Audibility, Flexibility and Innovation
Providing the Best Hearing Opportunities for Our Most Precious Listeners
For over 60 years, Widex has led the hearing aid industry in producing solutions for all listeners. Our patented fitting rationale has been proven to provide the listener with more audibility for all sounds. No other hearing aid manufacturer delivers as much artifact-free sound to the wearer — enabling them to hear the softest sounds of speech, while maintaining an input dynamic range of 108 dB. Widex technology presents the most accurate reproduction of soft speech, normal conversation and loud inputs to the auditory system. This is one of many reasons why Widex is the best solution for children of all ages.
10 REASONS TO CHOOSE WIDEX HEARING AIDS FOR CHILDREN
- Most accurate reproduction of all sound environments
Widex is the only manufacturer that ultilizes 4 analog-to-digital (A/D) converters - accurately capturing the specifics of the sound environment from all inputs (front and back microphones, the T-Coil and 2.4GHz BLE antennae). By utilizing additional A/D converters, Widex successfully preserves the integrity of all input sounds, allowing for a cleaner listening experience in all listening situations. All input levels from 5 dB to 113 dB SPL are captured in their purest form, without corrupting the input signal.
- Audibility for soft speech
Preserving the full dynamic range of sound is a fundamental core principle of Widex signal processing. By using a variable speed compression system (primarily slow-acting with fast components), Widex maintains temporal and spectral characteristics of both soft and loud speech, making speech more comprehensible and recognizable to the wearer. Widex utilizes the lowest compression threshold in the industry ensuring that children have consistent access to soft speech sounds enabiling the ability to learn to categorize speech sounds.
- Binaural InterEar™ Communication
Binaural InterEar Communication provides instantaneous synchronization by communicating 21 times per second between hearing aids. The result is maintaining the Interaural Level Differences present in a normal functioning auditory system. This synchronization allows the brain access to a fuller, more complete listening experience, providing an oppurtunity to learn and recognize the naturalness of speech and adapt in various environments.
- Extraordinary hearing in difficult listening environments
- an instantaneous analysis of the environment
- the child’s audiogram thresholds and configuration
- the goal to emphasize speech over noise
Real-Time InterEar Speech Enhancer By assessing real-time acoustics and utilizing the Speech Intelligibility Index (SII), the Speech Enhancer algorithm automatically identifies the need for additional gain and reduction of noise. These adjustments are based on:
InterEar Speech Enhancer provides the wearer with the most accurate, comprehensive, and instantaneous binaural adjustments to their real-world sound environment by comparing the input between hearing aids. The acoustic environment is continuously analyzed, enabling the gain settings to be adjusted accordingly. In this way, the hearing aid works to preserve important speech audibility cues in noisy environments.
High Definition Locator
Incidental learning opportunities are very important for young children. Many studies have proven that they benefit from an improved signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR). When a directional system is used, it should minimize loss of audibility for sounds originating from the sides and back of the child. Widex’ High Definition Locator is a multi-channel fully adaptive directional system with low frequency compensation. By focusing on speech in each individual channel while adapting to non-speech noise, the High Definition Locator is able to emphasize speech from all directions, eliminating the risk of missing important speech cues. Furthermore, Widex mimics the natural binaural directionality of normal hearing by automatically providing low frequency compensation for speech sounds.
- Innovative tools for verification
Widex developed Compass™ GPS software to be highly accurate by utilizing embedded fitting and programming tools to supplement traditional verification methods. These include, but are not limited to, the Sensogram, SoundTracker, and SpeechTracker.
Sensogram — Developed by Widex, the Sensogram increases the accuracy of the hearing aid fitting by utilizing an in-situ measurement. The measured in-situ thresholds take into account the effect of the earmold/shell, the size of the individual ear canal and the hearing loss.
SoundTracker — SoundTracker shows a real-time analysis of the hearing aids by conducting a continual, instantaneous tracking of performance. SoundTracker measures the input at the hearing aid microphones, then adds the natural amplification of the ear canal and insertion gain to display the real-time output at the eardrum. This provides a real-time display of input reaching the hearing aid, as worn on the child. SoundTracker then displays a real-time simulation of output in relation to the in-situ threshold and predicted UCLs of the child. Output can be viewed in dB HL or dB SPL. This is all done without any equipment other than the hearing aid and the programming device.
SpeechTracker —SpeechTracker displays the hearing aid performance over time by showing the average output for continuous input signals (speech, speech in noise and/or noise only). This view gives a clear indication of how much gain the hearing aid provides the hearing aid wearer.
- Flexibile Fitting and Fine-Tuning
Compass™ GPS fitting and fine-tuning software is designed to offer extreme flexibility in adjusting hearing aid features and settings. By allowing for 1 dB gain adjustments at three input levels (soft, normal and loud) in all available channels per technology level, precise frequency shaping can be achieved. Customized compression characteristics, noise management, speech enhancement, and directional variations offer the hearing aid wearer an exacting prescriptive formula for his/her individual hearing loss.
- More connected than any other hearing aid
Widex unites our leading-edge sound with full wireless capability so all wearers stay connected to the world around them. Widex TRI-LINK™ technology instantly connects our hearing aids to an iPhone®, T-coils and the full range of DEX wireless listening accessories.
WidexLink™ — our proprietary wireless technology — is designed specifically for the demands of hearing aids. It uses less power, is extremely fast and ensures minimal to no delay or drop-out of sound. With WidexLink, the hearing aids are constantly in communication with each other. Our DEX assistive listening devices use WidexLink to transmit sound between our hearing aids and other sound generating accessories. The full-range of DEX devices allow for wireless communication — while watching television, listening to music or talking on the phone, Widex hearing aid wearers are connected instantly to a world of sounds. The FM+Dex utilizes a single FM receiver to provide binaural FM streaming to all styles and price points of Widex wireless hearing aids while maintaining consistent performance without excessive battery drain.
The Widex 2.4 GHz made-for-iPhone® Bluetooth solution offers both a speech and music template to enhance streaming phone calls and music directly from an iPhone to both hearing aids as clearly as possible. In addition, the Widex app provides parents and older children full control and flexibility for an active childhood.
- Consistent and reliable amplification – best battery life
Widex offers the lowest current drain in the industry across all product styles and price points, ensuring reliability and consistency of signal processing and advanced features.
- Flexibility for all hearing loss configurations
Widex is committed to producing quality hearing aids to meet the needs of all hearingimpaired individuals. From our innovative RIC/RITE hearing aids to our sleek and small FASHION solutions the Widex pediatric portfolio incorporates features to address challenging hearing loss configurations from mild to profound in various environments.
Audibility Extender: Linear Frequency Transposition
As a pioneer of frequency transpostion technology, Widex continues to revolutionize the industry by offering multiple frequency lowering strategies and modification abilities to best meet the audiological needs of patients with severe to profound hearing losses. Soft high frequency audibility is sometimes not possible when the audiometric configuration is precipitous or when the hearing loss in the high frequencies is profound. The Widex Audibility Extender is a unique application of frequency lowering. By utilizes linear frequency transposition, Widex can enable children with precipitous high frequency hearing loss to have access to soft high frequency speech sounds.
- Commitment to innovation and advanced technology
- to put hearing impaired people first
- to develop digital hearing aids with passion
- to be pioneers
- to be reliable
- to cherish industry and team spirit
Widex’ vision is to give children unlimited access to a world of sounds by providing perfect hearing. To do this, Widex produces some of the best and most advanced digital hearing aids in the industry. Widex values can be captured in five concepts:
Widex is constantly striving to meet and exceed these values every day. With the highest possible IP 68 rating* for durability, a WindMadeTM headquarters in Denmark that is powered by wind energy, and the ability to capture more sound than any other hearing aid available, Widex continues to push boundaries to be the best choice for patients.
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