OTICON HEARING AIDS
Founded in 1904, Oticon is a leading manufacturer of hearing aids based in Denmark. Oticon’s primary focus is on people, driven by their mission of “People first” and their commitment “to empower people to communicate freely, interact naturally and participate actively.” With the understanding that hearing loss occurs to people of any age, and that we are now leading more active and advanced lives than ever, Oticon’s innovative products strive to support us and evolve with us.
To uphold their commitment, Oticon conducts research and design experimentation at their research site, the Ericksholm Research Centre. Utilizing data derived from test panels, individual in-depth interviews, and focus groups, Oticon’s hearing aids are designed to meet current needs expressed by patients and hearing health practitioners alike. Oticon is committed to innovation and empowerment when designing their hearing instruments.
OPN: Open Sound Solution
OPN, pronounced “open,” is a game-changing hearing aid from Oticon. Powered by the Velox Processing Platform, OPN boasts a 64-band frequency resolution and incredibly fast processing speed (50 times faster than comparable advanced hearing aids) to provide a natural listening experience. Oticon OPN hearing aid wearers have reported a 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments, and a 20% greater capacity to remember in challenging noise situations. Additionally, Velox provides wearers with 30% better speech understanding.
With a collection of new and improved features, Oticon’s OPN provides wearers with an open sound solution. While traditional hearing aids focus on specific sounds, OPN hearing aids “open up” the landscape for wearers, capturing the multitude of sounds in your environment. OPN’s fast processing enables instant access to clear sound, without sacrificing noises around you. This provides wearers with awareness of background noise in their surroundings, creating a more natural listening experience. OPN wearers as thus enabled to focus on the sounds and speech they want to hear, which strengthens their cognitive abilities.
The OpenSound Navigator feature is responsible for reducing listening effort and improving speech sounds. By balancing out surrounding sounds, OpenSound allows wearers to focus on what they prefer to hear. Similarly, Spatial Sound LX balances sounds in the wearer’s environment with binaural data shared between both hearing aids. Spatial Sound assists wearers in locating themselves in their environment. SpeechGuard LX and Soft Speech Booster LX are both designed to enhance speech understanding and preserve speech, regardless of background noise.
As a wireless hearing aid, OPN connects directly to personal electronic devices to stream phone calls and other media directly to your ears. Additionally, OPN is the first hearing aid on the market to connect directly to the Internet. With the webservice IFTTT.com, OPN assists wearers in recognizing everyday sounds from alarms to alerts and household electronic signals.
OPN is a mini receiver-in-canal hearing aid that uses a 312 battery, with a variety of customizable colors to match your skin and hair color. OPN is user-friendly and reliable, with an easy to use power and program control button and a resistant, protective coating shell.
Hearing happens in our brains. Inspired by the natural audiological process, Oticon’s BrainHearing Technology is designed to support the brain. With hearing loss, neural pathways to the brain are hindered and the brain struggles to make sense of the auditory signals received. BrainHearing Technology consists of four main features designed to work in conjunction with our auditory system. BrainHearing Technology alleviates the listening effort using the following features (adapted from Oticon’s website):
Speech Guard E:
Speech Guard E assists the wearer with speech recognition. It elucidates speech patterns and fluctuations between vocal ranges, and it boosts speech recognition against background noise.
With natural binaural hearing, we are able to situate ourselves within our environment. Spatial Sound replicates this natural process, providing wearers with a better sense of space and balance.
Hearing is an incredibly personal experience, and that’s were YouMatic comes in. YouMatic utilizes the wearer’s preferences in different sonic environments to personalize auditory information received.
With Free Focus, wearers may hone in and focus on specific sounds in environments with competing auditory signals. Wearers may also switch easily between different conversations and contexts.
BrainHearing Technology is available in a number of Oticon hearing aids models: Alta, Nera, Ria, Dynamo, and Sumo. Oticon hearing aids boast sleek, discreet design, with protection in a moisture-resistant shell (to protect against water, dust, and debris). To make simple adjustments to programs and volume, Oticon offers a user-friendly, key-sized remote control that connects to your hearing aids.
Oticon hearing aids are available in a variety of styles: in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), and in custom wireless models that are completely-in-canal and invisible-in-canal. Oticon hearing aids are fully customizable to meet specific hearing needs.