Phonak Target™ 3.1
The new Phonak Target™ software combines an unique feature set with well-proven usability. It’s the gateway to the complete Phonak Quest portfolio.
How to upgrade Phonak Target™
Start Phonak Target and click on [Phonak Target updates] in the start screen.
Available Phonak Target updates and appropriate information are visible at a glance. You can work normally while downloads are processed in the background. The update function requires an internet access.
Real Time Display
This display option is an enhancement of the existing fitting tools used for tuning and counseling. Speech intelligibility improvements, gain, output, SoundRecover and channel resolution can be easily demonstrated, especially with the available stereo or surround sounds. The Real Time Display is accessible as a fitting curve display, in a client-friendly enlarged view or on a second screen.
Phonak Target™ now features AudiogramDirect. It enables you to test your client’s hearing directly through any Spice hearing instrument, taking into account the properties of the individual ears and the chosen hearing instruments. It then provides a fast and accurate starting point for the fitting. AudiogramDirect means you can accurately fit any Spice hearing device directly from your laptop or PC. AudiogramDirect ensures a more personalized pre-calculation, leading to enhanced spontaneous acceptance and less fine tuning efforts.
The hearing care professional can specify a duration in which the gain of the hearing aid automatically increases to a set target gain. The benefit to the wearer is, the hearing aid gradually and comfortably acclimatizes, instead of you having to increase the gain session by session. auto Acclimatization is available in the screen [Basic tuning] for all Phonak Quest hearing instruments.
Junior Mode is now available in Phonak Target™. Depending on the age of a child, a pediatric fitting can require an individual workflow and hearing instrument configuration. Junior Mode empowers you to fully realize the full pediatric potential of all Spice Generation instruments.
Junior Mode defaults can easily be accessed ‘at-a-glance’ and are also customizable, providing efficient, accurate pediatric fittings that perfectly meet the needs of hearing care professionals, children and their families.
A broad selection of customizable, printable Junior Mode Reports are accessible with just one click. Adapted to the age of the child, reports are tailored to specific needs of various readers, including the child, parent, teacher or other caregiver.
Diagnostic Data History
Quick and easy access to previous diagnostic and verification results was a clear desire from hearing care professionals. For the first time ever, a client history tool has been integrated in fitting software. You can now conveniently access this information without changing programs or screen views.
Phonak Target™ includes a unique and helpful way to manage and review previous audiograms, showing the progression of the clients hearing loss over time. For easy comparison, it is also possible to overlap two audiograms in the same view, with or without the speech spectrum and sound examples. Additionally, Real Ear to Coupler Difference and Real Ear Unaided Response measurements can also be displayed chronologically.
These unique tools provide an easy overview of your client’s entire audiological history and facilitate more effective counseling.
Real Ear Calibration
For precise results and a better first fit, individual data beyond the audiogram and the selected acoustic coupling is essential. With the Phonak Spice Generation, it is now possible to calibrate the instruments directly in the client’s ear. The beauty of this procedure is that no additional test equipment is required. With just one click, Phonak Target™ measures accurate feedback threshold data, estimates the Real Ear to Coupler Difference (RECD), and identifies the actual vent size.
This personalized pre-calculation leads to higher spontaneous acceptance with far less tuning effort. You will also discover a very positive side effect - with Real Ear Calibration you are free to give the client even more attention.
Direct Sound Compensation
Reduced occlusion and better cosmetics make open fittings with slim tubing or external receivers increasingly appealing to both wearers and hearing care professionals. However, the interaction between amplification provided by the hearing instrument and sounds that directly enter the open ear canal can lead to undesirable effects. To overcome this, Phonak introduces Direct Sound Compensation, a clever new fitting innovation, as a supplement to the pre-calculation.
Direct Sound Compensation ensures that amplification is not applied for naturally audible sounds. This dynamic process, exclusive to Phonak Spice Generation products, ensures that both direct and amplified sounds combine for best possible sound quality.
Audibility Fine Tuning
Hearing care professionals have long been asking for tools that allow them to fine tune features and settings to improve audibility for very specific sounds and situations. This wish has finally been fulfilled with the introduction of Audibility Fine Tuning, the efficient and focused way to personalize settings to accommodate individual user preferences and listening needs.
This novel approach addresses the need for fine tuning to a specific hearing target, such as speech, own voice, overall loudness and even individual phonemes crucial for speech recognition and intelligibility. An appropriate sound sample can be played to isolate a target signal or simulate a specific listening environment to ensure tuning accuracy. Adjustments affect only gain levels and frequencies which are relevant to enhance the audibility of the selected stimuli.
With Audibility Fine Tuning, you can respond to client needs in a fast and precise manner. Hearing care professionals who took part in the extensive Phonak Target™ evaluation considered Audibility Fine Tuning to be a valuable additional fine- tuning tool.
When refitting existing Phonak users with newer technology, it is desirable to maintain the basic elements of the successful fitting. The Transfer Settings function enables easy migration of key elements of the previous fitting, across models and product families and software versions, to the new fitting. Transferred elements include the fine-tuned frequency responses and the customized program structure.
This makes it easy to upgrade existing clients to Phonak Spice Generation hearing instruments. What’s more, this great time-saver allows you to focus on the new features rather than repeating work you have already done.