Dr. Alyssa Ricevuto Shares the Benefits of Phonak's CROS Lumity in her Latest Interview
Phonak CROS Lumity
AudiologyOnline: What is CROS Lumity from Phonak and how can it help those with hearing loss?
Alyssa Ricevuto: CROS Lumity is Phonak's rechargeable hearing advancement proven to significantly improve speech understanding and environmental awareness. CROS Lumity automatically transmits sounds and voices from the ear you do not hear well with, to the ear you hear better from. This allows users to enjoy conversations from both sides of their head.
AudiologyOnline: Are there special features of CROS Lumity?
Alyssa Ricevuto: CROS Lumity gives you automatic access to exclusive Phonak features like StereoZoom 2.0, Dynamic Noise Cancellation, and Speech Enhancer. These features provide better hearing and a more natural listening experience in various environments.
AudiologyOnline: Which Phonak rechargeable hearing aid devices are compatible with CROS Lumity?
Alyssa Ricevuto: CROS Lumity is compatible with several Phonak rechargeable hearing aid devices, including the Audeo L-R and L-RT, Naida L-PR, and Sky L-PR, offering options to suit your style preferences best.
AudiologyOnline: What are the benefits of using a telecoil model with CROS Lumity?
Alyssa Ricevuto: A telecoil model, such as the Audeo Lumity rechargeable with telecoil (L-RT), can be wirelessly connected to loop systems found in places of worship, auditoriums, and amphitheaters. This will help you to hear better in challenging environments, and when traveling abroad, t-coils are often available in taxis and elevators.
AudiologyOnline: What are some concerns that BTE devices like the Naida L-PR or Sky L-PR can help address?
Alyssa Ricevuto: BTE devices like the Naida L-PR or Sky L-PR can help address concerns such as a draining ear and excessive wax. They are also a practical solution if you need a larger physical piece to help with dexterity for inserting and removing the device.
AudiologyOnline: What color options are available for CROS Lumity?
Alyssa Ricevuto: CROS Lumity comes in 11 colors, including options that match your hair and skin tones, as well as three new brighter colors: Precious Pink, Electric Green, and Caribbean Pirate. Choose the color that suits your style and personality best!
AudiologyOnline: Are you missing out on important conversations when in large groups or further away from the sound source?
Alyssa Ricevuto: You need a Roger wireless microphone! This system transmits speech directly to your hearing device, improving speech understanding by 61% compared to wearing a hearing aid alone1. With Roger, you can easily learn, work, and socialize in complex and dynamic listening environments and even stream TV or use Roger as a headset for computer calls. Plus, the myRogerMic app (available in both the Apple app store and the Google Play store) gives you even more control over your listening experience.
Connectivity and Personalization
AudiologyOnline: What are the connectivity options of the Phonak CROS system and which devices can it stream to?
Alyssa Ricevuto: The Phonak CROS system offers universal connectivity and uses standard BT Classic (Bluetooth 4.2 and higher) to stream Apple and Android products. This connectivity allows the Phonak CROS Lumity system to become a Bluetooth headset that streams directly to smartphones, TVs, tablets, laptops, and more. To further tailor your hearing aid solution, you can download and connect to either the myPhonak app or the myPhonak Junior app.
AudiologyOnline: What are the features of the myPhonak app and the myPhonak Junior app, and how do they enhance the user experience?
Alyssa Ricevuto: The myPhonak app provides users with several preset program options. With this app, users can easily access TV, restaurants, and music settings, customize the Tap Control features, change the auto-on/off, and modify Bluetooth bandwidth. Additional features include setting up cleaning reminders, tracking wear time, and monitoring daily step count. Phonak Remote Support is also offered in the myPhonak app. This feature allows users to connect to their hearing provider via smartphone wherever they are in real time. Hearing aid changes can be made remotely to customize your listening experience anytime. The myPhonak Junior app is another app choice, offering a streamlined user experience. This app provides fewer technical features, allowing access to only volume and sound cleaning controls for those interested in an easier remote option.
Hearing aids and Cognition
AudiologyOnline: Do you have any insights into the latest cognition research that hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline?
Alyssa Ricevuto: Yes, we learned from The Johns Hopkins ACHIEVE Study2, from July 2023, that their randomized controlled study found that hearing aids benefit thinking and memory. Phonak supports a holistic approach focused on improving overall outcomes, integrating amplification solutions, education, and resources to strengthen cognitive health.
AudiologyOnline: What can readers do next to learn more?
Alyssa Ricevuto: Phonak makes innovative hearing technologies that are designed to provide a personalized experience for everyone. To locate a highly skilled hearing professional who can test your hearing and make the best and most appropriate recommendations go to the Phonak.com website to “find a provider” so you can enjoy the benefits of a hearing solution that truly works for you!
- Thibodeau, L. (2014). Comparison of speech recognition with adaptive digital and FM remote microphone hearing assistance technology by listeners who use hearing aids. American journal of audiology, 23(2), 201-210.
- Arnold ML, Haley W, Lin FR, Faucette S, Sherry L, Higuchi K, Witherell K, Anderson E, Reed NS, Chisolm TH, Sanchez VA. Int J Audiol. 2022 Sep;61(9):720-730. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2021.1973126. Epub 2021 Sep 17. PMID: 34533430.