ReSound LiNX Quattro hearing aids were probably one of the most anticipated hearing aids to have been released in recent years. What makes these hearing aids so special is they will soon be able to stream directly into both hearing aids from an Android device. Along with this feature, there are also some other cool new aspects of the new LiNX Quattro.
Pros of the LiNX Quattro
Lithium Rechargeable Batteries
The first feature we will discuss is the LiNX Quattro’s lithium rechargeable hearing aids. Lithium rechargeable batteries are extremely reliable. With Quattro aids, you can expect to get 30 hours of use on just one charge if you do not stream sounds, and 24 hours of use if you spend half that time streaming. Even when compared to other hearing aids that use lithium rechargeable batteries the Quattro battery life is extremely impressive.
The charger case itself is rather small and holds up to three charges. This is a great feature for on-the-go users, who can just throw the case into their bag without worrying about cords and the need to connect to an outlet. Another benefit is the hearing aids are really easy to remove, making them a good option for people with limited finger dexterity or hand strength. The hearing aids also automatically turn on when they are removed from the charger, without the need to fiddle with any switches or buttons.
Increased Input Dynamic Range
Input dynamic range is really important for hearing in noisy situations, so it is smart to have the highest input dynamic range possible. An input dynamic range that is too low will force your hearing aids to do things called peak clipping and input compression. When this happens, it causes distortion that will make listening and understanding in noisy environments more difficult.
To our knowledge, the LiNX Quattro hearing aids have the best input dynamic range in any hearing aid in the industry.
Increased Frequency Bandwidth
Higher frequency bandwidths equal better quality in speech. Quattro hearing aids are able to hit a frequency all the way out to 9.6 kilohertz, which help us to be better able to program the aids to perfectly match your prescription.
New and Improved Radio
The improved radio inside the Quattro hearing aids improves the signal strength by 5 decibels. This means that the inner ear communication between your left and right ears is more accurate and efficient. In turn, you will have improved spatial awareness with these hearing aids as well as improved localization cues.
The chip in the LiNX Quattro is now 100 times faster than the old chip, which allows for a much quicker processing of sounds. This faster chip, combined with the greatly improved Bluetooth antenna, allows these aids to stream audio with virtually zero lag time.
Impact Noise Reduction Feature
The impact noise reduction feature is perhaps the most exciting for us as audiologists! Previous models of LiNX aids have not had this feature, so it is a big improvement for the Quattro. Impact noise occurs when something loud happens in the environment (for example, setting a ceramic cup down on a granite countertop) that can be really jarring and annoying in the hearing aids. When this noise reduction feature is switched, these sounds are softened and are no longer too loud, annoying, or painful.
Maintained ReSound Assist
Some features, such as the ReSound Assist, are carried over from the LiNX 3D devices. ReSound Assist allows you to get your hearing aids adjusted remotely. This means that from the comfort of your own home, your hearing healthcare professional can make necessary adjustments to your hearing aids.
ReSound Smart 3D App
Another feature carried over from the 3D aids is the ReSound Smart 3D app. This app is my personal favorite of all the apps that currently exist in the hearing aid space.
Cons of the LiNX Quattro
Size and Fit
Unfortunately, the LiNX Quattro hearing aids are a little bit on the bigger side of modern hearing aids due to their lithium battery. Because of this size, these hearing aids may not be an option for people with a smaller or more narrow space behind their ear or for those who wear glasses.
Not YET Able to Stream Directly from Android Device
The ability to stream from an Android device is the main reason everyone was so excited about the Quattro aids, so this is a little disappointing that the devices were released without this feature. Currently, there is no news into when this feature will be released.
Overall, the ReSound LiNX Quattro is a pretty power-packed hearing aid that may be a great option for you.