With the mission “People first,” Oticon began manufacturing hearing instruments in Denmark in 1904. For over a century now, Oticon has dedicated their research, development and design to technology that is life-changing for their users. In collaboration with the Ericksholm Research Centre, Oticon utilizes feedback from interviews with hearing specialists and hearing aid wearers alike to build upon their innovations and produce state-of-the-art hearing devices that improve the lives of people with hearing loss worldwide.
OPN: An Open Sound Solution
OPN (pronounced “open”) is the most advanced hearing solution to date from Oticon. Powered by the Velox platform, OPN is the “open sound solution which offers wearers more ease in listening.” Unlike other traditional hearing aids which provide wearers with a narrow cone of focus, OPN opens up the sound environment, empowering wearers to focus on the sounds they want to hear.
With the OpenSound Navigator Environmental Analyzer, OPN scans the listening environment 100 times per second, analyzing and balancing every sound. This provides wearers with a rich sound picture, encouraging them to choose where they want to focus their attention, providing an incredibly natural listening experience. As a wireless hearing aid, OPN offers TwinLink technology which provides wearers with two wireless communications systems in one hearing aid. Utilizing near-field magnetic communication technology, OPN provides wearers with natural, binaural hearing. Compatible with smartphones and tablets, OPN streams phone calls, music, and other media directly to your ears.
OPN is officially the first hearing aid to connect to the Internet, using the web service If This Then That (IFTTT.com). With access to a wide range of sounds on IFTTT’s library, wearers have ease of access to sounds in everyday life, from doorbells to baby monitors.
OPN is available as a mini receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid.
Velox Processing Platform
Powered by a tiny, ultra-fast processing chip, Oticon’s Velox Processing Platform offers natural sound and incredible precision. With a 64-band frequency resolution, sound is processed 50 times faster than previous Oticon platforms and provides wearers with a clear quality to assist the brain’s hearing process.
Requiring less effort to hear, Velox has been proven to provide wearers with a comfortable listening experience. With a 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments, 30% better speech understanding, and 20% more capacity to remember in challenging noise situations, Velox supports the brain in the listening process and ensures unfettered access to sound.
BrainHearing Technology is a collection of ground-breaking features inspired by the brain’s role in the auditory process. With normal hearing, sound waves from our environment are translated into neural signals, which are then registered by the brain as sound. To address hearing loss, BrainHearing Technology was designed to support the auditory process with four key features:
- Speech Guard E: This feature assists the wearer with speech recognition, speech patterns, and fluctuations between vocal ranges. It also improves speech recognition against background noise.
- Spatial Sound: This feature assists the brain by providing a clearer sense of spatial reasoning, and it provides the wearer with a better sense of space and balance within their environment.
- YouMatic: With the understanding that we all experience sound differently, YouMatic makes automatic adjustments using your preferences in different environments to personalize your listening experience.
- Free Focus: This feature empowers wearers to focus on different sounds in environments and helps wearers switch with ease between different conversations and contexts.
BrainHearing technology is available in Oticon’s Alta, Ria, and Nera hearing aids, which are available in a range of styles: behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, completely-in-canal, and invisible-in-canal. The best-selling model from Oticon is the Alta2, featuring BrainHearing Technology.
The ENZO2 amplifies sounds in a natural way by eliminating background noise while boosting speech recognition and clarity. With the ReSound Smart App, ENZO2 wearers are able to connect wirelessly to their smartphones. Through this app, wearers can make adjustments to program features and volume on their phones. Unlike other similarly powered hearing aids for higher degrees of hearing loss, ENZO2 is significantly smaller in size.
Other Styles and Features
For people who experience severe to profound hearing loss, Oticon offers two hearing aid models: the Sumo and the Dynamo. Both are designed to improve sound quality for higher levels of hearing loss, especially speech recognition.
For discreet and convenient adjustments to programs and volume, Oticon hearing aids are compatible with a remote control. This is an excellent option for Oticon hearing aid wearers who do not use wireless connection to a smartphone.
In terms of construction, Oticon hearing aids are coated in a moisture-resistant shell to protect the electronic components from the elements. Oticon hearing aids offer telecoils, which connect with hearing loops for amplified sound, and tinnitus therapy features.