Oticon, the world’s leading innovator of BrainHearing™ technology introduces Oticon Opn™, a breakthrough hearing aid that has been shown to provide people with hearing loss improved speech understanding* – 30 percent more than the previous generation’s most advanced technology – and up to a 20 percent reduction in listening effort* and up to 20 percent better recall of conversations.**
Oticon Opn™ is built on the new Velox™ platform, which processes sound at extreme speed to remove distracting noise, even between words, so that Opn™ users can easily follow conversation even in environments with multiple people speaking, such as crowded restaurants. Opn™ connects directly to mobile devices and other external devices with just a tap of the fingertips, streaming audio directly to the hearing aids. Opn™ is also the world’s first hearing device that is connected to the Internet of Things.
“Never before has there been a hearing device this powerful and this small that allows sound to reach the brain as precisely and accurately as Opn™. By making it easier on the brain, Opn™ decreases listening effort even in environments that are challenging for people with hearing loss, so they have more energy to follow the conversation and remember what is said.”
Key innovative features of Oticon Opn include:
- First hearing aids with two internal wireless communication systems: One system allows the right and left hearing aids to “talk” to each other at streaming speeds for a balanced, natural sound experience and the second system connects the hearing aids to external Bluetooth enabled devices;
- Tiny, high-speed computer chip allows for full wireless access so users can stay connected to mobile phones and other external devices;
- 50 times faster than the latest Oticon platform for quicker, more accurate sound processing;
- 64 frequency channels ensure clear, precise sound reproduction for better speech understanding;
- Scans the environment more than 100 times per second, analyzing and balancing sounds for richer, more realistic 360° sound picture;
- First-ever connectivity to house-hold items such as door bells, thermostat or baby monitors through If This Then That service (IFTTT.com).
Oticon Opn™, powered by a tiny, innovation-packed chip, is the culmination of five years of engineering and technology development.
Distinct Oticon Opn™ Features:
Velox™ Ultra-Fast and Precise Sound Processing Offers Rich More Meaningful Soundscape
The Velox platform offers the extreme speed needed to rapidly analyze and balance sounds in the environment and eliminate noise between words. Surrounding sounds are available but not intrusive. Velox manages multiple sound sources, analyzing and processing sound data 50 times faster than before. Market-leading 64-band frequency resolution enables a more precise sound analysis and better sound quality to support the brain’s ability to make sense of sound.
TwinLink™ Technology: Binaural Processing & Direct Connectivity
Oticon Opn is the industry’s first hearing solution to offer TwinLink technology, two communication systems in one hearing solution. One system provides near-field magnetic communication (NFMI) which optimizes binaural ear-to-ear processing to support communication between two hearing aids for a more natural sound experience. A second dedicated system uses 2.4GHz Bluetooth direct streaming for wireless communication to smartphones, music players, computers, TV and more.
Internet Connected Hearing Device
Oticon Opn connects directly to the internet via the If This Then That service (IFTTT.com). Users can connect to a wide range of IFTTT-enabled devices used in everyday life such as door bells, thermostats and baby monitors. Oticon Opn users will be able to use their hearing aids with a growing number of IFTTT-compatible products and services as they become available.
OpenSound Navigator™ scans, analyzes and reacts to sounds in the environment more than 100 times per second. Thanks to this extreme processing speed, Oticon Opn™ is able to continually analyze and balance sounds, removing noise between words. Users can follow the sounds they want to hear and quickly shift attention when desired. Surrounding sounds are available but not intrusive so users can focus on the sounds they want to hear even in noisy situations.
About Oticon ON App
The Oticon ON App lets you control your hearing aids, choose what you want to hear and adjust the sound from your mobile phone. The app also offers a convenient “find my hearing aid” search feature, counseling advice, links to user instructions and a low battery notification.
*Compared to Alta2 Pro
**Individual benefit may vary depending upon instrument prescription