Dr. Julie and the Sound Relief Hearing Center team are proud to offer Widex hearing aids and listening devices. Because 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 with the best care possible. One of these highly respected companies is Widex.
Widex: A Leading Manufacturer of Hearing Solutions
Two Danish families – the Tøpholm and Westermann families – founded Widex in 1956, and they still own and run the company 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 manufacturer but it also understands the difficulties tinnitus poses to both those with hearing loss and those without. Tinnitus can severely impact the quality of life for those affected – causing sleep deprivation, depression, poor concentration, and even pain – but there is hope.
Dr. Julie and Widex offer evidence-based tinnitus relief options. These 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 impact 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.
As you explore your options, you’ll see the terms “processing channels” and “listening programs.” Processing channels include a range of frequencies 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.
Each of Widex’s hearing devices is available in a range of technology levels. For example, Widex offers its Unique model in the following levels:
- Widex Unique 110 (the first level): This includes four processing channels, three listening programs, and the standard feature set.
- Widex Unique 220 (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.
- Widex Unique 330 (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.
- Widex Unique 440 (the premium level): This level’s advanced features include 15 processing channels, five listening programs, and a boost feature for high frequencies (good for listening to music).
Using the world’s smartest hearing aid technology, the Widex EVOKE maps out and analyzes the user’s sound environment and then prioritizes the most important sound sources. This feature, which uses Widex’s unique Fluid Sound Analyzer, helps the device select the right sound class and provides exceptionally accurate results.
EVOKE also uses machine learning to adapt to the user’s needs, guiding the user to a comfortable, personalized sound. Using the EVOKE app, the user can improve their hearing promptly when they come across a challenging listening situation. Plus, the technology remembers the user’s preferred adjustments in each mode and will apply them when similar situations arise in the future. As the device adapts to the user’s needs, it makes hearing feel effortless and natural.
Widex Tinnitus Management
With tinnitus impacting a quarter billion people globally, most of Widex’s models include an optional program called Zen. Widex Zen Therapy (WZT) for tinnitus uses four individualized components that our audiologists customize for each patient. At the core of WZT is fractal tone technology known as Zen that produces tones based on musical properties. These fractal tones are predictable without being repetitive in order to provide a calming contrast to a patient’s tinnitus. When used in conjunction with directive counseling and relaxation techniques, WZT is an extremely effective tool that facilitates the process of habituation, or re-wiring the brain’s auditory cortex so that tinnitus is no longer bothersome.
Assistive Listening Devices
Widex knows that listening to the TV poses different issues than listening to a phone call. So in addition to its line of technologically advanced hearing aids, Widex has developed a number of devices to help people 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, and it connects the TV to your hearing aid.
- T-DEXis 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 an 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 an FM frequency to the person’s hearing aid, providing enhanced clarity for the listener.
Since two friends, Christian Topholm and Erik Westermann, founded Widex in 1956, the company has evolved significantly. Here are some of the recent milestones for the company:
- 1988– Widex released Quattro Q8, its first digitally programmable hearing aid with a remote control.
- 1990– Widex patented a technology called CAMISHA (computer-aided manufacturing individual shells for hearing aids).
- 1995– Widex launched the Senso, the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid.
- 2008– Widex released Passion, the smallest receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid.
- 2010– Widex 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 that uses three times less battery than others of its kind.