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Comparing Widex SmartRIC with Widex Sheer Moment

Kimberley Bradshaw - Head of Marketing
Written By:
Kimberley Bradshaw

Head of Customer Content Experience

Paul Harrison Hearing Aid UK Founder & Audiologist
Medically Reviewed By:
Paul Harrison

Audiology Expert

Updated and medically reviewed: 26th June 2024
Widex SmartRIC Hearing Aids VS Widex Moment Sheer

Comparing Widex SmartRIC hearing aids with Widex Moment Sheer

What's the difference between the two?

 

Compare SmartRIC with Moment Sheer

Widex has always been known to provide wearers with a natural sound using their philosophy on how sounds should be processed - i.e. less is indeed more.  This is one of the main reasons why most people who experience Widex's sound often remain loyal to the brand.

In this article, we briefly discuss what sets Widex's 2024 launch, the SmartRIC, apart from Moment Sheer which was released back in 2022.  Such as, if there are any solid improvements, what has changed, and whether it is worth the upgrade.  

 

The SmartRIC "look" brings improvements

The first noticeable change in the SmartRIC is the aesthetics.  The slim l-shape gives the device an overall modern feel, along with a slight nod to Signia's Styletto IX, and potentially catching the eye of those who would normally disregard Behind-Ear offerings.  But does the new shape just look nice, or does it add anything from a technical perspective?

The new design includes directional microphone inlets that cover and protect the microphones.  In reality, this should improve hearing in windy environments and how your hearing aids tackle handling noise, such as touching your hair.

The new shape also means that the microphones are set at a 20-degree horizontal angle - making way for better audibility in background noise.  In fact, Widex has said that SmartRIC can reduce wind noise by up to 20 decibels, and handling noise improved by around 88%.

 

There is more power with the new Smart Charger

Due to being completely redesigned, the Smart Charger is simply better too.  It looks as modern and well-built as the hearing aids themselves and offers a charging solution unlike anyone else on the market.  This portable system provides up to five days of charge and up to 37 hours of power on one charge.

The design of the charging case introduces a magnetic clasp for peace of mind.  Whilst it may sound like a subtle improvement, it is miles better than a breakable catch - keeping the lid firmly closed and your hearing aids safe.

 

SmartRIC vs Moment Sheer

 Widex SmartRIC vs Widex Moment Sheer

Comparing the technology

 

What about the SmartRIC technology compared to the Moment Sheer?

Widex SmartRIC is powered by the same processing chip first seen in Widex Moment which was released in 2022.  A platform that has retained its natural sound ever since, using the PureSound and ZeroDelay technology.  If we were to recap this hearing aid platform, the highlights would be the processing speeds. 

Such speeds successfully eliminating the artificial sound often found in hearing aids and giving wearers a more authentic listening experience.  Combined with the new microphone placement, this should effectively offer you more access to the voices and sounds you want to hear and better focus where you need it the most.

 

Is it worth upgrading your Widex hearing aids to SmartRIC?

If you are a loyal Widex wearer, chances are you will love the new shape, especially if you haven't upgraded since Widex Moment, you will probably want to consider investing in a pair of these.  If you are already wearing Widex Moment Sheer and aesthetics is important to you, then upgrading to SmartRIC is something to ponder.

However, if the updated look isn't as important to you, and due to the lack of technology advancements (even though there is a solid two-year gap between the releases), speak to your audiologist to check whether the upgrade is worth it. 

Whilst you still have Widex's current technology, you will probably benefit more from waiting for innovation that's really going to make a difference.  Alternatively, look at other brands if you are set on upgrading or wait another year for some future releases that might offer more. 

Widex SmartRIC is aesthetically pleasing and does come with better battery life, convenient charging, and some slight improvements in handling and wind noise, due to its new form factor.  However, the battery life will mean very little to those who prefer disposable battery devices and therefore won't be the best fit for this type of wearer.

 

New to hearing aids?  It's worth considering Widex SmartRIC

If you are completely new to hearing aids, you should consider these devices.  Widex has established its niche in the market with its distinctive approach to style.  The Widex SmartRIC exemplifies this, being one of the smallest rechargeable hearing aids available, fitting sleekly behind the ear. 

Despite its tiny size, it boasts advanced technology and powerful performance, even if it does date back to 2022.  Those who normally go for In-Ear products, or are looking for innovative charging solutions, might be tempted by these. 

Finally, SmartRIC hearing aids might be something to explore if you have tinnitus.  Widex, as a brand, shines in how they manage and reduce the effects of this condition with their Zen Therapy technology.  Either way, remember that the best hearing aid fit for you should always compliment your lifestyle, unique specifications, and your hearing loss needs. 

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Hearing aid technology advances constantly and it's important to know when it's time to replace the ones you already have.  For example, you might find that your current hearing aids aren't supporting your hearing like they used to. 

If you are tempted by the Widex SmartRIC hearing aids, our audiologists can help you understand your hearing loss needs and specifications and whether these hearing solutions are the right fit to support your hearing.

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She has collaborated and written about hearing healthcare for several online publications.  By working closely with Hearing Aid UK audiologists, and experts, Kimberley develops the online content, so that the customer's experience is the best it can be. 

Kimberley's medical representation has allowed her to focus on the importance of hearing healthcare and explore the many ways in which hearing loss and its awareness can be improved.

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Common FAQs about hearing aids and hearing loss

Is this the best model for me?

If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?

In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:

Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.

Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.

Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.

Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.

Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up. 

For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.

One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.

Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.

Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.

The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.

However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.

People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.

There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.

Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.

The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.

Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.

Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.

As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.

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Hearing aids are easily lost, misplaced or damaged and typically are one of the most expensive personal possessions an individual can own. We offer hearing aid warranty cover for £80 per year per aid.  Find out more here

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All our audiologists use the very latest technology and provide the full range of tests to accurately measure your hearing for free.  Find out about what we offer all our customers here

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Hearing Aid UK offers all their customers free home visiting services and home visits for hearing aids - Including hearing tests, fittings, maintenance, check-ups and much more in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.  Find out more information here

How come you're much cheaper than other places?

Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we are dedicated to offering low hearing aid prices. We achieve this by having no head office and low marketing costs.   Our hearing aid prices are amongst the lowest you will find anywhere in the world.

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