Livio AI Hearing Aid Launched in London

Welcome To The Revolution

I really hate trite marketing tag lines, then one comes along that’s quite true. Like the famous “Layers of Sound” incident with Resound and their Quattro (actually perfect description for their sound) “Welcome To The Revolution” is exceptionally fitting for the Livio AI. Because that is what it represents, a true revolution in functionality in hearing aids. For the first time ever we have a hearing aid with built-in sensors, health tracking, fall detection and it translates 27 languages in real time. That’s pretty revolutionary.

Starkey Livio AI hearing aids

A hearing aid with hearable functionality

I attended the launch of the new Livio AI hearing aid on the 20th of March in London. The device has been a long time coming and the outline of the functionality has excited a lot of people, me included. I believe the device represents a huge move forward within hearing aids. While I have heard a few people say that the wider functionality is just ancillary, I don’t agree. I think the features are core to the devices and the users that they are designed for. Let’s talk about the devices. 

The Sound is Core

I have heard it said several times that sound quality is the true core focus of hearing aids, and that, of course, is true. Up to recently, Starkey really wasn’t famous for sound quality, although that changed slightly with the launch of the Muse. Starkey says that the Livio AI represents their very best sound quality yet and they have introduced some new sound processing features to drive that.

Binaural Communication

Starkey is using binaural communication between two Livio AI hearing aids to produce a more natural sound, preserve the natural sound cues and to drive a better experience in noisy situations. That communication also allows them to preserve inter-aural level differences which will allow you to better localise sound. That in itself should help you to separate speech and noise a little better in noisy situations. I had a brief listen to them through headphones and they sounded pretty good. It wasn’t a true experience by any means, but with the limited, slightly artificial setup, they sounded okay.

Spatial Speech Enhancement

Starkey says that the new system will deliver a 10% reduction in cognitive effort in noisy environments and a pretty astonishing 80% reduction of noise. That was a little unclear and we didn’t have an opportunity to ask questions. As more info becomes available I will update the article to explain what the figures meant.

Transient Noise Reduction

They have introduced a new system to handle transient or impact noises. The system identifies and reduces those noises quickly which means a slamming door or dropped cutlery on a tile floor will not be as irritating.

Bluetooth Hearing Aids

The Starkey Livio AI hearing aids are Bluetooth hearing aids, audio streaming and streaming of phone calls is limited to the iPhone at present. There was no mention of any plans to deliver Made For Android functionality. I am also unsure of how much of the functionality will work with Android phones. I would take it as said that if you want to get the very best out of these aids you need to be packing an iPhone. 

The Features

We have touched on the features before here on Know, but let’s refresh your memory with a rundown:

  • Translation in 27 languages
  • Amazon® Alexa connectivity
  • Rechargeable option
  • Fall Detection and Alerts
  • Heart Rate Measurement
  • Voice-to-text Transcription
  • Natural user interface with tap control
  • Self Check for hearing performance
  • Thrive Virtual Assistant, built on Google Assistant

I think each of these features is probably worth an article of it’s own, but let’s run through them and why I think they make complete sense. Translation in 27 languages seems perhaps a little strange, but when you consider that older adults are exceptionally likely to travel it starts to make sense. Starkey says that one of the core beliefs they have is that they enable communication, with live translation of different languages, they are doing that.

Health Monitoring

The Livio AI offers relatively decent health monitoring opportunities, while it monitors activity and now heart rate, it also monitors socialisation and how much time is spent engaging with people. The Thrive App uses all of this to give it’s scores.

Thrive app and Livio AI hearing aids

The health monitoring element of the Livio AI is offered via the Thrive App. It offers two measurements that both deliver the possibility of a score of 100 points. It focuses on a Body score and a Brain score. The body score is calculated through a combination of activity, steps and overall movement. This information is tracked daily and accessed easily in the Thrive app. As I said, a daily score of 100 points is possible.

Cognitive Health

Starkey says that because of the important connection between cognitive health and hearing health, Livio AI measures the brain benefits of wearing hearing aids. I still think that’s marketing fluff, however, I have said before, I do believe there is some validity to what they are doing. The metrics used to measure the Brain score include hours of daily use, social engagement and the tracking of active listening. Again the daily score of 100 points is possible.

Does it really give you a score based on cognitive health? No, it doesn’t, however, it gives you a clear idea about some of the things that we know promote good cognitive health and I think that is a good thing.

Gamified Health

The idea of the Thrive Health Score is gamification of health, basically, in the same way, the Fitbit or any other healthable does. Your daily scores act as a dare to do better and a beratement that you haven’t. As we get older, it is important that we exercise, whether that be focused exercise like gym work or running, or unfocused exercise like nice long walks.

Because there is a huge link between hearing loss and a lot of other co-morbidities like heart disease or diabetes. Enabling health tracking in a hearing aid makes perfect sense, I mean you wear them all day, so they are the ideal device to monitor activity.

Fall Detection & Alerts

Starkey is leveraging the sensors in the Livio AI to detect falls and they have set up a system in the Thrive App that allows an alert to go out to up to three different designated contacts. I honestly think that this is a stroke of genius, I have said for many years that hearing aids could be the ideal platform for the monitoring of activity and health of older people, ensuring that they can lead independent lives for longer. This system represents a big part of that concept.

When you hear the figures (from National Council On Aging) relating to falls for older people it really begins to put the benefit of this feature in perspective:

  • Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall
  • Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall
  • $67.7 Billion in projected costs from fall by 2020
Starkey Falls Graphic

Older people fall down with alarming regularity and injure themselves, some of them die. The horrible thing is that some who die may have lived if help was quick enough to get to them. That’s a hard pill to swallow, and I would imagine it would lead to great torture for a family. The fall detection and alert system mean that if a Livio AI user falls, their loved ones should know about it instantaneously. I think that represents huge peace of mind.

The Self Check

I am telling you, these people are reading my email, I bemoaned the fact several years ago that many hearing aids could be forced to do a self-check of function. I asked why on earth this hadn’t been made available to users in the day of Bluetooth connected hearing aids. Starkey was obviously thinking the same thing, they offer a self-check in the Thrive app which will run a subroutine to check your hearing aids. It’s a handy tool that allows you to be sure if you need to see your professional or the receiver is just blocked with wax.

Thrive Personal Assistant

Now you are talking, I always wanted my hearing aids to be my personal assistant, mainly because I have a shocking memory for daily life. Appointments, there was an appointment? Emails, oh yes I kind of remember now ish. Yes, that pretty much sums me up, so I live for the day that I have a personal assistant to just manage that. Because my hearing aids are in my ears all day, it makes sense for them to be the primary point of contact for that stuff.

The Thrive Personal Assistant isn’t quite there yet, but after talking to Achin Bhowmik, who is the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering for Starkey, I can see that it may well be in the future. You activate the Thrive Personal Assistant with a tap on the hearing aids and then simply speak your query. At present, the Thrive Personal Assistant handles queries in two ways.

The AI in the app decides if your query is hearing aid related or a wider general query. If it is hearing aid related such as how do I turn the volume up, the query is handled locally within the app. If it is a wider query, like why is the sky blue?, the app passes it on to Google to answer.

That makes perfect sense, Google, Amazon and Apple have spent ridiculous amounts of money on Artificial Intelligence, why the hell does Starkey need to re-invent the wheel? I had a really interesting conversation with Achin Bhowmik, I even managed not to bow from the waist and give it the old Wayne’s World we’re not worthy! He had some pretty fascinating things to say about the future of machine learning and AI in hearing aids and some more interesting things to say about new features that will be coming sooner rather than later. I shall cover that conversation in another article and probably a podcast.

The Features of The Future

While the presentation on the day was about existing features, Starkey also gave us a glimpse of future features they expected to introduce.

Future features for Starkey Livio AI hearing aids

While the slide covered pretty much everything that was said, including the expanded function for the Personal Assistant that I was hoping for, it didn’t mention something that was mentioned by Bill Austin during his closing address. He mentioned a facial recognition system which would help with voice prompts. If they are going to introduce something like that well then they are going to have to put cameras on the aids. Now that would be fascinating.

Like I said at the start, I heard some people say that these features or abilities aren’t core, I beg to differ. I think they are as core to the design of modern hearing aids as Bluetooth radios are. Moving forward, consumers will expect this type of functionality because it makes sense. Another thing I heard was, well all of these things have been around for a while and Starkey are just taking advantage of them. My reply was yup, they had the foresight and design thinking to do just that.

Steve Jobs didn’t invent anything, he just took lot’s of existing technology and features and re-packaged them. The point is that he was the man with the vision to do so, just as Starkey have had the vision to do this. I am no big fan of Starkey, no more than I am a big fan of any particular hearing aid brand, but you have to recognise revolutionary thinking when you see it. Welcome to the revolution, and if the sound quality lives up to the claims, it will be a revolution.

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Let’s Take a Look at The Opn S Range

The Oticon Drive event included the launch of the Opn S platform to the UK market. The Opn S is being rolled out to other markets globally right now and I would expect them to be available to most Independent hearing professionals right now more or less globally. Here is a rundown of the models and the pricing we expect. 

Opn S Performance presentation

Source: Demant A/S financial presentation

The Highlights

So let’s take a quick look at the highlights of the new Opn S platform:

  • Velox S: They say it is a new level of processing power which offers faster automatics, new highly sensitive detectors, and increased memory. They say it is powerful enough to analyse 56,000 additional times per second than the Opn.
  • OpenSound Booster: They say it offers even more help in everyday noisy situations to those who need it most when they need it.
  • OpenSound Optimizer: They say prevents feedback to deliver optimal gain, providing more open fittings and no feedback. 
  • New miniRITE-R: They say a new lithium-ion powered rechargeable hearing aid offering the best OpenSound Experience, audio streaming and enough power to last the day.

Three Levels Of Tech

The new Opn S will be available in three levels of technology with a sliding level of features similar in nature to the original Opn platform. The Opn S 1 will be the premium range of devices followed by the mid-range Opn S 2 and the lower mid-range Opn S 3. As they have done with the Siya, I believe in the future they will deliver a different version of the Opn S as the budget range models. 

Made For iPhone

All of the models in the Opn S platform are Bluetooth enabled hearing aids.

Powerful Enough For Every Hearing Loss

The beautiful MiniRITE devices can use four different receiver power levels meaning that they offer a discreet option for every hearing loss

Oticon Opn new fitting range

The Models

Oticon

Opn S miniRITE

The Opn S miniRITE hearing aid model is a very discrete wireless slimline ‘Mini-Receiver-In-Ear (miniRITE)’ hearing aid using a 312 battery. Powerful fully featured and offering amazing discretion. 

Oticon Opn S miniRITE Prices

We would expect the Oticon Opn S miniRITE range to be sold at prices from £1200.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Oticon Opn S MiniRITE

Oticon

Opn S miniRITE-R

wireless slimline Rechargeable ‘Mini-Receiver-In-Ear (miniRITE)’ hearing aid using a new lithium-ion rechargeable battery which offers 16 hours of use with five hours of streaming. The battery pack is easily replaceable in the clinic. The device also has a telecoil.

Oticon Opn S miniRITE-R Prices

We would expect the Oticon Opn S miniRITE-R range to be sold at prices from £1200.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Oticon Opn S MiniRITE Rechargeable

Oticon

Opn S miniRITE-T

The sleek and discreet wireless MiniRITE-T features a telecoil and double pushbutton for easy volume and program control. It is powered by a 312 battery

Oticon Opn S miniRITE-T Prices

We would expect the Oticon Opn S miniRITE-T range to be sold at prices from £1200.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Oticon Opn S MiniRITE-T

Oticon

Opn S BTE13 PP

The powerful and compact BTE13 PP fits hearing losses up to 105 dB SPL to benefit people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. The plus power solution features a telecoil, a tactile double pushbutton for easy volume and program control and a two-colour LED indicator to monitor hearing aid status for both users and caregivers.

Oticon Opn S BTE13 PP Prices

We would expect the Oticon Opn S BTE13 PP range to be sold at prices from £1200.00 to £2200.00 in the UK depending on the Practice and location. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from €1400.00 to €3000.00 in Ireland. We would expect the range to be sold at prices from $1500.00 to $3200.00 in the USA.

Oticon Opn S BTE 13-PP

Meet The Bose Hearing Aid

Hearing Tracker broke a story on the new Bose hearing aids a couple of days ago, they look remarkably similar to their Hearphones. It looks like the new hearing aid will be similar to the Wear and Hear devices we have discussed already. The Bose hearing aid device represents the first of a completely new category of hearing aids. According to the FDA, the Bose self-fitting hearing aid is intended to amplify sound for individuals 18 years of age or older with perceived mild to moderate hearing impairment. The device will be adjusted by the user to meet the user’s hearing needs. The devices are intended for direct-to-consumer sale and no pre-programming or hearing test is necessary. What struck me was the similarity in design and concept to the BeHear devices I reviewed in the article”My Latest Experiences With The BeHear Now from Wear&Hear.” Let’s talk about the Bose Hearing Aids. “My Latest Experiences With The BeHear Now from Wear&Hear.”

Bose Hearing Aids FDA Fiiing

Typical Bluetooth Headphones

Be-Hear Headset Close Up

Like the BeHear Now (which you can see here) , the new Bose Hearing Aid looks like any typical Bluetooth headset in design. In fact, it looks exactly like the popular Bose Hearphones with a flexible neckband which houses all of the electronics and cables for the right and left earbuds.

The Bose Hearing Aid has two microphones in each earbud that can be used in omnidirectional or directional modes to help with speech in noise. They say that they offer active noise reduction using “feedback and feedforward control loops” to give better speech understanding in noise. The devices will also offer typical Bluetooth audio streaming from smartphones for both music and phone calls.

Self-fitting with a smartphone app

Exactly like the BeHear Now and the IQBuds Boost from NuHeara, the Bose Hearing aids will be self-programmed through a smartphone app which will be available for both iPhones and Android smartphones. As with the BeHear Now, the app can be used to change the settings on the devices but there is also a set of buttons that can also be used to adjust both the “World Volume” and the directional mode.

Hearing Aid Features

The Bose Hearing Aid boasts a set of features that you would typically expect from a hearing aid. The signal processing includes 12-channel wide dynamic range compression amplification. The noise reduction feature is continuously active and they say it reduces environmental noise and the perception of the user’s own voice.

Additional features reported include:

  • Feedback cancellation
  • Steady-state noise reduction
  • Directionality (three modes controllable by the user)
  • Impulse noise control
  • Left/Right balance
  • Bluetooth-compliant 2.4 GHz wireless radio for streaming audio, telephony, and control
  • Microphone array to help clarify voices on phone calls
  • Volume-optimized audio equalization (selectable high-frequency boost when listening to streamed content)
  • Voice prompts
  • Battery life of approximately 10 hours
  • NFC pairing for compatible Android devices

Again, the features list is not unlike that of either the BeHear Now or the IQBuds Boost. The only real question is, when will the Bose devices be ready? The other question for me is when will the BeHear Now and IQBuds Boost be added to this category? Because looking at the design and the clinical studies that support this new category of devices, it seems to me that both the BeHear Now and the IQBuds Boost fit the brief.

Oticon Opn S Rechargeable Hearing Aids to Have Easily Replaceable Battery Pack

We have been at the Oticon Drive event over the last few days learning a bit about the latest Oticon hearing aids, the Opn S platform. In a really interesting turn of events, Oticon has ensured that the lithium-ion battery pack in their new reachargeable hearing aids is replaceable by the hearing care professional. It will mean that when the time comes to replace it, the replacement can be done in the clinic instead of at the factory. That makes sense for consumers.

Opn S miniRITE-R rechargeable hearing aid

That’s an interesting move, up to now nearly all of the lithium-ion stuff has had to be returned to the factory to replace the power pack. Being able to replace it in the clinic ensures that consumers aren’t inconvenienced by missing their hearing aids while they go away. I think for consumers, that makes a lot of sense. The job will have to be done in the clinic though, the hearing devices have a specially locked battery port that a professional can open with a special tool.

Oticon has taken the time to learn from the experience of the other brands to design what they believe offers the best of all worlds. I like the charger unit and I like the hearing aids, unfortunately, I think Oticon missed one trick by not delivering a charger case like some of the other brands. They certainly are not the only ones to do so. I think the charger cases with extra charges are going to prove really popular and I can see all of the brands introducing them moving forward.

A Quick Run Down

Here is a quick rundown of the salient points:

  • Easily replaced rechargeable batteries
  • 3 hours charging for a full day of hearing, including streaming*.
  • Connect to a TV, computer, smartphone and more via Bluetooth®
  • Tinnitus SoundSupport™ can play tinnitus relief sounds
  • Control hearing aids with the Oticon ON App
  • A Made for iPhone® hearing aid
  • With Telecoil (T-coil) that offers access to FM systems using a neckloop receiver
  • Volume and programme button
  • For mild to severe hearing loss
  • Water and dust resistant to IP68 standard
  • * Oticon say that expected operating time for rechargeable battery depends on use pattern, active feature set, hearing loss, sound environment, battery age and use of wireless accessories

Oticon Opn S is Launched in The UK at Oticon Drive

We are attending the launch of the Oticon Opn S range today at the Oticon Drive event in the UK. We got to hear a little bit more about the new Opn S and I have to say that I am liking what I am hearing. The original Opn has been a huge success for Oticon, they really have been globally popular hearing aids that have caught the imagination. More than that, they are excellent hearing devices that offer an experience that no one else offered up to recently. The stats that we are hearing about the Opn S platform are outstanding. They offer a real improvement upon the original Opn which is impressive. I will cover the headline stuff here and we delve deeper at a later date. Let’s take a look.

Opn S speech understanding improvement

Better speech understanding and reduced listening effort

With the upgraded OpenSound Navigator and the OpenSound Optimizer working together, Oticon say that the Opn S takes BrainHearing™ benefits to new heights. The stats they are quoting are as follows:

  • Oticon Opn increased speech understanding with 30% compared to traditional hearing aids. Now, Oticon Opn S outperforms Oticon Opn with a further 15% increase.
  • Oticon Opn reduced the listening effort with 20% compared to traditional hearing aids. Oticon Opn S adds an extra 10% reduction to that performance.
  • Oticon Opn improved memory recall with 20% compared to traditional hearing aids. With Oticon Opn S that number is increased with an additional 10%.

Considering the Opn was so good, improvements like that can’t be sneezed at. Of course, the proof will be in the pudding as they say. But I have no doubt that the claims will match real-world performance, to be honest with you.

Optimal Gain

Oticon has introduced a whole new way to handle feedback which allows them to deliver the optimal amplification in every situation. The new system looks really good and should allow speech perception to increase even in noisy situations where you need a lot of amplification.

The Models

Oticon Opn S Range

As I reported earlier this year, the new range will initially come in four model types at three levels of technology and the market rollout of the Opn S family starts right now in the UK. The models are a Mini RITE, a Mini RITE-T, a Lithium-Ion rechargeable Mini RITE-R (which has a telecoil on board) and a 13 BTE. As I said, this will be the first time Oticon goes with a lithium-ion power source. The physical hardware specs for the new hearing aid models are similar to the original devices so they all cover a range of hearing losses.

Oticon Opn S Rechargeable device

Over the next couple of weeks as we get to grips with the new stuff we will write up a couple of articles covering what you need to know. We are hoping to get Steve a pair so we can get a clear idea of the real world benefits.

No Wax Ear Wax Removal Specialist Network Expands Across The UK and Ireland

Ear Wax Removal in More Areas

We are pleased to announce that the No Wax Ear Wax Removal Specialists Network has expanded dramatically over the last few weeks with new ear wax removal specialists from South Tyneside, Kilmarnock in Scotland, Warrington, Chester, London, Kent, Newry in Northern Ireland and Dundalk and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland among others joining the network. We are committed to growing the network this year across Uk, Ireland and the US in order that you can easily find ear wax removal specialists near you. Let’s meet them all.

Ear wax removal in Jarrow

New Ear Wax Removal Specialists UK

Ear Wax Removal in South Tyneside

North East Ear Clinic joined us during the month of March and they offer ear wax removal in Jarrow, Gateshead and South Shields. Philip Dinning LLB RHAD BSHAA is a fully qualified Hearing Aid Audiologist and has undertaken further training to be able to offer several types of ear wax removal. He provides micro suction ear wax removal and endoscope ear wax removal primarily.

Ear Wax Removal in Chester

Chester Hearing & Balance Services joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Chester. They offer Micro Suction ear wax removal at their hearing aid centre in Castle Street in the town.

Ear Wax Removal Warrington

Harmony Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Warrington. They provide both micro-suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal in their clinic at Crompton Opticians in Culcheth Warrington.

Ear Wax Removal Newry

Blueberry Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Newry and across Down, Armagh and Antrim. Blueberry Hearing have a clinic in Newry but they also offer micro-suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal in your own home across County Down, County Armagh and as far as Belfast in Country Antrim.

Ear Wax Removal Kilmarnock

Our old friend Greg Clements has opened a new business called Kilmarnock Hearing Care which provides ear wax removal in Kilmarnock. Greg will predominantly provide micro suction ear wax removal he also offers irrigation ear wax removal. Greg was the first person I know of that passed his 1000 ear wax removals a couple of years ago.

Ear Wax Removal Northwood, London

HearWeGo Audiology joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Northwood, Hillingdon, London. Preet Nijhar has a Masters degree in Audiology from UCL and 25 years experience working in the NHS and she provides micro suction ear wax removal at her centre in Northwood.

Ear Wax Removal Broadstairs, Kent

Regain Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Broadstairs, Kent. They provide micro suction ear wax removal at their hearing aid centre on the High Street in Broadstairs.

Ear Wax Removal Eltham, London

Regain Hearing have a second centre on the network and they provide ear wax removal in Eltham London. They provide micro suction ear wax removal at their hearing aid centre on the High Street in Eltham.

Ear Wax Removal Lincoln

AllHear joined the network and they provide ear wax removal in Lincoln. They provide micro suction ear wax removal at their hearing aid centre in North Hykeham, Lincoln.

New Ear Wax Removal Specialists Ireland

Ear Wax Removal Dundalk

Blueberry Hearing has a second hearing centre across the border in Ireland and they provide ear wax removal in Dundalk and across Louth, Monaghan and Dublin. While the Blueberry Hearing clinic is in Dundalk but they also offer micro-suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal in your own home across County Louth, County Monaghan and County Dublin.

Ear Wax Removal Fairview, Dublin

Connect Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Fairview in Dublin. They offer micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal at the centre in Fairview.

Ear Wax Removal Stillorgan, Dublin

Connect Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Stillorgan in Dublin. They offer micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal at the centre in Fairview.

Ear Wax Removal Rathfarnham, Dublin

Connect Hearing joined the network during March and they provide ear wax removal in Rathfarnham in Dublin. They offer micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation ear wax removal at their hearing aid centre on Marian Road, Rathfarnham.

We hope that the network will continue to grow this year across the UK and Ireland, we also hope to be identifying ear wax removal services in the US soon as well. 

Widex Announces Launch of New ZPower System for Their Rechargeable Hearing Aids

While everyone else seems to be announcing lithium-ion for their rechargeable hearing aids, Widex recently announced that they were going with the second-generation ZPower Rechargeable System. I think they may well be the only company doing so, they say that the upgrade has taken every element of how the battery system works into account, from the charger station software to the battery door. I always liked the idea of the ZPower system, it made real sense to me to be able to swap out rechargeable batteries for traditional batteries if need be. However, the systems have proved problematic at best. It looks as though ZPower has worked to iron out all the problems though. It should be interesting to see what happens moving forward. Let’s talk about Widex, the Evoke and the new ZPower system.

Widex Evoke Fusion 2 Rechargeable Hearing Aids

The Changes

They have not been shy about this and it seems that it is a complete overhaul as opposed to some cosmetic changes. They say that the charging station provides a more optimized charging cycle, and a new nanocoated ASIC chip ensures the best use of both short-and long-term power.

Changes to Widex ZPower system

They have made the battery door stronger with 100% more plastic, they have also enhanced the battery contact configuration which they say will make the design more robust. They have also provided extra moisture protection of metal parts which should reduce any chances of corrosion from moisture.

They say the new design offers enhanced dependability and quality. I hope so because I really like the ZPower system and I would like to see them succeed. Up to now, reliability has been a huge problem. Some of that is down to the hearing aid brands and some of it has been an issue with ZPower. Hopefully, the new system for Widex will overcome all of the issues.