ReSound: “Rediscover hearing”:
The company Danavox was founded in Denmark in 1943 by Gerd Rosenstand, with its first hearing aid produced in 1947. ReSound Corporation was founded by Rodney Perkins in 1984 and merged with GN Danavox in 1996 to develop the first software-based digital hearing aids.
ReSound is a true leader in innovation in the hearing aid marketplace. They revolutionized the industry with the first ever Open-Fit Hearing Aid back in 2003. This made our job as Audiologists much more rewarding because there was finally a hearing aid that would fit people who had noise-induced hearing loss. ReSound went on to pioneer the 2.4 GHz frequency band as a way of connecting their hearing aids wirelessly to a TV. Ultimately, it was this technology that interested Apple and made Apple choose ReSound to partner with to develop direct hearing aid connectivity to the iPhone.
In 2018, ReSound released its current hearing aid, the Quattro, which has 3 different technology levels. One standout feature of the Quattro is its lithium-ion battery charger. The charger is sleek and very easy to use, making it a great option for anyone with dexterity issues. The charger itself holds three additional charges, so those who go camping for the weekend or are not near an electrical outlet for a few days can still charge their hearing aids.
Compared to the Linx 3D, the previous ReSound platform, the Quattro has an increased dynamic range, making it able to detect and amplify a broader range of sound, a feature that is especially important when listening to music.
The Quattro has multiple accessories, including remote microphones, a TV streamer, and a remote control with an easy-to-read screen, which make their hearing aids functional for both the tech-savvy and those who prefer simplicity. Their Smart3D iPhone app allows the user to customize the sound around them by filtering out unwanted noise, improving speech clarity, and adjusting bass, mid, and treble amplification.
It should also be noted that Resound is owned by a parent company called GN. GN has two divisions, the Resound brand, and the Beltone brand. The basic differences between Resound and Beltone are hardware (for example the hearing aid shell; its look and feel) and the proprietary fitting targets. Features work the same with some minor variations and the names are different. The specs are the same between the Resound and Beltone branded products.
On a fun side note, the Quattro has 3 camouflage colours available, which is fun for the adventurer in us all. They also make a hearing aid in my favourite colour, Monza Red, which looks amazing with blonde hair.