Sound Relief Hearing Center offers Widex hearing aids and tinnitus management tools. Because we specialize in tinnitus – “ringing in the ears” – as well as hearing loss, we partner with the most reputable, innovative, and reliable manufacturers to provide the best solutions for our patients. One of these highly respected companies is Widex.
Widex: A Leading Manufacturer of Tinnitus and 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 hearing aid manufacturer. They understand the problems tinnitus poses to people with and without hearing loss. 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’s experience with tinnitus combined with Widex’s technology results in excellent outcomes for our patients. These include Sound Relief Hearing Center’s adherence to the tenants of “Tinnitus Retraining Therapy” (TRT).
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 provides a variety of hearing aids that come in different styles and technology levels to suit 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
Just as 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). These 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.
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
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– Released Quattro Q8, its first digitally programmable hearing aid with a 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– Designed the CROS Fusion, a hearing aid for single-sided deafness that uses 3x less battery than others of its kind.