The number of Americans who report some type of hearing loss is approximately 37.5 million, according to estimates by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. More than two-thirds of people over the age of 70 who could benefit from hearing aids have never used them.
ReSound hearing aids boast a multinational heritage. Their parent company is the GN Group from Denmark, a giant in the hearing aid industry with roots in the telegraph business that date back to 1869. In 1996, the GN Group entered into an agreement with an American company called American ReSound, which had been founded 53 years previously by Dr. Rodney Perkins of the California Ear Institute at Stanford University. American ReSound became GN ReSound three years later when the GN Group purchased its partner in the United States.
ReSound is known for applying advances in digital technology to its hearing aids. After partnering with the GN Group, it developed the first software-based hearing aids. As communication becomes increasingly dependent on internet-equipped smart devices, hearing aids with the 2.4 GHz technology first developed by ReSound to make direct connectivity to these devices possible have become more desirable.
Products and Styles
There are two basic models of ReSound hearing aids. ENZO 3D is a powerful hearing aid intended for people with profound hearing loss, while the different varieties of LiNX hearing aids from ReSound are suitable for people whose hearing loss is less severe. There is another model of ReSound hearing aids available called Enya, which operates at a lower, more basic technology level than the other two and therefore retails for much less.
“Style” means something very specific with regard to hearing aids. The style refers to where the hearing aid sits in relation to the ear, e.g., in the ear, in the canal, behind the ear, etc., as well as how visible it is to the casual observer. LiNX and Enya, the models intended for people with mild to moderate levels of hearing loss, offer a wide range of styles, from behind the ear to invisible in the canal. Unlike LiNX, Enya also offers a mini-BTE style intended to be less prominent. ENZO 3D, the model intended for profound hearing loss, is only available in a behind-the-ear style.
In addition to the styles common to all hearing aids, ReSound also offers another style that is completely unique to the brand. It is called the microphone-in-helix style. The helix in question is the fold of the ear that extends above the opening of the ear canal, and the MIH style includes a microphone on a tiny arm that tucks up into the helix. Its purpose is to better approximate natural hearing by mimicking the function of the outer ear in determining which direction the sound is coming from.
ReSound offers variety in more than just style. Several models are also available in a wide range of colors.
Probably the most prominent feature of ReSound hearing aids is their connectivity. Made-for-iPhone technology comes standard on all ReSound hearing aids, and the company was the first to incorporate it in 2014. The technology allows you to stream audio from an iPhone or any Apple device directly into your hearing aids. This extends beyond your iPhone to iPads, televisions, computers, stereos, and other devices. The connectivity between your iPhone and your hearing aids also means that you don't even need to have your phone in hand to have a conversation. You can answer the phone using your hearing aids, and the person on the other end of the line will hear you through the microphones included therein.
The connectivity between ReSound hearing aids and Apple devices also includes a smartphone app that allows you to connect remotely to an audiologist to adjust settings on your hearing aid, a time-saving convenience that doesn't require you to make a trip to a clinic to have your settings adjusted in an artificially quiet setting.
Other features come standard on ReSound hearing aids and are available at different technology levels ranging from basic to advanced:
- Wind reduction algorithm
- Noise reduction algorithm
- Directionality feature
- Audio streaming
- Tinnitus sound generator
The more advanced the level of technology, the more effective these features are and the better the hearing aid performs in noisy situations. The highest levels of technology are available with the most premium hearing aid varieties and come with a higher price tag. The different technology levels are denoted with single-digit numbers. The higher the number, the more advanced the technology and the better the performance. Most ReSound hearing aids are available at technology levels from 5 to 9, where 5 is good and 9 is the best.
Due to a hearing aid's position within the ear, it is susceptible to exposure to earwax, water, dust, and other possibly harmful elements. ReSound protects the components of each hearing aid by coating them with a protective seal called iSolate Nanotech. It is not just the exterior components of the hearing aid that receive this protective coating but the interior components as well. iSolate Nanotech protects against moisture in the form of humidity and perspiration.
The three most prominent varieties of ReSound hearing aids are the ENZO 3D, the LiNX 3D, and the LiNX Quattro. Each has its own unique features that set it apart.
- ENZO 3D: Smallest hearing aid available for severe to profound hearing loss
- LiNX 3D: Compatible with both Android and iOS devices
- LiNX Quattro: Uses less power while performing at a higher level
Since hearing aid manufacturers do not sell directly to consumers, they typically do not put prices on their websites. Pricing information is sometimes available from distributors that provide hearing aids directly to the end user. Generally speaking, prices for ReSound hearing aids may range from $1,500 to $3,500.
Many different factors can affect pricing, including the model you require, the variety and style you choose, and the audiologist from whom you receive your hearing aids. The following pricing information should be regarded as an approximation that may vary among different distributors.
|Model/Technology Level||Approximate Retail Price|
|LiNX 3D 5||$1,699|
|LiNX 3D 7||$2,299|
|LiNX 3D 9||$2,999|
|LiNX 3D 5 Rechargeable||$1,799|
|LiNX 3D 7 Rechargeable||$2,399|
|LiNX 3D 9 Rechargeable||$3,199|
|ENZO 3D 5||$1,699|
|ENZO 3D 7||$2,299|
|ENZO 3D 9||$2,999|
ReSound also provides optional wireless accessories to enhance the function of your hearing aids:
- Remote Control 2
- Micro Mic
- Multi Mic
- TV Streamer 2
- Phone Clip+
Unfortunately, pricing information is not available for these accessories.
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