- Good value for money
- 5 channels
- Widex Zen
- Up to 3 configurable programmes
Widex Mind220 products operate on the Dual ISP platform. The third level of technology has been de-featured to a 5 channel processing system, so there is not necessarily as much fitting flexibility as with the 10 channel Mind330 or 15 channel Mind440.
At the time the Mind series was launched, one of the unique aspects was the Widex Zen feature. Zen is the name given to an integrated ‘music’ system which enables the wearer to listen to a variety of soothing musical sounds. Specifically referred to as harmonic tones and chimes, these have been designed to help users relax and reduce stress. With Zen, the user has a choice of what’s known as Zen ‘styles’. Six different Zen styles are available for the hearing aid fitter to access in the fitting software: Zen aqua (Default), Zen coral, Zen lavender, Zen green, Zen sand, and Zen noise. One of the main applications of the Zen feature is to help with tinnitus management; It is possible to further personalise each Zen style by adjusting tone, volume, tempo, and pitch, particularly useful for tinnitus sufferers to be able to tailor the sounds they listen to in the midst of their tinnitus. The Zen programme can be configured so that it works with the hearing aid microphone turned on or off – so that the wearer can decide if they want to hear the music tones with other sounds in their environment being picked up as usual or not.
The entry-level Mind220 has a fairly standard list of other sound processing features including noise reduction and directionality options in those products with two microphones.
The Mind220 features are available in behind-the-ear styles (including a micro-BTE with a size 10 battery) and in-the-ear styles.