ReSound Verso 9
- Seven different product formats
- Wireless technology options
- 17 band channel sound processing
- Multiple algorithms
- Nano-coated housing technology
- Updates the successful Alera
The Verso 9 was launched in September 2012 by the Danish hearing aid manufacturer GN ReSound and is a direct replacement for its previous flagship range the Alera 9. There are two technology tiers within the Verso, the 9 & 7, unsurprisingly the Verso 9 is the higher level and contains all the latest sound processing wizardry that GN ReSound can muster. There is a wide variety of seven different product formats from the classic behind-the-ear (BTE) model through to the very small canal www.ce that GN ReSound optimistically label Invisible-in-the-canal (IIC).
At its heart the Verso 9 is driven by a 17 channel sound processor which is not only fast, efficient on batteries but with this many channels can provide a very close match to the frequency shape that your hearing loss needs. There are hearing aids with more than 17 channels but in the “numbers of channel war” you can rest assured that 17 bands are more than adequate.
The list of sound processing algorithms is as confusing as it is baffling, full or proprietary terms as the hearing aid manufacturers battle for market supremacy, so a list of terms such as Binaural Directionality, Binaural Fusion Technology and Binaural Environmental Optimizer II does not really help our understanding of what we can expect from each algorithm. However, no single algorithm is experienced in isolation so the acid test is can the Verso 9 deliver full, natural and comfortable sound? The customer experience to date indicates that this is the case. There are very many positive reviews of the Verso 9 and having been in the wilderness for a couple of years it does seem that with the Alera and its replacement, GN ReSound are back at the forefront of hearing aid technology.
In addition to great sound processing, a wide selection or products, a colourful palette to choose from and backed by nano-coated technology the Verso 9 does have one or two other tricks up its sleeve to combat the most difficult sound experience of speech in noise. There is an option of having a remote microphone that you can place near to or clip on to the person whose voice you want to hear. For example in a crowded restaurant there may be a particular individual who speaks softly and you can have their voice wirelessly transmitted directly to your hearing aid. Speech in noise is the single most difficult environment for those suffering form hearing impairment and while a remote microphone may be unwieldy if it provides a significant benefit then GN ReSound should be applauded for providing the tools to help its customers.
The Verso 9 is a very strong product, loaded with technology across a wide product choice. In theory there should be no reason that even the fastidious hearing aid wearer could not find satisfaction here but a note of caution: – with this much technology the benefit derived will be reliant on the product being set up not only for your individual loss but also for the environments and situations where you require hearing support. Take time to discuss your lifestyle, needs and frustrations with an experienced hearing aid audiologist to get the most out of your Verso 9.
In summary, we have no hesitation in recommending this product. It is from a manufacturer passionate about customer satisfaction and arguable at the time of its launch GN ReSound are probably leading the hearing aid technology race.
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