Widex Moment, Breaking The "Sound Barrier".
Hearing aid technology has made quantum leaps technologically in areas such as hearing loss correction, speech intelligibility, and background noise reduction. In the past, a person’s initial encounter with a hearing aid’s sound could have been strange or unfamiliar, many times wondering whether the wearing of the devices will be worth it.
The WIDEX MOMENT hearing aids are not just another hearing aid that makes sound audible again; it is an innovative new sound platform that offers a sound so natural and pristine you instantly recognize your own voice, the sounds around you, and the voices that matter most to you. Widex has taken a huge step forward in truly restoring your natural hearing, as you remember it before any hearing loss occurred.
Artificial sounding hearing aids, often prevented their adoption by those suffering from hearing loss. The abnormal sound is generated when the sound is processed in the hearing aid and presented to the wearers eardrum a split second later than the sound that travels naturally through the ear canal. Widex is the first in the industry to eliminate that “out of sync” sound for wearers with mild to moderate or high frequency hearing losses, without sacrificing that trademark Widex “natural sound,” which they are known so well for. Widex already has the lowest time delay compared to any of their competitors.
According to Lise Henningsen, Global Head of Audiology at Widex, this launch marks a fundamental shift not just for the hearing aid industry, but also for a general consumer public experiencing hearing loss at increasingly young ages.“To lose your sense of hearing is to lose a fundamental part of your senses. We know hearing loss may lead to social isolation, and as a result of this people may experience higher risk of depression and earlier onset of dementia,” stated Henningsen.
Widex Moment, Pairing Pathways
The new WIDEX MOMENT hearing aid platform achieves an improved hearing experience by leveraging two distinct signal pathways: the “classic” Widex signal pathway is paired with a second ultra-fast signal pathway that adds extra gearing to the platform.
This Widex ZeroDelay™ Accelerator reduces the processing delay between microphone and receiver to below 0.5 milliseconds, enabling the two sound signals to meet at virtually the same time in the eardrum— thereby eliminating the artificial sound quality and creating a more natural sound experience. This new sound experience is called Widex PureSound™.
Widex Moment Leverages Artificial Intelligence to Personalize Sound
WIDEX MOMENT also uses the SoundSense Learn smartphone app. SoundSense Learn takes advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to personalize the wearer’s hearing experience.
The Widex Moment app gathers a variety of anonymous data (such as how often and in what environment the wearer adjusts the volume). Based on these real-world wearer adjustments, a complete personalized listening experience is generated for the wearer.
“The future of hearing aids will be unlocked through the combination of perfectly natural sound with the latest in streaming, rechargeability, and customization—and that’s exactly what we’ve created with WIDEX MOMENT,” says Henningsen. “We’re breaking down the hearing aid stigma, across all generations, by equipping wearers with a way to experience one’s natural hearing, customized for any environment, while enabling connectivity with all of your favorite apps and devices. It’s a seminal moment for not just our hearing aid industry but for the technology industry, in general.”
Any settings users create via the app can be shared directly and securely with their hearing care professional back in the clinic through the Real-Life Insights feature Sharing these data helps the professional tailor their consultation more and improve their service.