- 5 channels
- Good value for money
- Wireless connectivity to DEX accessories
- New generation of feedback management
- Up to 3 programmes
Having the third tier of Dream features, Widex promote the DREAM220 as offering good performance not only in one-on-one situations but also in more complex situations, such as theatres and lectures. There are also features which are specifically geared to help when watching TV or listening to music.
When hearing aid manufacturers refer to ‘complex’ listening situations, they mean being able to hear speech in the presence of background noise; something which is often compromised by hearing loss. Directional microphones together with signal processing strategies can help the user maintain focus on speech, and Dream220 products do offer directional microphones, and algorithms geared to improve listening comfort in noise.
One example is the High Definition Locator, the latest generation of Widex’s adaptive directionality systems. This feature has a number of sub-systems which focus on speech detection, sound position and sound classification to provide detailed information about the hearing aid wearer’s listening environment. The High Definition Locator works in 5 channels in the Dream220 (it works in more channels in the Dream330 and Dream440 products) in those hearing aid styles which offer two microphones.
There is a wide range of product styles available in the Dream220. Two different designs of RIC (receiver-in-the-canal) are offered, known as the ‘Passion’ and ‘Fusion’ styles. The Passion RIC is a smaller product than the Fusion, but the Fusion does offer a wider fitting range in terms of hearing losses covered and a longer battery life resulting in less battery replacements.