Based on 23 User Reviews
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."
I wasn't sure what to expect when I realized I needed hearing aids. I had my hearing checked by more than one audiologist in hopes that I had received an incorrect testing . . . no such luck. I did have a significant drop-off in my hearing. I went through the process of reading lots of hearing aid reviews to find one that met all my requirements and had high customer satisfaction. I opted for the Widex Beyond hearing aids and purchased them through Zip Hearing.com and one of their local providers. The experience has been outstanding. The provider discussed thoroughly my hearing test results and the impacts of continued hearing loss. I never once felt as though I was receiving a sales pitch to buy aids. The concern was for my well-being and improved hearing. Once I received the Widex the audiologist took as much time as needed to explain how to use them, paired them with my i-phone, and helped me set my expectations for the aids. I am now wearing the aids and their quality and ease of use thus far has been outstanding.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
So far the sound is very good maybe most important they are comfortable I also really enjoy the connection to my iphone 7S which allows me to answer the phone unfortunately the sound is not loud enough to hear in a noisy room but plenty loud in more normal situations can honestly recommend these but make sure to shop online as the cost differences are immense I recommend getting them sized with the longer hoses so they do not get in the way of your glasses. All in all this technology is new very good and well worthwhile to look into.
Purchased Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids to replace 6 year old hearing aids, the newer technology is terrific. Being able to stream music direct to them, as well as calls on my cell phone. The best is being able to turn the television volume down from 25 - 30 to 8 or 10 and enjoying the show. On to of all the benefits to my life not missing out on hearing my grandchildren, not missing out on the conversations with friends and family especially in a large group, being part of the conversation when out in a restaurant is making my life so much better and fulfilled. Fitting and set up of the hearing aids went smoothly. This is a great company to do business with, first class and concerned about your needs first.
Pro: the bass, mid range, and treble can be adjusted to provide a more full sound via the iPhone app. Additionally the accentuated direction can be chosen (front, left, right, rear).
Con: the settings are not retained when one switches from program to program.
Pro: there are up to 5 preprogramed programs that can be set up. In addition, an additional 5 user programs can be be added that are are based on one of the preprogrammed programs.
Con: the bass mid and treble settings do not seem to be retained making the user programs less useful.
Pro: the programs make discriminating speech from noise easier. Additionally a program to reject background noise while driving is useful.
Con: Some programs increase feedback to the point that there is a feedback squeal every 30-45 seconds. This is despite having run an anti-feedback program to reduce this issue on two separate occasions. It requires that the frequency ranges and the overall volume be adjusted manually. The adjustment must be done every time that the program is selected.
Pro: These hearing aids have a battery life approximately twice as long as others that were tested. Battery life appears 7-9 days.
Overall - good hearing aids with some issues that still need to be addressed during the trial period.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My initial contact was with Grant - I told him that I wanted the Widex Beyond 440 hearing aids and after just a minute or two he had found an audiologist that was less than a mile away from work. I felt a bit uncomfortable at the audiologist - I had been to 3 or 4 at that point and, much like Goldilocks, I was looking for an audiologist that was just right. Jeff called me after my visit and spent at least 30 minutes with me talking about the experience. He was extremely easy to talk to and work with. He asked me to give him a couple of days to find the perfect audiologist for me - and he sure did! I met with the new audiologist this morning and felt very comfortable with her. She focused on me, my Widex hearing aids, and my goals to address my hearing loss and tinnitus. She and Jeff were simply fantastic - they both made a customer for life today!! BTW - I'm a first time hearing aid user, and my Widex Beyond 440's are awesome!
So far sound quality is very good, quite and clear. It is comfortable compare to my expectations. it was initially uncomfortable for the short length of speaker wire, but Widex replaced it in very quickly. I still to get adjusted my new devices, but it helps me to get improve my hearing.
I am happy with the aids. I find them very light and comfortable, it is a relief to hear better.
I love the sound quality. The new Widex Beyond 440 aids have helped a great deal with my tinnitus, one of the main reasons I was looking for new hearing aids. I was told that technology had improved hearing aids a great deal since I'd purchased my last pair of hearing aids in 2009. And has it ever! I particularly like being able to use my iPhone to hear my calls. Also, I like being able to self-adjust the hearing levels and other adjustments such as various environments like noisy restaurants or parties. I haven't had the opportunity to use the T-coil feature, but I'm looking forward to using it. The ease of ordering from ZipHearing was super. The Audiologists was very competent and professional. I would highly recommend ZipHearing to anyone in need of new hearing aids.
I am extremely satisfied with my new Widex Beyond 440 hearing aid! The sound quality is surprisingly and amazingly natural compared to what I was expecting. I hear more of what I want without annoying background noise that I don’t. I’m very pleased with how it seems to minimize unwanted background noise and adapt automatically to different environments. For example, I could hear and enjoy conversation in a crowded restaurant that always gave me trouble before. I also love that it functions as a Bluetooth headset and allows me to talk hands-free on my cell phone. I enjoy a lot that I can hear streaming music and other audio content from my phone directly to my hearing aid. I haven’t experienced anything negative with this hearing aid so far. I’m feeling very satisfied with the value and quality of it. It meets and even has exceeded some of my expectations.
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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