Widex Hearing Aids
Dr. Julie and the Sound Relief Hearing Center team is proud to offer Widex hearing aids and listening devices. Where we specialize in tinnitus – “ringing in the ears” – as well as hearing loss, we partner with only the most reputable and reliable hearing solutions companies to provide you only the best care possible.
Widex was founded by two Danish families in 1956, the Tøpholm and Westermann families, and is still run and owned by these families today. With over 4,000 employees Widex’s expertise and technologically advanced products have helped people hear better in more than 100 countries around the world.
Widex is not only a premier hearing aid and listening device maker but it too understands the difficulties tinnitus poses to both those with and without hearing loss. Where tinnitus can severely impact the quality of life for those affected – causing sleep deprivation, depression, poor concentration, and even pain – there is help. Dr. Julie and Widex offer evidence-based tinnitus relief options. Some of these options include Sound Relief Hearing Center’s adherence to the tenants of “Tinnitus Retraining Therapy’ (TRT) and Widex’s tinnitus curriculum designed to help medical professionals educate you, the patient.
What type of hearing solutions does Widex offer?
Widex recognizes that hearing loss and tinnitus impacts each person differently and therefore creates hearing aid products to accommodate everyone from infants to seniors. Their products range from micro in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids to wireless products that link your television directly to your hearing aid providing unparalleled sound quality without any of that pesky background noise.
Hearing Aids Options
Widex boasts a variety of hearing aids and listening devices that come in different styles and technology levels to suit your individual needs. Examples include:
- Fusion – the Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE) style
- Passion – the mini RITE
- Fashion – the Behind-The-Ear (BTE) style
- XP – the In-The-Ear (ITE) style
- Micro-CIC – the Invisible-In-The-Canal
The BTE and RITE styles are offered in a myriad of colors to suit your fashion tastes.
Widex Technology Levels
A librarian’s hearing loss needs will differ from a fireman’s, Widex offers different “technology levels” designed to satisfy the demands of your lifestyle. The higher the technology level the more advanced the device. For example, the Unique model has the following different technology levels. But first a quick word about the technology.
Processing channels include a range of frequencies that is created by a digital filter, or multiple filters, that aid in performance and background noise abatement.
Listening programs are features that help to manage the background noise that may come with a hearing aid.
- The 110 option is the first level. This includes four processing channels, three listening programs, and the standard feature set.
- The 220 option is the second level. This includes three listening programs six processing channels, an enhanced algorithm for speech intelligibility in noise, and more automation to different listening environments.
- The 330 option is the third level. This more advanced level includes ten processing channels, four listening programs, a program for recreating natural localization cues from the pinna, and a real-time noise reduction program to enhance speech in noise.
- The 440 option is the premium level. Its advanced features include 15 channels, five listening programs, and a boost feature for high frequencies (good for listening to music).
Widex Tinnitus Management
With tinnitus impacting a quarter billion people globally, most of the models include an optional program called ZEN that offer some type tinnitus relief tones. These relief tones usually include everything to peaceful music to Gregorian chant like programs intended to distract and calm the mind from the constant ringing in one or both ears.
Assistive Listening Devices
Listening to the television poses issues that differ from listening to a phone call. In addition to the line of technologically advance hearing aids, Widex has developed a number of devices to aid those in different listening environments.
- RC-DEX is a remote control device that allows you to manage the many features of your hearing aid.
- TV-DEX is also a remote control device that connects the TV to your hearing aid.
- T-DEX is a neck loop that communicates with the hearing aid’s telecoil.
- COM-DEX is a hands free device that directs a mobile phone signal to your hearing aid.
- SCOLA models use a FM transmitter and receiver setup. This product is great for students in a classroom setting and professionals at conferences or seminars. The receiver is located near the teacher or speaker and sends a clear sounding signal via a FM frequency to the person’s hearing aid adding enhanced clarity for the listener.
Widex was founded in Denmark by two friends, Christian Topholm and Erik Westermann, in 1956. Here are some of the recent milestones for the company:
1988 – released Quattro Q8, its first digitally programmable hearing aid with remote control.
1990 – patented a technology called CAMISHA (computer-aided manufacturing individual shells for hearing aids).
1995 – launched the Senso, the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid.
2008 – released Passion, the smallest receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid.
2010 – announced the first hearing aid made specifically for babies, the Widex Baby440.
2015 – Widex designed the CROS Fusion, a hearing aid for single-sided deafness which uses three times less battery than others of its kind.