We reviewed the older LiNX hearing aids last year here, and we were impressed with the hearing aids and their abilities. There was also fantastic feedback from users. Resound was quick to launch a second upgraded Made For iPhone product. When they did, they took the opportunity to introduce a whole family, including custom ITEs. It’s about time we had an in depth look at them and explained what the types are, what features are inside, and more importantly what they can do for you. First we will have a look at the flagship LiNX2 9 family.
The LiNX2 9 is ReSound’s high technology Made For iPhone aid and is the replacement for the original LiNX 9. It uses the latest version of ReSound’s dual-core Coyote 4.5 processor . They have used the dual core chip to its’ full effect, using the two separate processors (or computer brains) for separate functions. This allows Resound to use one processor to deal with the sound processing and the other to manage the wireless functionality. In essence, this gives the LiNX2 9 twice the processing power of the previous generation.
They have been careful to ensure that there is no additional battery consumption. As we said, the original LiNX was available only in behind the ear models, but the LiNX2 line is a full family with the full range of styles you can expect from GN Resound.
Let’s Talk Styles
The LiNX2 9 comes in a variety of styles from the smallest so called invisible hearing aid to discreet but powerful BTE hearing aids, as pictured above.
IIC Invisible in Canal
non-wireless (invisible-in-canal) the smallest and most discreet aid in the family
CIC Completely in Canal
non-wireless (completely-in-canal) small, discreet although not invisible
ITC In The Canal
wireless Made for iPhone (in-the-canal) less discreet option more than made up for with wireless
ITE In The Ear
wireless Made for iPhone (in-the-ear) with telecoil, bigger battery, more power, easier to handle
MIH-S Microphone in Helix Small
non-wireless (small microphone-in-helix) this type of aid is exclusive to Resound
MIH Microphone in Helix
wireless Made for iPhone (microphone-in-helix) with telecoil
wireless Made for iPhone (receiver-in-ear) with push button
wireless Made for iPhone (receiver-in-ear) with volume control and telecoil
wireless Made for iPhone (sound-tube BTE or standard BTE) with push button, volume control and telecoil
wireless high-power Made for iPhone (standard BTE) with push button, volume control and telecoil
Made for iPhone / Made For Android
The LiNX2 9 is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even the new Apple Watch. Resound has a Smart app for each of these devices which you can download. The connection to the assorted devices does not depend on any intermediary device. The hearing aids will connect directly to the Apple device.
This means you can stream stereo sound directly to your hearing aids as if you were wearing wireless headphones. You can access voice calls, FaceTime, music, movies, spoken directions, information and any other audio from your iPhone/iPad. The Smart app is also available for some Android phones and tablets, so you can still enjoy the full functionality of the hearing aids with an Android device.
As we said, unlike many other hearing aids, you can connect directly from your device to the hearing aid without using intermediary devices, although they are also compatible with the whole range of ReSound Unite wireless accessories. With the app you can discreetly adjust the volume, bass or treble, while Geotagging helps the aid to remember what settings you preferred for any particular location. This lets you set the aid to work in the same way next time you visit that area. You can even use the app to help find your LiNX2 9 hearing aids if you misplace them!
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Hearing Aid Features
17 Warp Channels
Generally the more sound processing channels your hearing aid has, the more accurately it can be programmed for your hearing loss. The idea is to replicate what your inner ear should be doing. ReSound considers that 17 channels is the optimum number, so having many more may not provide further improvement.
Binaural Directionality II with Spatial Sense
Delivers impressive spatial awareness with top sound quality. As background noise levels rise, the hearing aids will zoom in on the sounds it considers to be more important, such as speech, but without losing the sense of what is going on around you. The spatial sense feature delivers a better awareness of where sounds are and the brain uses this localization to naturally ignore noise.
Binaural Environmental Optimizer II
If you have a pair of hearing aids, they will work together to analyze the listening environment and automatically adjust volume and noise reduction settings so that you will hear comfortably even when moving through varying sound environments. It means that the hearing aids should be delivering exactly what you need no matter what situation you are in without you having to do anything.
Noise Tracker II
This noise reduction feature improves your comfort in noisy situations without making it harder to understand speech.
If there are high frequency sounds that you can no longer hear due to cochlear dead regions, they can be shifted down the frequency spectrum to a range where you can hear. This improves how well you hear important speech cues that would otherwise have been lost.
Music Mode gives you a clearer, richer, distortion-free music experience.
Tinnitus Sound Generator and Nature Sounds
Choose from tinnitus therapy sounds, new Nature Sounds, or your preferred sound streamed directly to your hearing aids. The ReSound Relief and ReSound Smart apps provide even more options for managing your tinnitus. This helps to break the “cycle” and provides relief from tinnitus by diverting attention away from it with a range of soothing background sounds.
Full Feature List
Here is an exhaustive list of all of the features on the Linx2 9 range
Four fully flexible programs, Synchronized push button, Synchronized volume control, SmartStart™, PhoneNow™, Comfort Phone™, Ear-to-Ear communication, Direct audio streaming, Made for iPhone, ReSound Unite™ TV Streamer 2, Remote Control 2, Phone Clip+, Mini Microphone, ReSound Control™ app (Phone, Clip+ required), ReSound Smart™ app, WARP compression, Environmental Classifier, Binaural Directionality™ II, Spatial Sense™, Binaural Directionality™, Directional Mix Processor, Adjustable directional mix, Natural Directionality™ II, Synchronized SoftSwitching™, Softswitching™, Autoscope Adaptive Directionality™, Multiscope Adaptive Directionality™, Adaptive Directionality™, Binaural Environmental Optimizer™ II, Environmental Optimizer, NoiseTracker™ II, Expansion, Windguard™, Sound Shaper, Low Frequency Boost, DFS Ultra™ II, Music Mode™, Auto DFS™, Synchronized Acceptance Manager, Tinnitus Sound Generator
As we said, the Linx2 line also connects to the complete Unite wireless range from ReSound. We really think it’s worth your while to consider these devices. They deliver fantastic benefits to users. The Mini Mic is a great, versatile device. Ask your partner to wear it when you’re out and about or in the car and you’ll be able to hear them clearly.
In fact, if they are within 30 feet of you and wearing the Mini Mic, you’ll be able to hear them. It also has an audio in port that you can use to stream audio. We have seen customers use it to attach to their television for clear audio. In fact, some just drop it in front of the TV and turn it on.
ReSound Unite wireless accessories
The easy-to-use ReSound Unite™ wireless hearing aid accessories deliver clear and secure audio directly to ReSound wireless hearing instruments, including their newest hearing aids, ReSound Linx2™. And they do it discreetly, without devices to wear around your neck. This is thanks to 2.4 GHz wireless technology, a robust and reliable standard, which gives you strong, clear and stable connections.
The Phone Clip+
The Phone Clip+ streams crystal clear phone calls and audio straight to your hearing aids. So you – and the person you’re talking to – can enjoy comfortable conversations, even in noisy places.
ReSound Unite Mini Microphone
The ReSound Unite™ Mini Microphone is an extraordinarily versatile device that transmits speech directly to your hearing aids. It is a discreet clip-on microphone that helps you hear speech clearly. So you can enjoy one-on-one communication in difficult listening situations.
ReSound Unite Mini Microphone also functions as a personal, portable audio streamer to help you listen to your iPod or laptop. Or as a travel companion when you’re away from home – just place it front of the speakers of the TV to stream directly to your ears.
ReSound Unite™ TV Streamer 2
The ReSound Unite™ TV Streamer 2 transforms your hearing aids into wireless headphones. It sends stereo sound directly from your TV, stereo or computer directly into your hearing aids from up to 23 feet away.
ReSound Unite™ Remote Control 2
With the ReSound Unite™ Remote Control 2 you’ll never lose track of your hearing aid settings. You can change programs and adjust the volume on each of your hearing aids. And the easy-to-see display clearly shows