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Phonak Audéo Lumity 90 Review

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February 13, 2024
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Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

Audéo Lumity launched in August 2022 with a new operating system and several industry-leading sound processing innovations.

Lumity is made by the world's #1 manufacturer, Sonova, and is widely seen as the most connected Bluetooth hearing aid on the market.

Lumity devices allow hands-free phone calls using both Android and iPhone. The device has impressive listening tech onboard, including a motion sensor that focuses sound when you are seated and gives 360° listening when you walk around.

Lumity improves on previous Phonak generations with increased clarity in background noise. 

Audéo Lumity 90 is the top-end product from Phonak. It gives you access to all Lumity features, including dynamic noise cancelation and better listening in the car, and a feature that automatically shifts listening focus to people speaking.

Pros 👍
  • Top of the line customization, Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries
  • Enhanced background noise reduction
  • Highly water-resistant option available for active lifestyles

Cons 👎
  • Audeo Lumity is a premium product with a premium price
  • Phonak's app can be more finicky then other models
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Soundly Scorecard
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Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Severe
  • Phonak Lumity is a fully customizable, prescription hearing aid appropriate for mild-severe hearing loss
  • If you have severe hearing loss, your care provider may fit you with a custom earmold to reduce feedback
  • If you have profound hearing loss, you may be a better fit for Phonak's high-powered Naída Paradise
Care Type 🏥
Prescription
  • Phonak Lumity is a prescription device fit and programmed by a professional
  • After an initial fitting, you can connect with your care provider remotely through the myPhonak app
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • Phonak is one of our top reviewed products for background noise management
  • SpeechSensor searches your environment and highlights the main speech signal, while StereoZoom focuses on the person you want to hear while reducing background noise interference.
Comfort 🦻
Very Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Phonak Lumity comes in in a comfortable receiver-in-canal style that is easy to wear all day
  • Phonak Lumity technology can also be purchased in Lumity Slim which gives more space for people who wear glasses or oxygen
Style  💫
Behind The Ear
  • Sits behind the ear with a receiver (speaker) that reaches into the ear canal
  • Phonak Lumity offers a rounded, modern form factor and a comparable size to other leading devices
  • Choose from a variety of colors including: Chestnut, sandalwood, sand beige, silver gray, graphite gray, velvet black, beige, champagne
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Only
  • Phonak Lumity comes with rechargeable batteries only
  • 24 hours on a 3-hour charge (including 80 min of streaming); 30 minute quick charge provides 6 hours battery life
  • Standard charger uses inductive charging and requires plug in, portable charging option available for Lumity Life
Connection 📡
Bluetooth Available
  • Phonak Lumity is among our top choices for Bluetooth capabilities
  • Allows simultaneous connection to up to four devices
  • Allows hands-free calling for both iPhone and Android devices
  • Users can tap their hearing aid to answer calls
  • Telecoil is available
  • Lumity uses universal connectivity for all Bluetooth devices (other leaders use MFI and ASHA)
Dexterity Level 🤏
Average
  • Phonak Lumity is reasonably easy to handle but does require the wearer to place the hearing aid behind their ear and insert the receiver into the ear (consistent across all behind-the-ear styles)
  • Lumity devices come with an onboard toggle switch for volume and program changes
Waterproof Level 💦
IP68
  • Phonak Lumity is water resistant with an IP rating of 68
  • This hearing aid can withstand dust and water submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
App features 📱
Has An App, Telehealth Capable, Fitness Tracking
  • Remote care: Available through the Phonak app in coordination with your provider
  • Customization: Volume, treble/bass, adjustable custom programs in the app
  • Tinnitus masking: Available through your healthcare provider
  • Find my hearing aid: N/A
  • Health tracking: Tracks length of wear time and step count
Pricing and Process
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The national average for a pair of Phonak Lumity 90 hearing aids is $7,800.

Our research indicates that the best pricing and care packages are currently available through ZipHearing. ZipHearing offers a pair of Phonak Lumity 90 hearing aids with one year of unlimited care for $4,798 per pair.

Process

ZipHearing will match you with a local clinic near your zip code and pre-negotiate a lower price (typically 25% less than the national average).

Fill out the form on this page to get matched with a local clinic.

Our readers are consistently happy with ZipHearing's offering and give the company 97% 5-star ratings on Trustpilot.

How to Choose a Technology Level
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Phonak Lumity comes in several technology levels. Each device looks identical from the outside, but on the inside, each technology jump offers more sophisticated sound processing and special features. In general, wearers opt for the top technology they can reasonably afford.

The key differences between tech levels mostly come down to background noise management.

Phonak Lumity 90

  • 20 fine-tuning channels
  • 9 automatic programs
  • Includes Speech Enhancer

Phonak Lumity 70

  • 20 fine-tuning channels
  • 8 automatic programs
  • Does not include Speech Enhancer

Phonak Lumity 50

  • 16 fine-tuning channels
  • 6 automatic programs
  • Does not include Speech Enhancer

Review Phonak's full feature matrix here.

Read our full guide to choosing a technology level here 👈

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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

One of the most exciting aspects of my job as an audiologist is watching people experience life with a renewed sense of clarity and hearing. As an audiologist, I have been working with Phonak hearing aids for years.

And that’s why I was thrilled to take on the challenge of testing out the newest Phonak hearing aids—Phonak Lumity—for myself. With my professional and first-hand experience, I can now share my first-hand observations about this revolutionary technology. Read on to learn more, including everything to know about the Phonak brand, noteworthy features, and everything you need to know.

About Phonak

Phonak is a leading hearing aid manufacturer that has been around for over 70 years. As part of the Sonova Group, Phonak is renowned for their high-quality hearing aids that utilizes advanced technology to offer a great hearing experience. In 2017, Phonak was the first hearing aid brand to feature a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Following that innovation in 2018, Phonak became one of the first to stream Bluetooth audio to both hearing aids, rather than only to one ear. Today their hearing aids feature the industry's leading universal Bluetooth connection capabilities, and their hearing aids are designed to improve speech understanding with motion sensors, reduce listening effort, and track health data. They also have a strong focus on innovation and have won multiple awards for their products.

Noteworthy features

  • StereoZoom 2.0
  • SpeechSensor
  • Motion Sensors
  • Hands-free calling
  • Universal Bluetooth

Phonak Lumity hearing aids offer a range of advanced features that set them apart from other products on the market. Let’s talk about what Phonak is best known for and who is best suited for this technology.

Clarity / Speech in Noise Processing

Phonak boasts that their StereoZoom 2.0 and SpeechSensor features help provide the best experience in background noise of any Phonak technology to date.

SpeechSensor searches your environment and highlights the main speech signal, while StereoZoom focuses on the person you want to hear while reducing background noise interference. While no hearing aid technology works perfectly in background noise, Phonak has some impressive capabilities to help you hear your best with less listening effort.  

Connectivity

Patients love the universal Bluetooth connectivity with Phonak hearing aids. If you like to connect to multiple Bluetooth devices, Phonak is the best option on the market. Some patients use multiple devices, and it can be a pain to disconnect one and then reconnect the other device when switching back and forth.

If you use several devices—like tablets, phones, and laptops—you’ll love the ease of use with seamless Bluetooth connectivity. A Phonak hearing aid can be connected to two devices at one time and up to eight total devices. Do you have a TV with Bluetooth connectivity? They’ll also connect directly to your TV!

Convenient Technology 

Are you looking for hands-free calling, answering a call with a tap on the ear, or want to create a customized hearing aid program?

Phonak hearing aids have options to accommodate your needs. While Phonak hearing aids work well without any needed changes on your part due to motion sensors and other innovative technology, they offer customization for those who prefer it.

Man wearing Phonak Lumity in background noise

Other Form Factors

In addition to the typical RIC hearing aids, Phonak also offers Phonak Lumity hearing aids in several different options. Their standard Lumity looks nearly identical to the previous Phonak Paradise hearing aids. However, patients can also choose a telecoil option (L-RT) or Lumity Life (L-RL) for added moisture and humidity protection.

Another stylish option now exists for patients looking for something different: the Lumity Slim. Similar to the Signia Styletto, this slim RIC design is a more modern take on the traditional RIC hearing aid. 

If you’re looking for custom hearing aids, Phonak has a great product portfolio for custom devices—with ITE to completely invisible options, like Phonak Lyric.

By offering various form factors, Phonak ensures that there is a hearing aid style suitable for every individual’s need.

Lumity hearing aids using the myPhonak app

Personal Listening Notes And Observations From Wearing

During my personal trial of Phonak Lumity hearing aids, I can attest to their quality. My observations from wearing the hearing aids have been very positive.

In this section, I’ll mention some of the highlights and key takeaways.

Physical Fit 

I found the Phonak Lumity hearing aids very comfortable in my ear. Both the receivers and dome tips were comfortable. The Phonak Slim was also comfortable to wear. These devices fit the curvature of the ear, in the same way that a shoe is made for a right or left foot. I liked that the Slim features a push button.

When I recently tried the Signia Styletto, that device does not have a push button and the only way to power the device off or change programs was either by using the app or placing the devices in the charging case to restart them. However, when comparing the two devices, the Phonak Slim is notably larger (see photos). 

Sound Quality 

The sound quality is crisp and clear, providing excellent clarity in conversations. I describe the sound quality as having a sharpness or a “bite” to it, which I found highlighted speech well. When it came to streaming music, I found the overall sound lacked some of the bass that I normally prefer and I tried adjusting the levels in the app.

Personally, I find that speech sounds comfortable and clear, so it was only when I listened to music that I wanted more bass. If you also prefer that sound with music, you might consider creating a custom program in the Phonak app, as it allows you to change the settings to accommodate your preferences. 

In general, the automatic changes that the hearing aids made in my different listening settings felt smooth. However, there were occasionally times when I heard a “click” or a shift in settings. The hearing aids did a good job of selecting the most optimal listening settings, but I did appreciate the ability to make adjustments on the app if I needed. 

Conclusion

Overall, Phonak Lumity Hearing Aids are an excellent product that I highly recommend to my patients. The hearing device’s features are impressive and the sound quality is top-notch. The varying options in style mean that there is a product to suit every individual’s needs.

Especially for patients with Android phones, multiple Bluetooth devices, or technology needs. If you’re still looking for more information to help you in your hearing aid selection, check out our sound samples that allow you to hear different hearing aid technologies or our other resources to help support you in your hearing health journey.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Written by
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Soundly Staff
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Soundly Staff

Soundly conducts in-depth research to guide prospective hearing aid wearers. Our work is funded through reader support. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission.

The breakdown

Audéo Lumity hearing aids come at a comparable price to top-of-the-line products like ReSound OMNIA and Starkey Evolv AI. So what makes this hearing aid different?

Audéo Lumity has the most robust Bluetooth capabilities in the market. They were the first brand to introduce hands-free calling and have continued to lead the way.

Audéo Lumity gives wearers the ability to access follow-up care from an audiologist remotely and gives customers "zoom" features that result in more precise sound in background noise.

Man speaking to a digital assistant using his Phonak hearing aid
Image of Phonak hearing aids and ActiveVent technologywoman taking a phone call through her Phonak hearing aids

The tech inside

Phonak Audéo Lumity hearing aids offer a full suite of tech, including Bluetooth streaming and hands-free calls, rechargeable lithium batteries, and motion sensing that adjusts the sound around you based on your movements.

Lumity uses multiple program features to automatically sort out background noise and amplify voices in the car or loud environments.

Audéo Lumity also offers a waterproof version of their devices and recently launched an innovative ActiveVent that automatically opens and closes when you stream audio to increase sound quality.

Getting up close

Lumity hearing aids sit behind the ear and offer simple-to-use buttons for volume control and mode changes.

Audéo Lumity comes in three rechargeable models: standard, waterproof, and telecoil-enabled.

Once you have chosen a technology level and model, you'll choose from eight available colors: Chestnut, Sand Beige, Beige, Velvet Black, Silver Gray, SandalWood, Champagne, Graphite Grey.

Various colors of Phonak Audeo hearing aids

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