Price for one - £1395 | Price for a pair - £2295
Released in October 2015. This aid replaces the previous Dream 330.
July 2016 update - The Widex Unique range has now been fully reviewed. Please scroll down to "Widex Unique - reviews by audiologists" for further details.
The Widex Unique 330 is the second to top aid in the new "Unique" range from Widex.
Looking at the promotional material from Widex about these aids, a cynic would say that the marketing team just fancied some nice holidays. There are some video's showing people doing exciting things such as sailing, climbing mountains and exploring the arctic, all wearing Widex Unique hearing aids. The point they were labouring is that you can wear these aids in all environments and (they claim) still get good sound quality. I guess Blackpool beach wasn't windy enough for them.
The Unique 330 is a 10 channel aid utilising Widex's U-platform chip that the whole Unique range are built on. The 330 constantly adjusts itself depending on the environment it is in and with it's Sound Class Technology the aids can pick from five possible environmental types, always with the aim to maximise speech sounds when they are present and comfort when they are not.
Background noise reduction
The noise reduction in the Unique 330 is very good and is suitable for all but the noisiest environments. If you do the kind of activities the Widex marketing team were up to then you might want to stretch to the Unique 440.
Wider dynamic range of hearing
To quote Widex, the Unique lets you hear the sounds that other aids ignore. Widex have expanded the dynamic range the hearing aids capture so that very quiet sounds such as whispering are more easily picked up by the aids. To counter any unwanted side effects of this feature, the noise reduction has been extended to soft sounds as well so that you don't get annoyed by hearing the fridge buzzing away in the background for example.
Zen Tinnitus management
As with the previous two ranges of Widex hearing aids, the Zen tinnitus management features are available. By combining the non-repetitive fractal Zen sounds with tinnitus counselling, relief from tinnitus can be achieved.
Using Widex Link there are a number of additional accessories that can be used to extend the functionality of the hearing aids. These are mainly used for streaming TV or phone signals but can also be used for remote mic's. All of these accessories end in -DEX and the full list is CALL-DEX, UNI-DEX, COM-DEX, TV-DEX, RC-DEX, FM+-DEX, PHONE-DEX. To note, none of these can be used with the very smallest of the aids the CIC-M, or "Micro" CIC as it's too small to house the wireless components needed.
For behind the ear we have the full sized traditional BTE, the Fashion. The middle sized RIC the Fusion and the rather tiny and discreet Passion. In the ear models range from the full sized ITE down to the tiny micro CIC. Pictures below.
Author: David Roberts