Review of Phonak Audeo P30 vs P50

The Phonak Paradise hearing aid line was launched in several different levels of technology, the P30, P50, P70 and P90.  This blog will focus on the differences between the Phonak Audeo P30 and the P50.  Both of these devices are receiver-in-canal hearing aids, meaning a small piece sits behind the ear, with a thin wire that runs into the ear.  They are available in rechargeable style batteries.  Cosmetically, these two devices look identical.  What differs is the chip on the inside that controls the function of the hearing aid. 

The Audeo P30 is Phonak’s entry level hearing aid.  It will be the most budget friendly option and is created ideally for someone who lives a quiet lifestyle.  This hearing aid will feature little to no noise management.  This means in noisy environments, it does not have the capability to determine speech vs noise, and minimize the noise to focus on the speaker.  It will also have limited environments it automatically adapts to, using AutoSense.  Patients have been very happy with the sound quality of this device in quieter environments, such as at home, one-on-one conversations, or small groups in a quiet setting.  Although it is not made for noisy environments, with realistic expectations, most patients have been happy with the Audeo P30.  This hearing aid does allow direct streaming to smartphones, tablets, and some televisions.   

The Audeo P50 is Phonak’s next level up hearing aid.  This hearing aid will begin to feature noise management.  It is still not designed for someone living a very active lifestyle, going to busy/noisy restaurants, large gatherings, auditoriums, etc.  However, the P50 will offer advantages in day-to-day activities, such as road noise in the car, going to the grocery store, quieter restaurants, etc.  It also has more detectable environments in Autosense, Phonak’s automatic setting.  This hearing aid will also allow direct streaming. 

As always, it is best to discuss your goals and lifestyle with your Doctor of Audiology when deciding on the right hearing aid for you.  Your Audiologist can help navigate which option may be right for you, and your budget.  To schedule an appointment with a Doctor of Audiology, contact Gardner Audiology at 800-277-1182 or visit! 

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