Differentiating Lumity from Paradise: A Closer Look at Phonak’s Latest Hearing Aid Advancements
Phonak boasts a storied legacy in the production of hearing aids and holds a preeminent position as the most widely sought-after hearing aid brand in the contemporary market. The term “popular” in this context connotes a substantial market share and a strong preference among consumers, as well as the endorsement of audiologists who regularly dispense Phonak hearing aids.
The latest addition to Phonak’s portfolio, as of the year 2023, is the Phonak Lumity hearing aid. This introduction prompts us to explore the differentiating features that set Lumity apart from its predecessor, the Paradise.
Lumity Offers a New Computer Chip
Phonak has aptly named the cutting-edge technology within Lumity as “AutoSense OS 5.0.” This technology is touted for its advanced capability in categorizing the diverse acoustic environments that wearers encounter.
It is noteworthy that Phonak had previously integrated automatic classification, but the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) has propelled this feature to a higher echelon when compared to the Paradise technology. The discernible benefit of this advancement is an improved ability to comprehend speech and enhanced comfort in noisy settings.
Lumity Offers Improved Speech Enhancement and Noise Comfort
The Phonak Lumity hearing aid distinguishes itself by offering a directional listening experience for wearers in noisy surroundings. The system is adept at aligning its microphones toward the source of speech. While this feature may have been present in earlier iterations, the primary question is how Lumity elevates this functionality.
Upon closer examination, I found through direct communication with the Phonak audiology team that Lumity incorporates a faster, proprietary chip, although specific details regarding its speed remain proprietary information.
Furthermore, there is a novel proprietary fitting formula employed for their hearing aids, a topic that delves into a wider discussion regarding the array of available fitting formulas. Lumity also retains the speech sensor, akin to previous models, and introduces Sterozoom 2.0, aimed at enhancing speech clarity in noisy environments by activating both of the microphones on the hearing aid. It is important to note that a 1.0 version of Sterozoom existed in the previous model.
Lumity Accessories Stay the Same as the Previous Generation, Paradise
Notably, Lumity does not introduce any new accessories when compared to the Paradise. It’s pertinent to mention that accessories compatible with Paradise hearing aids are still functional with Lumity, ensuring a seamless transition for existing users.
The ActiveVent receiver, which allows for an open dome response, remains available in Lumity. The Bluetooth functionality remains consistent with previous Phonak technologies, which is a direct Bluetooth connect.
Lumity has a Full Lineup of Technology Levels and Styles
However, it is crucial to bear in mind that not all levels of technology within the Lumity range will incorporate these advanced features. Lumity is available in varying technology tiers, with the premium level encompassing the full spectrum of features.
Furthermore, Lumity offers diverse models, including the popular receiver-in-the-canal and behind-the-ear hearing aids:
- Receiver-in-the-canal options include the Audeo style, available with or without a telecoil, and recharging capabilities.
- There is also the Life style, characterized by a fit style, which is waterproof.
- The Slim style is another option. The Slim style is narrow and long and appears to be similar to the first slim style on the market, the Styletto by Signia.
- As for behind-the-ear hearing aids, Lumity offers the Junior Sky model and a power model.
- Additionally, the CROS Lumity, a manifestation of Phonak’s signature technology, remains a part of their offering.
Lumity offers a Vibrant Choice of Colors
In line with Phonak’s tradition, customers can anticipate a vibrant array of color choices for their hearing aids. This is popular for younger users but also for older adults. I have seen many hearing aid users choose a fun color. I myself wear a pink hearing aid.
Consult with an Audiologist
For those People considering a Phonak hearing aid to treat their hearing loss and wishing to discern the benefits associated with the various technology levels, models, and styles, it is advisable to seek counsel from an audiologist.
Again you can read until your blue in the face so we recommend taking a test drive. See if you can find an audiologist near you who will demo a Phonak hearing aid. If not we have a program for demoing. There are fees for this program, but we think it is really the best way to figure out the best hearing aid for you!
We, too, are readily available to provide assistance, boasting an in-house audiology team ready to address your inquiries. We promise we won’t talk too much as it is really hard to discern the marketing that we get from the manufacturer.