On September 1st, world-renowned manufacturer ReSound launched their much-anticipated new hearing technology, the ReSound ONE.
But although all the initial reviews have been glowingly positive, before we feel comfortable recommending any new technology, we first want members of our community to try it and share their real-world insights.
So, at the start of September, we invited 9 of our most trusted and experienced patients to be fit with the ReSound ONE and asked them to “put it through the test” over a 14-day period to share their feedback.
In this article, I’m going to share their feedback and what each of our audiologists thinks about it.
But first, let me share why this new technology release has made the hearing industry so excited!
How is the ReSound ONE Different?
In truth, manufacturers often face a challenge when showcasing new releases, as most hearing technology is only marginally better than what followed it previously.
However, with “the ONE,” ReSound went back to the drawing board and created something that looks, feels, and performs significantly different from anything that has come before it.
The big question is, what’s the main development that makes it so distinct?
Well, according to ReSound, the answer is the advanced speech recognition capabilities, which improve wearers’ hearing when there’s lots of background noise.
A microphone that sits inside their ear canal makes this possible – changing the decades-old design traditions of only having microphones behind the ear, and offering a whole new sound experience, utilizing the ear’s unique shape to deliver the most natural sound in all environments.
As a result, if you’re in a restaurant, a coffee shop, or in a meeting, you can hear frequencies that would have otherwise been inaudible.
In addition, whereas most hearing devices amplify all noises, the ReSound ONE picks out only those that you’re focusing on directly in front of you.
Sounds behind and around you are audible but don’t interfere with what is going on right in front of you, giving you a new level of clarity in group settings and offering the best one-to-one hearing experience on the market.
Naturally, it also comes with a range of developments that you would expect from a new release such as improved rechargeable battery life, a sleeker design, and advanced connectivity options for remote care and support. You can also seamlessly stream music and calls from your smartphone, computer, or television directly into your ears.
So, What Was The Feedback From Our Trusted Patients?
When we were selecting patients to be part of this trial, we wanted a wide selection of patients that need hearing help in different areas of their lives.
This included younger working professionals that need their hearing technology to perform in meetings and on conference calls, and some of our retired patients that need hearing support for communicating with loved ones, in church, or at restaurants.
Following 14 days of wearing the ReSound ONE in their everyday lives, they shared their feedback.
Here’s what they had to say:
Junior said that he could understand words much better and found sounds much clearer. In particular, he noted that he could hear conversations in the wind without having to ask people to repeat themselves. He rated them 10 out of 10 and said that he would recommend them to others.
Steven gave the ReSound ONE 9 out of 10 and was impressed with the boost it gave to his hearing, along with the device’s “very clear precision.” He said he would strongly recommend the ReSound ONE to anybody that wants to hear more clearly.-
Sue said she noticed an increased clarity of words and shared her delight both at the convenience of rechargeable batteries and the ease of adjusting the sound. She wore her ReSound ONEs in a noisy environment and found that they comfortably improved the clarity of the sound. She rated them 10 out of 10 and said that she would recommend them to others.
Tony understood conversations much better and had increased directional hearing. He also said the sound quality was much improved, compared with his older units, and that the ReSound ONE enhanced his experience in all environments. He rated them 9 out of 10 and said that he would recommend them.
Mel shared how he found the variety of settings impressive, especially the television focus. He rated them 10 out of 10 and said that he would recommend them to others.
Wayne called them “perfect” and rated them 10 out of 10. He said that they fit better in his ear than any other hearing aid and explained how he can hear individual conversations in noisy rooms and have the TV volume significantly lower since wearing them. He explained how he had always loved the level of care and service that he receives at Cornerstone, but as he walked out of the doors, he heard sounds he’d not heard in a long time.
Tom shared how they screened out unwanted noise in a gym environment and made his restaurant experience more pleasant by filtering out clanking, banging, and music allowing his conversations to be understandable. He also commented that they work great in a meeting setting, making air conditioner noises less noticeable, and reducing traffic noise in outdoor settings. He rated them 10 out of 10 and said he would definitely recommend them to a friend.
Ron shared how he often works outside and has previously experienced challenges with wind noise, but with the ReSound ONEs, the wind noise was non-existent and they made a huge difference. He said that he would recommend them.
Bob also rated them 10 out of 10 and said that they fit much better, are not as heavy as the Quattro, and the clarity has significantly improved. He shared how he was blown away by the clarity and had to turn his TV down, which is usually on low anyway. He said he would recommend them.
What Do Our Audiologists Think About Them?
Having fit thousands of patients with hearing technology, our team of audiologists has strong opinions on different hearing aids that are released.
Here’s what they have had to say about the ReSound ONE:
“I like to give the ultra-focus program option and enjoy seeing patients experience this setting in the office. They have reported that it sounds like the signal is being directly streamed into their ears.”
– Dr. Marisha Beck
“The majority of my patients have noticed a huge difference in the clarity of speech when they are in the office and in background noise once they leave the office. Patients have also commented on the new style being more appealing and more comfortable.”
– Dr. Deanna Wann
“The ReSound ONE is allowing the patient to have a more natural sound experience. The wind reduction is remarkable! That’s really important to patients in West Texas. Patients like how the hearing aid sits further back on their ear as well. The noise filtering is substantially better as well, it filters background noise without having to compromise other features.”
– Dr. Courtney Arnold
And Dr. Christina Corrales shared her experience with the ReSound ONE in detail:
“My patients reported that speech clarity and localization was much better with the M&RIE than previous models of technology.
M&RIE also provides a huge benefit to patients living in West Texas. As you may know, there is no escaping wind here. I’ve had many patients that would remove previous hearing aids while working outside or playing golf. Luckily, the Resound ONE M&RIE receiver has been a huge hit in reducing the wind noise for those wearers that work or enjoy being outdoors. Many patients were surprised how well the ONEs helped suppress more of the wind noise.
Rechargeability is also a feature of the Resound ONE. The new devices do still come in a battery-based version. The rechargeable version is great for those that have dexterity issues or just want to make life simple and place the devices in a charger. A single charge of 3 hours provides 30 hours of use and up to 25 hours with audio streaming. The charging case also keeps a charge and can provide up to 3 additional charges before needing a power source. The charger acts as an on and off switch. When the devices are in the charger they remain off, when they are removed it automatically powers on. If no charger is available, the device itself can be manually switched on and off. Patients are a fan of how easy it is to use and are in never in need of changing or worrying if they have batteries available.
When it comes to streaming, The Resound ONEs are compatible with many Apple iPhone and iPad devices, including some Android phones. Patients love the clarity of streaming phone calls and listening to media through the devices themselves. They also enjoy the app. Patients have expressed how they enjoy using their smartphone only to adjust or stream without having an additional accessory they have to remember to carry. I’m a big fan of the Resound Smart 3D app and in what it can provide my patients in a variety of situations. In the app, the patient can add additional noise filtering or speech clarity dependent on the situation. The M&RIE of the Resound ONE allows another specific setting called Ultra-Focus. This setting focuses on the speaker directly in front, while not missing out of cues of sounds around them. Resound ONE has also added a “Face-Mask” program, to help compensate the muffled sound of speech which is very helpful with the use of masks today. For patients that are not very technical, these options do not have to be utilized, but will be there for future use.
In the app, there is also another helpful feature that has helped me adjust or fit during this COVID season. It is a telehealth feature called, Resound Assist and Live Assist. My patients use this feature when they are unable to come into the office for an adjustment. I can remotely make changes to the settings of the ONEs and send them back. The information is received in the app and a patient can install changes easily. I’ve used the Live Assist feature to fit patients and do adjustments remotely. The patient and I are able to see each other face to face. Patients are a big fan of these assist features Resound ONE is able to provide.
Overall, the Resound ONE has many attributes that has improved the quality of life for my patient’s hearing healthcare. The ONEs are available in 3 levels of technology to fit each patient’s needs, lifestyle, and prescription.”
How Can You Experience The Difference For Yourself?
It’s certainly one of the highest-rated levels of technology that we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Following the feedback from our patients, we’re now recommending this level of technology to patients that we believe it is the right fit for.
If you are interested in experiencing the difference for yourself and be fitted the ReSound ONE to make your own mind up, then you can schedule a Listening Demonstration by calling 806-687-4327.