Halo v. ReSound LiNX2: Two Made for iPhone Hearing Aids
Two hearing aids, both alike in technology, connect to iPhones and increase accessibility. Starkey’s Halo and ReSound’s LiNX2 are both powerful, digital hearing aids, with similar wireless connectivity features. Here, we compare and contrast the two hearing aids to help you differentiate between them.
Starkey Hearing Technology – Halo
The Halo received the Edison Award Silver Prize in 2015 for excellent design and innovation. It is available in receiver-in-canal or behind-the-ear styles, and treats degrees of hearing loss from mild to severe.
To hear more comfortably in noise.
The Halo offers directional microphones and sound reduction programming to cut down on background noise, making it easier for the wearer to hear in challenging environments.
No buzzing or whistling.
The feedback cancellation feature eliminates the buzzing and whistling sounds, providing comfortable sound quality.
Improved high-frequency audibility.
With hearing loss, certain frequencies of sounds are more difficult to hear. The Halo is equipped with technology that translates higher frequency sounds (such as women’s and children’s voices) to a lower frequency, making them easier to register.
Enhanced phone communication.
The Halo connects to your iPhone, which means you can stream FaceTime or regular calls directly to the hearing aid. This technology is especially useful if you are on the phone in louder spaces.
Great sounding music and media.
Through the same wireless connectivity, the Halo streams music and media from your iPhone (or iPad, iPod, etc.) directly to your hearing aid, eliminating background noise.
Hearing that is personalized for you.
Starkey offers the TruLink app, which allows you to customize volume and program settings on the Halo using your iPhone. This ease of access eliminates the manual controls of hearing aids past.
Hearing that happens intuitively.
Through the TruLink app, your iPhone and Halo hearing aid work in conjunction to geotag and memorize your preferences based on location. When you enter a space in the future, you will have a seamless listening experience, without having to readjust programs on your hearing aid.
Reliable, hassle-free hearing aids.
The Halo is covered in HydraShield, a water and dirt resistant material that protects your hearing aid’s more sensitive components.
The LiNX2 is available in both behind-the-ear and in-the ear styles, as well as custom fits, and treats degrees of hearing loss from mild to profound.
Sound quality – Surround Sound.
The LiNX2 is equipped with ReSound’s latest sound technology: Binaural Directionality II and Spatial Sense, which simultaneously supports your brain to process sound and receive detailed sonic information even in noisy listening situations. This quality extends to speech recognition as well.
Design and fit – SureFit.
The LiNX2 boasts a new design that both offers a secure fit as well as discreetness. The hearing aid is nearly invisible when worn, and is carefully constructed with components coated in iSolate nanotech, which prevents the intrusion of water, sweat, earwax and dust.
Direct stereo and phone streaming.
Designed to connect to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch, the LiNX2 increases accessibility and sound quality with phone calls and media. With direct streaming to your hearing aid, there is no worry about the distractions of extraneous noise.
The LiNX2 offers connectivity accessories to enhance everyday life. This hearing aid connects to home entertainment systems through a TV accessory. The ReSound Unite microphone accessory helps to amplify conversations in louder settings.
Apps for personalized hearing experience.
With the ReSound Smart app, LiNX2 wearers control their personalized volumes and programs through their iPhones. Bass and treble levels are easily controlled for music. When conversing with someone, wearers are able to zoom in on speakers with a speech focus feature, as well as reducing noise in outdoor situations.
For hearing aid wearers who also suffer from tinnitus, the LiNX2 offers tinnitus therapy through a sound relief app.
It is always recommended that you consult with your audiologist on your degree and type of hearing loss to determine which device would best suit you. For a comprehensive hearing evaluation in the Las Vegas or Henderson area, contact Desert Valley Audiology.