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ReSound hearing aids, reviewed by audiologists

With 25 hearing aid models, a three-microphone system, and technology aimed at recreating natural hearing, ReSound is a preferred brand by many audiologists.

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With so many hearing aid options available from ReSound, it may feel overwhelming trying to discern which of the company’s devices to consider.

ReSound is a prescription brand that has provided effective treatment for the past eight decades. To buy one of their hearing aids, you’ll need an up-to-date hearing test and an appointment with an audiologist or other hearing loss specialist.

Our board of audiologists has reviewed ReSound hearing aids to give you all the insider information needed to make the best decision for your hearing health. Discover the pros and cons of some of ReSound’s top devices, and consider which models to explore further with your audiologist.

ReSound models recommended by our audiologists

There are more than 25 hearing aid models available from ReSound, all of which can be custom fit to the user’s ear. We asked our audiologist review board which ReSound models they recommend to their patients most often and why.

These are their top picks:

Model Style Type of hearing loss
ReSound Nexia BTE, microRIE, CIC, ITE, ITC Mild to profound
ReSound Omnia BTE, RIE, miniRIE, ITE, ITC, CIC Mild to profound
ReSound Linx Quattro RIE, BTE, miniBTE, CIC, ITC, ITE, MIH Mild to profound
ReSound Key RIE, Power BTE, miniBTE, CIC, ITC, ITE Mild to profound
ReSound Custom CIC, ITE, ITC Mild to profound

ReSound Nexia review

The ReSound Nexia

This high-tech, rechargeable device is a great option for those who have mild to profound hearing loss.

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For high sound quality in noisy environments, consider ReSound’s smallest rechargeable hearing aid option, the ReSound Nexia. It provides 24 hours of use after one charge. With multiple color options available, users can choose a hearing aid that is both discrete and high-tech.

Designed with a low center of gravity, the receiver-in-the-ear (RIE) model fits securely without sacrificing comfort. While expensive, the quality of Nexia matches the price with many durable and comfortable styles.

The Nexia RIE is comparable to models including the Phonak Lumity, Starkey Genesis, and Oticon Intent.

Criteria The ReSound Nexia
Price Range $3,000-$7,000/pair
Warranty 2-4 year manufacturer warranty, depending on the model
Battery type RIE and ITE models have rechargeable batteries, while other models use disposable batteries
Bluetooth capabilities? Nexia has advanced Bluetooth capabilities through Auracast and can connect to many different devices at once.
App supported ReSound Smart 3D
Styles Behind-the-ear, Micro receiver-in-ear, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal, half shell, full shell
Hearing loss Mild to profound hearing loss
Sound quality Great sound quality, especially concerning speech clarity.

 

Pros and cons of ReSound Nexia hearing aids

Pros Cons
Distinct speech clarity Expensive
Specialized app Only available through a licensed audiologist
Variety of styles to choose from Certain levels of each model will have varying features available

 

What our audiologist says about the ReSound Nexia hearing aids

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD views ReSound’s Nexia line very highly, saying they are quality products that produce excellent results. With durable hearing aids that are easy to manage and simple to charge, these devices are incredibly user-friendly.

Dr. Hinson appreciates ReSound’s app and the fact that users can make adjustments on their own from the comfort of their homes.

 

Who are ReSound Nexia hearing aids ideal for?

These devices are a good prescription choice for those who are tech-savvy and may benefit from a wide variety of hearing aid types and styles. The ReSound Nexia provides options for people on the go and those who need to hear well in noisy environments.

ReSound Omnia review

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The Omnia

A high-tech option, the Omnia line works extremely well with ReSound’s app, allowing users to make precise adjustments to serve their specific hearing needs.

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As a premium-level ReSound hearing aid, the Omnia scans the environment and makes changes automatically without the user having to fiddle with the device or make manual changes. The Omnia is an ideal device for tech-savvy users as well as users who would prefer not to use the app since this device can be programmed to adjust automatically.

Want to compare the Omnia to similar hearing aids on the market? Our audiologist recommends the Phonak Paradise, Oticon Real, and Starkey Evolv.

Criteria The Omnia
Cost $600-$3,000/pair
Warranty 2-4 year manufacturer warranty, depending on the model
Rechargeable batteries? Yes, the various types of Omnia hearing aids, including models 960, 760, and 560, have a rechargeable option.
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, the Omnia connects to the smartphone app and allows users to stream to their mobile devices and take phone calls.
Customization options You can program the Omnia to match the deficits captured by your diagnostic hearing test and get them fit to your ear shape.
Sound quality The Omnia line provides premium sound quality in nearly every sound setting, from a crowded room to one-on-one conversation.

 

Pros and cons of ReSound Omnia hearing aids

Pros Cons
Long-lasting battery life Expensive
Great Bluetooth and streaming capabilities Hands-free calling is only available on Apple and newer Android devices
Options for all types of hearing loss Dome tip requires upkeep and maintenance

 

What our audiologist says about the ReSound Omnia hearing aids

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD says that users who love technology will also enjoy these hearing aids since they can make a ton of changes in the smartphone app to optimize listening.

According to Dr. Hinson, “Patients who struggle in reverberant rooms like churches or business meetings, those who struggle in spaces with a lot of background noise, such as restaurants and shopping centers, and those who need help with one-on-one conversations will all benefit from this product because each person’s hearing aid is programmed differently and specifically for their [hearing] loss.”

 

Who are ReSound Omnia hearing aids ideal for?

As a prescription hearing aid, the Omnia is meant for patients with mild, moderate, severe, or profound hearing loss. What makes the Omnia and other premium ReSound models stand out is that they scan the environment and automatically make adjustments based on the situation.

ReSound LiNX Quattro review

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The ReSound LiNX Quattro

Available in receiver-in-ear, behind-the-ear, and completely-in-canal styles, the LiNX Quattro has a model for nearly every patient’s unique needs.

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ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids are premium-level devices and perfect for those looking for a more natural hearing experience. ReSound has a proprietary custom device called the “mic-in-helix,” which is available in the LiNX Quattro line.

This kind of device allows for the separation of the microphone and receiver to reduce feedback in custom devices. Most importantly, the mic-in-helix device attempts to restore the acoustic benefits of the pinna or the outer ear, which can make for a more natural listening experience.

The LiNX Quattro is comparable to the Starkey Livio, Signia Nx, and Oticon Opn models.

Criteria The LiNX Quattro
Cost $4,598/pair
Warranty 3-year manufacturer warranty
Battery type The various types of LiNX Quattro hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries.
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, the LiNX Quattro connects to the smartphone app and allows users to stream to their mobile devices and take phone calls.
Customization options You can program the LiNX Quattro to match the deficits captured by your diagnostic hearing test and get them custom-fit to your ear shape.
Sound quality A great choice for background noise reduction, LiNX Quattro can be adjusted using the app or with the help of a professional via telehealth from ReSound.

 

Pros and cons of ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids

Pros Cons
Wide variety of color options and customization Telehealth sessions may be challenging for non-tech-savvy users
Up to 30 hours of battery after one charge Only available by purchase through a licensed audiologist
Convenient recharging case Not compatible with all Android devices

 

What our audiologist says about the ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD notes that ReSound is the only hearing aid manufacturer with a three-microphone system, which is available on select models. This design helps restore natural hearing by using the outer ear.

Dr. Reisman appreciates that ReSound has supportive telehealth platforms that work alongside patients and their audiologists. Overall, she would recommend the LiNX Quattro for patients with varying degrees of hearing loss.

 

Who are ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids ideal for?

The LiNX is recommended for people with a range of hearing loss, from mild to severe or profound loss. The Linx Quattro line promotes better power consumption, a wider frequency of sounds, and dynamic range to give patients improved audibility and speech understanding and improved inter-ear communication.

ReSound Key review

The ReSound Key

This budget-friendly line of ReSound hearing aids does not skimp on quality or ease of use and is available in multiple styles and colors.

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The ReSound Key offers the same high standards as the brand’s other hearing aids at a more affordable price point. With varying styles to choose from, these rechargeable hearing aids work quite well with the company’s app, where users can customize their settings.

The Key tends to perform well in environments with quiet to moderate noise. However, it will not perform as well for those who find themselves in areas with loud background noise.

Comparable affordable hearing aid models to the Key include the Oticon Ruby, Signia 1Nx or 2Nx, and the Phonak Marvel 30R.

Criteria The ReSound Key
Price Range $1,000-$3,000/pair
Warranty Up to a 3-year manufacturer warranty
Battery type Rechargeable
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes
App supported ReSound Smart 3D
Styles Behind-the-ear, Receiver-in-ear, completely-in-canal
Hearing loss Mild to profound hearing loss
Sound quality Good sound quality for low to moderate background noise, but not in loud environments.

 

Pros and cons of ReSound Key hearing aids

Pros Cons
Discreet Can be susceptible to damage from sweat and moisture
Lower cost than similar products Not as efficient in reducing background noise as some other ReSound models
Easy-to-use rechargeable case The dome design requires cleaning and maintenance

 

What our audiologist says about the ReSound Key hearing aids

Dr. Jessica Hinson, AuD appreciates ReSound’s less-expensive option for patients with stricter budgets. She notes that this device still provides quality features from ReSound and works well for speech clarity in quiet and moderate noise.

However, Dr. Hinson would suggest something with improved technology for those seeking excellent support in background noise. More benefits include the fact that this model is small, easy to charge, and works well with the user-friendly app.

 

Who are ReSound Key hearing aids ideal for?

The Key is ideal for those with a lower budget who still want a quality hearing aid that’s customized to their level of hearing loss. Users with mild to profound loss who only struggle mildly with noise will be best suited for this model.

Custom ReSound hearing aids review

Custom ReSound hearing aids

Fit to the unique shape of your ear, custom ReSound hearing aids offer a comfortable, secure fit.

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If you are a candidate for custom ReSound hearing aids, you’ll enjoy numerous benefits, including comfort and a more natural sound.

Like other prescription hearing aids, custom ReSound hearing aids are likely to run you $1,000 to $3,500 per device, but they are designed specifically to fit in your ear and for your personal preferences.

The closest comparable hearing aid on the market to the ReSound custom options is the Starkey Genesis, as it is the only other ITE custom device that is rechargeable.

Criteria ReSound Custom Hearing Aids
Cost $2,000-$7,000/pair
Warranty 2-4 year manufacturer warranty
Battery type The ITE and ITC hearing aids can be rechargeable, while other styles use disposable batteries.
Bluetooth capabilities? Yes, the custom ITE and ITC hearing aids connect to the smartphone app and allow users to stream to their mobile devices and take phone calls.
Customization options You can program any custom hearing aid to match the deficits captured by your diagnostic hearing test and get them custom fit to your ear shape.
Sound quality Custom hearing aids are designed to give users the most optimum sound quality available and to suit their specific needs.

 

Pros and cons of Custom ReSound hearing aids

Pros Cons
Suitable for any type of hearing loss Expensive
Support through telehealth and ReSounds app Must be fitted in person with your audiologist
Different styles and color options are available Certain models require maintenance and upkeep

 

What our audiologists say about the ReSound custom hearing aids

Dr. Ruth Reisman, AuD says ReSound is a highly reputable company, and she does not hesitate to recommend their products to her patients. Owned by GN, a well-known audio device company, ReSound was among the first to market telehealth for hearing aid users.

Dr. Reisman believes ReSound’s custom hearing aids are both reliable and innovative.

 

Who are ReSound custom hearing aids ideal for?

According to Dr. Reisman, there are several benefits to custom hearing aids. She says the device is easy to insert into the ear, even with user dexterity issues, making it more convenient for those with this particular problem.

She also says the microphones sit in the ear, allowing for a more natural sound. Many custom ReSound devices are rechargeable and come with Bluetooth capabilities.

The ReSound custom hearing aids are compatible with Android and iPhone devices, and some models even pair with cochlear implants, allowing for two modes of hearing assistance.

The 3 key takeaways

  • ReSound fits all hearing loss needs — Our audiologists have their favorite models, but if you’re interested in ReSound, speak to your hearing loss specialist about your specific needs.
  • It’s the only company with a three-microphone system — While only available on select models, this feature separates ReSound from other hearing aid manufacturers.
  • Both tech-savvy and tech-wary users can enjoy them — While they allow users to stream music and take phone calls, premium-level models like the Omnia scan the environment and automatically make changes rather than require the user to do it on the app.

Are ReSound hearing aids for me?

Like most prescription brands, ReSound’s reputation speaks for itself, but like any brand, ReSound has its drawbacks, too. Explore the pros and cons ReSound models offer before you make your purchase.

The pros of ReSound hearing aids

  • There are plenty of rechargeable options. Those who prefer rechargeable devices over replaceable batteries should be able to find a ReSound model that works for them.
  • You can easily customize the devices to fit your needs. ReSound uses a mold of your ear to create a custom-fit hearing aid that perfectly fits your ear. It can be an invisible-in-canal, completely-in-the-canal, in-the-canal, in-the-ear, or mic-in-helix hearing aid, depending on your preference.
  • Three microphones make for easy background noise management. The Omnia, one of our review board’s favorite ReSound devices, is made specifically to perform better with background noise and in complex listening environments. Three microphones help capture sound organically, so your device better emulates natural hearing.

The cons of ReSound hearing aids

  • They’re expensive. Even with ReSound’s cheapest option, you’ll likely pay between $1,000 and $3,000 per pair. Like other prescription hearing aids, each ReSound device is sold separately. Those with mild to moderate hearing loss may want to look into over-the-counter devices such as Jabra Enhance Select or Lucid Hearing devices.
  • There is no direct-to-consumer option. The initial fit is made in an office with an audiologist or a hearing aid manufacturer, which may prove difficult for immuno-compromised users who want to avoid in-person appointments.
  • They may need replacing in five years. This is the typical lifespan of any new hearing aid, but for the price, a ReSound device may seem like a poor investment.

Customer service

ReSound operates like many other major hearing aid manufacturers with support coming from the prescribing audiologist rather than the company itself.

An exception is ReSound’s remote support through its mobile app, Assist Live, according to our audiologist, Dr. Ruth Reisman.

ReSound also has several video tutorials and user guides available for each type of hearing aid model, from the Omnia to the LiNX Quattro and more. You can also reach the company via phone or email with any customer support inquiries.

ReSound hearing aid accessories

ReSound offers a catalog of accessories designed for their hearing aids:

  • ReSound multi mic. Working in conjunction with a ReSound hearing aid, this microphone can extend the range of listening up to 80 feet.
  • ReSound Phone Clip+. This device provides an easy way to make sure users never miss a phone call by streaming calls and audio from a smartphone to the hearing aid for clear and precise listening.
  • ReSound TV Streamers. Rather than continuously turning up the TV volume, this device streams the audio directly to the user’s hearing aids.
  • ReSound Remote Controls. A perfect solution for users with dexterity issues, the large buttons on this remote control allow users to adjust their hearing aids without fiddling with small buttons and controls on the device.

ReSound hearing apps

ReSound offers users three different apps:

  • ReSound Smart 3D App. Compatible with the ReSound Nexia, Key, LiNX Quattro, Omnia, ENZO Q, and LiNX 3D, the Smart 3D app allows users to connect with a hearing health professional on a live video call through ReSound Assist.
  • ReSound Smart App. Available on the Apple app store and Google Play, ReSound Smart enables ReSound LiNX, ENZO, and Up Smart hearing aid users to create and save their unique sound settings and adjust them as needed.
  • ReSound Relief App. This program can be used on any iOS or Android device and is designed to provide relief to tinnitus sufferers by streaming soothing sounds such as white noise and running water into the hearing aids.

Some quick facts about ReSound hearing aids

Know who you’re buying from and what sets them apart. Explore the history, features, and technology of the ReSound brand with these quick fun facts.

  1. Danavox, the company that became ReSound, released its first hearing aid in 1947. ReSound is a Danish company founded by Gerd Rosenstad in 1943.
  2. ReSound works with Veterans Affairs clinics to provide hearing solutions for veterans. Many veterans suffer from tinnitus and other hearing conditions after their service, and ReSound donates to foundations and works with clinics to support them.
  3. They offer every type of hearing aid. Whether you want a behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal, or receiver-in-the-ear device, you can find it at ReSound.
  4. A technology called Organic Hearing emulates the natural hearing process. The models our audiologists have recommended use Organic Hearing to create a better listening experience.

Why trust Audiologists.org

Our board of certified audiologists has experience working across many sectors in the hearing health world. With decades of experience between them, our audiologists review each product with unbiased opinions and real-world experience.

When considering ReSound’s products, we chose to examine and compare criteria, including the styles available, level of comfort, sound quality, price, and technology.

What our audiologists say about ReSound hearing aids

Dr. Ruth Reisman

“ReSound has some great tools for the hearing-impaired, including state-of-the-art devices, accessories, and smartphone apps, remote care via the Assist Live app, video tutorials and phone and online support, a tinnitus relief app, custom hearing aids, a wide variety of colors, a 360-degree surround sound, a three-microphone system to restore natural hearing, and hands-free calls, with no external microphone required.”

Dr. Jessica Hinson

“ReSound’s newest technology in the Nexia hearing aids are specifically designed to perform better in background noise and complex listening situations. With rechargeable options for behind-the-ear and in-the-ear styles, you’ll be sure to find something that’s equally comfortable and effective. There are three technology levels to fit your budget; each offering different features to improve the naturalness and clarity of speech. These hearing aids are shipped blank to an audiologist or hearing aid dispenser who then programs each device for your specific hearing test and listening needs.”

What customers say about ReSound hearing aids

Customers say their favorite feature is…

Online reviewers of ReSound hearing aids appreciate the level of comfort and quality sound these hearing aids provide. Others say they enjoy the different settings and the ability to control the hearing aids with the smartphone app. They also say that they filter noise exceptionally well.

Customers say their least favorite feature is…

The biggest complaint from customers across the board is the expense, but this is a common complaint for all prescription hearing aids. Some users have said they have issues with Bluetooth connectivity, and others say that devices haven’t improved their ability to hear conversations on the television.

Frequently asked questions

Will insurance pay for my ReSound hearing aids?

This depends on your specific insurance plan and its level of coverage, but because ReSound offers prescription hearing aids, they often work with insurance companies through doctors and audiologists.

How long will ReSound hearing aids last?

Like most prescription hearing aids, ReSound hearing aids will likely last five years before they need to be replaced. This is something to consider when looking at the cost, especially when you take into account other medical expenses like clinic visits.

Will ReSound hearing aids be available over the counter?

No, ReSound hearing aids are only available via prescription. However, Jabra hearing aids are rebranded as ReSound hearing aids and are designed specifically for people with mild to moderate hearing loss. These devices are available over the counter.

Are prescription hearing aids worth the cost?

Yes, hearing aids are worth the cost. Not only can they help you gain back one of your five senses, but they can help reduce cognitive fatigue caused by the need to compensate for hearing loss. Hearing loss patients also suffer from depression and isolation, and hearing aids can help mitigate these health issues.

Is ReSound the only prescription hearing aid on the market?

No, far from it. The major hearing aid manufacturers include Widex, Phonak, Starkey, and Signia, but Philips, Rexton, and Siemens also produce high-quality prescription hearing aids.

What is Organic Hearing?

ReSound aims to provide a hearing experience that emulates the natural hearing process. Organic Hearing is a feature that helps your environment sound more natural, with advanced directionality and an ergonomic fit. ReSound is also the only manufacturer that has a three-microphone system.