Oticon Opn


The Oticon Opn hearing aids are so advanced, that we can finally say that there is a hearing aid that works truly differently at helping people hear better in noise. Hearing aids have never had this kind of technology applied to solve the complex problem of hearing speech in noise.We have fit the Oticon Opn hearing aids on people who have never worn a hearing aid as well as experienced users, and the results have been amazing. These hearing aids have been reviewed by our patients and in our own clinical trials. We feel the Oticon Opn hearing aids are the best in terms of sound quality, performance in noise and have produced very high patient satisfaction. Over 96% of people who have trialed hearing aids have rated the Oticon Opn as being ‘Satisfied’ or ‘Very Satisfied’. This is a tremendous validation for us, as we have been fitting Oticon hearing aids for several years, because we believe, that they offer the best sound quality as compared to other manufacturers products. The Oticon Opn comes in 2 Reciever In Canal models as well as a Power-Behind The Ear model in all technology classes – Opn 1, Opn 2 and Opn 3.
The Opn family of products has been expanded to offer 2 more models. Opn 1, Opn 2 and Opn 3 are representative of the numerical hierarchy that most manufacturers use. The Opn 1 is the flagship model offering what we believe to be the most advanced directional and noise reducing hearing aid on the market today. Sound quality remains very high even with the Opn 2 and Opn 3 models, however the Opn 3 model does away with the higher input range offered on the upper two models which maintain a high quality of sound for louder environments including live music.
The build quality has been robust and very durable even with the roughest treatment to date where a patient who ran his hearing aids through the laundry.
We have experienced some issues with respect to the 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity to the iPhone and the Oticon TV 3.0 device. Firmware upgrades have solved some of these issues, but not all. Homes with 2.4 GHz WIFI router signals as well as 2.4 GHz cordless phones have caused interference in wireless streaming signals on occasion. We have been told that a new firmware upgrade will be coming mid-summer 2017 with new wireless accessories which will expand the wireless connection capabilities.
Few people that we have worked with, rarely if ever, venture into the IFTTT functionality, however my tests in my own home and iPhone resulted in good connections to various other internet connected devices.

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Widex Unique 330


Unique is the latest hearing aid from Widex which uses the latest sound processing circuitry which were improved upon since the Widex Dream series launched in 2012. The big deal since the launch of the Dream, was the increased input range which allowed a more natural sound picture for all the sounds of life. This includes live music. The Unique series hearing aids continue with that use of increased input range to maintain a clear sound picture despite what life throws at you.Our review of the Unique 440 Fusion RIC resulted in a very natural and comfortable sound quality in all situations and the fit of the Fusion style was lightweight and comfortable behind my ears. The automated environmental switching was efficient with respect to speech settings, however anytime the music I listened to was more vocal, the setting changed to one of the speech in noise settings which somewhat made the music less clear. When the program was locked into a manual Music program, tonality was clean and clear when listening to all types of recorded music. Live music was not available at the time of testing.Wireless connectivity is through a neck-worn device called Com-Dex which also has an app for use with most Bluetooth enabled mobile devices. Widex also has a cordless phone option called the Phone-Dex which seems like it works with the hearing aids. At the time of this review, we have not tested the Com-Dex or the Phone-Dex. When we get our hands on these devices we will certainly review them and report back.

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