- Top of the range technology
- 15 channels
- Zen music programme option
- Invisible-in-canal model available
Widex Mind hearing aids use the Dual ISP processing platform, which was used to introduce TruSound compression. The compression system is the feature that adjusts amplification according to the current sound environment and the user’s hearing loss. In the Mind440 products, the TruSound compression system works in 15 channels to try to achieve the overall aims that Widex has of ensuring soft sounds are audible, speech sounds are intelligible and loud sounds are kept comfortable.
The Widex Mind series also saw the introduction of the Audibility Extender, the Speech Enhancer and Zen features.
In a top of the range product, users look for the best results usually for the most difficult types of listening situations – which invariably means listening to speech when there is background noise present. In the Widex Mind, the Speech Ehancer feature is one of the ways in which noise reduction is managed. The Speech Enhancer algorithm aims to make background noise less perceptible by reducing it below the hearing threshold of the user, while at the same time boosting frequencies important to speech. The signal-to-noise ratio in the environment as well as the individual hearing loss of the user are two crucial measurements used by the Speech Enhancer. According to Widex, it is the only noise reduction algorithm on the market to include individual hearing levels.
The Widex Mind440 products are available in a range of behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles. One of the particularly interesting ITE options is a design that Widex has termed their ‘Invisible-in-canal’ or IIC model. Whereas a CIC (completely-in-the-canal) model is placed in the external part of the ear canal, the IIC model is built to fit beyond the second bend of the ear canal – in other words very deep into the ear canal. The IIC does not have any joined parts like many other in-the-ear designs, which helps to ensure there are no hard edges to make such a deep placement uncomfortable.