ReSound OMNIA 5 Review

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January 8, 2024
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Behind the Ear
Bluetooth
Rechargeable
PROFESSIONAL FITTING

If background noise management is your number one priority, ReSound OMNIA should be on your shortlist. ReSound is one of the most respected brands in the hearing category, with more than 5,000 employees and millions of devices sold yearly.

ReSound announced their current flagship OMNIA in August 2022 with a clear focus on giving users a more comfortable experience in background noise.

Our team has put OMNIA through the paces, and we've been very impressed with the overall quality of the product and its ability to handle background noise. We've tried this hearing aid at a busy Vegas casino, a child's birthday party, and even an NFL football game. All with impressive results.

ReSound claims that OMNIA offers 150% improvement in background noise compared to previous ReSound Models. We have yet to validate the claim in our own research, but it seems plausible based on first-hand experience.

In February 2023, ReSound released an impressively small miniature version of OMNIA. OMNIA can be customized with rechargeable or disposable batteries, and every pair of hearing aids comes with access to the ReSound app. ReSound OMNIA allows Bluetooth streaming through Android and Apple devices, but only Apple devices allow hands-free calling (you'll need to keep the phone close by for calls on Android).

If you push your hearing aids to the limits through travel, public events, or busy restaurants, ReSound OMNIA is worth considering.

Choosing a Technology Level

ReSound comes in a few technology levels. Each level offers more features and comes at a higher price. Learn more about hearing aid technology levels here.

ReSound OMNIA 5 is the least expensive option within the ReSound family. 5 has all of the essential features like Bluetooth connection and clear sound, but 5 does not come with ReSound's innovative M&RIE microphone. If you primarily spend time at home or in small groups, this product can get the job done for a lower price tag.

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Pros 👍
  • ‍Best for background noise management
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  • Easy-to-use app
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  • Small form factor and an optional 3rd microphone in the ear

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Cons 👎
  • ‍Requires in-person care (no direct-to-consumer option)
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  • More expensive compared to Telehealth and OTC options
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  • OMNIA uses a push button style instead of a rocker-style button (which can be confusing for some)

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Soundly Scorecard
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Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Severe
  • ReSound OMNIA is a fully customizable, prescription hearing aid appropriate for mild-severe hearing loss
  • If you have severe hearing loss, your care provider may fit you with a custom earmold to reduce feedback
  • If you have profound hearing loss, you may be a better fit for ReSound ENZO Q
Care Type đŸĨ
Prescription
  • ReSound OMNIA is a prescription device fit and programmed by a professional
  • After an initial fitting, you can connect with your care provider remotely through the ReSound app
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • ReSound OMNIA is an excellent choice for background noise management. The optional M&RIE microphone that sits inside the ear adds additional intelligence and reduces handling noise from your hair or glasses.
Comfort đŸĻģ
Somewhat Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • ReSound OMNIA is a discreet and comfortable product, but some users with smaller ear canals find the M&RIE receiver uncomfortable in their ears. M&RIE can be removed by your care provider and replaced with a standard receiver.
Style  đŸ’Ģ
Behind The Ear
  • ReSound OMNIA hearing aids sit behind the ear
  • OMNIA uses a sleek design and now offers a mini RIE version with smoother edges and a smaller size
  • OMNIA comes in 8 colors, including, sparkling silver, champagne, gold, bronze, warm grey, graphite, espresso, deep black
Battery đŸ”‹
Rechargeable Or Disposable
  • OMNIA comes with three battery options, including mini RIE rechargeable (24 hours), rechargeable full-size RIE (30 hours), disposable battery powered (7-10 days between changes)
Connection đŸ“Ą
Bluetooth Available
  • OMNIA allows Bluetooth streaming, music listening, and phone calls across all models. iPhone users can take calls hands-free, while Android users must keep their phones close to pick up outbound audio.
  • OMNIA uses Apple's MFI connection and Android's ASHA connection to stream content through Bluetooth
Dexterity Level 🤏
Average
  • OMNIA is reasonably easy to handle but does require the wearer to place the hearing aid behind their ear and insert the receiver into the ear (consistent across all behind-the-ear styles)
  • OMNIA recharging cases use conduction charging, which is easier to handle
  • OMNIA has an app feature that uses your phone camera to check that the hearing aids are in the ear properly
Waterproof Level đŸ’Ļ
IP68
  • ReSound OMNIA is water resistant with an IP rating of 68
  • This hearing aid can withstand dust and water submersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes
App features đŸ“ą
Has An App, Telehealth Capable, Find My Hearing Aids
  • Remote care: After an in-office activation, the remote care option is available on the app
  • Customization: Volume control, treble/bass, streaming treble/bass, programs
  • Tinnitus masking: Customizable programs with a hearing care professional or use the Resound Relief app to experiment with masking noise
  • Find my hearing aid: Yes, feature is included in the app
  • Check my fit: An app feature from Resound to check the hearing aids are in the ear properly

Read our full review of the ReSound App here.

Pricing and Process
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Pricing

The national average price for ReSound OMNIA 5 hearing aids is around $5,850 per pair.

Our research indicates that the best pricing and care packages are currently available through ZipHearing. ZipHearing offers a pair of ReSound OMNIA 5 hearing aids with one year of unlimited care for $3,198 per pair.

Process

ZipHearing will match you with a local clinic near your zip code and pre-negotiate a lower price (typically 25% less than the national average).

Fill out the form on this page to get matched with a local clinic.

Our readers are consistently happy with ZipHearing's offering and give the company 97% 5-star ratings on Trustpilot.

How to Choose a Technology Level
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ReSound OMNIA comes in several technology levels. Each device looks identical from the outside, but on the inside, each technology jump offers more sophisticated sound processing and special features. In general, wearers opt for the top technology they can reasonably afford.

The key differences between OMNIA 5, 7, and 9 mostly come down to the ability of the device to manage background noise.

OMNIA 9

  • Offers 17 bands of customization
  • Includes 5 background noise management settings (Noise Tracker II)
  • Includes enhanced binaural background noise management (Environmental Optimizer II)

OMNIA 7

  • Offers 14 bands of customization
  • Includes 3 background noise management settings (Noise Tracker II)
  • Includes non-binaural background noise management (Environmental Optimizer I)

OMNIA 5

  • Offers 12 bands of customization
  • Includes 2 background noise management settings (Noise Tracker II)
  • Includes non-binaural background noise management (Environmental Optimizer I)
  • Does not come with the option to get a M&RIE receiver

Review ReSound's full feature matrix here.

Read our full guide to choosing a technology level here 👈

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The breakdown

ReSound OMNIA hearing aids come at a comparable price to the other top-of-the-line products like Oticon More and Phonak Audeo Paradise. So what makes this hearing aid different?

The third microphone is industry-leading and gives the hearing aid more power to pick out the important sounds in background noise.

The newly renovated Ultra Focus feature gives users the ability to hone in on their dinner or meeting partner with more clarity than other options in the industry.

ReSound has a more open sound quality than comparable products like Phonak Audeo Paradise. The ReSound ONE design is unique, very small, and looks very tech-forward.

ReSound One hearing aid
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The tech inside

ReSound OMNIA hearing aids are rechargeable. 3 hours of charging gives you 30 hours of use.

These hearing aids allow Bluetooth streaming on Android and iOS devices and offer hands-free calling on iPhone and iPads.

The ReSound app allows you to control the direction of sound, access various settings for restaurants, music and more.

ReSound hearing aids feature a third microphone (called the M&RIE receiver) and offer a powerful Ultra Focus mode for restaurants and meetings.

Getting up close

ReSound OMNIA hearing aids sit behind the ear and offer simple buttons for volume control.

Ear tips and the behind-the-ear wire can be adjusted based on your ear size and shape.

The ReSound OMNIA has a unique design-forward shape that looks more like consumer technology than a medical device.

ReSound One hearing aid in a woman's ear

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