Help

Brad whitneyb at erols.com
Mon Dec 8 18:42:42 EST 1997


In article <348B0DE7.685C at pacbell.net>, stevej at pacbell.net says...
>
>Can anyone help me compare the relative merits of the Widex Senso CIC
>with the beta test devices being sampled by ReSound?
>Thanks in advance.
>Stephen C. Johnson
>

In article <348B0DE7.685C at pacbell.net>, you say...
>
>Can anyone help me compare the relative merits of the Widex Senso CIC
>with the beta test devices being sampled by ReSound?
>Thanks in advance.
>Stephen C. Johnson
>


Stephen,

I am just a hearing aid consumer but I am also faced with a 
purchase decision concerning the Widex Senso CIC vs Resound Aids.

I am not familiar with the beta test units but I have a few clues that
just might help.

While researching Resound's aid I found the Price Club (Costco)
carries the Resound Tradition Line of aids at a very attractive
price.  A competeting audiologist to me the Tradition Line of
aid was an old, obsolete product so I called Resounds's Help Line
for more information.  Resound's audiologist told me the Tradition
line is a brand new line using a new, smaller circuit.  During
the conversation she indicated they were working on several new
aids with this new circuit, my guess would be a true CIC.

Several users of the Senso have emailed me how wonderful they
are, but have warned me about two "features" that do give them
problems-  The compression logic keeps changing the volume in
low sound situations.  Several users said it takes a while to get
use to this problem.  Second, the Clamp logic to limit loud noises
stays active for several seconds after the noise has stopped, causing
missed words in conversation.  Additionally, I have been told the
Senso's main benifit, the ability to remove steady noise, usually
ends up removing speak frequency as well, creating unintelligable
speech.

I asked Resound's audiologist to compare the Senso with their aid
but she gave me the canned response that she is not that familiar
with competing products.

Speaking with two audiologists, each offer's both products, they
have told me the Resound is more flexable in their programming
options.  For what its worth, both advised me to go with the Resound aid,
echoing many audiologists from this newsgroup. 

I have tried the Resound aids in the audiologist's office and was
impressed.  Given Senso's price and compression logic problems I
am reluctant to jump on the Senso bandwagon.  Additionally, I have
received email indicating several companies are getting ready to release
second generation digital aids.

I hope this information is of some help.

Brad






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