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The Phonak Audeo range is divided in to four technology levels which in ascending order are the Audeo S1, S3, S5 and S9. The Audeo S1 only has one product within it, namely the Audeo S1 Smart, whereas the other three technology levels each have three separate product formats – The Smart, The Yes and The Mini. So what is in a Phonak Audeo Smart? Well clearly there are differences in the internal technology and the higher up the scale the more channels, the more programmes and the more sophisticated the sound processing becomes but there is quite a degree of commonality across The Smart range. Firstly they all use the same housing, so they will all look identical and they are all the same size. Often with hearing aids as the price goes up the product gets smaller but with The Smart all you are paying for is the technology and the benefits that it brings. The Smart across the range is wireless so can connect to other compatible wireless devices. These fall into two distinct categories. The first is household devices such as your mobile phone, your television, your MP3 player etc. Please be aware that not all of these are wireless so check first before making a decision on buying a hearing aid that it will link to the devices that you need it to. The second category is Phonak’s own range of accessories. These include remote controls, TV link and wireless streamer. These are not cheap but if they are what you need to improve your daily communication then they will be well worth every penny. The second key feature that The Smart has over and above its sister products of The Yes and The Mini, is its push button feature. This enables multiple programmes that can be modified by the hearing aid audiologist to suit your specific needs. The number of programmes available rises as you rise through the technology bands until at the S9 Smart 5 + 2 are on offer. In summary if you are interested in the Audeo range then The Smart is the fully loaded product that will enable you to take full advantage of all the features and functionality of this very successful receiver-in-the-canal product series.
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