Oticon is the oldest hearing aid manufacturer in the world, but don’t let that fool you – its Opn models continue to be at the forefront of improving listening experiences in the 21st century.
More than one million Opn hearing aids have been sold across the globe, in large part due to the brand’s innovative technology that has reshaped what is possible in living with hearing loss. The reviews are staggering: 96% of Opn users say they hear better with the hearing aids, while 81% say they also hear with less effort than they did previously.
The Opn is available in three styles and performance levels, all made for iPhone®:
- miniRITE: This hearing aid – Oticon’s smallest behind-the-ear model – for mild to severe hearing loss combines telecoil functionality with a double-push button, able to control volume and listening programs. Telecoil capability can be used in loop systems, delivering sound directly into your devices.
- miniRITE-T: A discreet device that sits behind the ear, the miniRITE-T has a tiny speaker in the ear that’s attached to a nearly invisible wire. Its double-push button controls volume and programs and features a telecoil for improved listening experiences in room with looping systems. This style is also for mild to severe hearing loss.
- BTE13 Plus Power: This robust unit – for severe-to-profound hearing loss – features a speaker in the small casing located behind the ear. Like the others, features a telecoil for improved hearing in churches, theaters or public places with looping systems. An LED indicator provides a status for caregivers and parents.
Helping the Brain Hear Better
Studies show there is a higher risk of cognitive decline and brain atrophy in people with hearing loss who do not seek treatment for the issue. Oticon has aggressively and carefully researched this topic and developed a number of technologies that can slow down this decline in brain activity.
Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology is based on the evidence showing that understanding speech is a cognitive process that works best when the brain is open to sense and organize all sounds around it. Traditional hearing aids can center in on certain sounds, a function that does not provide the brain with the stimuli it needs. Opn’s use BrainHearing provides access to a 360-degree soundscape that allows the brain to pay attention to multiple speakers.
Wearers report experiencing a 20% reduction in listening effort, a 20% better recall of speech, and 30% better speech understanding.
Hearing care professionals are also supporters of Oticon, giving it number-one rankings in a Hearing Tracker/UBS Survey in three of the four areas audiologists use when recommending hearing aids: sound quality; value for the money; and ease of use.