Widex Hearing Aids Glasgow
Widex is a highly respected hearing aid manufacturer who is famous for it’s amazing sound quality. Their users say that it is the most natural sounding hearing aids they have ever used. Widex have been around for a long time and they are famous for driving in house innovation. They are seen as one of the premier hearing aid manufacturers and they consistently deliver high quality hearing devices. They are one of the hearing aid manufacturers that we rely on in our Practices.
Beyond Hearing Aids
Widex has for the first time ever introduced a Made For iPhone hearing aid which they call the Beyond. The devices were introduced in October 2016 but they are only being released to the market now. So what do we know about the Beyond? It is a Fusion device based on the Unique technology, and it has three radios onboard, the one for Widex Link, a telecoil and the new radio for direct iPhone connection making it possible to stream music and conduct phone calls directly to the hearing aid without any intermediary device.
The Beyond App
User Fine Tuning?
The Beyond app seems to have the usual features, you can set geo locations for different sound programmes and make changes to how the hearing aids are working on the go. However, there also seems to be an element of self fine tuning on the app, whereby users can change the frequency response of the hearing aids. They are calling this feature the Preference Control and it seems to break down frequencies into three bands, Bass, Middle and Treble. It is interesting to see manufacturers begin to hand over this type of control to users.
The Beyond at present has been introduced as a Fusion type hearing aid which is available in the Unique range. The device is slightly longer and thinner than the Fusion type device and is currently available in the Widex Unique range, it is available in a 440, 330, 220 and 110 technology level.
Widex Unique Hearing Aids
Widex launched their latest hearing aids yet in late 2015, they have called them the Unique range. Widex have gone a little mad with their branding advertising for the new Unique range with outdoorsy activity imagery. However, they have done so for a reason that relates to the hearing aid technology. One of the new key features in the Unique range is a quite amazing wind noise management feature. So these hearing aids may well be the best hearing aids for you if you are an outdoorsy type of any description.
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Unique 440 Hearing Aids
The Unique 440 is the flagship or premium range of hearing aids in Widex’s new “Unique” range. The feedback from users of these devices so far has been outstanding, even experienced Widex users say that these are the best Widex hearing aids that they have ever used. Widex have introduced some new technology and some new strategies with this new range including their latest wind noise management feature and for the first time sound classes.
The Unique 440 uses Widex’s new U-platform chip which processes sounds across 15 channels. 15 channels is typical of all Widex flagship hearing aids. What is different for Widex though is the introduction of and use of “Sound Class Technology”, this feature classifies what kind of sound environment you are currently in out of a choice of nine possible environments that are programmed in. It then adjusts the sound accordingly to maximise your ability to hear speech sounds clearly. The 440 has the most channels in the range and also has a “High Frequency Boost” feature that isn’t available in the lower models to give additional speech clarity when needed.
Wind noise attenuation
Widex claims that it’s new wind noise attenuation feature is an industry leading wind noise reduction feature. Widex don’t make claims very lightly, so we would be of the opinion that if they say it, it is true. The Unique 440 can attenuate more wind noise than any other hearing aid out there, no matter the direction the wind is coming from, even from directly ahead. However this new feature is only available on the 440 models. It makes the 440 an ideal choice of hearing aid for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Background noise reduction
All manufacturers have good background noise reduction features as standard these days. However, Widex have introduced a new feature that has extra emphasis on reducing softer, low level background noise that may be annoying. Widex have always put great emphasis on soft sound inputs because they believe that soft sounds in speech are very important for understanding. However, there are soft input sounds that you just don’t want to or need to hear, like a computer fan or the noise of a fridge. This new feature in combination with their existing noise reduction features mean that Widex hearing aids are now comfortable in all sound environments.
Wider dynamic range of hearing
Widex have also introduced a wider dynamic range of hearing to the Unique so you can hear more than ever. What this means is that most hearing aids take a range of sounds from quiet to loud and compress them into what hearing you have remaining to provide you with the full range of sounds for you to hear. They often ignore the very softest sounds and don’t process louder sounds very well. What the Widex Unique hearing aids are doing is extending that range slightly so that very very quiet sounds (5dB) that aren’t picked up by normal hearing aids will now be processed enabling you to hear the low sounds that most hearing aids ignore. This will allow you access to even the softest speech cues.
For communicating with other devices there is the COM-DEX accessory, which is a bluetooth enabled pendant you hang around your neck. This will pair to your phone so that you can stream audio to your hearing aids from your phone, via the COM-DEX. You can also download an app for your smartphone (Apple or Android) which lets you use it to remotely control the hearing aids. Also available are the usual range of extra accessories for TV or audio equipment streaming. Widex use their very own type of wireless communication protocol, it is recognised as the very best in the business.
Nearly all modern Widex aids have the option to use Zen tones, Zen is a proprietary feature belonged to Widex that will help to reduce the effects of tinnitus. For tinnitus sufferers these predictable yet non-repetitive sounds are used in combination with counseling and relaxation techniques to deliver tinnitus relief as a part of a tinnitus management programme.
Unique 440 Hearing Aid Types & Sizes
There are three sizes of behind the ear model and three in the ear models available. The Passion is the slim, attractive behind the ear receiver-in-canal model and is suitable for most hearing losses. It has no manual controls so can only be adjusted by remote control or app. The Fusion is the larger, more powerful behind the ear model which also features a push button for program changing. The Fashion is the largest of the over the ear models and is mainly for people who want or need a full earmold.
Of the three in the ear models, one is the standard sized in-the-ear, one is the CIC or completely-in-the-canal. The smallest is the CIC-M which is Widex’s equivalent of an IIC or invisible-in-the-canal. Being so small, some features had to be cut from this model, mainly anything requiring wireless communication which this aid cannot fit in.
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The Widex Unique 330 is the upper mid range or advanced devices in the new “Unique” range from Widex. They have delivered a very strong range at this price point as they always do, retaining some of the better features from their flagship hearing aid range.
As is normal with Widex, the Unique 330 is a 10 channel aid utilising Widex’s U-platform chip that the whole Unique range are built on. The 330 uses the new Sound Class Technology feature but the aids are restricted to five possible environmental types, again, the aim is to always maximise speech sounds when they are present and comfort when they are not.
Background noise reduction
The noise reduction in the Unique 330 is excellent and is suitable for all but the noisiest environments. However if you are really active with lots of exposure to quite noisy environments then you might want to think about the Unique 440.
Wider dynamic range of hearing
The 330 also has access to that wider dynamic range of hearing, they have also included the soft sound noise reduction so that you won’t get annoyed by hearing the fridge buzzing away in the background.
Zen Tinnitus management
As with the previous two ranges of Widex hearing aids, the Zen tinnitus management features are available in the 330.
The model types are the same across all of the technology levels, the 330 has the full sized traditional BTE, the Fashion. The middle sized RIC the Fusion and the rather tiny and discreet Passion. In the ear models range from the full sized ITE down to the tiny micro CIC.
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The Widex Unique 220 is their offering for the lower mid-range or standard hearing aid market. This range of aids is for people who need to hear well in light social environments as well as in quiet and would like to hear the television. It has many of the features of the Unique 330 but at a lower price point, however with it’s superior processor it is still an outstanding hearing aid.
The 220 is powered by the U-platform processing chip, Widex say that the chip is significantly better than the previous generation. The Unique 220 has just 6 channels and it only has three environments for the aid to choose from in it’s Sound Class Technology. The three environments are speech in quiet, speech in noise and a comfort in noise setting.
Background noise reduction
The noise reduction feature in the Unique 220 range is good enough for hearing speech clearly whilst suppressing background noises in up to moderately noisy environments. If you lead a particularly active lifestyle then you may want to go for one of the better models.
Soft sound amplification
As with the rest of the range, the Unique 220 aids have access to that wider dynamic range of sound, they amplify sounds as quiet as 5 dB so that you can pick up even very soft sounds.
The Unique 220 also has the Zen programme so it can be used to help relieve tinnitus.
The model types are the same across all of the technology levels, the 220 has the full sized traditional BTE, the Fashion. The middle sized RIC the Fusion and the rather tiny and discreet Passion. In the ear models range from the full sized ITE down to the tiny micro CIC.