Bluetooth Hearing Aids
The Zerena 5 ’s super-fast and powerful chip includes the new smart dual-radio wireless technology with 2.4 GHz direct-to-hearing-aid and NFMI ear-to-ear technology. That means that just like the rest of the Zerena range you can enjoy direct audio streaming from your iPhone straight to your ears. It also provides seamless communication between the two hearing instruments which is used to give you the best sound possible in every situation.
Automatic Hearing Aids
Bernafon believe that in real life, the sound environment is active and constantly changing. Our surroundings constantly change between calm and quiet to excited and loud very quickly. They believe that offering a dynamic and automatic hearing aid is the answer to the question. The Zerena 5 digital hearing aids include features that:
- keep pace with the listening conditions giving instantaneous and seamless amplification
- no longer limit the instrument performance based on environment classification rules
- stay in sync with the listening conditions
- allow the user to understand speech while still providing comfort even with sudden changes in the sound scene.
Zerena 5 achieves this with a new technology that they call Dynamic Environment Control System™ or DECS™. DECS is the core Bernafon’s strategy to help you hear better. It works in changing listening environments, resulting in dynamic and seamless amplification for you at all times. Bernafon hearing systems look at the world as it is and then make constant changes to how the hearing aids work to deliver the best hearing ability.
The Zerena 5 range of digital hearing aids still offer a number of the excellent Bernafon features. However, they have been reduced in comparison to the more premium Zerena 9 and 7 ranges. Here are the important differences between them.
In the Zerena 5, the DECS system is set to the Bronze level which is less powerful than the rest. At this level there is only one Dynamic Directionality setting and three Dynamic Noise Reduction settings which means a reduced ability in noisier situations.
In the Zerena 5 range, the Dynamic Amplification Control includes two Speech in Noise management settings, and it doesn’t have any management settings for Comfort in Noise at all.
In the Zerena 5 range of digital hearing aids Bernafon have removed the Binaural Noise Manager. That means that when it comes to noise, the hearing aids act as individuals as opposed to a dedicated pair.
The Dynamic Range Extender which allows loud sounds to be heard clearly (could matter for concerts or live music) is not present in the Zerena 5.
The Transient Noise Reduction feature which handles sudden impact sounds has three options in the Zerena 5, in comparison to four in the Zerena 9.
The Zerena 7 range offers an 8 kHz Frequency Bandwidth which is wide but is reduced from the 10 kHZ bandwidth of the Zerena 9.
The Zerena 5 range provides 12 Fitting Bands in comparison to 16 in the Zerena 9. Which means that the 5 can still be customised quite well to your hearing loss but not quite as well as the 7 or the 9.
The True Directionality feature which mimics the way we hear sound naturally is only present in the Zerena 9 range.
The Zerena 5 implements amplification and tinnitus relief together in one solution. It offers various tinnitus relief sounds as part of different sound therapies.
Zerena 5 Models
The Zerena 5 range is available in a full range of hearing aid types, two Receiver In The Ear (RITE) models, one of which has a rechargeable option. A Behind The Ear (BTE) Model and finally five custom or In The Ear models (ITE). All of the hearing aids in the range except the two smallest, the Completely In Canal (CIC) and the Invisible In Canal (IIC or Invisible hearing aid) are direct connection Bluetooth enabled hearing aids. The new invisible hearing aid from is the smallest IIC they have ever made and they say it will fit up to 80% of ears.