Based on 14 User Reviews
I just received my new Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids from ZipHearing. This is my second pair of Widex hearing aids and the sound quality is outstanding. But the fact that you can seamlessly connect to your iPhone and stream your phone calls or listen to your music is a game changer. Purchasing hearing aids can be a daunting experience, but Jeff and the folks at ZipHearing are a pleasure to work with and their prices are very competitive.
I am more than pleased with my new Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids. If I had known my hearing loss could be corrected to this level I would have found a way to get them sooner. One of our dogs (they are all claiming innocence) did me a favor by chewing my previous hearing aids and forcing the decision to get some. ZipHearing made it possible for me to be able to afford the top of the line aids. The local provider that was recommended for fitting and service is very knowledgeable and professional, with state the art equipment -- I couldn't be more pleased. Both Jeff at Zip Hearing and my provider went the extra mile to deliver the aids the next day in time for me to attend my husband's work Christmas party and enjoy being able to participate. Thank you!
A month ago, I thought I didn't need hearing aids. I just thought people were mumbling, that the acoustics in restaurants were getting worse and so on. Today, I walked out of my hearing aid expert's office with my Beyond 440 hearing aids and wow! I can hear so much more, my TV is turned down, so my family is happier with me, its amazing. The sound doesn't sound tinny or echoey, all seems to sound natural. They are so comfortable and lightweight that I don't know they are there.
I tried some Unique 440 aids before and they were good, but these are much better. The iPhone is app is really cool, I can make adjustments myself in terms of the range of sounds, directionality of the microphone and listen to my iPhone (music and phone) directly through my aids, and can choose which program setting I want to use. Probably, the biggest advantage to me is that I can hear people talking to me in a noisy crowd, I think it may even have toned down car noise while I am driving, but maybe I am going too far with that one.
It's early days for me, but I think you can guess that so far, I am a very happy user. I like the ZipHearing model of business, I get a great warranty, batteries and most importantly for me a real expert to help me choose the right aid for me, rather that being forced to buy the only brand of aid they stock.
I purchased the Beyond 440 last month, after trying the Oticon OPN 1, and wanted to share my thoughts. As far as i could tell The Beyond 440 and Oticom OPN sound very similar all in all. Perhaps the Widex has a brighter more forward sound and the Oticon darker and more refined, but each not by very much.
The Oticon OPN seems to work/adapt faster and smoother in the universal mode and makes no extraneous noises, whistles, etc., but this is a small factor, really, since the Beyonds only show these tiny flaws very occasionally. Locating sounds in space and hearing in noisy restaurants are comparable.
The Widex iphone software is much superior on the Beyond 440: better design and has more useful functions, most notably the equalizer adjustments. Changing batteries, cleaning, etc, are comparably easy to do.
The Oticon's behind the ear portion is a bit smaller and more streamlined but again not a big factor since both are quite small.
I chose the Widex because you can buy it discounted with audiologist service; whereas the Oticon is not discounted so they cost a lot more without being nearly that much better even if you prefer the aspects I mentioned about them.
"[addendum to initial comments after weeks of use] Using the Beyonds I found I never got anything like the predicted battery life or the Companies spec of 155 hrs/battery. I returned them to Widex and got faulty units on return which were then replaced. The replacements did no better for battery life. I used loaner units while awaiting a third pair which, like the loaners, did a little better, getting 104 hrs/battery connected to software and 111 hrs/battery not connected. This is still a far cry from the specs and no explanation has been forthcoming from Widex on several inquiries."
Sound quality of my new Beyond 440s is excellent. My local provider is great, very informative and knowledgeable. Explained all features of the aids in great detail. Order was fulfilled quickly and exceeded expectations. Entire process from order to fitting went smoothly and again exceeded expectations. Price was good and information provided by Zip Hearing answered all questions. I was concerned that buying online might result in poor service from the audiologist. This was not the case. I was treated very well by my provider, both in terms of setting an appointment on short notice and the appointment itself. Thanks!
I have had my new Beyond 440s for almost two weeks now and have worn them all day every day right from the beginning. The sound is excellent. There is no distortion in my voice or anything I am listening to. I really like being able to control them through my IPhone and having phone calls and music go directly to my hearing aids is great. These hearing aids adapt automatically to any situation I have been in so far. Jeff at Zip was great to work with as was my hearing provider in Sun City West, Arizona, I am a satisfied Beyond 440 wearer.
Just got my Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids! I was SO panicked. I had such a terrible experience years ago. I am having a thrill! It is like I just woke up! Everyone has been so kind and helpful! While walking down the street I feel like I am eavesdropping on people's conversations. The fit is fantastic and no one even knows I am wearing them. Widex is just introducing this product and I could not be happier.I had a bad experience with hearing aids in the past. I felt like all I could hear was loud noise. There were only 3 settings and none of them worked for me. I only lasted 3 weeks. All the different settings are amazing and the best feature so far is being able to manage it all on my iPhone. This experience is going to be great, I can just feel it! Can't wait to try out a phone call... right into my ears!
So far (it's only been an hour) the Beyond 440 hearing aids work really well! Sound quality is great when compared to my previous hearing aids.
This Beyond 440 hearing aid has been the best purchase of my life. I love the features, direct connection to my I phone. It's like I have normal hearing. Very comfortable. The process was very simple, I called and they direct me to a local provider. They give me a hearing test and a week later I had my hearing aids.
It has only been a couple of days but I can hear many sounds that apparently I had been missing, or missing some of, for instance birds loudly chirping. The sound quality is excellent, the aid reproduces sound in a natural way unlike one of the other aids I wore for a couple of weeks.It is a process. It takes some time to adapt to what you are hearing for example the sound of one typing a review and how loud things now sound. Some sounds seem very loud but I suspect my brain is tuning back in to my natural environment. My hearing loss was in the frequency ranges above 1.5k .I purchased the Widex Beyond 440 and was fitted by a audiologist here in Raleigh who is fairly close to my home. The provider was very professional and the office environment was what one would expect when making a significant purchase.
I traded in my Widex Mind 330 hearing aids for the new Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids am very pleased with the difference in quality and comfort. I like being able to change programs and create custom programs through my smartphone (iPhone) though, paradoxically, I am not thrilled with having to be tethered, so to speak, to my phone to make adjustments. Go figure. But, having said that, I do like being able to make more than a few types of adjustments such as directionality of focus in addition to volume and the Beyond app even has an equalizer to refine the quality of the sound as well though all of this took a little time to get accustomed to it. What I'm really impressed with is my ZipHearing audiologist. She is one of the most professional, knowledgeable, competent and responsive health professionals that I have come in contact with in my 68 years of life. It is always a pleasure to interact with her and her staff and she has a very impressive grasp of the technology involved in my hearing improvement using the Widex Beyond devices.
This is my first set of hearing aids so I cannot compare them to others. However, they feel comfortable and I am enjoying all the sounds that I am hearing now. I also like the connection to my IPhone. I co Pared the price of these hearing aids to other brands and feel that these were a good buy.
The Widex Beyond 440 are my first hearing aids. I am very pleased with the result. I can finally watch movies on the TV without turning on the captioning and do not have to say constantly "excuse me" when people ask me something. Especially my wife is pleased because she does not have to repeat herself and ask if I heard her. The hearing aids are very comfortable from day one and did not take time to get used to.
Sound quality seems good but to early to tell as I just got them yesterday. I love the connectivity to iPhone. Also love the streaming of music from my iPhone to the aids.The audiologist started by loading two basic programs called Universal and Universal 2. 2 seems to soften the information received by the aids. It will take a little time to learn the setting that work best. Looking forward to loading a couple more programs, specifically, music and the wind programs.I'm excited to have these new, iphone hearing aids and think that when they are fined tuned are going to work really well.
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