Brand new Resound Verso improves drastically on Alera
GN Resound has just released a new Range called Verso. Verso improves on Alera by introducing ear-to-ear wireless and Binaural processing between the two hearing aids, opening up opportunities for improved hearing aid performance, particularly in noisy or difficult listening situations. Verso does just that! It provides natural hearing in even difficult environments. It is available in the top-end Verso 9 and the mid range Verso 7. Verso now also adds and invisible in the canal style to Resound's portfolio.
Alera hearing aids from GN Resound
Gn resound has extended its Alera range of hearing aids with the New Alera 962 RITE which is a new form factor Alera, offering better build quality compared to the earlier versions.
GN Resound has introduced the Alera range of Wireless hearing aids in 2010, but has gradually added to the range to now include wireless in the ear models as well.The Alera range replaces the ageing Dot and Resound Live range of hearing aids. The range consists of the ALERA 9, ALERA 7 and ALERA 5. The higher the number the better the hearing aid features. The Alera uses a unique wireless connection bases on 2.4 GHz which allows the hearing aids to directly connect to wireless streaming devices with out the need for a neck worn interface. As such you could have a partner wear a Resound MiniMic, which picks up their voice over a distance of up to 7 meters and transmits it directly to the hearing aids. This is ideal for very noisy situations. The latest Gn Resound addition is the Alera 962, which is a RITE hearing aid (Receiver-in-the-ear) with volume control and a sturdy build quality.
GN Resound is also the only manufacturer to have available the remote microphone in the ear style hearing aids. These in-the-ear options are wireless but their microphone is situated in the helix of the earlobe, giving exceptional wind protection and decent directionality for improved hearing in noise. There is also a range of smaller behind-the-ear in in-the-ear Alera hearing aids available for people looking for more cosmetic appealing solutions.
ReSound Introduces Hearing Aid That Adapts to Users' Changing Amplification Needs
ReSound addresses how to future-proof a hearing aid with its new Configurable BTE.
Minneapolis, MN, May 11, 2011 - http://www.gnresound.com - ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, is responding to an industry need for a hearing aid that adapts with the patient, with the introduction of the Configurable BTE 77/87 - a unique combination of both Standard and Power models.
The ReSound Alera® Configurable BTE 77/87 is the only Standard BTE that can be easily converted to a very small high power instrument, with one housing for both. The BTE provides patients with an adaptable hearing instrument solution should their hearing change over time.
"One concern expressed by patients when investing in an expensive hearing aid is 'what if my hearing changes?'" said Laurel Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer, ReSound. "Patients are looking for a hearing aid that will meet their amplification needs for the considerable future."
In addition to this clinical benefit, the Configurable BTE also provides a greater directional response for better hearing in background noise. When the microphones are accurately aligned in the horizontal plane when worn on the ear, the optimal directional response can be attained.
In terms of the directivity index, the hearing instruments should “look forward” for the best response. Low frequencies are processed with an omnidirectional response, and high frequencies are processed with a directional response. This specific processing mimics the natural directional response of the unaided ear, and yields a high directivity index, or measure of how directional the instruments are.
“The configurable BTE has the highest possible directivity available in a BTE hearing aid,” said Christensen. “Optimal directional processing has been shown as the single most important way to provide better hearing ability in background noise.”
To learn more about ReSound Alera® Configurable BTE 77/87, visit http://www.gnresound.com/alera
ReSound Adds Mini BTE and Traditional Custom Hearing Aids to the Alera Product Line
Leader in hearing technology adds new models to award-winning ReSound Alera® hearing aid product line.
Bloomington, MN, September 13, 2011 - http://www.gnresound.com - ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has added two new models to its ReSound Alera® hearing aid product line, the Mini BTE and traditional custom models (non-wireless).
The Alera Mini BTE is small and discreet, with all the capabilities of the ReSound Alera® family including 2.4GHz wireless connectivity options. Alera also offers enhancements such as WindGuardTM dual microphone wind noise reduction and In-Situ audiometry. In addition, the open platform enables previously programmed Alera instruments to be upgraded with the WindGuardTM wind noise protection.
The In-Situ feature enables clinicians and dispensers to perform audiometry testing using the hearing aid as the transducer to present the stimuli. This has the potential to add convenience and efficiency to the hearing instrument fitting procedure, as the ability to present stimuli using the hearing instrument requires less equipment, less space, and is less time consuming.
The Alera traditional custom models provide all the benefits of Surround Sound by ReSoundTM plus added natural wind noise protection, directivity and localization.
"With the addition of the Mini BTE and traditional custom models to the Alera line, we have more models to fit more patients," said Laurel Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer, GN ReSound. "ReSound Alera fits 98% of all hearing losses and addresses a wide range of personal preferences, offering each user a comfortable and effective hearing solution."
To learn more about the Alera Mini BTE and traditional custom products, visit http://www.gnresound.com/alera
ReSound Develops WindGuard Dual-Microphone Wind Noise Reduction
New wind noise protection feature provides improved listening comfort for hearing aid users.
Bloomington, MN, July 20, 2011 - http://www.gnresound.com - ReSound, the technology leader in hearing aid solutions, has developed WindGuard, a dual-microphone signal processing technology designed to effectively reduce the level of wind noise in hearing devices.
Since wind noise is predominantly low-frequency and typically a greater problem for directional hearing aids, a significant amount of the wind noise problem is alleviated by ReSound's Surround Sound Processor because low-frequency sound inputs are processed omnidirectionally. However, wind noise still remains an issue for some users. WindGuard acts as a second line of defense against wind noise in both directional and omnidirectional microphone modes.
"Wind noise can create a frustrating listening experience for hearing aid users," said Tammara Stender, Senior Audiologist, ReSound. "Even at low wind speeds, high levels of turbulent noise can be created at the hearing aid microphones, adding significant noise that distorts the signal of interest."
WindGuard works by applying enough gain reduction in the frequency bands where wind is detected to
provide listening comfort without disrupting the gain levels of the frequency bands that are unaffected by wind. The amount of gain reduction applied varies with the environment and the level of the wind noise, making the reduction as personalized as possible to the situation - without sacrificing audibility for other sounds.
WindGuard consists of two components: a wind detection module and a wind reduction module. In the detection component, only sounds below 3000 Hz are considered, since wind noise typically has a spectral peak around 100 Hz at high wind speeds. The amount of wind noise with respect to other sounds is calculated across both microphones by correlating the filtered outputs of each microphone. The wind reduction module';s primary function is to apply gain reduction to specific frequency bands when wind noise is present and greater than 70 dB SPL.
"We conducted research trials to derive optimal settings for WindGuard," said Stender. "Users'; comments were helpful in preserving good sound quality and audibility."
WindGuard will be available in September 2011 with the release of upgraded Aventa fitting software. For more information, visit http://gnresoundblog.com/2011/07/20/windguard/