In our clinical trials, the Oticon Opn 1, Opn 2 and Opn 3 outperformed several other manufacturers hearing aids in Speech In Noise tests for front facing as well as side facing speech while rejecting background noise. All our tests were done in a controlled environment. What this means is that the person wearing these hearing aids will notice a significant improvement in speech understanding in noise.
Oticon Opn hearing aids which, from a practical perspective, has features such as Direct to iPhone and internet connectivity, groundbreaking adaptive directionality, and lightning-fast noise reduction capabilities, just to name a few. This new evolution of hearing aid amplification takes things to a whole other level with numerous industry-first technologies like dual-wireless connectivity, IFTTT connections with various internet connected devices around the home, 64-bands, 113dB input stage and more.
Oticon Opn™ boasts that listeners required 20% less listening effort – reducing the load on the brain in noisy environments (compared to the Oticon Alta2 Pro), 20% more capacity to remember – freeing up mental resources, enabling the user to recall more in noisy environments (Individual benefit may vary depending upon instrument prescription), and 30% better speech understanding – even in the most noisy environments without suppressing surrounding sounds through narrow directionality (Compared to Alta2 Pro) – impressive claims that, if verifiable through our clinical testing, will transform lives of many with hearing loss.
While traditional hearing aid directionality (facing desired speech sounds in noise) has been a great feature and has proven to greatly improve the ability of those with hearing loss to hear speech in noise (by far, the number one concern of hearing aid wearers) there are a few obstacles traditional directionality creates.
Firstly, directionality is less effective in situations where the client is unable to face the desired speech (such as while driving or in certain work situations) or in crowded social settings with many speech signals. Second, “sound localization” (one’s ability to recognize and find where a sound is coming from) is a more difficult process in “directional mode”. Third, certain noises generally increase in traditional directional mode resulting in a less-natural sound.
Oticon claims to overcome these obstacles with their Opn™ product. They claim the Oticon Opn™ technology will be both intelligent enough to differentiate speech signals coming from any direction and fast enough to reduce noise, even between spoken words. By identifying different sounds, the hearing aids have the capability to offer an improved “spatial soundscape” that allows the brain to better focus on choice sounds in a more natural manner. Read more about what Oticon is saying about their new technology…
Imagine those with hearing loss being able to focus on a conversation while still being able to hear, recognize, enjoy, and accurately place all sounds around them. Omni-directional directionality? Exciting, to say the least!
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Oticon Opn™ is also the world’s first hearing aid that connects to the internet via If This Then That (IFTTT.com), a web service that automates other web-based functions to make life easier. Users can connect to a wide range of IFTTT-enabled devices used in everyday life such as door bells, baby monitors and thermostats. Oticon Opn™ provides users with a solution that will enable them to use their hearing aids with a growing number of IFTTT-compatible products and services as they become available.
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