Widex Hearing Aids

Founded in 1956 in Denmark, Widex is a hearing aid manufacturer committed to developing digital hearing technology. Widex produced the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid and revolutionary wireless technology. Widex continues their commitment to high quality, innovative sound, known for their trademark Widex Sound. Once a small family-owned company, Widex has grown to be the sixth largest manufacturer in the world. Widex is just one of the digital hearing aid manufacturers that we provide in our St Louis Hearing Centers

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Widex Hearing Aid Models

Brand Model Price Per Aid
Widex Unique 440 Passion, Fusion, Fashion, ITE Widex Premium full line hearing aid range with BTE, ITE and RIC hearing devices, the very best that Widex have to offer
Widex Unique 330 Passion, Fusion, Fashion, ITE Widex Upper Mid level full line hearing aid range with BTE, ITE and RIC hearing devices, almost as fully featured as the top of the range instruments
Widex Unique 220 Passion, Fusion, Fashion, ITE Widex Lower Mid level full line hearing aid range with BTE, ITE and RIC hearing instruments, outstanding features designed to help in some complex sound environments
Widex Unique 110 Passion, Fusion, Fashion, ITE Widex Entry level full line hearing aid range with BTE, ITE and RIC hearing instruments, fantastic hearing aids for people who lead a more sedate lifestyle
Widex Beyond 440 Widex Premium RIC Made For iPhone hearing aids, the very best that Widex have to offer
Widex Beyond 330 Widex Upper Mid level RIC Made For iPhone hearing aids, almost as fully featured as the top of the range instruments
Widex Beyond 220 Widex Lower Mid level RIC Made For iPhone hearing aids, outstanding features designed to help in some complex sound environments
Widex Beyond 110 Widex Entry level RIC Made For iPhone hearing aids, fantastic hearing aids for people who lead a more sedate lifestyle

Made For iPhone From Widex

Widex

Beyond Hearing Aids

Widex Beyond Hearing Aids St Louis

Widex has for the first time ever introduced a Made For iPhone hearing aid which they call the Beyond. The devices were introduced in October 2016 but they are only being released to the market now. So what do we know about the Beyond? It is a Fusion device based on the Unique technology, and it has three radios onboard, the one for Widex Link, a telecoil and the new radio for direct iPhone connection making it possible to stream music and conduct phone calls directly to the hearing aid without any intermediary device. Widex Products are famous for their sound quality, now it appears that sound quality extends to the best sound Made for iPhone.

The Beyond App

The Widex Beyond App

User Fine Tuning?

The Beyond app seems to have the usual features, you can set geo locations for different sound programmes and make changes to how the hearing aids are working on the go. However, there also seems to be an element of self fine tuning on the app, whereby users can change the frequency response of the hearing aids. They are calling this feature the Preference Control and it seems to break down frequencies into three bands, Bass, Middle and Treble. It is interesting to see manufacturers begin to hand over this type of control to users. 

Widex Beyond app sound personalisation

The Beyond at present doesn’t appear to be a platform in itself, it appears to be just a type of hearing aid that is available in the Unique family. It remains to be seen if Widex introduces an entire Made For iPhone hearing aid family in the future. For now, Widex has just delivered one device as opposed to a full range.

UNIQUE Hearing Aids

UNIQUE provides hearing aid wearers with a wider sound picture than traditional hearing aids, which enables clarity in both loud and soft noises. UNIQUE also enhances speech recognition in wind-noise, making it a favorite for people with active lifestyles. UNIQUE is also equipped with feature to automatically detect a wearer’s listening situation, balancing and analyzing sound to ensure the most natural listening experience. UNIQUE provides wearers with a full spectrum of sound, and is especially useful in providing clear sound against challenging background noise UNIQUE hearing aids are available in the following styles: completely-in-canal micro, completely-in-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, and behind-the-ear.

Widex Unique Hearing Aids

Widex launched their latest hearing aids yet in late 2015, they have called them the Unique range. Widex have gone a little mad with their branding advertising for the new Unique range with outdoorsy activity imagery. However, they have done so for a reason that relates to the hearing aid technology. One of the new key features in the Unique range is a quite amazing wind noise management feature. So these hearing aids may well be the best hearing aids for you if you are an outdoorsy type of any description. 

Unique Hearing Aids

Unique 440 Hearing Aids

Widex Unique 440 hearing aid rangeThe Unique 440 is the flagship or premium range of hearing aids in Widex’s new “Unique” range. The feedback from users of these devices so far has been outstanding, even experienced Widex users say that these are the best Widex hearing aids that they have ever used. Widex have introduced some new technology and some new strategies with this new range including their latest wind noise management feature and for the first time sound classes. 

Main features

Sound Processing

The Unique 440 uses Widex’s new U-platform chip which processes sounds across 15 channels. 15 channels is typical of all Widex flagship hearing aids. What is different for Widex though is the introduction of and use of “Sound Class Technology”, this feature classifies what kind of sound environment you are currently in out of a choice of nine possible environments that are programmed in. It then adjusts the sound accordingly to maximise your ability to hear speech sounds clearly. The 440 has the most channels in the range and also has a “High Frequency Boost” feature that isn’t available in the lower models to give additional speech clarity when needed.

Wind noise attenuation

Widex claims that it’s new wind noise attenuation feature is an industry leading wind noise reduction feature. Widex don’t make claims very lightly, so we would be of the opinion that if they say it, it is true. The Unique 440 can attenuate more wind noise than any other hearing aid out there, no matter the direction the wind is coming from, even from directly ahead. However this new feature is only available on the 440 models. It makes the 440 an ideal choice of hearing aid for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Background noise reduction

All manufacturers have good background noise reduction features as standard these days. However, Widex have introduced a new feature that has extra emphasis on reducing softer, low level background noise that may be annoying. Widex have always put great emphasis on soft sound inputs because they believe that soft sounds in speech are very important for understanding. However, there are soft input sounds that you just don’t want to or need to hear, like a computer fan or the noise of a fridge. This new feature in combination with their existing noise reduction features mean that Widex hearing aids are now comfortable in all sound environments.

Wider dynamic range of hearing

Widex have also introduced a wider dynamic range of hearing to the Unique so you can hear more than ever. What this means is that most hearing aids take a range of sounds from quiet to loud and compress them into what hearing you have remaining to provide you with the full range of sounds for you to hear. They often ignore the very softest sounds and don’t process louder sounds very well. What the Widex Unique hearing aids are doing is extending that range slightly so that very very quiet sounds (5dB) that aren’t picked up by normal hearing aids will now be processed enabling you to hear the low sounds that most hearing aids ignore. This will allow you access to even the softest speech cues.

Connectivity

For communicating with other devices there is the COM-DEX accessory, which is a bluetooth enabled pendant you hang around your neck. This will pair to your phone so that you can stream audio to your hearing aids from your phone, via the COM-DEX. You can also download an app for your smartphone (Apple or Android) which lets you use it to remotely control the hearing aids. Also available are the usual range of extra accessories for TV or audio equipment streaming. Widex use their very own type of wireless communication protocol, it is recognised as the very best in the business.

Tinnitus management

Nearly all modern Widex aids have the option to use Zen tones, Zen is a proprietary feature belonged to Widex that will help to reduce the effects of tinnitus. For tinnitus sufferers these predictable yet non-repetitive sounds are used in combination with counseling and relaxation techniques to deliver tinnitus relief as a part of a tinnitus management programme.

Unique 440 Hearing Aid Types & Sizes

There are three sizes of behind the ear model and three in the ear models available. The Passion is the slim, attractive behind the ear receiver-in-canal model and is suitable for most hearing losses. It has no manual controls so can only be adjusted by remote control or app. The Fusion is the larger, more powerful behind the ear model which also features a push button for program changing. The Fashion is the largest of the over the ear models and is mainly for people who want or need a full earmold.

Of the three in the ear models, one is the standard sized in-the-ear, one is the CIC or completely-in-the-canal. The smallest is the CIC-M which is Widex’s equivalent of an IIC or invisible-in-the-canal. Being so small, some features had to be cut from this model, mainly anything requiring wireless communication which this aid cannot fit in.

Unique 330

Widex Unique 330 hearing aid range St LouisThe Widex Unique 330 is the upper mid range or advanced devices in the new “Unique” range from Widex. They have delivered a very strong range at this price point as they always do, retaining some of the better features from their flagship hearing aid range.

Main features

Sound Processing

As is normal with Widex, the Unique 330 is a 10 channel aid utilising Widex’s U-platform chip that the whole Unique range are built on. The 330 uses the new Sound Class Technology  feature but the aids are restricted to five possible environmental types, again, the aim is to always maximise speech sounds when they are present and comfort when they are not.

Background noise reduction

The noise reduction in the Unique 330 is excellent and is suitable for all but the noisiest environments. However if you are really active with lots of exposure to quite noisy environments then you might want to think about the Unique 440.

Wider dynamic range of hearing

The 330 also has access to that wider dynamic range of hearing, they have also included the soft sound noise reduction so that you won’t get annoyed by hearing the fridge buzzing away in the background.

Zen Tinnitus management

As with the previous two ranges of Widex hearing aids, the Zen tinnitus management features are available in the 330.

Model types

The model types are the same across all of the technology levels, the 330 has the full sized traditional BTE, the Fashion. The middle sized RIC the Fusion and the rather tiny and discreet Passion. In the ear models range from the full sized ITE down to the tiny micro CIC.

Unique 220

Widex Unique 220 hearing aid range St LouisThe Widex Unique 220 is their offering for the lower mid-range or standard hearing aid market. This range of aids is for people who need to hear well in light social environments as well as in quiet and would like to hear the television. It has many of the features of the Unique 330 but at a lower price point, however with it’s superior processor it is still an outstanding hearing aid.

Main features

Sound Processing

The 220 is powered by the U-platform processing chip, Widex say that the chip is significantly better than the previous generation. The Unique 220 has just 6 channels and it only has three environments for the aid to choose from in it’s Sound Class Technology. The three environments are speech in quiet, speech in noise and a comfort in noise setting.

Background noise reduction

The noise reduction feature in the Unique 220 range is good enough for hearing speech clearly whilst suppressing background noises in up to moderately noisy environments. If you lead a particularly active lifestyle then you may want to go for one of the better models.

Soft sound amplification

As with the rest of the range, the Unique 220 aids have access to that wider dynamic range of sound, they amplify sounds as quiet as 5 dB so that you can pick up even very soft sounds.

Tinnitus

The Unique 220 also has the Zen programme so it can be used to help relieve tinnitus.

Model Types

The model types are the same across all of the technology levels, the 220 has the full sized traditional BTE, the Fashion. The middle sized RIC the Fusion and the rather tiny and discreet Passion. In the ear models range from the full sized ITE down to the tiny micro CIC.

Unique 110 Hearing Aids

Widex Unique 110 hearing aid range St LouisThe Unique 110 is the new entry level or basic hearing aid from Widex. The Unique 110 has retained a number of features even though it is the most basic in the range. It has the famous Widex sound and it is a significant step up from the older Dream 110 which wasn’t well received.

Main features

Sound Processing

The Unique 110 has four channels and doesn’t have Sound Class Technology on board. While it is an automatic aid, It doesn’t adjust itself as well as the higher technology models so if you go into a noisier environment you may want to consider programmes so you can adjust the aid to reduce the background noise. The 110 has three manual programs available.

Background noise reduction

Background noise reduction on the 110 is very basic, this is not really the hearing aid for you if you go into environments with a lot of background noise on a regular basis, it may be somewhat difficult to hear speech in these environments.

Soft sound amplification

The Unique 110 still benefits from the extended range of hearing that the more expensive models have and the soft sound noise reduction feature is also present. 

Model Types

The full range of models is available in the Unique range from the smallest CIC to the larger power BTE’s. Even the smaller aids are suitable for up to severe hearing losses.

DREAM Hearing Aids

Widex’s DREAM provides wearers with natural, true-to-life sound without distortion, and powerful speech recognition in noisy situations. DREAM also offers a music-listening feature, to provide great sound quality for music lovers. DREAM’s True-Input Technology gives wearers a wider sonic landscape, which improves music, conversation, and speech 21% in loud noise. DREAM also captures the sounds that wearers may miss in their everyday life, and is designed to help wearers with locating sound. DREAM hearing aids are available in the following styles: completely-in-canal micro, completely-in-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, and behind-the-ear.

SUPER Hearing Aids

For those who experience severe to profound degrees of hearing loss, the SUPER is Widex’s answer. SUPER is a receiver-in-ear hearing aid with a long battery life and weather resistant coating. SUPER enhances speech recognition in many different environments, and provides powerful, clear sound for those who struggle with higher levels of hearing loss. SUPER also helps wearers with locating sounds, coming from all directions. SUPER is also smaller than most high powered hearing aids, with a long battery life.

ZEN Tinnitus Therapy

Tinnitus, a “ringing of the ears,” accompanies approximately 90% of hearing loss cases. To address tinnitus, many hearing aid manufacturers provide tinnitus sound therapy features, but Widex takes their tinnitus solution to the next level. The ZEN Tinnitus Therapy is a four-part, holistic system that includes counseling, amplification (to stimulate the ears and brain and prevent overcompensation), fractal tones delivered in a discreet manner and designed to relax and provide acoustic stimulation, and relaxation which includes behavioral exercises and sleep management strategies. ZEN Tinnitus Therapy is available in select Widex hearing aids. For those who experience tinnitus, but not hearing loss, Widex offers a tinnitus-only solution, ZEN2Go.

Widex Accessories

DEX and SCOLA are assistive listening devices from Widex that allow hearing aid wearers to connect to devices used in daily life. DEX devices include personal amplifiers, connectivity with phones, and telecoils to deliver sound via electromagnetic waves through hearing loop systems. SCOLA devices utilize FM radio waves to deliver amplified sound to Widex hearing aids, and is designed for academic settings.

For people who experience single-sided deafness, Widex offers CROS hearing aids. CROS hearing aids are worn behind-the-ear, picking up sounds from the ear which suffers hearing loss and transmits sounds from the wearer’s surroundings to a device worn in the hearing ear. This provides a binaural solution for people who experience single-sided deafness, in any environment.