Switzerland-based medical device company Phonak is planning to launch the first mainstream lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid based on its next-generation platform, Belong.
Phonak's new Audéo B Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) products are built on its Palio 3 technology and features a lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid, Audéo B-R.
The rechargeable hearing aid can operate for over 24 hours after being charged for three hours. It also has a 30 minute fast-charging option which allows the device to function for six hours.
Phonak group vice-president Martin Grieder said: "Consumers are becoming increasingly active and require hearing solutions which can automatically keep up with their lifestyles.
"Audéo B is evidence of our clear commitment to pioneer life-changing innovative hearing solutions in the marketplace.
"This ground-breaking industry-leading technology provides consumers with the first of its kind lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid, offering 24 hours of hearing with one simple charge."
The lithium-ion batteries have lifetime duration to run along with the device after being regardless of being repeatedly charged.
It features a sealed battery compartment structure which eliminates the need to constantly changing the batteries.
The rechargeable hearing aids features a power pack which is attached to the Phonak Charger Case, powering up to seven full charges of two hearing aids, hence making it ideal to use in short trips which will have no access to a power source.
Phonak also provides a compact mini charger which caters to the requirement of flexibility for the users.
The Audéo B product is compatible on Phonak's AutoSense operating system which features adaptive SoundRecover2 to facilitate better hearing.
Its automatic operation again eliminates the need to press switches while delivering better speech understanding in a noisy environment leveraging on its sophisticated automatic selection.
The technology captures and does a real-time assessment of incoming sounds, and then draws multiple features blending them to generate more than 200 distinct settings syncing with the sound environment.