I’m evaluating Resound Forte 8 VS. Resound LINX 3D. For example, Forte 8 manages sounds from 125 Hz to 6000 Hz, while LINX 3D manages sounds from 100 Hz to 7060 Hz. Does this difference make the Forte 8 inferior? How will the sound side-by-side? LINX 3D has Noise Tracker2 and Biaural Directionality. Anyone know what these do?
How are you determining the different frequency ranges? From an app? From receiver specifications? I would guess they use the same receivers and would have the same frequency range.
You might notice a slight difference with things like a child’s voice for the hissy sound (sibilant) where it can reach 8-10k. However, the bulk of that sound is in the 4K region. Brands that sell to Costco say to clinics, “We don’t sell them the same model.” which is a bit of a canard. The RIC receiver really isn’t that great above 6K. So that makes it even more a marginal a benefit.
Tracker/Directionality appears to be the same in both. An indication is the app does the applicable adjustments with both.
From the Forte User guide - via Costco website redirecting to Resound:
Low power receiver 100-7060
Med Power Receiver 100-7000
High Power Receiver 100-6030
Ultra High Power Receiver 100-4910
RE: Noise Tracker2 and Biaural Directionality - Download Resound Whitepapers here:
Rather than compare the two aids, compare the two fitters. @AbramBaileyAuD in his webinar stated that 2/3rds of aids are misprogrammed. That’s a bigger problem than the specific aid you are look at.
I got the frequency ranges from reps at Resound. It took 2 reps to get the data: one was a specialist in Forte 8 and the other a specialist in LINX 3D. They wouldn’t/couldn’t talk about the other product in comparison.
User Guide here:
LINX 3D - (Tinnitus feature) - ( Remote Programming) = Forte
Worst part is how many of the 2/3 even knew they weren’t fitted right…
I’ve found that representatives aren’t very careful about providing information. As you can see from AdamsHouseCat’s post above, there are different frequency ranges depending on the receiver. The range for the lowest power receiver was the same range as you were quoted for the Linx3D. I’m a comparsion shopper too, so I get it, but unlike a lot of other consumer item, it doesn’t work with hearing aids to sit down with a bunch of literature and compare features. It’s good to be aware of some of the main features so you can make sure a hearing aid had it if it seemed really important. (Made for iPhone for instance–if you have an iPhone and phone use is challenging, it would make a lot of sense to look for a Made for iPhone hearing aid.)