The Phonak Audeo S5 Smart is the product that carries the complete technology suite of the Audeo S5 range being both wireless and having a push button function to enable multiple programme access. It is the smallest Phonak product that is wireless enabled and its modern design, although not to everyone’s taste does make it a good looking product packed with features.
As with the rest of the Audeo range, internally the Audeo S5 Smart uses the SPICE processing platform which is fast and powerful providing the base for many sound improvement programmes.
For speech understanding there is Soundrecover which enables a fuller spectrum of audible sounds for the Audeo user.
For understanding speech in background noise there are two directionality features – UltraZoom Advanced and ZoomControl, the first being a forward facing directional function and the second allowing the directional focus to be direct to one side or other, useful in circumstances such as being in a car. In addition to the Zoom functions there is Phonak’s Noiseblocker. Noise suppressions systems are commonplace across the hearing aid industry but Noiseblocker Advanced makes some strong claims to significantly reduce the issue of unwanted background noise.
For communication using other devices, such as telephones, MP3 players and televisions the Audeo S5 Smart is fully wireless enabled. It connects easily and directly to compatible devices making best use of technology to provide real hearing benefit.
Finally, the S5 Smart incorporates a trio of features to automatically adapt to changing listening environments. Phonak’s Soundflow Advanced allows users to "enjoy seamless automatic adaptation to all sound environments". It works in combination with Windblock which as it suggest is an anti-wind noise feature and Whistleblock which is a feedback prevention feature.
We could tell you all about the Audeo S5 number of channels, its fast processing and its other technical aspects but hopefully you can gather that this is a very feature-rich product which can provide a dazzling array of options for all but the most demanding listener. If the top of the range is out of your reach or you can’t justify that additional cost then we feel you will be extremely satisfied which such a strong runner-up.