Widex Dream 440 User Review
This hearing aid review was submitted by Ron C. of Ohio, who is a hearing aid wearer and reader of our blog. Originally released in June of 2013, the Widex Dream 440 is Widex’s most advanced hearing aid available, and has been a very popular hearing aid. If you’d like to read an in-depth review of the Dream 440 from a provider’s perspective, see this post.
After dealing with hearing loss for years and realizing I was having more and more difficulty understanding people in environments with background noise, I knew it was time to do something about my hearing loss. I actually waited over 5 years to take the plunge into hearing aids after my hearing loss was diagnosed, and during that time my hearing loss just got worse and worse- so I was ready.
I would classify my hearing loss as moderate and had never worn hearing aids before these- the Dream 440s are my first and only impression with hearing aids. On the recommendation of my hearing provider, I opted for the receiver-in-canal style and am wearing it open-fit. I am not wearing a custom ear mold, and just have a small rubber dome that sits inside my ear canal.
I have been very surprised about the comfort of these aids, and just how inconspicuous they are. They have not been a bother at all in that regard. They are very simple to put on and take off and after a short time you even forget they are in your ear, except of course you can hear much much better. I did not purchase a remote control or any other accessories, I just use the controls on the units themselves to change the volume and program.
Ideally I wish I didn’t have to have the unit behind the ear but I am learning to live with it. So in general I am satisfied with the fit and feel of the Dreams. The aids have had the most positive impact on my family life and career, hearing in background noise is much easier now. They are digital so I don’t have to make any adjustments, they adjust themselves to different environments and levels of background noise. With regards to particular features I find impressive, the three multi-directional microphones produce a more natural sound and not the normal tunnel sound from just making things louder.
I am using size 312 batteries and the battterr life is good as long as you remember to turn the hearing aids off at night or when you are not wearing them. To anyone considering buying the Dream 440’s or hearing aids in general, I would advise that as soon as you notice you can’t understand people, buy hearing aids and don’t wait 5 years like I did.
Thanks Ron! If you’ve worn the Dream 440’s, or any Dream hearing aid, please feel free to post a comment below.
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