loss is a combination of conductive as well as sensorineural hearing loss.

Single-sided hearing

It is not uncommon for just one ear to be affected by hearing loss or for two ears to be affected to varying degrees. If hearing loss is present in one ear only, it is called single-sided hearing loss or unilateral hearing loss (UHL) -- or single-sided deafness (SSD) if the hearing loss is profound. This is treated differently than hearing loss where both ears are affected. Special hearing solutions exist to help wirelessly transmit sound to the ear with better hearing.

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the scientific name for a rather common condition: ringing in the ears. Though it has many effects and can take many forms (whistling, buzzing, chirping and more) it is commonly treated through sound therapy, which uses an array of special sounds to make tinnitus less noticeable.



Types of hearing aids

When choosing hearing aids, it is important to understand that they come in various types to fit your hearing loss and lifestyle. For a full overview of all available Phonak hearing devices and products, visit our “All Products” page. The following classifications cover the most common models.

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Behind-the-ear (BTE)

In BTE hearing aids, everything is contained inside a durable case that sits behind the outer ear. Sounds are transmitted to the user's