Posted by J. A. Grindlay on October 4, 2021
Phonak have just recently revealed their plans for a brand-new hearing aid with rechargeable batteries and waterproofing: the Phonak Audéo Life. This fascinating piece of kit utilizes Parylene coating, which Phonak claims make the Life “the world’s first rechargeable hearing aid that is waterproof, showerproof and sweatproof”.
The device is set to become the latest addition to the celebrated Phonak Paradise range – lately disclosed as Phonak’s most successful ever – and as such is similar to others in the series but with a few important additions. Chief among these are the aforementioned Parylene coating which seals the device as well as making it a tougher product overall. Indeed, the new model is waterproof in up to 50cm (19.6 inches) of water, making it possible to wear them during high-intensity sporting activities or even out playing water sports. Do note, however, that it will still be important to keep your ear canals free of moisture, because although the outer device is sealed, it appears that the receivers which go inside the ear will not be.
Furthermore, the Life includes a revamped charging case, deemed the ‘Phonak Charger Case Go’, which uses magnets to hold the hearing aids firmly in place while charging (and can be charged with a USB-C cable itself) as well as induction charging technology, which removes the need for battery contacts that can compromise moisture-free internal components. Complicated although it might sound, the charger is highly intuitive and easy to use: simply place your new hearing aids in the slots and you’re good to go. Thanks to its compact and lightweight design, the Charger Case Go is also suitable to carry with you on your travels, meaning that you can rest assured in having constant access to your new hearing aids.
Although the Phonak Audéo Life has already been made available in the United States, the rest of the world is due to see a release date of early 2022. These revolutionary new hearing aids are likely to become a major favourite of sports fans and holiday-goers, so it’s wise to make sure that you book yours in early so you don’t miss out!