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75% score based on 76 reviews
The ReSound LiNX2 bills itself as "the world's first full family of smart hearing aids." What does this mean exactly? As far as we know Resound is the first to offer made-for-iPhone hearing aids in a full family of styles (includes everything from behind-the-ear to "invisible in-the-ear" instruments) . Beltone offers a very similar line of hearing aids, but considering that Beltone is a subsidiary of GN ReSound, we think ReSound really does have a claim to fame here. The LiNX2 is the upgraded version of the original LiNX hearing aid model, which was only offered in behind-the-ear (BTE) models.
The RIE 62 model (the product featured on this page) is a welcome new addition to the family, as it is the smallest BTE model with a size 13 battery. This means greater battery life for all that battery-intensive audio streaming, and a break from the battery-life woes of streaming with a 312 battery.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 02 March 2015
The ReSound LiNX2 RIE 62 has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control and volume control), water resistant coating, uses size 13 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 02 March 2015
The ReSound LiNX2 RIE 61 has a push button (program control and volume control), water resistant coating, uses size 312 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 02 March 2015
The ReSound LiNX2 BTE 77 has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control and volume control), water resistant coating, uses size 13 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 02 March 2015
The ReSound LiNX2 BTE 88 has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control and volume control), water resistant coating, uses size 13 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
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|Adjustable directional mix|
|Autoscope Adaptive Directionality™|
|Binaural Directionality™ II|
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THE GOOD: * I can hear things I don't remember hearing before. * Long lasting rechargeable batteries * Sound quality is excellent, it feels like natural hearing to me. * I say 'what?' much less often. wife happy * Once Paired, the ReSound Android app works well with my Motorola Z2 Play though it is slow to connect. * Talking on the phone is very natural THE NOT SO GOOD: * Pretty expensive * Pairing the ReSound hearing aids with the Android app was not particularly intuitive. It took several tries before I got it right. We have a very lovely and fast flowing Creek that runs behind our house. Normally I only hear it when it is full and "angry", but I can now hear it even when it is very placid.
When they are working I love these hearing aids, but over a two year period mine have been sent for repair 5 times. My audiologist claims that the LINX2 is prone to microphone failure. For the price I paid I hope Resound might replace them, as the left one is currently out for repair again, but I will more than likely have to buy another pair.....obviously NOT Resound.
Overall my Linx2 hearing aids have been very helpful and I'm glad I got them. I've had two occasions where they developed issues and had to be sent back to Resound to be fixed. So I'm somewhat concerned about their long term reliability considering how expensive they were.
Life is much better with my HA's. I must admit that I do not notice them at all which unfortunately means I often go to town forgetting to put them on. I am religious about putting them in the Hal-Hen desiccant jar overnight. I often work in a noisy environment and wear hearing protection = over the head "headphone style" muffs. I take off the HA's when wearing the protection; no point in amplifying sound when Im attempting to protect from it and I'm worried that the super-moist atmosphere inside the ear-cup would damage the HAs. The Bluetooth features of the HAs take some getting used to. My pickup truck seems to win the war about who gets the audio output of my iPhone 8. If the truck's engine is running and I'm within 30 feet of the truck my phone conversation or music app output will be grabbed by the Toyota sound system.
Telecoil is fantastic compared to other Resound HAs I have had. Phone Clip is great and doubles as a remote. With it I stream music, take phone calls, watch Netflix, etc. I also have Multimic to connect me to other devices like walkie talkie and ipod. I can connect as bluetooth headset also. When driving in my noisy convertible, I mute outside sound and stream music to my ears. It is better than a normal hearing person gets :) I have purple sparkly earmolds full shell. Love, Love
I love my HA’s. They are comfortable to an amazing degree. I forget that I am wearing them. The best thing about them is the natural sound that they produce. Other aids that I have had were “tinny” and, at times, irritating. They are one of the first things on in the morning and the last off at night. I can’t imagine not having them. I have Dr. Aird to thank for that.
Have had these aids for over two years now. I chose them because at the time they were the only aids that connected with, and could be controlled by, an iPhone app. Generally am satisfied with their performance, my loss is only moderate and mainly in the upper frequencies and as an amateur musician and an audiophile I wanted to improve my music listening experience. At first the upper frequency boost was too great and made music harsh but eventually I obtained programming equipment and software and learnt to program them myself. I don't use the iPhone app as much as I had expected to as the range of bass and treble control is too limited and also it is quicker to change a program by pressing the button on the aid. I have had problems with the battery holders in that the tip of them both has broken off several times when opening the holder, even though since the first occasion I open the holder very carefully, seems to be a design fault.
I just had an acoustic neuroma removed two months ago and I'm now SSD on the left side. The VA is apparently ordering one (only have one ear now) Resound linx2 TS-61 mini RIC hearing aid for me. I've seen 61-7, 61-9, 62-7 and 62-9 listed as well as a linx 3d. what's the difference between all of them and the one the VA ordered for me?
I had a problem with perspiration getting into the battery compartment. A pair of Ear Gear covers fixed that. I was originally fitted with open domes. While that was a big help for higher frequencies, it left me still having some trouble with speech recognition. It seemed to me that even the very short time it takes the HA to process sounds caused some slight distortion. Some sounds would go directly into my ears while also going through the HAs. The same sound arriving in my ear twice, one slightly delayed, made some speech less than clear. I was just fitted with tulip domes which have helped, but not eliminated the problem. I believe I need a more closed dome or even molds.
(Engineer with moderate high freq. loss.) So far, I have only compared this Resound Linx 9 3D model to the Widex 440 beyond. During first few days I experienced random painfull feedback on Resound ; make sure a feedback test is done on these. A return trip to my hearing Professional with this specific complaint fixed this problem with the clinic interface. Music streaming has some noise and clicking on both Resound Linx 3D 9( RIE) and Widex 440 Beyond RIE. Update: JUST FOUND THAT MY TILE APP ON MY IPHONE WAS CAUSING THE PROBLEM: Evidentally that apps pings devices using bluetooth and causes interference. I turned of the bluetooth within the tile APP and the interference subsided. Microphones on Resound more open (to water and wind noise?) compared to Widex which have shields over microphones. Sound profile sharper than the softer-sounding Widex (some may like that). Surprising how few hearing aid professionals employ "Real Ear Measurement" equipment to see if hearing aids really compensate the hearing loss curve with accuracy. They just rely on manufacturers software. Bottom line: Resound and Widex seem equal in quality. It is a toss-up. Selecting a quick learning, tech savvy hearing professional is the most important factor with direct-to-iPhone hearing aids.
I recently purchased the Resound Linx 3D with Bluetooth and LOVE them--I hear so much more crisply , and in fact simpler sounds are actually loud now--in a GOOD way! They are very comfortable and there are times in the day that I actually have to tap the microphone part to make sure they are on and in well. I LOVE being able to control the sounds with my phone depending on my social situation and my hearing specialist is a huge factor in why my hearing aids are so successful for me. I highly recommend.
I was using Lyric which was an excellent Aid, but after 4 years I could not wear them anymore. So, I had to go to these expensive an marginal aids. I had some trouble understanding speech with the Lyric but it was much better than these. I bought a pair of ReSound aids before the Lyrics and quit using them because I couldn't tell they were doing enough to warrant the hassle. My current ReSound aides are much better than the first ones.
I had another make and model hearing aid and was having a difficult time hearing in different situations. Because of that I wasn't using them. I have an iPhone so the VA gave me this model. LS962-DRW (RIE) I'm hearing much better. I use the ReSound Multi Mic and the iPhone app that goes with these aids. The app allows me to adjust volume, to correct the treble, base, background, and wind noises. This app makes it much easier to adjust these settings in different situations making it easier to understand conversation. I really like the control I have with these aids. The GPS feature allows for the hearing aid to automatically change these settings that you've previously programmed for a different areas. (Home vs work) I really like this hearing aid. Thank you ReSound I wasn't paid or given anything for this review. I just found a product that really works for me. I guess I suppose to receive some batteries but that's not the reason for the review.
I was quite surprised. Until I started using them on a regular basis, I was not aware of how much of conversations I was missing out on. The best example was when I had lunch with my daughter in a very noisy restaurant, I was able to hear and participate in our conversation without straining to hear. Most of the time I forget they are in my ear, and I don't believe anyone really notices them.
Things are going pretty good. My hearing was so bad, it dramatically affected my career, all aspects of my professional life, my social life, my family life. Having these hearing aids (first ones) has dramatically turned my life around. However getting them tuned optimally has taken effort. And the Level 5 doesn't appears to have enough frequency fine tuning to achieve my optimal objectives. I wanted level 7 or even level 9 but they were cost prohibited (I had to fight tooth and nail to get these level 5s -- they were subsidized). Now the level 9 has spatial sensitivity -- I have trouble hearing in church with the 60 foot ceilings. Overall, these hearing aids use up the batteries too quickly, but I do ample phone call streaming with an IPhone. The app on the IPhone which lets me control the volume setting somewhat is extremely important and very cool. It has GPS related auto settings once you set it up for a location They do appear to be very durable, albeit I have only had them about two months. So the high cost might be justifiable, but the overall cost is still prohibitive so sometimes I question the value. I am pretty sure the audiologist amply marked up the cost over the MSRP (I have a lot to say on what my efforts were as a consumer from heck -- I got things I was told I would NOT EVER get but what tenacious and pushy -- and I did get mostly what I insisted on). Due to back to back lay offs, I have only part time work right now, and am in a negative cash flow. I am rationing batteries (only wearing one in the better ear). Please expedite the supply for answering this survey if you can (size 312) Also, it has always bugged me that hearing aids are not MANDATORY coverage in health plans. Virtually everything else is -- including ocular prosthetics which don't provide sensori restoration. My audiologist not listed: Sophia Berhmann Advanced Hearing Center Albertson 11507 and NYC Also, I would more than happy to add my audiograms. But I'd prefer to just upload the PDFs I have. Can I do that? BTW, when I answered that the batteries last 5 days... that's the max. I am finding the right device uses more power than the left. and as I exploit them (which I do limitedly because of the battery usage issue, but for example with Pandora) it is typically more like 4 days (sometimes less). I asked for devices that had rechargeable capability but got a 'no, you're not gonna get that.' Another update: Regardless of the initial response I gave to 'comrot of my hearing aids, let me elaborate. I came up with this analogy, most people I have shared it with, including my AuD , think it is a good analogy. 1) as a first time user, it does take a couple of weeks to get used the device presence. but in time: 2) think of it like a good pair of snug but comfortable sneakers. You put them on in the morning, tie up the laces, and you know your are wearing them, but am aware of them for just a short while. As the day goes by, you don't notice or feel having footwear on. You don't feel them. When you get home, you still don't really feel or notice them.. until you sit in your recliner and then you think about them, and you push them off, and go 'aahhhh'.
I have not had my hearing aid long, but I am hearing sounds that I haven't heard in a long time! Right now, the sounds are a little overwhelming, but as I adjust to the hearing aids more and more, I will be greatly pleased with them.
I wish now I would have went back to my original audiologist and gotten the Oticons. I purchased these on Feb 1, 2017 and would not recommend them to anyone. First time that I went to my audiologist, she turned them. up. Next time, I had her turn them down....they were way to loud. So I went back again because it sounded like I was in a vacuum and she adjusted them. Went back again telling her I am having issues with hearing soft spoken people and straining to hear the TV. She asked how close these people were to me and I told her they were in the same room with me. Her response was that you need to make those people aware they need to speak up a little more or touch my arm to get my attention. As far as the TV, she said that is normal because volumes go up and down. Last night, I went to a meeting in a small cubicle. The lady right beside me spoke directly me to and I could not hear her...I had to ask her to repeat her message. With my Oticon aids I was able to hear the buzzer go off on my stove while I was in the next room. That is not the case with these. I am not a happy camper. Just read the paperwork and it says I had 45 days to return for a full refund. I have been in and out so many times trying to adjust, by being patient and now I am angry.
The Resound Linx2 961 aids were purchased to replace ten year old Phonak BTEs. The hearing improvement is excellent in a quiet environment, but no better than the Phonaks. I purchased these because it has Bluetooth features that the Phonaks do not have. The app on the iPhone makes it possible to tune the aids in specific environments, which is a plus. It will also stream all audio from the iPhone, including calls. However, do not expect the hearing aids to be a good replacement for headphones (or even earbuds). Although the Resounds are excellent hearing aids, they do not even come close to the audio quality of even the cheapest earbuds when streaming music/voice from the iPhone. In fact, I would rate them unacceptably poor for the price I paid for these aids. I will most likely return these soon.
I just bought the a few days ago and am in the process of adjusting it. Still believe that Costco audiologist will be able to adjust the noise that I hear. However, the most uncomfortable feature of this hearing aid is the metal thing that is just behind the domes. The heart my ear very much, unlike the Resound from five years ago bought in Costco as well has the metal hidden under the plastic. Jolanta Mirczewa
The receivers are long and angled unnaturally, it rubs my canals and makes my ears itch. I am told resound is one of the few manufacturers that still angles the receiver toward the canal in this way. If you like relative quiet and lots of background suppression, these are probably good hearing aids for you. Sometimes I find it hard to hear who I want to hear if there are louder mouths around, I feel this is an inaccuracy of the suppression. I did a trial of Oticon OPN hearing aids and liked the fuller environment better, but ultimately was turned away by the lack of Android streaming support. The Linx2 9 are good hearing aids, but they are not my first choice.
Lost one aid while running a tractor. Used the ReSound app on my iPhone to locate it---on the ground, covered with so much dirt I had to dig it out by hand. Wiped it off and re-inserted it. It still worked! The other great thing is they ring only in my ears (purchased iPhone just for this) and my wife is delighted that she no longer has to listen to loud ringtones or the conversation of the person on the other end of the call.
The regular hearing aid function works flawlessly, but the bluetooth connection, which the devices use during phone conversations, is pretty unreliable. Sometimes it works well, but more often the sound quality is mediocre, and sometimes the connection drops out entirely for several seconds at a time during a conversation. In addition, every now and then one or both hearing aids will beep once or twice for no apparent reason.
Hearing Aid Resound LS 961 provided by Veterans Admin. I am still learning the fine adjustments. My batteries last 4-5 days only. I can hear the highs better. I have parakeets as pets and when the screech it is extremely loud. This is connected to my iPhone 6.
I am brand new to hearing aids and this is only day 2 of wearing them, so keep this in mind as you read my responses. I also have only mild-moderate loss, basically high frequency, consonants, difficulty in loud settings, and tinnitus. Thus, I have much to learn, and will report back as my experience increases. I did some research on my own, and got the LiNX 2 962 for 1/4 the price of retail on eBay, and they pre-programmed them via an Informal work audiogram and a free COSTCO screening audiogram. Next I am going to a university hearing and speech clinic, who said they will take a look at them and see if they are appropriate for my needs. I have no warranty, paperwork, accessories, etc., so we'll see if it is a good investment or not, but I have 60 days return option, so I can't lose. I really hope they work out! I am 50, my mom got aids at 60 and wished she had gotten them much earlier.
This set of hearing aids is a vast improvement over the last set that I had. Of course they were 6-7 years old and were no longer functional for my growing hearing loss. These hearing aids are wireless and provide tinnitus masking which is exactly what I need on a daily basis. I have two programs outside of the masking program on the hearing aid that I can utilize anytime I want. They vary from soft to loud depending on what I need and where I want the noise. The versatility of having a wireless hearing aid helps with use of the iPhone which is new to me but also helps with talking on the phone, navigating on the road, reading my emails or texting my husband/daughter. Questions answered with Siri or whatever her name is - is even an interesting activity that has helped me a pinch. It's too bad I didn't have this years ago. But I have it now which helps when I have memory loss more frequently and need to have more help on a regular basis. Thank you for this very expensive but useful instrument with the telecoil that works marvelous.!!!
I love my Linx2 9 hearing aids. I love understanding what my family is saying again and hearing birds sing. The hearing aids are powerful and easy to forget you are wearing them. I don't feel like I've got my fingers in my ears any longer. Sounds are normal. This is the third set of hearing aids I've used and they the best. Connect to my iPhone was a breeze. Connection is strong. Switches to my car stereo when I go for a drive so I don't have to do it myself. I love everything about them. The price was great as well. Saved over $2000 going with a place online. Not sure I'm supposed to mention their name on here but they are a great company. Could not ask for better service or quicker turn around. By far these hearing aids have excelled my expectations. Price, service, functionality, comfort. All are top notch. Wish I could say the name of the company.
I am amazed at some of the sounds that I can hear now such as The turning blinker on my car, the creaking of the hardwood floor, and the birds singing in the trees by our house. Wearing a hearing aid has been a great choice for me and has improved the quality of my life.
I'm a first time user of hearing aids. I was recently diagnosed with moderate hearing loss which consisted mostly of loss in the higher frequencies. This caused me to have a tough time making out certain words; especially consonants. After being fitted with the Linx 2 my word comprehension improved dramatically. As I really don't have a huge need for increased volume, the ability to program the hearing aids to individual needs is very impressive. I had also heard from some people that they quit wearing their hearing aids due to whistling, hissing and other types of feedback. After 6 moths of continuous use of the Linx brand, I have not once experienced any of these issues. Love my new ears!!
I recently acquired the ReSound LiNX 2-9 aids to replace my LiNX 9 aids, and, by far, they are the best hearing aids I have ever used. In 2014 I tried several aids from the Resound LiNX 9, the Phonak Naida, Starkey Halo, and the Otocon Alta (I believe), there was no comparison to that of the LiNX in any listening situation. Not only did the LiNX 9 and LiNX 2-9 stop my withdrawal from the listening society (so to speak) by improving virtually every listening situation, including phone calls, with the exception of noisy environments, restaurants, parties, crowds, etc., however, with the MiniMic that problem is acceptably solved. What ReSound should do is offer the ability to use multiple MiniMics simultaneously (at least 4), for restaurants, meetings, etc.. The interface with the iPhone makes phone calls understandable, finally! The music streaming is incredible, as are the various listening programs and fine tuning adjustments from the iPhone/ReSound app! And, finally, the TVStreamer2 absolutely solves the hearing part of watching TV. I highly recommend the LiNX 2 to anyone who wants the very finest hearing performance device.
It's still a little early to say overall. I am just getting used to the apps and how to find and use them. Also, there are functions that I don't yet have on my hearing aid. I can say that it provides a discernible improvement in my ability to hear. Restaurants are still the most challenging.
Works well for me but not great. Cuts out occasionally and randomly, when I have to remove aid and wait several hours or overnight before restarting. Volume control is not terrible customer friendly. I like having the I-phone connection but it slows me down at times navigating to just exactly what adjustment I am seeking. (This is probably just operator error) I love the filter options.
I have spent many months trying to decide which hearing aids would suit me best. I had a bad experience in the beginning trying to get them with AARP United Health Care Complete supplemental insurance to Medicare. That practitioner led me to believe I may have a brain tumor. After testing and discovering I did not have one, I was fitted with the hearing aids they offered. The hearing aid company is owned by the insurance company. Those aids were behind the ear but did not have a receiver in the ear. Instead, the receiver was behind the ear and they were horrible. I returned them. My next attempts were not through insurance. After much research, I chose the Resound Linx2 hearing aids because of their ability to stream through my i-Phone. I got the new i-Phone 6s Plus at the same time I got the hearing aids. My audiologist helped me set up the app and create some settings for me to choose from. I have been extremely pleased with the results! I work as a Realtor and I take all of my calls through the hearing aids. I can also listen to a conference call on the hearing aids. | The only issue I have is that I must have the phone with me at all times because I must answer the call on the phone to have it then stream on the aids. Auto-answer would be extremely useful in the sense that i could get a call even if I did not have the i-Phone on me. It is large and because I seldom have pockets, it sometimes is left in the next room. When that is the case and a call comes in I must run to the phone to answer it before the caller goes to voicemail. I suppose that is something Apple would need to offer. Other than that one issue, I love the way it works. I end up showing many people how it all works instead of being embarrassed to show my hearing aids! The #13 batteries make the battery drain from streaming not an issue. They seem to last me nearly a week most of the time. The only issue I am working with is being able to understand words distinctly in an area with all hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. I have a special setting but it is still more of a struggle than in any other situation for me. Otherwise, I am thrilled with my choice of the Resound Linx2 hearing aids!
I cannot compare ReSound to other hearing aids but I can speak to my experiences with made for Iphone Hearing aids. I have been using my second pair (Linx 2) for about 9 months. Before that I had Resound Alera. The Aleras were good. I got all the peripherals; bluetooth TV listener, remote controller, microphone, and the Iphone app that paired with it. No complaints on hearing quality, battery life, or any of the remotes BUT the Iphone app was very unstable. It would pair then quit and often to re-pair I had to forget on bluetooth and re-install the app. I complained a lot to the audioligist. She even brought in a company rep from regional office. Part of problem was too many Bluetooth LE apps on my part - Pebble watch, Ford bluetooth in my car, BT on my computer, etc. Bluetooth LE gets confused easily in such scenarios. I switched to Linx 2 and have been very pleased with the "made for Iphone" aspect. I no longer have to worry about the BT pairing getting confused about pairing. It is a totally separate "always on" BT LE connection. I can even start it on the lock screen of the Iphone with a triple click to "accessibility shortcuts" that lets me instantly turn the Iphone into a remote mic or allows me to change settings on the fly. That is a great advantage as I recently learned in a noisy hospital emergency room when I could start the mic and hand it to the doctor so he could talk to me about my wife's accident. I did have to change TV accessory when I got the Linx 2, but the remote mic still works. Remote control does as well, but not much need for it with new set-up. An advantage to the Linx 2 is the battery life. The p13 batteries are larger and last longer (up to a week vs 3 days with Alera's p312s). One small downside is metal detectors at security checkpoints sometimes beep for the larger batteries - a minor annoyance. So for the most part, I love the Linx 2 aids. But there are always buts. I use the feature called "Live Listening" that allows you to use your Iphone as a microphone and found it to work pretty well. Most recently I made good use of it in emergency room after my wife was in a severe car accident. By using the phone as a mic, I was able to hear the emergency room personnel ask critical questions - that in a very noisy atmosphere. That was a GREAT help! You can access it from the lock screen by triple clicking on the home button, so it is always ready to go. Great in an emergency! In more relaxed atmospheres, I use a remote mic that Resound sells. This lets me put the mic on the table in a restaurant so I can hear people on the other end of the table even in a noisy place. It is also better to risk leaving that behind than the iphone! My current frustration with the hearing aid setup is caused by Apple. I want reminders, calendar updates, and so forth to come through as sounds in my hearing aids not as sounds on the iphone. It is a privacy issue. The ideal thing would be for the Resound app to default back to sounds on the iphone when the batteries on the hearing aids die or when I open the battery door, but Apple does not allow for that option. I can set the Iphone to vibrate for reminders, etc. but alert sounds come on the Iphone rather than hearing aids. Resound says that is something Apple must fix. Resound and Apple teamed up to make them "made for iphone" but they need to take things further! I thought I had the direct to hearing aides issue fixed when I used a text to speech app to create an MP3 file and set it as a ringtone which I then used on the alarm app built into the Iphone. I could set an alarm and have it say "Take your blood pressure medication now." I thought it was going only to my hearing aids since that is what happens to the PHONE ringtone when I get a call but no, it went to both the aids AND the phone so everyone around me could hear! My contact at ReSound says that maybe if I got an Apple Watch and an Iphone 6 I could get this but I am not convinced yet. I think there is a market out there for an app that would do what I want done. After all, older people like me tend to have hearing loss as well as a potential for dementia and Alzheimer's. I already use the Iphone as a calendar and reminder tool for daily tasks. And it works up to a point but there is still a ways to go. In Australia, theatres have closed captioning devices for smartphones that you can use in your seat. I Have not found a similar app here but it would be great at the opera. Most of the hearing loop devices in U.S. theatres are pretty worthless. Having an audiologist that understands your needs is critical in my opinion. My provider, Bridget Elliot at the Medical College of Wisconsin is always willing to assist me in getting my hearing aids tuned to my needs. She also is very supportive of consumers like me that ask for a lot of technological assistance: using the aids with a Pebble Watch and a Raspberry Pi computer, programming things with text to speech apps, etc. Whether you are a technophile or technophobe, be sure to get in sync with your audiologist.
I have mild to moderate hearing loss, but DID NOT WANT HEARING AIDS. However, the company I worked for had Cigna health insurance and used Amplifon for hearing aids. When our company lost a re-compete for a contract, several of us were not picked up and were going to lose our health insurance so one of the older gentlemen checked into hearing aids and found out that that our Cigna/Amplifon benefit would pay 100% of hearing aid costs! Long story short, I had a hearing test done by an Au.D. (audiologist). The questions she asked were what hearing issues bothered me most. For me, trying to hear conversation in noisy environments (restaurants, public spaces), hearing in a car, wind noise, and listening to music. These are issues that push one further up the ladder for a higher power/expense hearing aid. I knew there were now digital hearing aids that you could adjust yourself by using your smartphone or a remote device. I wanted the smartphone device adjustable ones so I didn't have to keep up with another piece of hardware or wearing something around my neck. Currently (October/November 2015) that means ReSound, a brand I was unfamiliar with. Krystin Farrell, Au.D.,Maico Audiological Services in Newport News, VA got me in, we talked about my hearing issues, the urgency that I had to act with in getting the aids before my benefits expired, and they made everything happen in TWO DAYS. Absolutely amazing. I was SO dreading getting used to wearing hearing aids. Both of my parents wore them so I was quite familiar with the issues. However, these were comfortable! They actually sounded just like real life! No 'Charlie Brown's teacher' or tinny old time speakers! I am beyond impressed. I have an iphone 6, but these work with Android phones as well from what I understand. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the ReSound LINX2 962. I have the Blue behind the ear aids with the receiver in the ear.
While the hearing aids do an excellent job improving my hearing capability, the expensive price that includes "great" extras like bluetooth are not worth your money. The iphone app causes phone conversations to move from ear to ear and sometimes cut out altogether. You can watch the connection failures on the phone. Very disconcerting for a mature technology like bluetooth. Seems like they could do a better job for the price. I can't even use the functionality I paid for. I have to turn it off to have a conversation.
Without my hearing aids, people talked with mush in their mouths. Now they speak more clearly! I am hearing sounds that I have been missing, like the clicking of the automobile turn indicators, birds singing, people talking to me, etc.
I was recommended these hearing aids because of the versatility they offered for use in varying environments. My daily life includes solitary time, one on one meetings, public meetings, seminars, dinners, outdoor sports, theatre, etc. The hearing aids will adapt to the environment I'm in to a certain degree and the audiologist can prepare different programmes that I can select when going into a known environment. The environment programmes can be changed by touching the aids as well as volume and for more control I can use my smartphone or tablet as a remote control. The aids are capable of receiving streaming of phonecalls and media directly from a smartphone or tablet using bluetooth but I haven't tried this yet. The aids are pretty small and come in different colours with an almost invisible microphone wire into my ear, nobody appears to notice I have aids until I tell them. To date after a few weeks I'm very happy with these aids.
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