ReSound Hearing Aids: Review, Prices, and an Affordable Alternative

ReSound Hearing Aids: Review, Prices, and an Affordable Alternative

ReSound is a Danish hearing aid manufacturer that was originally founded in the United States in 1943 by a doctor from Stanford University. Since 1999, ReSound has fallen under the ownership of GN Store Nord, a conglomerate that owns a handful of hearing aid and audio tech brands such as Jabra, Interton, and Beltone. 

With its products sold in over 100 countries worldwide, ReSound is known as an innovator in the hearing aid industry with recent achievements such as:

  • 2.4 GHz Streaming: The first hearing aid with direct connectivity through 2.4 GHz streaming technology.
  • Apple Device Connectivity: The first to offer a hearing aid with direct stereo sound streaming for Apple devices. ReSound hearing aids also connect with Android devices.
  • A Host of Auxiliary Devices: Offers a variety of auxiliary devices to help hearing aid users understand group conversations, stay in voice contact with someone at a distance, and more.

ReSound’s advanced features make it an attractive choice as a quality hearing aid option. Nevertheless, ReSound hearing aids cost between $3,500 to $8,200 per pair, so it’s a far cry from being an “affordable” hearing loss solution. Additionally, customers have provided mixed reviews of ReSound, so it’s important to weigh your options carefully before committing to the brand. 

In this comprehensive overview and review of ReSound hearing aids, we’ll give you all the details you need to decide if ReSound is right for your budget and needs. After reading this guide, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of:

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ReSound Technology

Depending on the ReSound model and configurations you choose, this manufacturer offers a wide range of cutting-edge hearing aid features. We’ve separated this technology below into three different categories: ReSound Hearing Aid Features, ReSound Auxiliary Devices, and ReSound Smartphone Apps.

ReSound Hearing Aid Features

Here’s the kind of technology you can find in ReSound depending on the design and style you select:

  • Surround Sound Features: Turns your hearing aid into a 360-degree, surround-sound listening device. Combined with the ability to highlight voices, this makes sure that you hear the most important sounds coming from all directions. 
  • Spatial Sense Technology: Gives a natural, spatial sense of directionality when it comes to your sound environment. 
  • Rechargeable Hearing Aids: Bypasses the need to order new hearing aid batteries, and the need to constantly change them. Some rechargeable models can last up to 24 hours with a full charge, even after streaming audio for several hours. 
  • Advanced Digital Hearing Aid Technology: Features advanced background noise reduction technology, so you can clarify the most important sounds in noisy and complex listening environments.
  • iOS and Android Connectivity: Includes features to connect with iOS and Android devices.
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: Allows your hearing aids to connect to and stream high-quality audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device. 
  • Cochlear™ Implant Connectivity: ReSound wireless technology is compatible with Cochlear implants for direct sound streaming from various Android, iOS, and other devices. 

ReSound Auxiliary Devices

    ReSound sells a variety of auxiliary devices to improve your hearing aid experience:

    • ReSound Micro Mic: A remote microphone that you give to a friend or loved one when they walk away from you, so you can remain in voice contact. The Micro Mic works up to 80 feet away as long as walls or obstacles aren’t blocking the signal.
    • ReSound Multi Mic: A microphone that you place on the table when you want to understand multiple voices during a group conversation, meeting, dinner, or party. The mic boosts the sound quality and clarity when more than one voice is present. Like the Micro Mic, you can also give this one to a friend for clear hearing at a distance. 
    • ReSound Phone Clip+: Connects to your Bluetooth enabled device to stream sound directly into your hearing aid.
    • ReSound TV Streamer 2: Connects to your TV to stream directly into your hearing aids. The device works as long as you’re not further than 22 feet from the television and there aren’t any walls or obstacles blocking the signal.
    • ReSound Remote Control2: A handheld device that connects to your hearing aid for easy adjustment of hearing aid settings and volume. 

    ReSound Smartphone Apps

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    ReSound also features the following smartphone apps that connect your hearing aids for additional capabilities:

    • ReSound Smart 3D App: Allows you to connect your hearing aids to your smartphone for detailed control and fine-tuning of your hearing aid, and saving preset adjustments for different sound environments. The app includes the ReSound Assist Live feature to request live, face-to-face assistance and remote adjustments. The app also shows hearing aid battery levels and sends low battery alerts. The Smart 3D App works with the ReSound Linx 3D, Linx Quattro, and ENZO 3D aids. 
    • ReSound Smart App: Like the Smart 3D App, this app connects to your hearing aids for more detailed control. Unlike the 3D App, it doesn’t allow for remote live assistance or remote adjustments. The Smart app works with the ReSound LiNX, LiNX 2, ENZO, ENZO 2, and Up hearing aids.
    • ReSound Relief App: Provides a variety of tinnitus relief therapies through your hearing aids. It includes sound masking therapies, a wide variety of soundscapes, exercises for relaxation, meditation routines, and guidance to help you manage tinnitus symptoms.
    • ReSound Control App: Connects your hearing aid to different devices for sound streaming, and lets you change sound settings for various listening conditions, including simple adjustments like raising and lowering the volume. This device works with the ReSound Enya, Verso, and Alera hearing aids.

    ReSound Models and Pricing

    Depending on your choice of hearing aid model and tech level, ReSound hearing aids cost between $3,500 and $8,200 per pair. Let’s look at the three most popular models from the brand:

    ReSound LiNX 3D

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    The LiNX 3D is the precursor to Linx Quattro (below), so it’s tech levels are slightly lower. Nevertheless, it’s still a tech-packed addition to the ReSound lineup. The LiNX 3D has three tech and price levels: 5, 7, and 9. This hearing aid offers the following:

    • Made-for-iPhone: The LiNX Quattro streams high-quality sound and voice calls from iPhones, iPads, and iPods. 
    • Device connectivity: The LiNX 3D connects with Android and Bluetooth enabled devices, in addition to iPhones, so your hearing aids function like wireless headphones. 
    • Advanced Sound Filtering: LiNX 3D offers advanced sound filtering features to clarify voices in noisy environments. 
    • 360-Degree Sound: Many hearing aids include fixed directional microphones that require you to turn your head to clarify sounds, but the LiNX 3D offers a 360-degree listening experience. If there are important sounds or voices behind you or to the side of you, this hearing aid highlights and clarifies them.
    • Rechargeable Batteries: LiNX 3D comes with rechargeable batteries. Just put them in their charging station at night like you do with a smartphone. 
    • “More Layers of Sound”: ReSound claims that the LiNX 3D gives the experience of “more layers of sound.” Their website says that low and high-pitched sounds are fuller, more natural, crisper, and more distortion-free.
    • ReSound Smart 3D App: This hearing aid offers remote adjustment capabilities, so you can contact a live hearing aid specialist who fine-tunes your hearing aids without the need for an office visit. 
    • Three Model Options: The LiNX 3D has seven different model options: Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE), Behind-the-Ear (BTE),  Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC), Mic-in-Helix (MIH), In-The Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), and Invisible-in Canal (IIC). Each of these model options come in different shapes, sizes, and styles (see image below).
    • Price: According to HearingTracker, the different levels of this model are priced as follows: $2,429 per ear (LiNX 3D 5); $3,262 per ear (LiNX 3D 7); $3,440 per ear (LiNX 3D 9).

    ReSound LiNX Quattro

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    The LiNX Quattro is the predecessor of ReSound’s LiNX 3D. The LiNX Quattro is currently the newest and most technologically advanced hearing aid offered by ReSound. It includes the “Made-for-iPhone” option, an advanced processing chip for higher quality sound processing, and a wide variety of advanced tech features. It also has three price levels – 5, 7, and 9 – with varying types of technology.

    • Made-for-iPhone: The LiNX Quattro streams high-quality sound from iPhones, iPads, and iPods. 
    • Rechargeable Batteries: The Quattro has an option for rechargeable batteries if desired.
    • “More Layers of Sound”: This hearing aid boosts the quality and clarity of low and high-pitched sound for a fuller, more natural hearing experience. 
    • Smartphone Streaming and Device Connectivity: The Quattro streams high-quality sound and voice calls from Android smartphones, Smart TVs, and other Bluetooth enabled devices.
    • ReSound Smart 3D App: This app allows you to save sound environment profiles, tweak your hearing aid settings, and even make face-to-face contact with a live hearing aid specialist who can make remote adjustments to your hearing aids. 
    • Full Spectrum Microphone Technology: The LiNX Quattro includes microphones that record the full range of sound frequencies. This allows the hearing aid to process pure sound that’s free of distortion.
    • Three Model Options: The Quattro comes in three different models: Receiver-in-the-Ear (RIE), Behind-the-Ear (BTE), and custom-crafted Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC). Each of these model options come in different styles and sizes (see image below). 
    • Price: According to HearingTracker, the different levels of the Quattro sell for $3,892 per ear (Quattro 7); $3,774 per ear (Quattro 9); $2,202 per ear (Quattro 5).

    ReSound Enzo Q

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    ReSound says that the Enzo Q offers “exceptional sound quality” for profound and severe hearing loss patients because it boosts the clarity and understandability of voices and sounds when listening in noise. At the time of this writing, the Enzo Q is ReSound’s most advanced Enzo model available.

    The Enzo Q includes the following technology and features:

    • 60% Sound Clarity Improvement: ReSound claims that the Enzo Q provides a 60% improvement in voices and sound clarity when background noise is present. 
    • Compact Size: Even though Enzo Q comes in a very compact size, it’s suitable for patients with severe to profound hearing loss conditions. 
    • Digital Sound Streaming: Like the LiNX 3D, the Enzo Q streams high-quality sound and phone calls from your digital devices. 
    • ReSound Smart 3D App: Patients can adjust their hearing aids through their smartphone and request live, face-to-face assistance, and remote fine-tuning from a hearing aid specialist.
    • Two style options and multiple colors: This behind-the-ear style hearing aid comes in two style options – the slightly smaller “High Power HP BTE 88” and the slightly bigger “Super Power SP BTE 98.” There are also a variety of colors to choose from (see image below). 
    • Price: According to hearingaid.org.uk, the Enzo Q costs approximately $1,911 per ear (Enzo Q 9); $1,588 per ear (Enzo Q 7); and $1,343 per ear (Enzo Q 5).

    ReSound User Reviews

    The following ReSound user reviews will give you a sense for what users like and don’t like about this hearing aid brand:

    I’ve had hearing aids since I was 4. I’m now 21 and this is the best pair I’ve ever had. I’m never lost a hearing aid till a few days ago, and unfortunately, I’m unable to afford another one. My warranty was also up. But my doctor contacted ReSound, and they decided to extend my warranty “a Christmas miracle” I’m in shock, awe and feeling so beyond blessed for this amazing company. I’ll be able to hear my family for Christmas and not be anxious, nervous or frustrated because I can’t hear. I truly can’t express how thankful I am. I will always recommend ReSound. Thank you so much, God bless🧡" – Jessica Dancy

    First of all, the best clarity of speech and sound under all circumstances. To be able to change the settings in all types of settings. Love the direct connection to my iPhone for calls, streaming music, YouTube and podcasts." – Roy Houseman

    I recently got new hearing aids (ReSound LiNX Quattro) Right away, the right earpiece had to be sent back to be fixed because it would not take a charge. Now, the left one is turning off in the afternoons. I take it off, turn it off, then on again. This sometimes works. When it doesn’t, I put it back on the charger and leave it for a bit. When it comes back on it fluctuates on and off the rest of the day. Feedback is also an issue, walking through doorways and coming close to a wall causes loud squealing. I have used the ReSound app and have had no help. I can’t say I would recommend them." – Joel Eastman

    My ReSound LiNX Quatro hearing aids are disconnecting from my iPhone XR four or five times a day since IOS 13 came out (actually since the maintenance upgrade the week before). Only get rationalizing from ReSound and my audiologist. When you have fluctuating hearing due to bilateral Meiners, this is very inconvenient and makes my $4k hearing aids virtually worthless! ReSound says it will be "a few weeks" before the firmware update comes out. Why so, when the IOS 13 beta was available in late 2018? I am not impressed at all so far with ReSound who should have been much, much better prepared for the IOS update and has no excuse whatsoever for doing as such." – Steven A. File

    Very good hearing aids but the smooth app is terrible and unreliable with my iPhone. Only App that is unreliable." – Richard Gagnon

    Final Thoughts on ReSound Hearing Aids 

    For approximately $3,500 to $8,200 a pair, ReSound hearing aid prices are on par with (and a little bit more) expensive than other leading manufacturers. At this price, you will receive cutting-edge hearing aid technology. However, considering the user reviews above and others we found online, ReSound seems to have many satisfied and dissatisfied customers, so there’s no guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with this product. 

    Due to the high price tag, and the chance that you won’t be happy with your ReSound hearing aids, we recommend that you only make such a large investment if your hearing aid provider offers a trial period, and a 100% money-back guarantee. 

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