While mishearing what someone says can result in hilarity (private industry heard as pirate dentistry), hearing loss is no joke. If it sounds like everyone around you is mumbling or you've noticed the television volume has been steadily increasing, it may be time to consider hearing aids. We've taken two of the top brands on the market and provided a side-by-side comparison of features, costs, comfort and reliability.
Types of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids come in two basic forms: Behind-the-Ear (BTE) and In-the-Ear (ITE). Within the two types are different options for the location of the receiver. BTE hearing aids rest on the back of the outer ear and typically have the receiver built into the hearing aid body. However, BTE devices also have the option for receivers that sit directly in the ear. These are called Receiver-in-the-Canal (RIC) or Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE). ITE hearing aids are small devices worn entirely in the ear. Both Widex and ReSound offer BTE, ITE, and RIE/RIC options.
These days, hearing aid devices do much more than help us hear more clearly. Modern hearing aids are digital and can have everything from Bluetooth to Smartphone compatibility. Let's look at a comparison of features offered by Widex and ReSound.
Hearing Aid Features Comparison
Widex vs ReSound
|Smartphone App||ReSound Smart 3D app Control+||Beyond App|
|Artificial Intelligence||SoundSense Learn||Apple's Siri|
|Hands-Free Calling||Accessory Required||Accessory Required|
We realize that not everyone wants all the bells and whistles, so in addition to the above features, here are some other factors to consider when choosing the hearing aid that's right for you:
- Level of hearing loss: If your hearing loss is profound, a behind-the-ear model may be recommended.
- Listening situations: Consider your most common listening environments and choose a hearing aid that fits those situations.
- Visibility concerns: When you don't want people to know you use a hearing aid, invisible or Completely-in-Canal (CIC) devices are the smallest available.
- Narrow Ear Canals: Sometimes the ear canal is to narrow to accommodate an in-the-ear device, so a behind-the-ear device is necessary.
- Vision and Dexterity: If you have challenges in vision or dexterity, consider a remote control to make handling smaller ITE devices easier.
Pricing and Cost Factors
Because hearing aids are unique to the needs of the person wearing them, pricing can vary. How much you'll pay for a hearing device depends on factors such as these:
- Your hearing aid model
- The type of hearing aid you choose
- Technical features
- Type and level of hearing loss
- Health insurance coverage
Once you've visited a hearing professional and the extent, if any, of your hearing loss has been diagnosed, you'll be presented with options and cost information. Like most hearing aid manufacturers, neither Widex nor ReSound sell their products through their websites; instead, both brands sell exclusively through trained audiologists and audiology centers. For this reason, prices are likely to vary by provider as well as by your hearing needs.
Keep in mind that accessories come at an extra cost as well. Expect to pay more for these Resound and Widex hearing aid accessories:
- ReSound TV Streamer 2
- ReSound Phone Clip+
- ReSound Multi Mic
- ReSound Micro Mic
- ReSound Remote Control 2
- Widex Audio Streaming to hearing aids
- Widex TV Hearing Devices
- Widex Hearing aid Remote Control
- Widex Perfectdry Lux hearing aid dryer
Similarities and Differences
- Both offer streaming functionality for listening to music, movies and other media forms directly through the hearing aid – iPhone and iPad compatible
- Widex and ReSound both have wind management technology that reduces wind noise and/or adapts to wind noise to improve clarity
- Hearing aid options for babies, children and teens are also available from both companies
The two major differences between Widex hearing aids and ReSound hearing aids are these:
- ReSound coats all components, interior and exterior, with iSolate Nanotech, which is a protective seal against moisture from perspiration and humidity.
- Widex uses fuel cell technology in its batteries
Hearing aid technology has come a long way from simply amplifying sounds. Today you can stream TV sound directly to your hearing aid, upload the newest technology right to your hearing aid using a cell phone app and stream conversations from your cell phone directly to your hearing aid. Both Widex and ReSound offer the latest advances in hearing aid technology, and both come highly recommended. We think both products are worth considering if you have a professionally diagnosed hearing impairment.