The Alera 7 is mid level technology and despite not being quite as advanced, has the same number of channels and some of the same features as the Alera 9. Superseded by the Verso 7 in 2012.
Update - New information
This hearing aid has now been superseded. The aids available in Resound's newest range are the LiNX2 9, the LiNX2 7 and the LiNX2 5. If you are working to a budget and are looking for a more basic hearing aid you may want to look at the Enya 4, Enya 3 or Enya 2
The Alera 7 is the second level of technology currently available from ReSound. Like the Alera 9 it has a wide range of models from very small custom in the ear models to the behind the ear ranges.
• Alera 7 60 - A non-wireless RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 7 61 - A wireless mini RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 7 62 - A Wireless RIC (Receiver in Canal)
• Alera 7 67 - A wireless mini BTE (Behind the Ear)
• Alera 7 77/87 - A Transitional BTE (Behind the Ear) – This model has the ability to switch between a standard and power hearing aid. Has wireless options.
Custom models available include:
• CIC 10 (Completely in Canal)
• MC 20 (Mini Canal)
• ITC 30 (In the Canal)
• ITE 40 (In the Ear)
• ITE 50 (In the Ear)
Also available in the Alera range are the Remote Microphone aids:
• CIC 10M (Completely in Canal)
• ITC 30M (In the Canal)
• ITE 50M (In the Ear)
• 17 Channels – Each channel processes a range of frequencies so the more channels you have, the more specifically it can be programmed to suit your hearing needs.
• Three Programmes – This allows you to programme the hearing aid for different situations or environments e.g. Concerts, restaurants, and normal conversation.
• Surround Sound Processor - This processes the different frequencies to preserve the sound quality. It also has a built in wind noise control system.
• DFS (Digital Feedback Suppression – This removes the whistling noise that can sometimes occur.
• Advanced Noise Tracker II - This is a sophisticated system that helps to remove background noise leaving speech clearer. It can be programmed for three different levels on the Alera 7.
• Onboard Analyzer II – This feature allows your audiologist to analyse the data from your hearing aid by logging the activity that takes place. The audiologist can then feed the data into a computer and review it.
• Softswitching – This feature detects levels of sound and speech then slowly adapts the microphones to ensure a continuous comfortable listening environment.
• MultiScope Adaptive Directionality - This refers to the microphone settings. Using this feature, your audiologist can programme the microphones to respond to different sounds and change the focus of the microphones accordingly.
Like the Alera 9, the Alera 7 comes with iSolate Nanotech technology. This new process involves using nanotechnology to apply a highly waterproof coating to the hearing aid. This can prolong the life of the hearing aid by protecting it from substances such as earwax or water.
Several hearing aids in this range have wireless capability. Unlike many manufacturers, Resound hearing aids do not require an additional neck loop to be worn in order to receive the signal. It is beamed directly from your TV streamer to the hearing aids.
• ReSound Unite TV
• ReSound Unite Mini Microphone
• ReSound Unite Remote Control
• ReSound Unite Phone Clip
In conclusion,the Alera 7 is mid level technology and despite not being quite as advanced, has the same number of channels and some of the same features as the Resound Alera 9. If you do find you are on a bit of a budget, you may want to try the Resound Alera 5 or the Resound Alera 4.
These hearing aids are very cosmetic, available in a wide range of colours and many in the range have wireless capability. Find out all the latest information and view the complete range from Resound Alera Hearing Aids range here.