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Manufacturer:Widex
Model:Beyond 440
Style:Behind the Ear
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Details & Features

The Widex Beyond 440 hearing aid is the new top of the range aid released November 2016.

Widex Beyond 440

The Widex Beyond 440 is a made for iPhone hearing aid that is designed to give you great hearing whilst also effortlessly connecting to the world around you. It is the latest release from Widex and represents the pinnacle of their hearing aid technology. The Widex Beyond 440 has a 2.4GHz Bluetooth connectivity which allows you to efficiently stream audio directly to your hearing aids whilst easily controlling your all aspects of your hearing from your iPhone or iPad.

The real selling point of the Widex Beyond range of hearing aids is the connectivity to the Beyond app. This is designed to put you firmly in charge of your hearing, giving you user-friendly control of more than just volume.

Key Features of the Beyond App

  • Adjust the volume on each of your hearing aids individually.
  • Adjust sound settings for specific situations.
  • Create your own personalised listening preferences.
  • Save settings for favourite locations and occasions, so the next time you are at your favourite restaurant your hearing aids will automatically adjust to you preferred settings for that location.
  • Select the directionality of the microphones.
  • Personalise your app with your own name and pictures.
  • Swipe between screens for easy to use and intuitive navigation.
  • Direct access to help functions and troubleshooting.
  • GPS to help find your hearing aids if you have misplaced them.
  • The Beyond app is also available for Andriod, however full streaming is not yet supported via the Andriod app, although this can be worked around by using DEX communication solutions.  

Key Features of the Widex Beyond 440

15 Processing Channels

Allowing for a better identification and processing of the sound environment.

Connectivity to App, Direct Audio Streaming and Tcoils

Allowing you an optimum listening experience in nearly all settings.

Smartwind Manager

This is purportedly the best wind noise algorithm in the industry. It reduces up to 30% of wind noise whilst allowing you to hear clearly in even the windiest conditions.

Battery Life

Expect up to 150 hours of life with a size 312 battery.

5 Different Programs

Pre-set programs for different situations allow quick and easy adjustment of your hearing aid to these circumstances.

Speech Enhancer System

As a result of inter-ear communication between the hearing aids the dominant speaker in noisy situations can be singled out and amplified.

Digital Pinna

Allowing for more precise front/back localisation of sound.

Soft Level Noise Reduction

The identification and reduction of soft level background noise.

High Frequency Boost

This allows users with issues hearing certain high frequency sounds to achieve extra amplification at these levels.

The Widex Beyond is also available in 330 and 220 models. Click through to the Widex Beyond 330 and Widex Beyond 220 product pages for more information on these models.

Additional notes

I don't think it would be unfair to say that the Widex Unique range was the least well received range of hearing aids ever reviewed by our audiologists (see here for the Unique 440, scroll down for the reviews). This probably explains why only a year later Widex have launched this new range of aids, their development cycle is usually far longer. 

We are really hoping that they have sorted out the problems of the Unique range, but only time will tell. Once we have feedback from our audiologists we will publish it here.

Written by Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert

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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Tech Rating:
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Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

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Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

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Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

View Full Range

 

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

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Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

View Full Range

 

Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

5 Year Warranty Included. Rechargeable £50 extra per aid.

View Full Range

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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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