Solana includes the virtually invisible Nano product
16 channel sound processing
Wireless connection to compatible devices
When the Phonak Solana was launched in October 2010 it was Phonaks second tier technology product range. The awkward second tier always presents the hearing aid manufacturers with a problem. They have to differentiate the product from the fully loaded top-end portfolio and yet keep it above the entry level or entry level(s) below it. If you can look under the skin of these second tier products there are often a high percentage of shared functions with its top-rated cousin and we think that this is the case with the Phonak Solana.
The Solana has a high cross-over with its "superior" (and more expensive) cousin the Phonak Ambra with the fundamental difference being that the Solana operates off a 16 channel processor. One only has to go back a few short years and 16 channel technology was world-leading, so this is still a very good, very fast and very rewarding sound system.
The Solana is available in up to ten different "standard" product formats from small and micro BTE (behind the ear) products to a selection of ITE (in the ear) sizes. The smaller products cannot carry the full technologies of the larger ones and the size, particularly of the smaller batteries, can become an issue for those users with limited dexterity in their fingers. However, with a choice of up to ten, one can be confident of finding a Solana with the technology and size balance that is suitable.
For those obsessed with miniaturisation at all costs the Solana is available in the Nano format. The Nano is a tiny in the ear device which sits deep in the ear canal and thereby, when correctly fitted, renders the aid almost invisible.
A full feature set of highly technical sound processing algorithms gives the professional hearing aid audiologist plenty to work with to achieve the best outcome for each individual wearer. These include anti-feedback, noise cancellation, directional functions and a host more.
As we say the second tier technology may well prove to be more than enough for the majority of users and if you are one of those then this is a great solution.