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Headquartered in the Danish town of Ballerup, ReSound is one of the world's biggest manufacturers of hearing equipment. Since 1943, the company has been famous for their research and development arm, which has pioneered now familiar features like Digital Feedback Suppression (which has solved the problem of distortion and howling for millions of hearing aid users). This innovative approach continues today, with a collection of ground-breaking auditory equipment that could be your ticket to improved hearing. Here's a quick run-down of what ReSound has to offer.
The ReSound Linx Range
One of the very first hearing aids designed to interact with smartphones, the Linx range has recently been updated, introducing the Linx 3D to ReSound's collection. Before that, the main Linx models were the ReSound Linx 5, 7 and 9. All of them come in BTE and RIE models, and all come with a Smart App which linked them to Apple iPhones and iPads. This App allows users to directly stream audio to their hearing aid, can turn the Apple device into a remote microphone, and lets the user turn their phone into a remote control – vastly expanding the possibilities offered by their hearing aid. Locations can also be “geo-tagged,” so your hearing aid will instantly adapt its settings depending on where you are. All Linx devices are also optimized to work with Skype of Facetime, making online video communication much easier. These phone-related features aren't the whole story. Linx hearing aids also feature ReSounds directional focusing, wind neutralization, noise reduction and surround sound technologies, making them a solid all-round hearing aid for everyday life.
The ReSound Linx 3D arrived in 2015 and represented a further development of the Linx concept. Slightly smaller than the ReSound Linx 5, 7 and 9, the 3D is almost invisible when in place (whether you choose BTE or RIE varieties). It is better at identifying speech, better at distinguishing speech from noise, and generally delivers clearer sound than its predecessors (which still perform very solidly). The App has been updated too, becoming the Smart 3D App, which adds tinnitus management, fine tuning and the ability to easily find lost hearing aids to the mix. ReSound has also added their Assist App, which helps to keep users in contact with their hearing professional so they can fine tune their devices.
The ReSound Enya Range
The ReSound Enya range is another high-tech, solid addition to the company's hearing aid range. The ReSound Enya 2 and 4 feature wireless connectivity, which enables you to stream music or phone conversations straight to your receiver. It performs well in conversations, picking out speech clearly, while WindGuard handles blasts of wind skillfully, ensuring that the weather won't ruin your listening abilities. Enya hearing aids can be paired up with TVs to watch your favorite shows and you can fine tune the volume easily thanks to the ReSound Connect App, which works with both Android and iOS phones.
Just as importantly, ReSound Enya hearing aids include iSolate NanoTech technology, which makes them more water, dust and wax resistant, so they should last for a long time. They are also designed to help with tinnitus. The Tinnitus Sound Generator can deflect attention from ringing in the ears, helping to achieve relief from one of life's most annoying auditory problems, while the ReSound Relief app can stream soothing noises that help as well. All-in-all, the Enya range is compact, durable and full of features that help people improve their everyday lives.
The ReSound Enzo Range
The ReSound Enzo range is a little different than the Enya and the Linx. In this case, ReSound has created a very compact but extremely powerful hearing aid that is targeted at those who suffer from more severe levels of hearing loss. As with the Linx, the Enzo has recently had a revamp, and we'll get to that in a bit. Firstly, it's worth learning about the Enzo 5, 7 and 9, which remain effective hearing aids for many people. These devices feature ReSound's advanced directional hearing and spatial sensing functions, helping users to hear conversations clearly. Both the Enzo 7 and 9 are also compatible with Apple iPhones, so they can help to enhance Skype conversations, be controlled remotely, and receive audio streaming.
The Enzo 5 is a slightly more limited little brother of the 7 and 9, lacking some of their power, but it's still an efficient standard (and slightly cheaper) BTE device. One benefit of the 7 and 9 is that, although they are powerful and require a 675 size battery, they manage to keep their size and weight relatively low, so they should be comfortable and discreet to wear. In every case, Enzo hearing aids offer frequency lowering which makes previously inaccessible sounds audible for many users. All of them (including the Enzo 5) can stream TV audio via the Unite TV device and ReSound's remote control. It all comes together in versatile selection of hearing aids that will be suited to those with severe hearing loss.
Moving onto the Enzo2 (or “Enzo Squared”), ReSound has updated their flagship hearing aid for severe hearing loss sufferers. The Enzo2 is specifically geared towards interacting with Apple iPhone devices, although ReSound has also created a tool called the Phone Clip+ which makes the same features available for Android users. Their iSolate Nanotech coating keeps them free from dust and wax, and helps to make these hearing aids some of the best around for active people. Users get all of ReSound's geo-tagging and hearing aid finder tools, as well as the chance to fine tune their device's volume, treble and bass. In other words, the Enzo2 has taken the Enzo 5, 7 and 9 and made it more flexible (and probably slightly more stylish too).
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ReSounds' products could be ideal for your auditory needs, particularly if you like the idea of using your hearing aid with your smartphone. Find out more about what ReSound can do for you by contacting us for a free consultation, and we will pair you with the right auditory equipment.