The Widex Dream Cros hearing aid is designed for people who are deaf in one ear and are unable to wear a conventional hearing aid either due to sound distortion and echoes or because their hearing thresholds in one ear are too low for amplification.
The Cros hearing aid system consists of two behind the ear hearing aids. The hearing aid worn in the deaf ear contains a microphone to pick up sound, and a wireless transmitter, to send the sound to the aid on the other side. The aid worn in the hearing ear contains a receiver and speaker. This allows the wearer to hear the sound from both sides at the same time.
The BiCros system is designed for people who also have hearing loss in their ‘good’ side. With this system, the receiving hearing aid also has a microphone to amplify sound.
The WidexLink wireless technology ensures there is no echo or sound distortion whilst transmitting the sound from one side to the other. This allows both hearing aids to work together, allowing you to seamlessly hear the sounds from all around you.
Being able to hear the sound from all around you makes it easier to join in social situations such as group conversations or meetings. You no longer have to worry about people standing on the ‘wrong side’ when they are talking or missing half of what is said. Being able to hear sound from all around you makes it is easier to work out where sounds are coming from when someone calls you, it also makes crossing roads safer.
Both the Cros and the BiCros hearing aid systems are fully compatible with all the behind the ear hearing aids in the Dream range. This gives you a range of options for different programs as well as different power levels to suit your hearing loss your budget and your lifestyle.
This allows you to access Widex’s latest technology to improve your hearing in a variety of different situations.
The speech enhancement program works to improve speech sounds in environments with background noise such as at work or when shopping. It can also focus on the clearest speech sound in a room where there is lots of conversation such as a pub or busy restaurant. This can greatly enhance your speech understanding when you are out as well as family dinners or social events.
The directional microphones allow you to focus on sound from different directions allowing you to hear someone speaking whether they are in front of you or behind you.
The sound softening program reduces the volume and effect of sudden loud sounds such as plates clattering or someone shouting. It does this without distorting the sounds around you so that your hearing is clearer and more comfortable.
Many people have hearing loss in the higher frequencies making it hard to hear high pitched or softer sounds. These hearing aids can detect the high frequency sounds which are outside of your hearing range and make them audible, without sound distortion.
Widex’s feedback cancellation program can detect and filter out the whistling sound of feedback before you know it is there. There is also a tinnitus program which can be tailored to your own needs to help reduce your tinnitus symptoms.
The Cros and BiCros hearing aids look similar to the Dream Fashion hearing aid model, which is the latest addition to the Dream range. The Cros and BiCros hearing aids are compatible with all the BTE (Behind the Ear) aids in the Dream range so you can choose the best one for your needs.
There are also listening accessories available which allow you to stream the sound from your television, music player and telephone directly to your hearing aids.
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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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.