April 17, 2024

A Review of the new Widex SmartRIC Hearing Aid

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Continuing the legacy of the Widex Moment platform, the new Widex SmartRIC, a groundbreaking hearing aid model, boasts a reimagined form alongside enhanced battery capabilities. SmartRIC aims to deliver natural and superior sound quality, thanks to its success in previous iterations. Focused on optimizing the hearing experience, our review illuminates the technological advancements and unique features that position the Widex SmartRIC as a leader in the field. 

Distinctive Design and Fit

At Hearing Consultants, we recognize the importance of both the appearance and fit of a hearing aid in ensuring user satisfaction and confidence. That's why we proudly offer the Widex SmartRIC, a hearing aid that not only boasts a distinctive design but also provides an ergonomic fit. This device is specifically tailored to cater to the needs of individuals who value both functionality and style.

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    • The SmartRIC features an innovative L-shaped design, with microphones positioned more horizontally. This design enhances directionality, focusing on the speaker even in noisy environments.
    • A redesigned microphone cover significantly reduces wind noise by up to 20 dB, improving the clarity of conversations outdoors.
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    • Available in five stylish colors: Dark Cherry, Honey Blonde, Rose Gold, Silver Grey, and Tech Black, the SmartRIC offers personalization to match individual styles.
    • Its sleek, contemporary look challenges the traditional stigma associated with hearing aids, featuring soft rounded edges inspired by glasses’ temple tips for additional comfort.
    • The device's slim shape and elevated on-ear design ensure it sits securely and comfortably behind the ear, making it barely noticeable.
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    • The SmartRIC is designed for audiological excellence, with interchangeable receivers catering to various levels of hearing loss, ensuring users engage with their world as naturally as possible.
    • It incorporates advanced technology levels (440, 330, and 220), delivering crystal-clear sound quality and enhancing listening experiences across different environments.
    • Intelligent microphone placement adapts to the user's environment, automatically adjusting settings for optimal performance, ensuring easy conversation and improved listening experiences.

By incorporating these design and technological advancements, the Widex SmartRIC not only meets but surpasses expectations, offering a solution that is both visually appealing and functionally superior.

Battery Life and Recharging Capabilities

At Hearing Consultants in Cincinnati, we recognize the importance of uninterrupted hearing experiences for our patients. An interruption in sound would be inconvenient and disorienting. SmartRIC provides a seamless listening experience and excels in this aspect with its superior battery life and innovative recharging capabilities:

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    • The SmartRIC ensures up to 37 hours of use on a single charge, making it one of the longest-lasting rechargeable hearing aids in the market. This is especially beneficial for active users who may not have the opportunity to charge their devices frequently.
    • For those who enjoy streaming content directly to their hearing aids, the SmartRIC offers up to 27 hours of use with 8 hours of streaming, ensuring a full day of connected, natural hearing.
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    • The device's portable charger is a game-changer, offering more than a week of cordless charging. This means users can enjoy extended periods away from power outlets without worrying about their hearing aids running out of battery.
    • A quick 30-minute charge can provide up to 8 hours of effective use, perfect for those unexpected moments when you need a fast boost.
    • The charger is compact, fitting effortlessly into a bag or pocket, and features LED indicators for easy monitoring of the charging status.
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    • Widex introduces the 'supercharger,' enhancing the rechargeability technology. This charger supports up to five full charges, ensuring users have reliable hearing support wherever they are.
    • The SmartRIC's Smart Power Management system optimizes battery use, allowing for the impressive 37 hours of usage on a single charge. This, combined with the absence of disposable batteries, underscores our commitment to not only convenience but also environmental sustainability.

Incorporating these advanced battery and charging features, the Widex SmartRIC stands out as a reliable and convenient choice for our patients, aligning with Hearing Consultants' dedication to providing high-quality hearing solutions in Cincinnati.

Connectivity and Additional Features

When it comes to connectivity and innovative features, the Widex SmartRIC truly stands out, offering users an unparalleled hearing experience. The new hearing aid now offers compatibility with a wide range of devices and applications, ensuring that users can stay connected in more ways than ever before:

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    • Smartphones and Televisions: Direct streaming from devices to hearing aids, enhancing the clarity of calls, music, and TV shows.
    • Widex TV Play: Offers high-quality sound streamed directly from your TV, ensuring you don't miss a moment of your favorite shows.
    • Widex SoundConnect: Allows for high-quality audio streaming from computers directly to your hearing aids, perfect for video calls and online content.
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    • RC-DEX: A compact remote control that offers discreet adjustments to programs and volume, ensuring your hearing experience is tailored to your environment.
    • MOMENT App with SoundSense Learn: Provides intuitive and customizable sound settings, enabling users to fine-tune their hearing aids to their preferences in any situation.
    • Widex Sound Assist: Enhances user control with features for remote control, hands-free calls, Bluetooth streaming, and a microphone mode, making every interaction smoother.
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    • PureSound™ with ZeroDelay Technology: Ensures an incredibly natural hearing experience by significantly reducing processing time.
    • Speech Enhancer: Controls background noise while preserving the quality of speech, making conversations clearer in noisy environments.
    • Widex MySound and TruAcoustics: Offer nuanced control for personalized auditory experiences and detailed acoustic mapping for an individual sound experience, respectively.

Widex's dedication to innovation is evident in the SmartRIC's design, ensuring users not only enjoy superior sound quality but also benefit from the convenience and personalization these features bring.

The SmartRIC in Cincinnati

At Hearing Consultants, we are not just another hearing aid clinic; we are a part of the Cincinnati community, committed to providing the best possible hearing healthcare. Our approach is grounded in evidence-based best practices, including Real Ear Measurements, to ensure the most accurate and effective hearing aid fittings. Recognizing the vital link between hearing and cognitive health, we employ advanced cognitive screening tools to fully understand the impact of hearing loss on each patient. This comprehensive, community-focused care makes us the premier choice for hearing solutions in Cincinnati.

Dr. Teague earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language from Ohio University and his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from The University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Board of Audiology.

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