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Based in the Danish city of Ballerup, ReSound is a subsidiary of the Danish audio group GN Store Nord, but it actually has roots in the USA. The company was first created as a venture by the famous American audio pioneer Dr Rodney Perkins. Perkins was a researcher at California's Stanford University, and has been a prolific inventor of auditory devices.
Perkins' expertise derived from years of experience in the operating theatre and examining room. As an audiologist, he came to understand more about how the human ear works than almost anyone, and transferred that knowledge to the development of mechanical hearing aids. At the same time, he was working at a time when digital technology was coming of age, and realized that his auditory knowledge could be fused with this new technology in exciting ways.
ReSound was the result. For the first time, Perkins managed to create a hearing aid which processed sounds as they entered the device, smoothing out interference and allowing his hearing aids to focus on specific noises. In 1996, ReSound combined with the Danish company GN Danavox, and pushed things still further, combining signal processing with advanced software. Since then, designs like the ReSound Air have revolutionized hearing aid manufacturing. Their products have become ever smaller, more sophisticated, and user-friendly, which is why ReSound remains a global leader.
Nowadays, ReSound's hearing aid collection stretches across all types, including BTE, RIC, and ITE. The core of their current technology is called "microphone in helix". Essentially a refinement of the familiar RIC design, microphone in helix models have an adapted microphone arm, which helps to cancel out the effects of wind and enhances their directional capabilities.
ReSound have also embraced the digital revolution, and their latest hearing aids are fully compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. In fact, the firm has come up with a system of their own called Made for iPhone (MFI), which hooks up seamlessly to external devices like music players and phones, synchronizing streaming audio with hearing aid settings.
All of these advanced features can be found in their flagship collection: LiNX 3D. LiNX 3D includes some of the most complex speech recognition and directional hearing capabilities available, with a reach of 360 degrees (reducing the need to jerk your head around to get the best reception), and the Smart 3D app, which lets you control everything with ease via all standard smartphones. There are also external accessories for use with LiNX 3D devices, which can be placed in strategic locations to collect even higher quality audio streams, making conversations or presentations more audible.
While LiNX 3D equipped hearing aids are ReSound's most advanced models, their Enya and Enzo models are probably more popular due to their lower price levels. Even their cheapest Enya hearing aids are medium-range devices, with wireless streaming, small casings, and smartphone compatibility.
In terms of pros and cons, buyers should note that ReSound is a premium brand, and their hearing aids are rarely among the most affordable on the market. However, this is often outweighed by the benefits of ReSound devices, which include adaptability, the flexibility of choosing between three power settings, excellent binaural and directional technology, and streaming support.
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