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Widex Moment Sheer 440 Review

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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

Dr. Amy Sarow is a practicing clinical audiologist and serves as Audiology Lead for Soundly. Her expertise and experience span topics including tinnitus, cochlear implants, hearing aid technology, and hearing testing. She holds a doctoral degree in audiology from the University of Iowa. During her residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Sarow was inspired by the three-tiered, patient-centered approach, incorporating clinical work, teaching and research.

Blake Cadwell
Blake Cadwell

Blake Cadwell is a hearing aid wearer and co-founder at Soundly. He regularly tests and reviews hearing technology to share his experience with Soundly’s readers. Blake's research and perspectives have been featured in the The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, AARP and FastCompany.

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April 1, 2024
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Widex Moment Sheer was introduced in September 2022. The new line of hearing aids is focused less on extra features like fitness tracking or transcription and more on sound quality. Customers who try Widex often stay with the brand for decades.

Widex Moment 440 is the top technology level available in the line. The 440 comes with a complete set of sound processing features, including wind noise reduction, speech enhancement, and 15 adjustment bands of customization for your audiologist. If you regularly travel or spend time in groups, this top-end level will probably be worth the additional cost.

Pros 👍
  • Focused on sound quality, delivering clear sound with the lowest delay in the industry.
  • Includes industry leading tinnitus features.
  • Widex Moment Sheer hearing aids come with rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth streaming capabilities.
  • Smallest RIC product on the market.
Cons 👎
  • Remote adjustments require an additional accessory.
  • Widex offers a premium product at a premium price that may be out of budget for some.
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Soundly Scorecard
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Hearing Loss Level 🔊
Mild - Severe
  • Widex Moment Sheer 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 a high-powered BTE style (currently available in Widex's previous generation, Widex Moment)
Care Type 🏥
Prescription
  • Widex Moment Sheer is a prescription device fit and programmed by a professional
  • Widex RemoteLink neck loop is required for remote follow-up programming (requires registering in the hearing clinic's software)
Sound Quality 🔊
Strong in Background Noise
  • Widex has the fastest processing time among all major hearing aid manufacturers
  • Widex is a favorite choice of musicians and audiophiles
Comfort 🦻
Very Comfortable For All-Day Wear
  • Widex Moment Sheer comes in in a comfortable receiver-in-canal style that is easy to wear all day

Style  💫
Behind The Ear
  • Sits behind the ear with a receiver (speaker) that reaches into the ear canal
  • Widex Moment Sheer is one of the smallest RIC devices on the market
  • Choose between thirteen color options, including neutral colors (tech black, titanium grey, silver grey, dark cherry, chestnut brown, autumn beige, golden brown, honey blonde, pearl white) and fun colors (shocking pink, sporty red, Mediterranean turquoise, and deep blue)
Battery 🔋
Rechargeable Or Disposable
  • Widex Moment Sheer comes with the option of rechargeable or disposable batteries
  • Get 29 hours on a 4-hour full charge (no streaming) or 16 hours with 8 hours of streaming.
  • A quick charge of 30 minutes yields 4 hours of battery life
  • Disposable 312 batteries (last 7-10 days)
Connection 📡
Bluetooth Available
  • Widex Moment Sheer 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
  • Widex Moment Sheer uses Apple's MFI connection and Android's ASHA connection to stream content through Bluetooth
Dexterity Level 🤏
Average
  • Moment Sheer 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)
  • Moment Sheer includes a push button for on-the-go volume and program changes
Waterproof Level 💦
IP68
  • Widex Moment Sheer 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 📱
Has An App, Telehealth Capable, Find My Hearing Aids
  • Remote care: to access remote care, you'll need the RemoteLink neck loop and Widex Remote Care app
  • Customization: volume, programs, MySound personalization
  • Tinnitus masking: created by your hearing care professional or using the Widex ZEN app
  • Find my hearing aid: yes - app feature
  • Health tracking: not available
Pricing and Process
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Pricing

The national average price for Widex Moment Sheer 440 hearing aids is around $7,200 per pair.

Our research indicates that the best pricing and care packages are currently available through ZipHearing. ZipHearing offers a pair of Widex Moment Sheer 440 hearing aids with one year of unlimited care for $4,598 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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Widex Moment Sheer 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 tech levels mostly come down to background noise management.

Widex Moment Sheer 440

  • 15 bands of customization
  • 11 background sound analysis settings
  • Includes background noise Speech Enhancer

Widex Moment Sheer 330

  • 12 bands of customization
  • 7 background sound analysis settings
  • Includes background noise Speech Enhancer

Widex Moment Sheer 220

  • 10 bands of customization
  • 4 background sound analysis settings
  • Does not include background noise Speech Enhancer

Widex Moment Sheer 110

  • 10 bands of customization
  • 3 background sound analysis settings
  • Does not include background noise Speech Enhancer

Review Widex's full feature matrix here.

Read our full guide to choosing a technology level here 👈

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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A

As an audiologist, I have the opportunity to work with the major hearing aid brands and each one has its own unique features.

I've worked with Widex hearing aids. Widex works incredibly well for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss due to their new ZeroDelay technology. And when it comes to assistive tinnitus treatment, Widex is an excellent option. 

Recently, I got to try the Widex Moment Sheer™ for myself. Working with patients who wear Widex gives me some perspective as a professional, but wearing them myself gives me a unique insight. In this detailed review, I will share everything I learned about the Widex Moment Sheer™ device, from the Widex brand to its standout features, other form factors, and more.

About the Brand

Widex is a Danish brand that has been in the hearing aid market for over 60 years. In 2019, Widex joined Sivantos. This combined company is now known as WS Audiology, the third-largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world. The company is known for its innovation and technology with hearing aids that create natural, pleasant sound quality and good music fidelity. For example, Widex was the first hearing aid manufacturer to implement AI technology in its hearing aids. Widex Moment was released in March 2020 with a line of BTE, RIC, and custom hearing aids. Moving forward with more innovations in September 2022, Widex released the Moment Sheer rechargeable hearing aid with a more modern design and several new, exciting features.

Noteworthy Features

  • ZeroDelay
  • PureSound technology
  • SoundRelax

Widex technology uses ZeroDelay, which reduces the delay from when sound enters the microphone ports to when the hearing aid amplifies it. Widex claims their ZeroDelay feature reduces echo and makes it much easier to process sound seamlessly.

In traditional hearing aid technology, patients with normal low-frequency hearing perceive sound naturally through the ear canal and process sound through the hearing aid. In addition, traditional hearing aid technology requires time to process the sound before delivering it to the eardrum.

While processing happens in most hearing technology within 6.5 milliseconds, ZeroDelay brings that number down to a negligible 0.5 ms time delay, resulting in what they describe as a seamless sound experience.

Powered by ZeroDelay, Widex technology boasts the PureSound program due to the naturalness of the sound processing. Widex argues that the comb-filter effect is responsible for an unnatural sound quality in hearing aid technology for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss. Essentially, the time delay from the sound processing combined with the natural sound coming through the ear canal creates an artifact that the user perceives as unnatural, distorted sound.

Fortunately, this PureSound technology is available in all levels of Widex Moment technology, from essential to premium (110 to 440). While other hearing aid features will differ, such as background noise capability, any Widex Moment wearer can enjoy the natural PureSound technology in their main hearing aid program.

Widex has been well known for its unique tinnitus masking sounds for years. Known as fractal tones (think wind chimes), the Widex SoundRelax options create soothing tinnitus masking solutions.

What's New

The Widex SHEER sRIC has many of the same great features as the previous mRIC, which include direct streaming capability, PureSound processing, and machine learning. One new feature on the sRIC are the microphone ports, which create a better, clearer sound quality due to the extra cushioning under the microphone grid.

Widex has also designed a new charger without a lid to go with the Widex Moment Sheer™. Previously, some found the lid frustrating to use, so this recent change veers away from that.

Widex's new dome tips offer greater flexibility to fit more severe hearing losses. Additionally, their open dome tips are excellent acoustically for those with normal to mild low-frequency hearing loss, using natural acoustic hearing.

SoundRelax is a tinnitus management strategy that uses fractal tones, one of Widex's best-known features. Widex has added eight new tones in the SoundRelax library, which now includes even more tinnitus relief options.

Other Form Factors

Besides the Sheer, the Widex Moment line has other form factors, such as the wireless CIC, ITC, and ITE hearing aids.

Recently, Widex redesigned the internal components of the custom hearing aids to be 40% smaller, providing a sleeker, more discreet appearance. Widex also offers a BTE in their Moment line for those who need more power. Regardless of the form factor, all Widex hearing aids offer the same great sound quality.

Personal Listening Notes And Observations From Wearing

In general, my listening experience while wearing Widex was positive. While the sound of a hearing aid will never sound completely natural, the ZeroDelay technology does give a smooth listening experience.

While wearing the hearing aids, I tested out a few challenging environments to put them to the test. For example, Widex did an excellent job managing wind noise on a windy day while riding a bike.

Despite the strong wind, I picked up almost no wind sound, which is quite a feature. I also noticed in reverberant environments, such as smooth, tiled surfaces in a bathroom, there was less of that jarring, unpleasant sound as water or speech resonates and reverberates.

A few points that I wouldn't say I liked as much included several minor observations. While the hearing aids are very comfortable in the ear, the receiver wire doesn't sit entirely flush with the ear and sticks out more than I would like compared with the fit of other brands.

However, this will vary based on ear size and shape, so take this with a grain of salt. The sound quality of streaming is excellent with Widex.

However, when I adjust the volume by pressing the volume button on my phone, it makes a beeping sound with each volume increment, which some may find annoying or distracting.

Final Thoughts

The Widex Moment Sheer™ has many great features, especially for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss looking for natural sound quality.

Additionally, if you're looking for tinnitus management or excellent music fidelity, you'll want to consider Widex hearing aids. Are you looking for more help in making your hearing aid selection?

Check out our other content and resources, including our library of sound samples. At Soundly, our goal is to support you in the process of choosing the best hearing aid for you confidently.

Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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Amy Sarow, AuD, CCC-A
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The breakdown

Widex Moment Sheer hearing aids come at a comparable price to the other top-of-the-line products like Oticon More and ReSound One. So what makes this hearing aid different? Widex Moment is laser-focused on one thing, sound quality. Nearly every innovation within the Widex Moment line goes back to this goal. They don't have the leading rechargeable batteries or Bluetooth connections, but these are devices to consider if you want fast and clear sound.

Widex Moment hearing aids in recharge case
Exploded view of Widex Moment hearing aidWoman using Widex app to adjust hearing aids

The tech inside

The Widex Moment processes sound in .5 milliseconds, 5X faster than earlier models. This speed increases comfort and speech clarity. Widex uses its app to gather real-time feedback from users in all kinds of listening environments. Every day thousands of customers tell the hearing aids which sound settings they prefer, and Widex uses this data to get smarter over time. Widex Moment hearing aids also offer the full suite of standard features like Bluetooth connection and rechargeable batteries.

Getting up close

Widex Moment hearing aids are among the smallest devices on the market. They have easily accessible buttons on each device that allow volume and mode control. The devices come in 13 colors, including tech black, pearl white, and autumn beige.

Woman adjusting the volume on his Widex Moment hearing aids

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