| 2020 Update: The Ria 2 Pro hearing aids have now been discontinued. View latest Oticon hearing aids here
| Update: Oticon Ria 2 Pro hearing aids have now been superseded by the Oticon Siya range.
Based on Oticon’s Inium Sense processor these wireless hearing aids have around 30% more processing power than the previous model, the Ria Pro. Like the Ria2, this is an entry level hearing aid with a few additions, meaning that you can have access to great new technology without spending money on programs that you don’t need.
These channels work to process and improve the sound you hear, making speech clearer and easier to understand. Each band is dedicated to a group of frequency channels, so the more bands the hearing aid has, the better the sound quality.
This program reduces the effect of wind noise by filtering it out, making it easier to hear people talking when you are outside.
The annoying sound of feedback is recognised and filtered out before you hear it, and without distorting other sounds around you.
Oticon’s Inium processor allows both hearing aids to synchronise their programs and settings wirelessly through binaural coordination, improving your listening experience. If you change your settings on one hearing aid, the other will change automatically.
This program provides one listening profile and three different listening levels which can be tailored to suit your own hearing needs. This is ideal for work or socialising where you have specific hearing needs for a certain environment.
This program controls the directional microphones and helps you to focus on speech sounds coming from different directions. The Ria2Pro can focus your listening in three different directions, towards speech sounds and away from distracting background noise. This helps with speech clarity in noisy environments as well as places where you cannot turn to face the speaker.
Wearing your new hearing aids for the first time, it can be difficult to cope with the increased noise, especially if you have been without good hearing for some time. To help you get used to the changes in your hearing, this program gradually increases your hearing aid volume so things aren’t uncomfortably loud.
This program is designed to help cope with the symptoms of tinnitus. Using the distraction technique, it plays relaxing sounds, giving your mind something else to focus on. The Tinnitus Sound App (from the Apple Store) can be used with Oticon’s ConnectLine Streamer Pro to choose the sounds that you prefer, as well as giving you two relaxation exercises.
The Ria2Pro is available in a variety of colours and fittings, these include:
*The ITC, ITE, RITE and BTE fittings all come with a telecoil (t-switch) for using hearing loop systems. The RITE, miniBTE and BTE fittings have a volume control allowing you to adjust your volume manually*
These wireless hearing aids are fully compatible with Oticon’s ConnectLine range of accessories. The ConnectLine StreamerPro can connect with the TV Streamers and other media streamers to help you listen to your TV, PC and mobile phone. The ConnectLine App works with the StreamerPro and allows you to stream phone calls and music from your iPhone as well as change your settings easily and discretely.
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If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?
In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.
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If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:
Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.
Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.
Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.
Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.
Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.
For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up.
For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.
One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.
Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.
Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.
For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.
The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.
However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.
People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.
There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.
Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.
Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.
The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.
Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.
Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.
As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.