Oticon Hearing Aids
We are proud to offer Oticon Hearing Aids in our Manhattan office. Founded in 1904 in Denmark, Oticon is one of the world’s oldest hearing aid manufacturers. Oticon is driven by their “people first” mission, rooted in its company history. With research and development from the Ericksholm Research Institute, Oticon hearing aids combine the customization of hearing aid features and cutting edge technology, both of which continue to push the envelope of hearing aid technology.
Velox Processing Platform
Velox is an ultra-fast and precise processing platform, powered by a tiny processing chip. Velox processes the wearer’s environment 50 times faster than previous Oticon models. With a 64-band frequency resolution, Velox gives wearers 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments and 20% more capacity to remember in challenging noise situations (because the brain is freed up from struggling to make sense of audio signals). Velox also provides wearers with 30% better speech understanding and clarity in noise.
Introducing the new Oticon OPN
Oticon’s newest hearing aid, OPN (pronounced “open”), is powered by the Velox Processing Platform. OPN’s “open sound solution” gives wearers the experience of a full soundscape, empowering them to focus on the sounds they want to hear, while experiencing significant cognitive benefits.
OPN uses Oticon’s trademark BrainHearing Technology to give wearers a full spectrum of sound in their environment and clearer sound signals. These features assist the brain in the auditory process. Wearers simultaneously take in environmental sounds while making the decision to focus on the sounds they want to hear. With a more inclusive sound picture, OPN provides a more natural listening experience, without sacrificing quality.
OPN is powered with features such as the OpenSound Navigator, which scans the full 360 degrees of the wearer’s listening environment at 100 times per second. OPN also offers TwinLink technology, which gives wearers two wireless communication systems in one. TwinLink gives OPN Bluetooth technology to allow direct streaming of phone calls, music, and other media from smartphones directly to the hearing aid.
OPN is the first hearing aid in the world to connect to the Internet. Through the web service If This Then That (IFTTT.com), OPN connects wearers to daily sounds offered on the site (doorbells, baby monitors, alarms, thermostats, security systems, etc.).
The new OPN is available in a mini receiver-in-the-ear style.
Oticon’s BrainHearing Technology
Oticon is best known for their breakthrough BrainHearing Technology, powered by the Inium platform. BrainHearing Technology assists the brain in the auditory process. Inspired by the fact that the brain hears, BrainHearing technology supports the brain with different facets of hearing loss. BrainHearing Technology utilizes four main features to assist the brain in the hearing process:
1. Speech Guard E – superb speech recognition: Speech Guard E protects speech clarity and details for you to easily understand what is being said – even in noisy surroundings.
2. Spatial sound – locate the sources of sound: Spatial Sound supports your brain’s natural abilities to sense where sounds are coming from – even in noisy situations. This helps you know where to focus your attention.
3. Free Focus – zoom in on what’s most important: Free Focus consists of automatic zoom functions to help you easily focus on the most important sounds. It helps you shift your focus from one conversation to another.
4. YouMatic – shape the sound to suit you: The way you hear is as unique to you as your DNA. YouMatic is a tool to personalize your hearing instruments to your unique and personal hearing preferences and needs. (Source: Oticon BrainHearing Technology Overview)
Oticon Hearing Aid Models & Styles
BrainHearing Technology may be found in several Oticon hearing aids: Alta, Nera, and Ria hearing aids, which are worn completely-in-canal (CIC) or invisible-in-canal (IIC). Oticon hearing aids also offer tinnitus treatment and are able to connect wirelessly.