- Second technology tier of Naida range
- Wireless connectivity
- Multiple product choices
- Nano-coated BTE cases
- Powerful hearing aids
The Naida S5 is sandwiched between the top of the range S9 products and the two lower levels of the S3 and the lowest technology of the S1. All of the products from top to bottom share the same look and style and due to their output they are all squarely aimed at the more severely hearing impaired market. So where do the differences lie?
Not necessarily in the field that Phonak is most well known for of wireless connectivity and wireless enabled accessories as the very comprehensive accessory portfolio of remote controls, wireless streamers and TV links are common across the S9, S5 and S3. These devices are of real benefit to those who suffer from a considerable degree of loss and with Phonak’s historic legacy in this area careful consideration should be given to which accessories may be of use to you. So if it not accessories why would one choose the S5 over either the S3 or S9?
Well the S5 has more sound processing channels than the S3 and fewer than the S9 so this will enable the hearing aid audiologist to get a better fit to your specific loss and more closely match your requirements.
The ZoomControl on the S5 is more advanced than the S3 although not the fully automated system that can be found on the S9. This strategy of technology demarcation is applied throughout the very many different sound algorithms employed within the Naida range. For those algorithms that are common to all levels there is a Standard (S3), Advanced (S5) and Premium (S9) version which provides incremental benefits as one rises through the technology bands.
There are others where the algorithm is unique to the Premium S9 range, such as EchoBlock and conversely where the algorithm is common for the S5 and S9 but missing altogether in the S3 range, an example would be the WindBlock algorithm.
With so many subtle nuances within the Naida brand of products it is certainly not easy to be precise as to which one would be right for you. Our advice would be to not request a specific Naida but talk to a hearing aid professional about the Naida range as a whole and with their help uncover which would suit you best. If you have a significant hearing impairment then we can state that the Naida may well be the right choice but which one will require further investigation.