The Linx Quattro 9 is the premium aid from GN Resound, launched in October 2018. It was initially billed as a “Premium Plus” hearing aid, to come in above the Linx 3D9 but it now appears that it is just it’s direct replacement. There is also the Linx Quattro 7 which is the next model down.
This hearing aid was launched in November 2018. We’ve had feedback both from some of our audiologists who have fitted these aids and also from someone involved in the development of the Quattro inside Gn Resound. This is what we have so far.
These are the official highlights from GN Resound:
This appears to be quite a minimal improvement for a completely new hearing aid. To put it into context, one of their competitors, their new chipset was 50 times faster than their previous generation. The Quattro is only twice as fast as the previous generation. These are some key features:
The last feature is an interesting one. Currently Android devices are not supported, but once Android release an update using the new low-power Bluetooth (same as the type Apple use) then Android phones will then be able to stream directly from this hearing aid. This is a very useful addition, even though the phones haven’t quite caught up yet.
Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry. He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers. He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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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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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.