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June, 26 2014

Widex Clear Passion 440

Widex PassionMy Widex Clear Passion 440 were top on the range at time, Bluetooth enabled. I have found these aids to be pretty reliable and quite versatile. Easy to use, put them in in the morning, remove last thing at night. Quite heavy on batteries (they are tiny!) about 2 -3 days each amounting to approx 60 batties over 3 months. Most of the time I don’t even use the remote control unit other than when attending social events or when driving as it is offers hands free operation. It was expensive at the time costing a net £4000 for the pair with a 25% reduction. I now insure annually @ £160 and I would suggest this is necessary as from time to time repairs have been needed. They are very discreet and few people are aware I am using them. I only use its ‘music’ settings on rare occasions (concerts possibly) – not sure if I notice any real difference with capability.

In the case of social events it is of great assistance with its directional pick up facility. The Bluetooth facility using an HTC smart phone is less reliable as the software quite frequently fails leading to silent calls where neither party can hear the other.

Prior to using hearing aids I know that my poor hearing impaired my work quite often and social occasions were misery as trying to pick out individual voices in a group of people was difficult and tiring.

For the future I would like to see better software, possibly getting rid of the controller altogether in favour of a smartphone app that would be even more discreet and probably improve the reliability with the phone connection. I would be interested to hear other peoples experiences.

Regards
Mike E.

June, 21 2014

Widex Dream Fusion 220

itc hearing aidsI bought a pair of Widex Dream Fusion 220 hearing aids recently. The cost of nearly 4k seemed exorbitant to me, and I was very tempted to duck out – but my family were keen for me to get some aids as they said I was missing a great deal of conversation, especially when there was a group of us together.

There were two advantages that I could see with this brand. The first, and most important for me, was the fact that I can relay my radio or mobile phone – or any similar device – directly to the earpieces. The second is the fact that I have been given a mould individually made for my ears, into which the ear pieces fit. This is very much more secure than the piece that I have experienced in a past foray into hearing aids which just dangles there and causes unbearable itching and is much more likely to fall out unnoticed.

I have been using the aids for about three months and I believe that I am hearing more than before. The price that I have paid also allows for regular checkups and adjustments that are carried out in our home.

Regards, Diana

May, 23 2014

Widex Passion

Widex PassionMy hearing loss was discovered about 12 years ago, turns out to be caused by industrial noise in my working environment. I was issued with NHS aids at that point and they were analogue type (I did have a comprehensive hearing test by NHS). I stuck with these for some weeks but could not get on with them, so stop using them. Found them uncomfortable and poor quality sound.

About 2005 early part of the year I was struggling at work in meetings to fully grasp the conversations. I bought some digital aids from a high street chain after taking their hearing test in a sound proof room. They were fine for a while then one of them became faulty and I returned it to the store. They sent it to the manufacturer for repair. After what seemed an age I got the call to collect the item.
I carried on using these but became unhappy with their performance and decided to return them and get a full refund.

In 2011 whilst at work I was really struggling to know what people were taking about so went down the hearing aid route again. However this time I did it differently. I researched on the web all different makes and suppliers. I discovered that Widex has a very long history of manufacturing hearing aids and that they also carry out much research and design.

I contacted retailers and went to their shops only to find that they were more interested in selling the items that made them the most profit, they did not listen to my requirements.

Back to the web, I clicked on an ‘independant’ hearing aid dispenser and this guy came to my house. he did his test and that tallied with print outs from nhs tests. He started with the cheaper ones on the market and I asked him about Widex. He seemed surprised that I knew the name and continued to talk about heir products which he also sold.

I settled Widex Passion behind the ear with in the canal speaker anchored with an open fitting. he came back few days later with the brand new products and they were fitted to me and he left. these at once seemed brilliant good sound comfortable and most important I could hear everything again.

There were some teething problems with these and one was sent back to widex for repair, then the other one had to go back. I complained and widex doubled the guarantee, since then I have had no troubles and I wear them ALL the time.
I will say that these are very expensive and I had to struggle to find the money but they have been brilliant. I could not do without them

Regards

Terry B.

May, 20 2014

Widex Dream 110 RIC

Widex PassionMy Widex Dream 110 RIC aids were privately sourced on 13.11.13 in Norwich and Power Zinc hearing aid batteries were recommended by my Audio professional as being one of the best on the market.  I find them easy to carry, use and replace and they last for about 1 week.

As regards my Widex Dream 110 RIC hearing aids they opened up a world to me which had long since been forgotten.  Expensive?  Perhaps, but my quality of life has been enriched beyond measure and I no longer feel embarrassed at having to ask people to repeat things.  The quality of sonic enhancement is of a high standard.  The only problem I have – the earpieces can pop out when eating due to jaw movement and can become a little uncomfortable with prolonged use.  Simple answer, take them out for an hour.

I wish you well with your research;  it could be so helpful to people who, like me, are presented with a minefield of available options.  My audiologist offered a week long free trial which encouraged me to take the plunge and his professionalism and ‘sound advice’ has changed my life.

Kind regards

Linda Easter, Norwich

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.

 

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