The LiNX 5 is one of the new hearing aids from GN ReSound, hailed as the world’s smartest hearing aid range and the first ever that has been made just for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod. Like the LiNX 9 and LiNX 7. It harnesses the new SmartRange dual core platform which contains one processor for sound and another for wireless Bluetooth capability. The design of this processor provides powerful output as well as long battery life.
Apple’s technology allows these hearing aids to be used as wireless headphones, and can stream sound wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad and iPod using the ReSound Unite accessories. Not only can you listen to phone calls and music completely hands free, but you can switch from audio streaming back to normal listening mode with a touch of a button.
The LiNX 5 can use the downloadable iPhone Control App which turns your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a remote control for your hearing aids, allowing you to change the volume and programmes easily and discretely.
The aid is also compatible with the Unite mini-microphone, which can be used to pick up the voice of one person speaking and stream it directly to you. This is ideal for noisy places or lectures.
Because it has one processor dedicated entirely to sound processing it contains more channels, so it can produce more sound frequencies to compensate for the users level of hearing loss. The LiNX 5 is powerful enough to help those with a severe hearing loss. The frequency compression program compresses high frequencies which are most commonly lost, and processes them into a lower frequency range which the user can hear. This provides the user with greater speech clarity and a better hearing range. It also contains programming needed to help to reduce the levels of background noise and some wind sound.
Using the 2.4 GHz wireless processor, your hearing aids can communicate with each other and work together to synchronise volume and programme settings. The automatic Softswitching setting enables the hearing aids to tell when you have moved from a quiet environment to a noisy one and will automatically make changes to the hearing aid settings to make speech clearer.
Other options include a Comfort Phone setting where the hearing aid on your ‘telephone side’ will use a specialized phone setting whilst the other hearing aid will automatically lower it’s volume so that you are not distracted from your telephone conversation or find it difficult to hear because of background noise in the room.
Feedback from hearing aids is a common complaint, a special feedback program removes the feedback sound before you can hear it. This feature can sometimes distort the sound of music as it confuses some music notes with feedback, however with ReSound’s Music Mode the hearing aids are programmed to distinguish the two sounds giving you full music clarity without feedback noise.
In addition to the main softwsitching program there is also the option for up to four flexible programmes that you can choose from to suit your lifestyle and listening environment.
The LiNX 5 is a receiver in the ear hearing aid. It sits behind the ear with a small tube going to the front of the ear with a small bud on the end. With its sleek and small design this hearing aid is very discrete, almost disappearing behind the ear. With 10 colours to choose from you can either blend it in or show it off. The special coating makes it dust, oil and waterproof so it is suitable for use in many different environments.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.