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Phonak Pediatric Instruments

Supplier: Phonak Australasia Pty Ltd

The right hearing instrument for every child Fitting children with hearing instruments is challenging. Factors, such as the age at which hearing impairment was diagnosed, the degree of hearing loss, the child's home, educational environment and the child’s specific needs have a direct bearing on the best possible amplification solution. Extensive and versatile, the Phonak range provides optimum solutions for infants and young people for every hearing need.

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Phonak Pediatric Instruments

Ranges of technological sophistication

Various electroacoustic performance criteria for every degree of hearing impairment
A choice of signal processing strategies
The most suitable microphone mode
A selection of colors from discreet to bright and cheerful
A wide range of fun and functional accessories
Made-to-measure technology

The Phonak range includes a wide choice of hearing instruments at varying levels of technological sophistication; this guarantees optimum fitting in terms of frequency response, maximum power output and available dynamic range. Selection of the best signal processing strategy is also extremely important. Children with different levels of hearing impairment can benefit from different types of signal processing strategies including linear and non-linear. A choice of processing strategy is either available separately in analog instruments or combined within the same model in programmable and digital hearing systems.

The microphone: a critical element in a hearing system
The choice of the right microphone can improve hearing performance. This is why Phonak has developed instruments with directional microphones. Phonak AudioZoom multi-microphone technology offers the ultimate in microphone choice. Featured in PiCS Mark 2 hearing computers and in Claro and Perseo digital instruments AudioZoom enables users to enjoy the benefits of both directional and omnidirectional modes depending on the environment. Use of a remote control, access via the user switch or automatic switching make it easy to enjoy this feature. Experience and clinical studies have shown that even young children can handle AudioZoom technology with ease and benefit from it immensely.

A question of size

Hearing instrument dimensions are determined not only by the size of the child's ear but by the acoustic characteristics required of the instrument. Children with profound hearing loss often have only minimal residual hearing in the lower frequencies. Therefore, it is vitally important to ensure that they receive sufficient low-frequency amplification.

Sufficiently powerful, low-distortion amplification in the low frequencies requires the use of large receivers, which outperform smaller receivers in many important respects (increased gain capability and lower distortion). Small receivers are suitable for hearing impairments requiring less gain in the low-frequency range. Apart from the fact that they can be housed in a smaller case, small receivers offer better high-frequency amplification.

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