Hearing aids have come a long way since the simple amplifiers of the early 20th century. There are now a number of products available for those with hearing loss, including both analog and digital devices.
ReSound is a company that has been manufacturing hearing aids since 1943, and has achieved a lot of firsts in the hearing aid industry.
Keep reading to learn more about the products available from ReSound and how they compare with other hearing devices.
ReSound is part of the GN Group, an audio services company based in Denmark. Jabra, a wired and wireless headset company, is another audio services company in GN’s portfolio and serves as a sister company to ReSound.
If you’re considering a prescription hearing aid from ReSound, there are pros and cons to consider.
One consideration for ReSound hearing aids is that you’ll need to see an audiologist or other hearing professional for an assessment. They can also help you with fitting your hearing aids, either at the audiologist’s office or in some retail stores.
ReSound also has an online hearing screener as a first step, though you do have to provide your email to get the results. If you’re unsure if you have any hearing concerns, you can start there.
- custom design and fit
- individualized to your needs based on audiologist testing
- variety of products and hearing aid types
- availability of new technology and accessories
- multidirectional sound
- advanced noise reduction technology
- option to stream sounds directly to hearing aid via Bluetooth
- can’t be ordered completely online
- only available through dealers, not directly from the manufacturer
ReSound makes both in-the-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids, including:
- ReSound ONE: combines three microphones both in and behind the ear for multi-directional sound collection
- ReSound LiNX Quattro: premium line of hearing aids offered in both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles
- ReSound ENZO Q: a behind-the-ear model for profound hearing loss
- ReSound Key: line of hearing aids offered in both behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles that focuses on clarity and natural sound
- ReSound LiNX 3D: premium level hearing aids that focus on clarifying speech sounds in noisy environments
- ReSound ENZO 3D: the smallest hearing aid available for people with severe hearing loss
- ReSound Custom: the company also offers completely custom solutions based on your individual needs
ReSound products are supported by a number of apps and accessories, like:
- ReSound Smart 3D app
- ReSound Smart app
- ReSound Relief app
- Resound Control app
- ReSound Micro Mic: a discreet microphone that can stream the wearer’s voice directly into the hearing aid
- ReSound Multi Mic: a clip-on microphone that will stream the voice of the person wearing it directly into the hearing aid
- ReSound TV Streamer 2: stream television, computer, or music systems directly into the hearing aid
- ReSound Phone Clip: stream phone conversations directly into the hearing aid
- ReSound Remote Control: adjust your hearing aid settings discreetly
What are ReSound hearing aids like to use?
ReSound, like all hearing aids, can take some time to adjust to. If you’ve grown accustomed to poor hearing, it can take some time to adjust to all the new sounds you’ll be able to hear.
As your brain learns to adapt to a new sound environment, your hearing aids will become less intrusive. Expect the adjustment to your new hearing aids to take several weeks.
Hearing aids can be expensive, with costs averaging about $5,000 for hearing aids for both ears in the United States. Since ReSound hearing aids are sold only by dealers, there’s no single price list. However, some sources have made prices available:
- ReSound ENZO 3D: $1,149–$2,200 per hearing aid
- ReSound LiNX 3D: $1,499–$4,200 per hearing aid
- ReSound LiNX Quattro: $2,500–$3,900 per hearing aid
Some health insurance plans offer coverage options for hearing aids, but it depends on your individual plan. While ReSound doesn’t offer any manufacturer programs for pricing or discounts, the company says that dealers may offer payment plans, and some insurance companies may offer discounts in lieu of coverage.
If you have original Medicare — a Medicare Part A and Part B plan alone — hearing aids aren’t covered. However, some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans, which are Medicare plans offered by private insurance companies, may include hearing services as part of a package for an additional cost.
If you’re a veteran of the U.S. military, you may qualify to have hearing aids covered by Veterans Affairs.
ReSound offers a limited 1-year manufacturer warranty for hearing aids that are lost, stolen, or damaged, as well as 1- to 4-year warranty coverage depending on the model you purchase.
Although ReSound hearing aids are sold by dealers, the company says that people who are unhappy with their purchase can return to where they bought their hearing aid for adjustments or refunds if they’re not satisfied within 30 to 60 days.
Available repairs and adjustments will depend on the dealers near you. Some offices or stores will provide complimentary adjustments. Ask about these policies and any fees before buying.
ReSound notes that, on average, hearing aids should be expected to last about 5 years.
ReSound isn’t accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), but the company does score an A+ rating. While there are some negative user reviews on the BBB page, a number of positive customer reviews are found on most other sites.
Customers specifically mention the depth of sound the hearing aids provide and the ability of ReSound’s hearing aids to filter out background noise.
Many of the testimonials supplied by the company focus on premium models of hearing aids, but wholesale models like the ReSound Preza sold at Costco have positive reviews, as well.
While ReSound doesn’t sell their hearing aids directly to consumers, they do offer guidance on how to get started if you think you need hearing aids.
- Take a free online hearing test to gauge your need for hearing aids.
- Find an audiologist or other hearing specialist in your area.
- Schedule an appointment.
- After you test, your specialist can help you find the hearing aid that is right for you. Your hearing aid will be fitted and calibrated specifically to your needs.
- Follow-up care and support are available through ReSound and by the dealer.
Choosing a hearing aid isn’t easy. There are many options designed to fit every budget and need. Consult with an audiologist or doctor if you’re not sure of the best fit.
If you’re considering a ReSound product, there are multiple styles and levels of hearing aids available, plus additional accessories. The company has more positive reviews than negative and is well-regarded by consumer watchdogs.