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Encyclopedia > Phonak
Phonak Group
Type Public
Founded  ?
Location Staefa, Switzerland
Key people Andy Rihs, Chairman
William D. Dearstyne, Vice-Chairman
Valentin Chapero Rueda, CEO
Industry Hearing instruments
Products Various
Revenue ?
Employees 2700
Website www.phonak.com

Phonak is a Swiss company that specializes in wireless and hearing systems. The Phonak Group consists of three divisions - Phonak Hearing Systems, Unitron Hearing and Wireless Communications Systems. Image File history File links Phonak_AG_Logo. ... A public company is a company owned by the public rather than by a relatively few individuals. ... Behind the ear aid A hearing aid is a device used to help the hard-of-hearing hear sounds better. ... Phonak is a Swiss company that specializes in wireless and hearing systems. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... This page as shown in the aol 9. ...

Phonak traces its roots back to the "AG für Elektroakustik" which was founded in 1947. The company was bought by Ernst Rihs in 1965. As of 2005, the group employed about 2,700 employees worldwide. With a market share of 16%, Phonak is the number three hearing system company worldwide. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

They are the main sponsor for the UCI ProTour Phonak road bicycle racing team. UCI may stand for: University of California, Irvine Union Cycliste Internationale (International Cycling Union) United Cinemas International Universal Chess Interface This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The UCI ProTour logo The UCI ProTour is a competition under the International Cycling Union (UCI). ... Phonak Hearing Systems is a professional Swiss cycling team. ... Road bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on the road (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. ... A cycling team is a group of cyclists who join a team or are acquired and train together to compete in bicycle races of any kind, whether they are recreational or professional. ...



Hearing Instruments


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  • MAXX / PowerMAXX

is a series of hearing aids intended to offer large degrees of amplification by digital means at a significantly decreased price. MAXX makes the latest generation of digital hearing technology available to everyone.

Right from the start, MAXX will make a strong impression with sound quality that goes beyond your clients’ expectations. MAXX incorporates the perfect combination of Phonak features and Phonak expertise to provide every client with Swiss, high-quality hearingcare. Phonak digital technology never has been more affordable.

With PowerMAXX, Phonak has succeeded in integrating maximum digital gain and output into a miniaturized housing. PowerMAXX features BassBoost - a unique automatic low frequency boost feature.

  • eXtra

After changing the face of the high-end segment with Savia, the most advanced and most well-received hearing instrument ever, Phonak is proud to introduce eXtra – the technological revolution in the value segment.

With affordable, cutting-edge features, exceptional design and easy to use follow up tools, eXtra enhances your product offering with a solution that sounds good, feels good to recommend and fit, and looks good in any style. Satisfaction for you and your clients has never been easier. You can`t afford not to fit eXtra!

  • Valeo / MiniValeo

The Valeo product line with SoundSelect enables hearing solutions that directly address individual wearer sound preferences, hearing losses and needs. The unprecedented flexibility of SoundSelect partners with easy fitting to create user-friendly and comprehensive communication solutions.

With a rich range of proven features, the Valeo product line enjoys superb wearer acceptance. Ranging from a tiny CIC to compact power BTEs, it offers a harmonious combination of high-performance, value and cosmetic appeal. miniValeo, the latest addition to the Valeo product line, completes this picture by offering all the proven advantages in a truly miniature BTE format.

miniValeo, with a size 10 battery, has all the wonderful benefits and flexibility of the Valeo product line. It enables hearing care professionals to offer the best sound solution in an extremely attractive design.

  • Eleva /MicroEleva

Phonak has revolutionized the high end and value segments by introducing Savia and eXtra. Now, with Eleva, Phonak extends its Digital Bionics based product generation to the mid segment. By introducing Eleva, Phonak’s new standard in hearing performance is now available in all segments.

Intuitive. Responsive. Smart

To truly transform the current hearing landscape, a hearing system needs to offer a range of unique features that make it:

Intuitive - by automatically adapting to sound environments and hearing needs

Responsive - to ensure optimal speech understanding

Smart - in terms of design and fitting.

  • Supero

One of Phonak's most powerful hearing aid lines, specifically designed for addressing severe to profund hearing losses. The Supero line was first released in 2002 and currently has three models, all of which are behind-the-ear, the Supero 411, Supero 412, and the Supero 413 AZ. The Supero 412 is currently Phonak's most powerful digital hearing aid, capable of increasing the range of 100 - 4800 Hz by up to 86 dB. The Supero 413 AZ has the same amplification power as the Supero 411 (81 dB from 100–4800 Hz), but also includes the AudioZoom technology and is able to support multiple microphones.

  • MicroPower

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Breaking through the size barrier

Power users can now have an instrument that perfectly blends performance and cosmetic appeal. With the revolutionary new microPower, you can finally give your power-users what they always have been asking for: a micro-sized, high performance device.

microPower succeeds in integrating all the sophisticated innovations of a mid segment instrument into the smallest dimensions ever, creating the world’s most discreet power device in the industry.

This ground-breaking instrument is based on Canal Receiver Technology (CRT), whereby the receiver is placed remotely in the ear canal. By combining the clever CRT design with Phonak’s power expertise, your power users will enjoy unique sound and performance advantages over other products in the market.

It is time for your power users to see, feel and hear the difference!

  • Savia /MicroSavia

Phonak has developed a completely new first-class hearing instrument line based on a brandnew chip technology. Savia is the first hearing computer to implement the unique capabilities of biological systems using state of the art digital technology – we call it Digital Bionics. This breakthrough product family represents the biggest hearing instrument revolution since the introduction of digital technology.

Savia is packed with an impressive list of revolutionary bionic solutions like SoundNavigation, Real Ear Sound and digital SurroundZoom, all inspired by Nature’s wisdom. Savia state-of-the-art digital technology allows natural, effortless hearing.

10 world firsts of Savia

Its 10 world firsts make Savia powerful and versatile. They enable Savia to address the toughest challenges and to create a natural sound quality. Effortless hearing is now possible even in difficult hearing situations.

# 1 SoundNavigation Automatic performance that fades smoothly between 4 base programs for optimal performance in all environments.

# 2 Real Ear Sound Restores front-to-back localization and natural sound perception with 20 channel resolution.

# 3 EasyFM Savia recognizes the presence of an FM signal and activates the FM program automatically.

# 4 Digital SurroundZoom The multi-microphone technology splits the incoming signals into 20 channels and suppresses the strongest noise source in each channel.

# 5 DataLoggingplus Provides access to your client's real life use of amplification and proposes optimal volume corrections per base program.

# 6 EchoBlock Reinstates effortless hearing by removing the reverberant components of the signal and restoring important speech cues.

# 7 Dual Wind Noise Management The Wind & Weather Microphone Protector significantly reduces turbulences caused at the inlet and the electronic Wind Noise Suppressor suppresses the remaining noise.

# 8 Smallest FM receiver The ML9S is not only completely design-integrated but also the world's smallest FM receiver.

# 9 Smallest, most powerful chipset The heart of Savia is the world's smallest, most powerful digital signal processor manufactured in state-of-the-art submicron technology, with more than 6,000,000 transistors packed into a chip the size of 2.7 x 3.7 mm.

# 10 Three field-replaceable volume control options Savia offers three field-replaceable, easily exchanged volume control options to suit all client needs: ergonomics, minimal visibility or no VC at all.

Programmable Analog

  • Astro
  • MicroZoom
  • NovoForte
  • Piconet2
  • PowerZoom
  • SonoForte2


  • Classica
  • PicoForte3
  • SuperFront

External links

  • Official website

  Results from FactBites:
Doping charges familiar to Phonak (471 words)
Several riders for the Swiss-based Phonak team have been involved in drug cases, including Boulder's Tyler Hamilton, winner of the time-trial gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Three Phonak riders — Hamilton, Oscar Camenzind and Santi Perez — were all found guilty of doping violations in 2004 and fired.
Phonak has now decided to pull its sponsorship, citing continuing doping issues in cycling.
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