ReSound Verso 7
- 2.4 GHz wireless communication
- 7 types of product format
- Suitable for up to severe losses
- 17 channel sound processing
- Multiscope Directionality
GN ReSound are one of the major Danish hearing aid manufacturers and they have launched the Verso product range to replace their highly successful Alera. The Alera was a widely respected product and did much to improve ReSound’s ranking with the technology race, so have they maintained the pace with Verso?
Like the Alera the Verso has been launched at multiple technology levels and the “7” indicates that this is a second tier technology. First tier technology essential captures everything that the manufacturer is capable of and they de-feature or remove some features for product at lower technology points. They also slip the technologies down through the price points as they launch their newest and latest, so you may find a function that was previously exclusive to the top end drifting to the mid and lower products over a period of a few years. Don’t consider this as anything other than a great opportunity to grab a bargain. Premium products attract premium prices and there is often some real value for money lower down the range.
When we study the directionality system used by the Verso 7 we can see this strategy in action. There is not the full Binaural Fusion system that is ReSound leading system but there is a very complex Natural Directionality II which should provide a real listening benefit for the most difficult experience of speech in noise. This system is unique to ReSound with hearing switching between omni-directional and directional to attempt to combine a focus to help with speech and simultaneously maintain an overall awareness.
The Verso 7 has a neat trick, if they are ordered as a pair (something we would always recommend, unless there are limiting medical conditions) – a change of programme or volume to one will be transmitted by 2.4GHz Bluetooth to ensure that both react. Bluetooth or wireless systems can be used in the way, to initially programme and set up the hearing aids or to link to external devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players. The Verso uses a complex system of phone recognition and is even smart enough to turn down the hearing aid on the side that is not being used to minimise the interference from background noise. Use of features such as this can result in people using hearing aids having an advantage over those without a hearing loss! ReSound supply a comprehensive range of Bluetooth accessories so ensure that you discuss this aspect of the Verso with your hearing aid audiologist.
The Verso 7 comes is a very varied selection of product formats (some unique to ReSound). There are seven fundamental styles and shapes, most of which can be further personalised with colour and set up, so there really ought to be a Verso 7 that will be suitable for you and deliver the sound benefit that you require.
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