I have been wearing some Widex Unique 440 Passion hearing devices for the last six months. Being an audiologist with a significant hearing loss has given me a unique chance to hear exactly what the latest hearing technology has to offer. The new offering from Widex has a lot of great features about it.
#1: It actually reduces soft background noise.
I cannot tell you how often the past hearing aids have amplified every single soft sound that is present in any environment. I've always taken this negative as an expected part of getting all the clarity in speech. When you wear hearing aids, you realize that hearing aids can't always sort out the useful information from the less beneficial information. That has changed with the Widex devices. In my office, there is a soft wind noise from the air conditioner that is always present. With these devices, I find that it fades into almost nothing compared to many other brands.
#2: It makes speech in a restaurant or crowded room clear.
This is the first complaint of many patients with hearing loss. "I have a hard time in a crowded situation." I've worn hearing aids for over 20 years, but with these I have been so much less strained when I'm in a group setting. The person's voice is always more clear than the noise surrounding us.
#3: Music in a car sounds great, no matter how loud the drive is.
I do a lot of driving every day. I'm often in the car for 2 hours or more in a day, so my music situation in the car is essential. I've often had that experience with hearing aids that the loudness of the music reaches the ceiling of the hearing aid's input dynamic range, and then the sound becomes distorted and ugly, while the car road noise is still rumbling in the background. With Widex's unique sound modes, they sense the road noise, turn it down, and keep the sound of the music coming in clear and crisp with a much higher maximum input allowed into the processor. This has created a much more comfortable driving experience, and I no longer have to turn down the radio to hear it in the background when driving.
#4: I do not get discomfort behind my ear from the hearing aid after a long day.
With all Receiver in the ear (RITE) and Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids, the weight of the hearing aid can start to fatigue the back of your ear when worn for 10 or more hours during the day. This is a common experience I've grown accustomed to, since I wear my devices from 6am until 9 at night. But with these tiny RITE hearing aids, I've never felt that ache at the back of my ears after a long day. And I wear glasses as well! This is a huge plus for me, and it makes wearing the devices a joy.
Overall, these hearing aids have helped me to feel more confident about my hearing in a multitude of environments. And I highly recommend the quality of the sound to patients. If you have any questions regarding the technology, be sure to give me a call or write a note. Happy hearing!