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Phonak Audéo Lumity 70 Review

Prices, Sound Recordings, Models
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April 1, 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 70 is the second highest technology level from Phonak. It gives you access to most Lumity features, including StereoZoom and Windblock. Lumity 70 is a full-featured product that should work well for active wearers who spend time in small groups and moderate background noise.

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 70 hearing aids is $7,300.

Our research indicates that the best pricing and care packages are currently available through ZipHearing. ZipHearing offers a pair of Phonak Lumity 70 hearing aids with one year of unlimited care for $3,798 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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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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