ReSound LiNX 9/7 Digital Hearing Aid reviewed by Leon Cox (Mr Hender, Rickmansworth)

ReSound LiNX 9 ZoomImagine a new kind of hearing aid that makes hearing effortless.  A hearing aid that lets you hear more of everything. And everything you hear is vivid, natural. Imagine speech that’s clear, strong and easy to understand. No matter where you are. What you’re doing. Or who you’re listening to.  Imagine a video call with a loved one on your iPhone. Listening to the music that moves you on your iPod touch. Or watching a favorite film on your iPad. All through wireless headphones that just happen to be your hearing aids.

ReSound LiNX is the first iPhone and iPad compatible hearing aid. Syncronisation of the iPhone to the hearing aids provides a platform to control features such as volume, on/off, program selection, device connectivity and lost aid finder.  For instant adjustment the aid has a dual volume and program switch for hearing aid users used to operating settings from the aid. The LiNX comes in a range of colours and is extremely discreet in size

and stylish in appearance; it is comparible to similar hearing aids in its class from Widex, Phonak, Oticon and Starkey however its connectivity capabilies and amplification range makes it a formidable challanger for best in range as it can fit comfortably 90%+ of all hearing loss configurations. Studies carried out by an independent lab- oratory have shown that the sound quality that is provided by Surround Sound by ReSound is con- sistently top-rated compared to other manufacturers’ most advanced hearing instruments. The hearing aid has 4 optional manual programs which can be accessed using the iPhone.

Streaming of music, calls, apps, audiobooks, movies and navigation can all be transmitted to the hearing aids wirelessly making your hearing aids the centre of your digital world. ReSound was the first manufacturer to build the international standard for wireless communication – 2.4 GHz – directly into hearing aids. The benefits of 2.4 GHz are many:

  • No additional hardware to wear around your neck stream sound directly because all the technology you need is in your hearing aids
  • Longer distance – stream sound from 7 meters away or more, not just 30-50 cm like other hearing aid brands
  • Robust connection – enjoy crystal clear sound with no fallouts or delays
  • Ease-of-use – all accessories are simple to set up, pair and use Private connection – no one can listen in

At Chalfont Hearing Centre, Amersham, Buckinghamshire we are dedicated to ensuring that our audiologist Leon Cox gives you the best information possible. So we work with our existing patients, who volunteer to road test the latest hearing aids for you; to ensure they are good enough for us to dispense. The following report was kindly contributed by Mr Hender:

“In comparison to my existing Siemens hearing aid I found the sound level to be far greater and was aware of a ‘digital edge’ to the sound. At first I found the connection to the iPhone a challange and that the bluetooth link provided a slight drain in the battery on my iPhone. Playing music through the hearing aids was brilliant, and was impressed that when using the iPhone to navigate to my friends house it gave me instructions through the hearing aids.  The Music sounded slightly tinny at first then I found the bass and treble settings which made the sound very pleasent. After wearing the hearing aids for a while I became more used to the sound and found them useful in a party environment, access to the volume control also can in handy. Over the course of the trial I have found that the Resound hearing aids were subjectively better than my previous Siemens hearing aids. The improvement is not sufficient for me to rush to upgrade right now however I have only had my existing hearing aids for 2 years; if I had my existing aids longer I probably would change, so it may be something I will consider in 12 months time. Thank you very much for making the test possible it has been really useful”

One person’s account does not necesarily provide all the information you need to make a decision about purchasing a hearing aid and everyones experience is different. So if you would like to try the ReSound LiNX 9 or 7 hearing aids then contact Chalfont hearing on 01494 765144 for a no obligation trial.