Widex understands how important hearing is to quality of life. Knowing every hearing loss can be different, they strive to create hearing aids capable of helping every individual hear better.
Hearing aids made by Widex
Widex has many models of hearing aids that are available in several different technology levels and styles. Widex has given some of their hearing aid styles branded names. For example, the Fusion is their receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) style, the Passion is their mini-RITE, the Fashion is their behind-the-ear (BTE) style and the XP is their in-the-ear (ITE) style hearing aid. Widex has an invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid style they call the micro-CIC. The BTE and RITE styles are available in a rainbow of color options.
|Model name||Style||Cost||Technology levels|
|Unique||Behind the ear (BTE),
Receiver in the ear (RITE),
mini-RITE, In the ear (ITE),
Completely in the canal (CIC),
Invisible in the canal (IIC)
|$$$-$$$$||110, 220, 330, 440|
|Dream||BTE, RITE, mini-RITE, ITE, CIC||$$$-$$$$||110, 220, 330, 440|
(3, 5, 10)
(3, 5, 10)
|CROS/BiCROS||RITE, mini-BTE||$$$||Single-sided deafness|
Differences between Widex’s technology levels
Most of the product line designed by Widex is available in three or more different technology levels, which correspond to different price points. The models with the highest levels of technology have the greatest number of features and the highest prices. For example, the Unique has the following technology level differences:
- The 110 option is the most basic. There are four processing channels, three listening programs and the standard feature set.
- The 220 option still has three listening programs but also includes six processing channels, an enhanced algorithm for speech intelligibility in noise and more automation to different listening environments.
- The 330 option is more advanced with ten processing channels, four listening programs, a program for recreating natural localization cues from the pinna and a real-time noise reduction program to enhance speech in noise.
- The 440 option is the premium option. Its advanced feature set includes 15 channels, five listening programs and a boost for high frequencies (good for listening to music).
Tinnitus management is a key focus
Almost all hearing aids made by Widex include the option for some sort of tinnitus relief tones. Widex also provides a tinnitus counseling curriculum to guide practitioners as they help patients. In addition, they make a device called ZEN2GO, which is a tinnitus management tool for patients with normal hearing ability.
Other hearing aids
Like most other manufacturers, Widex offers a line of brightly colored hearing aids for children, including a special hearing aid model for infants, the Baby. They also offer the Menu, a basic hearing aid model available in three technology levels. Widex offers two super power hearing aid models appropriate for severe to profound hearing loss, as well as two options for single-sided deafness.
Other model names associated with Widex are Clear, Mind, Senso and Diva. Talk to a hearing care professional if you want to learn more about any model of Phonak hearing aids.
Assistive listening devices made by Widex
In addition to an innovative line-up of hearing aids, Widex offers other assistive technology and accessories to improve user experience. These products include a remote control (RC-DEX), a device to connect hearing aids with television (TV-DEX), a neck loop for communicating with the hearing aid’s telecoil (T-DEX) and a hands-free device for directing a mobile phone signal to a patient’s hearing aids (COM-DEX). They also make the SCOLA FM System.
A short history of Widex
Widex was founded in Denmark by two friends, Christian Topholm and Erik Westermann, in 1956. Over the years, the company has built a reputation for developing user-friendly and advanced hearing technology. Here are some recent milestones for the company:
- 1988 - Widex released Quattro Q8, its first digitally programmable hearing aid with remote control.
- 1990 – Widex patented a technology called CAMISHA (computer-aided manufacturing individual shells for hearing aids).
- 1995 - Widex launched the Senso, the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid.
- 2008 - Widex released Passion, the smallest receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid.
- 2010 - Widex announced the first hearing aid made specifically for babies, the Widex Baby440.
- 2015 - Widex designed the CROS Fusion, a hearing aid for single-sided deafness which uses three times less battery than others of its kind.
Widex takes hearing loss seriously. That’s why they’ve developed a charity which helps children in underdeveloped countries receive important hearing care they may not typically get. Founded in 2012, the Widex Charity works with hearing healthcare professionals to fit underserved children with hearing technology to help them live happier, healthier lives.