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New Hearing Technology for 2020

New Hearing Technology for 2020

There have not been many new hearing aids released in 2020.

However, just within the past few months, two new technologies have been released: the Widex Moment and the ReSound ONE.

Hearing aid technology continues to gradually improve over time, and our clinic has been evaluating these new devices in order to better understand the features they offer.

Widex Moment

The Widex Moment was originally scheduled to be released in mid-March of this year, but with the COVID pandemic, the release was pushed back to this summer.

The Moment is Widex’s first attempt at a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which seems to be the future of all hearing aid batteries. It has an impressively small size for using a lithium-ion battery (often these hearing aids are a little wider than recent non-rechargeable models) and also offers iPhone compatibility.

The device has an elegantly designed loudspeaker system (receiver) that fits more comfortably than most hearing aids.

It is being marketed as having exceptional sound quality, especially with one’s own voice.

Our clinical trials confirm excellent sound quality, but we have encountered some issues of feedback. The device is also not currently able to stream audio from Android phones.

The ReSound ONE

The ReSound ONE was released in September 2020. It is the second-generation lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid from ReSound.

The unique feature of the ONE relates to the microphones. Most hearing aids have two microphones located behind the ear.

The ONE has the traditional two microphones but gives the option of a third microphone located inside the ear canal. This promises more natural sound quality, better hearing in wind, and better hearing in noisy groups.

The ONE also boasts Bluetooth streaming options for both iPhones as well as Samsung and Google phones. A little larger than the Moment, the ONE is still quite discreet.

If you or a loved one is interested in helping us evaluate these new technologies, call us today at (435) 688-8991.

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Dr. Ryan Whitaker

Dr. Whitaker joined Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2009. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in 2005 with his Bachelors of Science in Audiology and Speech Pathology. He then received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Arizona where he minored in Cognitive Neuroscience (the study of how people perceive sound). While at the University of Arizona, he specialized in evoked potentials, specifically researching Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials and the Acoustic Change Complex. He gained clinical experience at Tucson Ear, Nose, and Throat; St. Joseph’s Hospital Balance Center; Arizona Hearing Specialists; and the Center for Hearing Impaired Children. Dr. Whitaker was raised in Orem, Utah with three older sisters and a younger brother (who is also an audiologist). His grandfather was a cartoonist for the Walt Disney Studios where he drew Donald Duck and many characters in Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland before starting the BYU Motion Picture Studio. Dr. Whitaker is married and has three sons. He is passionate about college football and also enjoys hiking in Southern Utah, reading, and traveling. He has traveled extensively through South Asia including Thailand, India, Nepal, and a church mission to the Philippines.

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