Oticon Hearing Aids
With the mission “People first,” Oticon began manufacturing hearing instruments in Denmark in 1904. For over a century, Oticon has dedicated their research and development to designing cutting edge hearing aids to transform the lives of people who are hard of hearing. With the Ericksholm Research Centre, Oticon utilizes feedback from interviews with hearing specialists and hearing aid wearers alike to build upon their innovations. Represented worldwide, Oticon hearing aids continue to push the envelope in hearing aid technology.
Inspired by the brain’s role in hearing, Oticon broke new ground with their BrainHearing Technology platform. Fueled by Oticon’s Inium processing platform, BrainHearing Technology assists the brain in the auditory process. Sound waves are translated into neural signals which are registered by the brain as sound. For people with hearing loss, this process is hindered. BrainHearing Technology uses four features to improve sound signals that are sent to the brain.
SpeechGuard E improves speech recognition, while Spatial Sound captures sound binaurally to give wearers a fuller picture of sound. FreeFocus allows for flexibility in shifting between sound environments, with YouMatic automatically adjusting to personalized wearer preferences.
Recent studies from Johns Hopkins have noted the link between untreated hearing loss and dementia, due to the cognitive load on the brain. By assisting the brain in the auditory process, Oticon hearing aids lighten the cognitive load created when sound signals are unclear. This gives wearers clearer sound while alleviating the strain on their cognitive abilities.
Oticon hearing aids are compatible with smartphones and other personal electronic devices through wireless connection. Wearers may control program features and volume via these devices. Oticon offers the ConnectLine wireless system, which allows wearers to stream phone conversations, music, and other media directly to their hearing aids. As digital, wireless hearing instruments, Oticon hearing aids offer wearers a natural sound experience with great quality, and long battery life.
Styles and Features
Oticon hearing aids are available in a number of models, with different hearing styles, to accommodate hearing loss from mild to profound. Oticon’s Alta2, equipped with BrainHearing technology, is their best-selling model. Alta2 includes Soft Speech Booster (which assists people in quiet conversations) as well as improved speech recognition. Oticon’s other popular models are Ria2 and Nera2. All three models are available to be worn behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, completely-in-canal, and invisible-in-canal.
Additionally, Oticon offers two hearing aids for people with severe to profound hearing loss: the Sumo and the Dynamo. For people with higher degrees of hearing loss, speech recognition becomes more difficult. The Dynamo offers a Speech Rescue feature for these challenges.
Oticon hearing aids come with a key-sized remote control, which allows wearers the freedom to make adjustments to their hearing aid volume and program with discretion. They are also equipped with telecoils, which allows people to connect to hearing loops, which amplifies sounds in challenging noise environments, such as concert halls or public transportation hubs. They are resistant to moisture and dust and come with tinnitus therapy features for people who experience ringing of the ear.