Embracing the sounds of Cebu with the Phonak Slim Lumity hearing aids

The author taking a video of the Basilica de Sto Niño in Cebu while wearing the Phonak Slim Lumity.

In the Queen City of the South, there is so much to see—and hear.

On a recent trip to Cebu, we got to explore some of the most famous historical landmarks in the area while wearing Phonak Slim Lumity hearing aids. For individuals with hearing impairments, the hearing aids in the Lumity series are game-changers. These allow people with difficulty hearing the sensory-rich travel experience they deserve.

The Cebu City Tour began right after the launch of the Lumity series at Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu. The event was spearheaded by Manila Hearing Aid, which distributes Phonak hearing aids in the country.

The author wearing the Phonak Slim Lumity.

With the promise of an unforgettable adventure, the organizers had media participants and other guests fitted with the Phonak Slim Lumity. After all, what better way to demonstrate its capability than to have us test the product first-hand, right?

And so we made our way from Mactan to Cebu City, with our tour guide making good use of the Roger On, a companion device that acts like a microphone. Connected to each of the hearing aids we, as participants, were wearing, we could hear our tour guide as if she were standing right next to us. It was almost as if we were just listening to a podcast.

Throughout our city tour, we visited iconic landmarks like Magellan’s Cross, the Basilica Minor del Sto. Nino de Cebu, and the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. The Phonak Slim Lumity worked like magic, allowing us to hear our guide’s every word, even amidst the lively and noisy atmosphere. Roger On, the ever-trusty sidekick, captured the nuances of Cebu’s rich culture and transmitted them directly to our eager ears.

As the day unfolded, we capped off our tour with a delicious feast at the House of Lechon, our satisfied stomachs echoing our gratitude for the audible journey. 

Yoga time. The participants wearing the Phonak Slim Lumity while doing yoga.

The next morning brought a different adventure—a blissful yoga session amidst the rising morning sun. Yes, you guessed it right, we were still sporting the lightweight and comfy Phonak Slim Lumity, ensuring crystal-clear instructions from our yoga instructor. Despite the rather strong morning winds, her instructions reached us with clarity, creating a harmonious union of body, mind, and sound.

For the record, most of the participants were not hearing impaired, but the experience was an eye-opener (or an ear-opener, for that matter). The power of the Phonak Slim Lumity, especially when paired with the Roger On, is awe-inspiring. I couldn’t help but imagine the impact it could have on someone with a hearing impairment, transforming their travel experience from an ordinary to a remarkable journey.

The participants wearing the Phonak Slim Lumity while attending a yoga class.

It’s essential to note that the Phonak Slim Lumity, while delivering exceptional audio quality, maintains a discreet and lightweight profile. During both our city tour and yoga escapade, it felt akin to wearing a regular earbud, with the added versatility of streaming music seamlessly when connected to your smartphone.

Believe me, you wouldn’t even notice them in the stunning photos I took during our city tour and yoga session. They are slim, cute, and discreet, just letting you get on with enjoying your trip without a hassle.

Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.