Sonova (Sonova Holding AG) – Phonak (Phonak Holding AG) before 31 July 2007 – is a Swiss company that specializes in hearing and wireless systems. Sonova develops and markets hearing care solutions in two segments, hearing aids and cochlear implants. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Advanced Bionics and Connect Hearing.
Unitron – North Platform
SoundNav: is an automatic program that seamlessly identifies and classifies seven different environments, four of which are specifically focused on conversations.
North/Stride Pro has all 7 automatic environments (conversation in quiet, conversation in a small group, conversation in a crowd, conversation in noise, quiet, noise, music)
North/Stride 800 has 6 automatic environments (above minus conversation in small group)
North/Stride 700 has 5 automatic environments (minus music and conversation in small group)
North/Stride 600 has 2 automatic environments (conversation in quiet and conversation in noise only)
North/Stride 500 does not have SoundNav – only AutoMic
Sound Conductor: dynamically balances the appropriate features to deal with each unique listening scenario identified by SoundNav. It does this while simultaneously ensuring that the sound quality stays natural. Available in all levels.
SpeechZone 2: automatically engages in extremely difficult background noise, using spatial binaural processing to provide 360° speech detection so patients can clearly hear talkers from any direction (only in Pro).
SpeechZone: helps people automatically enjoy clearer conversations in the toughest listening situations. Enabled by binaural spatial processing, SpeechZone activates maximum directionality, really zoning in on speech when the hearing instruments determine that speech is coming from the front in a noisy environment. Patients don’t need to adjust their hearing instruments.
Binaural Phone: Wirelessly streams audio signals from the cellular or landline phone ear to the other ear without a separate accessory, for clear, balanced phone conversations. Available in 600 and upwards.
AutoMic: works continuously in quiet environments in omni directional mode, providing patients with awareness and listening comfort. When noise is detected, it switches to adaptive directional mode to isolate and reduce unwanted background noise, while still maintaining audibility of the front-originating sounds patients want to hear. Available in 500.