Oticon has now updated its OPN products and also introduced 2 new styles, a miniRITE with telecoil and a Power BTE (behind the ear with thick tubing).
The mini RITE with telecoil (loop) facility will be useful for those customers who regularly use the loop such as at church, theatre, banks etc. but still need a discreet RITE hearing aid.
The Power BTE is useful for customers who get regular ear infections or persistent wax problems as RITE hearing aids may have ongoing repair issues with the RITE type of hearing aid.
Also those that need the most power with the greatest hearing losses and want the benefit of OPN technology – including direct iOS streaming to iphones, iPads etc..
Along with the new styles Oticon have added some new features one being a tinnitus program integrated across the range of Oticon OPN hearing aids.
Tinnitus SoundSupport gives you have a wide range of customisable tinnitus relief sounds that are dynamic, yet soothing — including broadband sounds (White, Pink and Red noise) and natural, ocean-like sounds. You can discreetly adjust the sounds using your iPhone or Android app.
They have also introduced another feature in OPN called Speech Rescue LX which increases speech understanding by letting you hear more speech sounds.
Not hearing high-frequency sounds such as ‘s’ or ‘sh’ can affect flow and understanding of conversation. Speech Rescue LX takes an innovative and precise approach to frequency lowering.
Instead of simply compressing high-frequency sounds, it copies them and moves them to mid-frequencies.
This rescues speech cues that would otherwise be lost and increases speech understanding.
Since launching OPN Oticon have carried out studies which have paid particular attention to cognitive load, in other words how much energy people had to use to listen in various environments.
Oticon did this by studying pupil dilation of participants as this indicates the amount of effort it is taking to understand speech.
They found that OPN reduced listening effort for participants in both quiet and noisy situations, which was achieved by providing the most support through the speed and precision of the Oticon Open Sound Navigator.
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