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Unique 440 Passion / Fusion / ITE Hearing Aids & Reviews

Price for one, £1695 | Price for a pair, £2795

What’s included in our price?

  • Full hearing test and examination by registered hearing aid dispenser
  • Fitting and programming of hearing aid(s)
  • Fine tuning and all aftercare for the life of the hearing aid(s)
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • 60 day full money back guarantee if not completely satisfied
  • VAT Inclusive

March 2016 update – The Widex Unique range has now been fully reviewed. Please scroll down to “Widex Unique – Reviews by audiologists”  for further details.

The premium hearing aid in the range is called the Unique 440. Often with the flagship product, the additional features over the lower model (in this case the Unique 330) are not worth paying the extra for. However with the Unique 440 there are a number of useful extras only available in this, the top model.

Main features

Channels and Processing chip

As with previous generations, the Unique 440 has 15 processing channels. This is a good number for a top model aid which is why this hasn’t changed. What is different however is the new U-Platform processor which powers this hearing aid. It is an improvement over the previous generation at working out what type of environment you are in and changing its amplification strategy accordingly to always make sure that you hear the sounds that are important to you whilst suppressing the ones you don’t want to hear. All of this is done for you using a universal program, though if you want to you can override the settings with up to five manual programs.

Extended hearing range

One of the features Widex is promoting with this hearing aid is that is picks up sounds that other hearing aids ignore. The dynamic range amplified by this hearing aid starts at the very quietest of sounds, just 5dB (decibels) and it stretches to the loudest of sounds at 113 dB. This means that the fullest range of sounds in the environment are compressed into your available hearing range and then passed to you, all without distortion.

High frequency boost

For situations where clarity of speech is paramount, extra emphasis is given to the high frequencies to ensure that you hear everything clearly. This feature is only available in the top model, the Unique 440.

Speed

The processing speed on the new U-Platform chip is very fast and reacts quickly to any sudden changes in the environment. This has a number of benefits, firstly when there are sudden loud sounds, they will not be amplified so that you are not shocked by them. Secondly, when moving from one environment to another, for example from a quiet room onto a busy street, the hearing aid will change how it reacts to the environment straight away rather than how many older aids react with a few seconds of loud background noise followed by an obvious”clunk” as the aid switches into noise reduction mode. With newer chips such as these the change will be seamless.

Wind noise reduction

This is one of those features which is available in the 440 only. The wind noise attenuation is currently the best in the industry, even when the wind is hitting you from directly in front, giving a significant increase in the ability to hear clearly in wind over any other hearing aid.

Soft level noise reduction

One side effect of the extended hearing range as described above is that you could end up hearing sounds that you don’t want to hear. To combat this they have added in extra noise reduction for soft sounds so that you are not bothered by low level background noise such as the hum from quiet fans or air conditioning.

Wireless / Bluetooth

You can download apps on any Apple or Android smartphone which will let you control your hearing aids as a remote control would. If you want to stream sound from various devices to your hearing aids you will need additional accessories, such as the  COM-DEX for phone streaming or the TV-DEX for television streaming.

Zen

Widex’s proprietary tinnitus management system is as always available, upgraded to the latest generation. The Zen sounds help to mask your tinnitus to make it more manageable.

Sizes and shapes

Illustrated below are the various forms the hearing aid is available in. It should be noted that if you go for the very smallest of the in the ear models, the CIC-M or “micro” CIC then there isn’t the room to include the wireless features so any of the features that require communication between the hearing aids or an outside device will not be included.

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Widex Unique – reviews by audiologists

“Hold on, why are these reviews by audiologists rather than customers” I hear you say. Click here for an explanation of our reviewing policy.

The Widex Unique hearing aids were launched in October 2015. A great many of these aids have now been fitted by our audiologists, so they are in a good position to assess how they are performing so far. As part of our new reviewing strategy we have polled our entire network of independent audiologists to find out what they thought.

We have collated the opinions of independent audiologists with no affiliation to any particular manufacturer. These audiologists dispense a wide variety of different hearing aids every day so they are in the best position to judge how the Widex Unique performs.

The audiologists were asked to rate on a scale one to five stars, each of the four Unique models, the 440, 330, 220 and 110. Comparing them not to each other, but to the expectations one should have about each particular aid when judged against other hearing aids in the market. They were also invited to write their opinions which we have included below. Where an audiologist has mentioned other hearing aids by another manufacturer, we have blanked out that information. This is simply because we wanted a balanced review discussing the merits of Widex Unique rather than a forum for promoting one product over another.

Star ratings

The Widex Unique 440 and Unique 220 both achieved a three star rating.

The Unique 330 was rated two stars.

The Unique 110, one star.

Conclusion

Overall, to summarise the reviews below, we were disappointed to find that the Widex Unique range did not perform as well as we would have expected. The customer satisfaction ratings provided to the media by Widex do not seem to match the experience of audiologists “on the ground” so to speak. Main issues highlighted seem to be reliability and feedback (hearing aid whistling) problems.

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Audiologists reviews

Ref. the Widex Unique.
First client fitted – he struggled to hear in background noise and couldn’t hear TV well. He opted to return them to Widex and purchase different aids.
Then we tried another client that was looking to upgrade, tried her with Widex Unique Fusion 440, she also struggled in background, we then switched her to {different aids} within the 60 days and she seems much happier with the new ones.
We do have clients happily using the Unique, but we find it helps if they have the small remote to change program and volume settings, even on the Unique 440. Whereas with the {different hearing aid} we find there is less need for clients to use a remote as the automatic features are so good. The Widex so called automatic features in my mind are just not as comprehensive.
I also think that it’s about time they improved the look somewhat. Although the passion is a great little RIC, just with limited power levels. Also we would always avoid a Widex custom made, as they are never as neat as other manufacturers.
On the plus side, the music program is very good and the accessories are nice and neat, no need for wires and neck loops.
Overall most clients are happy. Widex do still have that ‘softer gentle’ sound and people love the small remote. When we fit Widex we tend to fit the 440 as there are far better mid-range aids for the price of the 330/220 from other manufacturers.
Source – Audiologist in the South East.
Sorry didn’t reply earlier, I’m in Spain.
I’ve fitted 5 Unique 440’s with no returns. I’m really impressed with the wireless CIC’s very small and great to be able to use the ComDex. The RC Dex is also small and useful. Plus Zen tones for tinnitus clients is great to have in such a small aid.
Although I’m normally a {different manufacturer} fan I’ve since ordered 2 more pairs of Unique 440 CIC’s , the Compass software is easy to use and the programming options are useful. I hope this is helpful.
Source – Audiologist in the North West.
From our perspective widex are over-engineered and expensive to maintain and repair, often breaking down, domes coming off in people’s ears and with stupid kevlar receivers that are very uncomfortable to wear, other receivers that are sold in two parts etc.
Source – Audiologist in Yorkshire.
I have had no luck with the Widex aids.
The last 2 pairs, top of the range, were returned. I will avoid doing them unless I have to.
Source – Audiologist in East Anglia
My view of widex aids is great sound but prone to feedback issues.
Source – Audiologist in Derbyshire
Some general feedback about Widex;
Their feedback technology is poor. This prevents me fitting RICs to ski-slope losses. They are also expensive for what they are. I think other aids provide better value for money.
Source – Audiologist in Leicestershire
Only tried one pair of these and they were returned as client reported they could hear better with their old hearing aids.
Source – Audiologist on the South coast
I have found the Widex to be an inferior product with the Unique 440 range not hitting the standards of other top of the range hearing instruments.
Reliability has been an issue with them with the only pair of Unique 330 I ordered having a broken amplifier on delivery to me.
They have also changed their domes without maintaining a stock of the old domes for those existing clients wishing to purchase them. This has led to customer dissatisfaction issues. I was also not afforded the chance to purchase a stock of domes to allow me to service my own customers. The new domes are a latex construction and those who suffer with allergic reactions to latex have not been considered.
Source – Audiologist in Lincolnshire
Unique 440 Passion – good, but expensive for parts ongoing.
Unique 440 ITE was faulty to begin with (cutting out) but performance seems good upgrade from old Widex.
Source – Audiologist in London
I’ve fitted Unique 110 220 & 440. All clients are very happy and they perform better than Dream as would be expected.
Source – Audiologist in North Wales
I have tried to fit 4 pairs of 440 Widex aids without success. The Widex Unique RICS still have problems with feedback at anything more than a mild loss so the feedback manager cuts off the high frequency response reducing clarity.
The customers I have seen that have tried them have found no significant or any benefit over their old Widex aids. The Widex Unique 440 CICs with a remote control that I tried to fit were much bigger than the old Dream, Clear and Mind range due to the wireless transmitter.
The CIC aids stuck out into the concha. Widex said they couldn’t make them smaller due to the shielding needed for the other components from the larger wireless transmitter.
Overall I would not recommend them for anyone. I would only fit them if they insist and they have used Widex before and even then I would not have much hope of a big improvement.
Source – Audiologist in South East

 

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