Panasonic has given new life to a very old idea–“body-worn” hearing aids–with the new Panasonic JZ Power hearing system. But the new Panasonic product is unlike those original hearing aids of more than 50 years ago, which required a cumbersome sound processing unit hanging from the neck, wired to bulky, unattractive hearing aids that by today’s standards provided no more than very simple linear amplification.
The Panasonic JZ Power system is more like a sleek Apple iPod, with a nice set of high-tech ear buds that provide stereo sound amplified to your exact hearing profile. The next step up from the original Panasonic JZ hearing system, the Panasonic JZ Power has five channels instead of three and a frequency range from 200 to 6400 Hz, a major expansion in fitting range over the original JZ’s 220 t0 4300 Hz range.
Available in blue, black and silver, the Panasonic JZ Power is a palm-sized unit featuring an LCD screen, noise reduction, wind noise management, feedback management, left-right balance, a slide power switch and easily accessible volume control, and four “Scene Selector” program settings for standard, music, party and indoors listening environments. The stereo binaural headset (earphone with microphones) is designed to comfortably fit into the ear canal and stay in place for long hours of wear. The JZ Power also includes a rechargeable battery with a charging cradle for the main unit, which can also use commercial AAA alkaline batteries.
“Panasonic is committed to a series of unique hearing solutions using the JZ form factor,” said Delain D. Wright, Director of Sales, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Healthcare Group. “With the new JZ Power Panasonic can help an even broader segment of the hearing impaired who are challenged by the difficulty of managing traditional hearing instruments.”