Phonak Audéo™ Paradise Hearing Aids Review
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I love August for many reasons - it is my birthday month and I adore summer. Another reason to enjoy August is that it is National Wellness Month. This month focuses on self-care, stress management, and creating healthy routines. If I’m being honest, the area in our budget that I struggle with the most is wellness. Workout classes, smoothies, facials, acupuncture - you name it, I like it! The good part about the wellness space is that more and more companies and insurances are covering these areas or at least reducing their barrier to entry.
One area to keep in mind this month, as well as any other month, is your hearing health. If you missed them, I recently shared My Story with Hearing Loss and What to Expect When You’re Getting a Hearing Aids. I’m excited to continue on with this trend and share a review of my specific hearing aids, the Phonak Audéo™ Paradise.
Keep reading for an in-depth review of the hearing aid I use and how it has helped me.
Which hearing aids do I have?
I have the Phonak Audéo™ Paradise, specifically the RT P90. I have been wearing it for about 5 months.
How do I choose my hearing aids?
I mentioned this on my post about What to Expect When You’re Getting a Hearing Aids, but I chose alongside my doctors. We did my hearing tests / ear evaluations and then they presented me with options. I went with the Phonak Audéo™ Paradise because it fit my lifestyle and my preferences best. I didn’t want an inner ear implant / I didn’t mind it sitting behind my ears.
Phonak Audéo™ Paradise (c/o)
Benefits of the Phonak Audéo™ Paradise:
There are so many perks to using this model. Even in the last several of years, they have gotten better and better. My mom received her Phonak hearing aids about 5 years ago and my model has many features that hers doesn’t have, such as noise cancelling and the ability to connect to a cell phone. She also has to go in to have her battery replaced every so often as it isn’t rechargeable. Here are some of my model’s properties:
8 color options (I went with champagne as I liked it better than the peachy hue for my skin tone)
Ability to work for both mild and profound hearing loss patients
Hosts a rechargeable batter you can charge at home
Connectivity to iOS and Android devices
Inclusive of simple tap control
Moves with the conversation due to motion sensor hearing
Omits background noise thanks to Telecoil technology
Allows for moments of focus thanks to ActiveVent Receiver
My experience with this model has been great. I have a small ear canal, so I needed one that would easily work with that issue and wouldn’t be uncomfortable. I love being able to adjust the volume with my phone as well as connect to it. The hearing aids are not built to be a headphone, BUT I really enjoy being able to take calls, listen to podcasts and audio books, and even hear text messages through them as well. The hearing aids connect via bluetooth, make it super simple and useable for everyday life.
What I was worried about most was the hearing aids amplifying sounds that I didn’t need more of. This actually isn’t a problem since I can turn them down or turn on the focus mode. The focus mode is actually really cool as it basically just turns on the sensors for wherever you’re facing. For example, if you’re at a busy restaurant, you could turn it on to just focus on the person who is across from you. It is pretty neat!
Are hearing aids worth the cost?
The short answer is yes. Paying for better hearing will not only help you in the day to day, but in the long run too. Hearing health is linked to so many other measures of health and is worth the investment.
The Phonak Audéo™ Paradise costs anywhere from $2000 - $4000 before any insurance coverage, not including doctors appointments, accessories, or follow ups. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover it, you can find payment plans that have small monthly payments.
I mentioned this in my What to Expect When You’re Getting a Hearing Aids post, but make note of any large procedures or bills you will have ie a colonoscopy or giving birth. During these years you will likely meet your deductible quickly and your insurance might cover it 100%!
When do I wear my hearing aids?
The question is more-so when do I not wear my hearing aids! I don’t wear them when I am just hanging out with the babies at home, as I don’t need their cries louder. Other than that, I don’t wear them for physical activity because of sweat and moisture. I also don’t wear them on planes. Other than those instances, I wear them to pretty much everything else!
What I would change about the Phonak Audéo™ Paradise:
I wouldn’t change much, honestly. I think it would be nice if it was waterproof, but that isn’t necessary for my needs. The Audéo Life model is actually waterproof, but is geared more to severe hearing loss. This makes total sense because those with severe loss need assistance in most every scenario, even those with moisture. Sometimes it is hard for me to hear workout class instructors, so I could see myself liking that hearing aids feature in those scenarios, but it is unnecessary for my everyday use.
Phonak Audéo™ Paradise Hearing Aids Accessories:
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Let me know if you have any questions or concerns I didn’t cover. I don’t have much experience with other brands or models, but am happy to help where I can. My biggest suggestion that I referenced above is to not to wear them on airplanes. I learned this the hard way and it hurt so much. I think perhaps because of the frequencies and altitude? I had the worst headache for about a day. I spoke with my mom and my Mimi about this and they don’t wear theirs on planes either. Because my hearing loss is on the minimal side, I don’t need the loudness of the airplane increased, so it isn’t a big deal to me. That being said, it is advised by audiologists that you wear your hearing aids as much as possible and they are 100% okay to wear on a plane. Perhaps test it out for yourself and see how it goes. Just make sure your protective case is in your carry on and you can remove them if needed.
P.S. Don’t forget to brush the hearing aid weekly and replace the filter monthly! This helps with upkeep and increases your hearing aid’s longevity.
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