ReSound Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dave Fabry, was on hand to talk about the “highest quality of smart hearing aids” according to Mac Sources. He highlighted the patient benefits that Smart Hearing delivers and also mentioned that ReSound won a Best in Innovation Award from CES for Accessibility for ReSound ENZO2™.
To view more coverage, click on the links below:
- CBS Radio News | Interview: ReSound Smart Hearing Aids
- MSN.com | From the conference floor – tech of CES 2017
- UPI | CES 2017: Five gadgets to help consumers get healthy
- KSL-TV (NBC – Salt Lake City) | CES 2017: 6 tech products that make a real difference
- Yahoo Tech | Each of the 28 CES 2017 Innovation Award honorees explained in a single sentence
As some of you may have seen on social media, ReSound had the opportunity to discuss Smart Hearing™ with Dr. Oz at CES 2017 this past weekend. The segment aired on Tuesday’s Dr. Oz Show, included as part of his summary of the most innovative health care technologies at this year’s CES. Dave Fabry, Vice President of Medical Affairs at ReSound, discussed the capabilities and discreet design of our hearing aids, and our Best in Innovation Award win for ReSound ENZO2™.
We’re thrilled to announce that both ReSound LiNX 2;™ and the ReSound Smart™ app are recipients of 2015 International Business Awards.
The International Business Awards , or the Stevie® Awards, were created to honor the “achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.”
ReSound LiNX2 received a Silver Stevie Award in the “Best New Product or Service of the Year” category and ReSound Smart received a Bronze Stevie Award in the “Lifestyle Apps” category.
Comments on My Linx Hearing Aids and the Vail Valley Hearing Center
Nov 20, 2014
I have worn hearing aids for the past 20 years and have been a client of Jayme and the Vail Valley Hearing Center for the last 15 years. Over the 15 years that I have been going to the Vail Valley Hearing Center, Jayme and her associates have been very thorough, helpful and patient. As a research scientist I ask lots of questions and want to understand how different technology works, which takes extra time in their already busy schedule. But I have not been rushed and have always felt that any issues have been dealt with professionally and quickly. Jayme knows the technology and the advantages of one hearing aid over another for people with different hearing issues.
During the 20 years that I have worn hearing aids I have had 5 different sets of hearing aids. As technology has advance I’ve been able to take advantage of improvements, which have been gigantic. Hearing aids of 25 years ago or before had to use analog technology. Only when digital techniques became small enough and available were hearing aids able to help me with my hearing loss.
I have what audiologist call a precipitous, high frequency hearing loss that I have had since childhood. In my case my ability to hear sounds at different frequencies drops from approximately normal hearing sensitivity at frequencies lower than 1000 Hz (low to intermediate pitched sounds) to a reduced sensitivity of less than 1 in one ten millionth (70 to 80 dB in technical terms) at frequencies above 3000 Hz (moderate to hi pitched sounds). The mid/high pitched sounds are the most important range for understanding speech. Precipitous hearing losses are among the most difficult to compensate for using hearing aids because of the enormous loss in sensitivity. When I was an undergraduate and later as a young adult I had my hearing tested and was told that hearing aids available at that time could not help me.
When I first got hearing aids, I was blown away by the sounds that I could hear and how much I had been missing. With these early hearing aids I heard the breadth of sound from flutes, or a harp or high pitches of violins in an orchestra, chirping of birds, and the dripping of a faucet as well as being able to understand most of what my wife said in a normal voice. But there were problems too. Understanding on the phone was very difficult. Feedback (which causes a whistling/squealing sound) occurred when the phone got near my ear or when I gave someone a hug. It was annoying, at times it was embarrassing and above all made it difficult to understand what was said. And it was annoying to my wife because she could hear the squealing, but since it was high frequency I could not. When driving in a car, road noise from the tires would greatly diminish my understanding of what was being said. In a noisy restaurant or bar my early hearing aids would amplify the background noise so that my hearing aids would become saturated and produce high frequency noise which masked conversations or music.
As hearing aid technology has advanced, problems with feedback, background noise, and noisy environments have all been improved. The Resound Linx hearing aids which are linked to the iPhone via blue tooth technology have made great strides in reducing background noise, mostly eliminating feedback when something is close to my ear (my wife tells me she almost never hears feedback now) and in conversations with soft, women’s voices. With the blue-tooth link between the hearing aids and the iPhone, the sound is fed directly into the hearing aid. This really helps me with understanding what is said on the phone. With the link between the hearing aid and the iPhone I can select the hearing aid program I want. For me the programs are Normal, Restaurant, Music and Outdoor and are tuned to my specific hearing loss and those environments.
One of the largest problems I have encountered with past hearing aids has been the problem of saturation, i.e. when the noise level gets very loud, the hearing aid amplifies the higher pitched sounds so much so that the hearing aid amplifier overdrives and becomes saturated thus producing loud noise on top of whatever else is present. This makes it almost impossible to understand someone and also greatly distorts music. Using the iPhone control of the Linx I have experimented and found that I can mostly eliminate saturation by reducing the treble/bass balance and also the overall volume of the hearing aid. [To better understand this feature of the Linx you’ll probably need to talk to Jayme.]
In summary the Resound Linx hearing aids have significantly improved my ability to hear and to understand what is being said in difficult environments. With improved hearing, I feel much more confident and enter into conversations more freely. While these new hearing aids have helped me immensely, there are still times when I have problems, so don’t expect a perfect cure. There is nothing like having normal, good hearing.
Mashable listed ReSound LiNX first on their list saying, “ReSound LiNX is a made-for-iPhone hearing aid that launched globally in February at the Mobile World Congress. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows the wearer to adjust sound settings from his or her smartphone, which helps anyone wearing a hearing aid be less noticeable when adjusting the device in public. The hearing aid also records data using the ReSound app. The wearer can personalize his or her experience, for example, enabling location-specific volume settings.”
AARP compiled their 2015 Technology Gear Guide and listed 16 gadgets to make this your best tech year ever. ReSound LiNX made the list as “Better Bionic Ears.”
And, The ReSound ENZO Has Been Named 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree
We’re excited to announce that we’ve been named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree in the Accessible Technologies category by CES – the International Consumer Electronics Show – for ReSound ENZO.
ReSound ENZO is the first super-power hearing aid on the market to bring Made for iPhone technology to people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. To support the processing performed by the brain, ReSound ENZO hearing aids continuously exchange data about the user’s surrounding sound environment to optimize the hearing aid’s settings. This is made possible by the most advanced version of the patented Surround Sound by ReSound™ technology resulting in maximized speech understanding even in challenging listening situations.
Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees have been evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace. Products entered in this prestigious program have been judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
The first hearing aid made for the iPhone, the ReSound LiNX, has launched and it is making waves in the industry. Major media outlets are picking up on the story. CNN and Reuters have started to weigh in on the technology in articles online and NBC had a story on air.
The media has been buzzing around the ReSound LiNX.
Experience ReSound LiNX, the revolutionary hearing aid from ReSound.
ReSound LiNX represents the next step forward in hearing aid technology. Designed to connect directly with your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, ReSound LiNX provides 360-degree hearing in a package that’s smarter, smaller and more connected. In addition to connecting to your phone calls, music and media, flexible settings and the fully-customizable companion app, ReSound SmartTM app makes ReSound LiNX the perfect option for nearly all levels of hearing loss, and all lifestyles. ReSound LiNX also features Surround Sound by ReSoundTM providing the hearing experience that is right for you. ReSound LiNX is a revolutionary hearing aid, and so much more—built to help you hear life to the fullest.
GN ReSound and Apple teamed up for two years of development to make the LiNX the first hearing aid Made for iPhone. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to tether your iPhone to your hearing aid without an intermediary device.
ReSound LiNX is designed to connect directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch allowing you to stream music, phone calls and other media without the need for an additional relay device. With features that include FaceTime® streaming and integration with the ReSound Smart app, you’ll be experiencing a level of connectivity that’s never been seen before.
The hearing aids are basically wireless headphones that are also hearing aids. You can answer calls, listen to turn-by-turn directions and can even change its hearing mode based on your location! Your iPhone can even serve as a microphone if you happen to be in a noisy restaurant. Here’s a video that explains a little more:
Imagine having the perfect hearing aid for every situation. With the resound LiNX you can listen to the sounds you want, when you want. The iPhone integration allows you to fine tune your hearing aid experience on the fly. You can enhance listening sides, change preset listening modes, volume, or even tweak individual hearing settings. The iPhone connects to the LiNX through Bluetooth 4.1 which preserves battery life so that your hearing aid lasts throughout the day.
The LiNX Bluetooth 4.1 connection also allows you to pair your hearing aid with smart TVs and computers with a Bluetooth connection. The possibilities are incredible. If you would like to learn more about the new ReSound LiNX give us a call today, we’ll be glad to make sure you have the best hearing solution ever developed.
ReSound LiNX hearing aids are designed to benefit any user, no matter their lifestyle, level of hearing loss or environmental setting. With Live ListenTM you can use your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® to transmit conversations directly to your ReSound LiNX hearing aids. Perfect for both noisy and sound-sensitive environments, Live Listen helps you hear everything you’re listening to, easily and intuitively.
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The ReSound LiNX on CNN
CNN’s article is a must read but here are some highlights:
“Even the most advanced current hearing aids can still draw unwanted attention when wearers must reach to change the settings. For many hearing-impaired people, the biggest advantage of Apple-ized hearing aids is being able to control the devices’ settings directly from a phone.”
Only 1 in 5 people in the United States who should have a hearing aid will actually use one. The low rates come from many factors but a big one is stigma. People don’t want to use a hearing aid because they think it will make people judge them.
“Right now, people wait about eight years on average between the time they think they have a hearing problem and when they see someone about it,” said audiologist Dr. Ken Smith.
When you can’t hear for that long, it leads to other health problems. Besides taking a toll on relationships, hearing loss without a hearing aid has been linked to dementia.
The ReSound LiNX on Reuters
Reuters focuses less on health and more on tech, which is really what the market wants.
“The company’s new, free app, ReSound Smart for the iPhone, turns hearing aids into headphones and allows users to remotely configure settings on their aids – such as volume, treble and bass. It also remembers particular settings for different venues.”
“Let’s say you’re in a place you go to all the time, such as a coffee shop. You can make an adjustment and then it will geotag your location, so the next time you walk in, it will remember your settings,” said Laurel Christensen, the company’s chief audiology officer.”
I’m sure in the coming weeks, we’ll hear much more news about how the ReSound LiNX is performing from users. Like in this video:
Since March 1st, we are part of a select group of Audiologists in Colorado who provide ReSound LiNX. Please call our office at (303) 422-3299 today and be one of the first to try the ReSound LiNX and learn more about these incredible devices so you can actually hear the difference they make.
Since we unveiled the ReSound LiNX at the Vail Valley Hearing Center on March 1st, the new technology has received attention from major media outlets such as CNN and Reuters.
Another user testimony is from Dick Loizeaux, who recently started using the ReSound LiNX. He put off getting his first hearing aids because of the way they look.
“I didn’t want the big hunk of plastic in my ear that screams old person,” he said at the product launch.
Loizeaux may sound superficial but he isn’t alone. Only one in five people who could use a hearing aid actually wears a device. The ReSound LiNX helps decrease the stigma associated with hearing aids because the users don’t have to reach up behind their ear to adjust the volume. You have the ability to slyly change your hearing aids settings through an app on your mobile phone. You can enhance listening sides, change preset listening modes, volume, or even tweak individual hearing settings. Everyone is constantly checking their phones, so the people you are with don’t have to know you’re really adjusting your hearing aid instead of checking your email.
…and so much more
Besides looking good and being easy to use, the LiNX comes with a slew of new features that aren’t available within any other hearing aids. You can answer calls, listen to turn-by-turn directions and can even change your hearing mode based on your location! Imagine having the perfect hearing aid for every situation. Your mobile phone can even serve as a microphone if you happen to be in a noisy restaurant. With the resound LiNX you can listen to the sounds you want, when you want.
If you would like to learn more about the ReSound LiNX give us a call today for a free hearing test and a chance to try it out so you can see the difference it makes.