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April, 8 2014

Widex Clear Passion 330

Widex PassionBefore I bought the Widex Clear Passion 330 I did trial this for a day to see if it was as good as the manufacturer said it was.

I have to say my first impression of this aid was instant!

It gave me clarity of sound from all directions and sources, sounds that I’d not heard for sometime.

They are comfortable to wear on long days without irritation, a factor which is irritating with some aids?

I liked the design, so compact, easy to clean and maintain, with accessible parts that need replacing periodically a hoot to do, even for the non technical person.

These parts such as tulip domes, batteries and wax filters can be ordered and received on the internet by next day post.

James M.

February, 28 2014

Widex Aikia M

Widex Aikia MI have used Widex Aikia behind the ear hearing aids for over 3 years now and have been happy with them.

The batteries (size 10) last around 8 days, which I reckon is pretty good.

I do have a little trouble with wind noise but its no big deal.

Noisy restaurants are more of a problem where it is difficult to hear over the backgroung noise.

Build-wise the battery drawer hinge is very fragile and the tubes tend to kink as the ear tip is pushed in.

All in all a very good hearing aid. I’d give it 8/10.

Ron H., Fareham

January, 31 2014

Widex Dream Fusion

Widex Clear FusionI developed tinnitus in both ears almost 20 years ago, loss of hearing soon followed and this has progressively worsened over time to the point where I have difficulty having a one to one conversation unless the room is relatively quiet and I would prefer not to use a telephone (a mobile phone is out of the question).

I found using the hearing aids actually worse. The TV volume needed to be very high which is not good for anyone else in the room and I used subtitles a lot or chose to read a book instead.

Because my loss is greatest at the upper end hearing a male voice is somewhat easier unless the person has an accent (any accent!). Naturally I became depressed and tended to avoid company – I have to work hard to avoid this aspect even now.

With two hearing aids (Widex Dream Fusion) my hearing has improved considerably although it has its limitations. I still have problems in many situations but at home its generally fine. Conversation on a bus is near impossible and difficult in a car due to road noise, I still avoid pubs and regrettably lectures/meetings. I cycle but cannot hold a conversation with those next to me due to road noise.

The hearing aids have an ‘audibility extender’ that captures sound just outside my range and I do have this ‘on’ at all times. I wear hearing aids from awakening to going to bed and the batteries last for 8 days.

I have just purchased a Widex Phone DEX and it’s wonderful. There is no answering machine facility but this is a small loss.

Best regards

Danny

January, 28 2014

Widex Inteo CIC

Widex Inteo CICI have a pair of Widex Inteo CIC. They were top of the range when I got them a few years ago.

I like them because they are completely in my ears so that they aren’t really visible.

They are comfortable so that I forget they are there.

They are adjusted so that I don’t have to touch them at all.

They enable me to hear much better.

They don’t seem to pick up background noise that I am aware of.

Most people are unaware that I wear hearing aids unless I tell them and then they are surprised.

I would add that I am quite deaf and in a very noisy environment would only hear those close to me and sometimes struggle with TV drama.

Best wishes,

S. R., Sheffield

January, 26 2014

Widex Clear Passion

Widex Clear PassionI have had hearing loss for many years but it wasn’t until I was in my early fifties that I decided to bite the bullet and seek help.

I managed to get help though Access to Work and my first set of hearing aids (Widex CIC) Senso Diva completely changed my life. After over 3 years daily use I upgraded them to a similar pair (but this time with a remote control). I found the Widex aids to be excellent for work and at home, although at times I suffered some acoustic feedback whilst eating.

In 2012 I changed to Widex Clear Passion. These were state-of-the-art aids with bluetooth functionality. Combined with the Widex M-DEX device I can bluetooth my hearing aids to my mobile phone and to other devices such as iPad. I find the bluetooth mobile phone functionality excellent as it was at times awkward use a normal phone handset with my previous Senso-Divas.

The MDEX allows me to have a range of different programmes for my aids – some of which have been custom designed with the help of my dispenser. For example, reverse focus, music, phone and comfort settings. The MDEX allows connectivity with hearing loops. also have a bluetooth enabled desk phone and a wireless tv transmitter which connects with the MDEX.

Robert C. Halifax, West Yorkshire

January, 21 2014

Widex Clear Fusion 440

Widex Clear FusionI have two Widex Clear Fusion 440 aids. My hearing loss: 20dB down from low frequency up to 4kHz, then a steep slope down to 60dB at ~8kHz

The aids were very expensive, but I wanted aids that would do justice to my equally expensive hi-fi system. It seemed silly to me to get aids that had distortion levels far greater than the hi-fi system. The Widex aids, on the ‘music’ setting, at least according to the specifications, appear to meet the need. Much of the cost, I am told, is for the life-long care that comes with the aids. After using them for over a year now, I have the following to say:

Whether the cost is justified is difficult to say, I guess it depends how important the music is to you; they certainly give a good reproduction of the sound coming from my Hi-Fi, but going by my memory of what I used to hear, not just as good as the original. But maybe this is the best I’ll ever get now.

Hearing speech is dramatically improved except for in crowded places, where there is very little improvement in background noise suppression – probably because I am still hearing medium and low frequencies naturally.

Transient sounds are taken care of well.

The telephone setting is not good, although the tele-coil setting is OK, but quite dependent upon orientation of the aid.

I quite often get annoying rustling sounds in the aids. The Audiologist tells me it is due to moisture.

Overall an improvement over my NHS aids, but not an amazing improvement.

Frank C.

January, 1 2014

Widex Dream Fusion 330 RIC

Widex Dream FusionI started wearing hearing aids in April 2013. This was after undergoing both a National Health and a private hearing test within the space of a few days and both coming to the same conclusion. The National Health was unable to offer much choice with the aids and I decided to go with the private company which although very expensive give a much more discreet aid option.

I was unable to go for the invisible hearing aids you see advertised as I have narrow ear canals which are unsuitable for this type so my choice was the Widex Dream Fusion 330 not quite the top of the range but very near to it.

I was informed that they would take some getting used to as your body in particularly the brain has to adapt. The first few weeks were terrible with me frequently having to change the tiny wax traps every couple of days, I had problems with the domes that fit over the traps and then suffered an ear infection that meant that I was unable to wear the aids for a period of three weeks so was back at square one.

I did persevere and I can honestly say that things are much better, I have had a couple more programmes added to the aid specifically for watching TV or listening to music and they are now just a part of everyday life (although there have been a couple of occasions when I have forgotten to put them in).

I have not experienced many noisy social gatherings to greatly test the hearing aids but in work and home environments things are very much better with my wife not having to repeat everything or me guessing what she has said and the TV volume has been vastly turned down. As I wear glasses the aids are not that noticeable and many people have said that they look as though they are part of my glasses and the plastic connection is thin and can be barely seen.

One of the most noticeable effects that I have experienced is that when I take them out at night it is almost like a switch being switched off, such is the difference.

The down side of the aids is the ongoing costs as apart from the initial outlay there is then the cost of the wax traps (around 75p each for the tiniest piece of plastic),the domes and also the batteries which last in my case about a week. I also use antiseptic wipes every night to cleanse them before putting them into a drier (in my case this was provided by the company as part of the purchase price but normally can be £70-£100) so it does all add up.

The other problem which I believe everyone wearing hearing aids will probably suffer from is going out on a windy day, the wind rattles round the ears and the only noise I can equate it to is the sound you get when as a child you would put the little windmill type flags on sandcastles.

Overall, I would say to anyone who needs hearing aids is that you have to persevere, there will be problems but the end result is worth it.

Kind Regards

PG., Belper

December, 27 2013

Widex Dream Fusion

Widex Dream FusionI have been using ReSound Azure and Phonak Nathos Micro (supplied by the NHS) up until recently when I purchased a pair of Widex Dream Fusion.

These types fit very comfortably behind the ear; the receiver and has a tube with a Tulip or open ear tip fitted, I found the ear mould type uncomfortable due to the smallest sounds seem to be magnified in your head. The batteries are supplied free by the NHS; the only drawback is having to go to the hearing aid department to collect new ones. Cleaning was very easy as the tube part can be detached.

I found these hearing aids good when facing and talking to one person as long as he or she talks at a normal sound level anyone who talks quietly I could not hear.

The Azure type had a few different programmes that were good in different conditions. The volume control on both types was not very good and I found that the range had no significant effect when I tried to increase or decrease it, this function would have been useful when walking by busy roads, shopping malls or any type of loud concentrated noise occurs.

Listening to the television at a reasonable level became impossible, so I invested in earphones. Also when in a group of people I could not follow the conversation. In fact due to my continued hearing loss I realised that I needed a more advanced type of hearing aid now.

I have recently purchased a pair of Widex Dream Fusion D-FS. The receiver of this type is in the ear (ear wire not a tube) which has an open end tip. This type technology means the receiver is in the ear and not behind the ear which mimics your normal hearing more and so increases the sound better. Technology has advanced with this model and offers more program settings and the hearing specialist can fine tune the various programs better.

As these hearing aids are a recent purchase I have only two settings the first is tuned to my hearing loss and the second takes out some of the back ground noise to try to improve my hearing when in a group of people in say a restaurant. The only problem with this setting is it makes people sound as if they have a lisp, so I will try to get this sound improved in the New Year.

I will also see what additional programs I can have added like TV, Music and Phone to improve my hearing in these areas. I can hear the TV much better now and do not use the TV ear phones. Also people who talk quietly are not a problem now except on the phone.

In a group it is still hard to follow the conversation if the person speaking is not looking at you directly and background noise still greatly effects what you hear, so this has only improved slightly in comparison to my older types of hearing aid. This aid also has a remote control which is good if I need to increase or decrease the volume at any time.

I found the NHS excellent but due to the fact that they deal with so many people you need to go private to get more individual access quickly but at a cost.

Gary H.

December, 19 2013

Widex Clear Fusion 220 RIC

Widex Clear FusionI’m 73 and have been stone deaf in one ear since the age of seven due to a mastoid operation. I managed perfectly well like this until I approached 60 and the hearing began to deteriorate in my ‘working’ ear (old age, presumably). I then got an analogue hearing aid (shell), brand and model now forgotten. I have only had hearing aids from private providers.

In 2005 I changed to a digital Starkey Axent. This was excellent, except for the shell sometimes making my ear sore. A few years later, when I moved to Scotland, a local supplier made me a new shell, which was perfect, no doubt the luck of the draw because they said the size might need adjustment.

In 2012 my husband decided, probably correctly, that I needed a new hearing aid. the supplier said that I could have a shell-type aid, but I accepted their recommendation of the type that fits behind the ear.

This aid is Widex Clear Fusion 220 RIC. It has been very good, especially the ability to have telecoil (as they call it) and microphone working together. The former Starkey Axent aid could not provide this and, being deaf in one ear, I could hear only what came over the microphone when in ‘loop’ mode.

I have no clear preference for shell, or behind-the-ear aids, both having advantages and disadvantages (how could it be otherwise?) If the shell-type fits well and painlessly at least it’s out of the way. Wearing glasses, as I do, doesn’t preclude an aid behind the ear, but it can be a bit awkward. ON the other hand, the Widex is better on the phone than a shell-type.

The only definite disadvantage to me of the Widex is that it can’t be switched off while I’m wearing it (e.g. to lessen the noise of the Hoover, or aircraft overhead). I have to remove the aid and open the battery door to switch off, though my provider says some customers do manage to open the battery door whilst wearing the aid.

The Starkey Axent shell has an on/off switch as well as a volume control. Widex volume can only be changed by the provider linking all to his computer system. No doubt this is due to the advances in hearing aid technology, making for more sensitive and efficient aids, but having no control myself seems a disadvantage.

The Starkey Axent, now eight years old, may be quite obsolete and I may be wasting everyone’s time by writing about it! So, I’ll stop with the remark that all the aids I’ve had have been valuable to me for hearing conversation without strain. In a crowd it’s not so good, but many people with good hearing also have difficulty hearing in a social crowd.

Yours sincerely,

Susan CR

December, 1 2013

Widex Dream ITC

widex_itcI had my first hearing aids approximately 8 years ago these were supplied by a national chain and were GN Resound Pulse (model PS60) this type hang over the top of the ear and have a small sound tube which fits in the ear by a small soft plastic dome. These are quite discreet especially for females with ear length hair.

But with this type of aid I found it difficult to hear conversations from the back-seat passengers when travelling in the car (it’s possible the road noise didn’t help in this instance either)

The supplier offers free appointments every six months where they may change the domes and thin tubes and when you attend they give you a free card of batteries.

I have recently purchased new hearing aids, these are Widex Dream (D-XP model). The independent hearing care audiologist came to my home and tests were done on my hearing ability. A discussion followed on which hearing aids would be suitable for me. For the Widex type of aid a mould is made from flexible material of your ear canal entrance and the hearing components are fitted within the final model within three weeks.

The Widex hearing aids have a remote control which can increase or decrease the volume in exceptional circumstances if required. This remote also enables the user to use the hearing Loop System which is available in some theatres, cinemas, churches and banks.

Independent hearing companies which can give you a large range of different hearing aids are definitely better than going to companies which only deal with one brand like the national chains and the NHS.

Catherine T.

 

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