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Updated 28/09/2023

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  • Connectivity to both iPhone and selected Android devices
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Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids UK

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids

Essential hearing aids with BrainHearing technology

 

Introduction to the Oticon Zircon hearing aid range

Launched in March 2022, Oticon introduced Zircon hearing aids to the industry - their new essentials range, which effectively supersedes the Oticon Ruby.  However, if you have profound to severe hearing loss and looking for an essential line - the Ruby power device would still be your go-to product, as currently, Zircon doesn't offer this.

 

Quick links to Oticon Zircon hearing aid information:

►Click here to go to features & benefits

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►Click here to go to the compatibility

►Click here to go to the connectivity

 

Oticon Zircon hearing aids are powered by the Polaris platform

Oticon Zircon hearing aids, powered by the Polaris platform, also include some technical favourites seen in Oticon More - the BrainHearing technology and 360° speech are two great examples.  Offering clear sound and focus from all directions, even those challenging listening situations are benefiting here.

The Oticon Zircon hearing aids offer four hearing aid models and two technology levels.  These include the miniRITE T, miniRITE R, miniBTE T, miniBTE R, as well as technology levels 2 and 1. 

On this page, we break down this hearing aid range's features vs benefits in the hope that it helps you get to know a little bit more about the product and also whether this hearing aid is ultimately right for you.  But first, let's take a look at Oticon Zircon hearing aid models.

Oticon Zircon BrainHearing Technology

Oticon Zircon Rechargeable Hearing Aid Models

Oticon Zircon MiniRITE R Hearing Aids

Oticon Zircon miniRITE R hearing aids

This is a small and discreet rechargeable hearing aid, enabling you to stream audio straight from your iPhone and selected Android devices. 

The connectivity to Android devices is made possible because Zircon is compatible with the new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) protocol.  This style is also powered by lithium-ion batteries with push-button and telecoil features.

Hearing aid type:  RIC

Hearing loss level:  Mild to profound

Battery type:  Rechargeable

Colours:  Chroma beige, silver grey, steel grey, chestnut brown and diamond black.

Oticon Zircon miniBTE R hearing aids

Oticon Zircon miniBTE R hearing aids

This hearing aid is a small rechargeable BTE that is known to 'fit most ears' and stream straight to your iPhone and selected Android Bluetooth devices. 

This model is powered by lithium-ion batteries and includes a push-button and telecoil feature.

Hearing aid type:  BTE

Hearing loss level:  Mild to moderate

Battery type:  Rechargeable

Colours:  Chroma beige, silver grey, steel grey, chestnut brown and diamond black.

Oticon Zircon Traditional Battery Powered Hearing Aids

Oticon Zircon MiniRITE T Hearing Aids

Oticon Zircon miniRITE T hearing aids

This is a small and discreet hearing aid with traditional disposable batteries and push-button for ease of use. 

It allows streaming straight to your iPhone and selected Android devices.  It also includes a telecoil.

Hearing aid type:  RIC

Hearing loss level:  Mild to profound

Battery style:  312

Colours:  Chroma beige, silver grey, steel grey, chestnut brown and diamond black.

Oticon Zircon miniBTE T Hearing Aids

Oticon Zircon miniBTE T hearing aids

This hearing aid is a small traditional battery-operated hearing aid, with LED light for ease of use.  It includes a telecoil and a single push-button and a single push-button and can stream straight to your iPhone and selected Android Bluetooth devices.

Hearing aid type:  BTE

Hearing loss level:  Slight to moderate

Battery type:  312

Colours:  Chroma beige, silver grey, steel grey, chestnut brown and diamond black.

Oticon Zircon 360 Sound

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Features and Benefits

 

360° sound with OpenSound Navigator

This is basically Oticon Zircon hearing aids powerful processing chip technology and is not often seen in an essential hearing aids range.  In fact, at launch, it will be the only essential hearing aid to offer this. 

Along with BrainHearing technology - you get the benefits of an open sound experience.  Zircon hearing aids rebalances your sound from all directions and additionally reduces those unwanted background noises.

What does this mean for your hearing?  This technology feature keeps your speech clear, so your listening experience is more comfortable as you easily locate the direction of sound.  Because this common challenge is taken care of it enables you to switch your focus to what you want to hear - without any distractions.

Available on both technology levels?  No, just the Oticon Zircon 1 hearing aids

 

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids MyMusic Program

Again a feature that was introduced in the Oticon More hearing aid range, the MyMusic program is ideal for music lovers. 

Previously, hearing aids often found providing high-quality music a challenge.  It didn't matter where the music was sourced, live or streamed, the problem still occurred.  Other hearing aids use the same signal processing methods they use for sound and apply it to music - the music could suffer.

Now, with Zircon's music-focused signal processing technology, you can now capture the complexities of music.  How do Oticon Zircon hearing aids do this?  This hearing aid adopts a new way of amplifying music to bring out those important details and nuances.  There is more balance across various frequencies, like high and low.  Preserving both soft and loud components within the music. 

So regardless of hearing loss level, you can now enjoy a premium music experience.  You can watch the MyMusic program video further down the page.

Available on both technology levels? Yes.

 MyMusic Oticon Program

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Bluetooth

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Bluetooth Connectivity

With Oticon Zircon hearing aids you can enjoy various Bluetooth hearing aid connectivity options.  Such as:

  • 2-way hands-free calls (both phone and video) from iPhone devices.
  • Direct streaming from selected Android devices.
  • Stream direct sound from your TV with Oticon TV adapter - more of this accessory later.
  • Use the Oticon ON app to manage and control your hearing aids.
  • Compatible with EduMic to connect to speakers, microphone systems, computers and more.
Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Hearing Aid Compatability

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Compatibility

iPhone compatibility:

  • Oticon Zircon hearing aids are compatible with iPhone devices running iOS 11 or later.
  • Oticon Zircon hearing aids Oticon ON app is compatible with devices running iOS 14.0 or later and watch OS 4.0 or later.
  • Oticon Zircon hearing aids Oticon RemoteCare app is compatible with devices running iOS 14.0 or later.

Android compatibility:

  • Oticon Zircon hearing aids are compatible with smartphones and Oticon ON app with Android mobile device running on Android OS version 8.0 (Oreo) or later.
  • Oticon Zircon hearing aids Oticon RemoteCare app is compatible with Android mobile devices running Android OS version 8.0 (Oreo) or later.

Oticon Zircon Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Oticon Zircon Hearing Aids Rechargeability

 

Two solutions available

There are two hearing aid charging solutions that you can choose from that are compatible with the Oticon Zircon digital hearing aids.  These are:

 

Oticon Zircon hearing aid colours:  These hearing aids are available in chroma beige, silver grey, steel grey, chestnut brown and diamond black.

Are Oticon Zircon hearing aids compatible with any CROS solutions / single-sided deafness?  Yes, these hearing aids are compatible with both Oticon CROS PX and Oticon CROS.

Oticon Zircon hearing aid accessories 

What accessories are compatible with Oticon Zircon hearing aids?

ConnectClip:  Use this to make phone calls, as well as a microphone for extra support in speech from a distance.

TV Adapter 3.0:  Use this to play sound from your TV to your hearing aids directly.

Remote Control 3.0:  Use this to adjust volume and program settings remotely.

EduMic:  Use this as a remote microphone, a telecoil or for streaming.

 Oticon Hearing Aid Accessories

How much do Oticon Zircon hearing aids cost?

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

2 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon Zircon Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

2 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon Zircon Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

2 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon Zircon Full Range

Behind the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE

2 year warranty included.  Rechargeable version is an additional £100 per aid.

Oticon Zircon Full Range

Watch the Oticon Zircon hearing aids MyMusic program video below


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Comparing all the Oticon Zircon hearing aid technology levels

Price Each
£995
£795
Price Pair
£1895
£1495
Speech Understanding:
OpenSound Navigator
Yes
No
Multiband Adaptive Directionality
No
Yes
Noise Reduction
No
Yes
n ● Speech Guard
Yes
No
Single Compression
No
Yes
Frequency lowering
Speech Rescue
Speech Rescue
Sound Quality:
Fitting Bandwidth
8 kHz
8 kHz
Processing Channels
48
48
Bass Boost (streaming)
Yes
Yes
Listening Comfort:
Feedback Management
SuperShield & Feedback shield
SuperShield & Feedback shield
Wind Noise Management
Yes
Yes
Transient Noise Management
Yes
No
Personalization:
Fitting Bands
14
12
Multiple Directionality options
Yes
Yes
Adaptation Management
Yes
Yes
Oticon Firmware Updater
Yes
Yes
Fitting Formulas
NAL-NL1+2, DSL v5.0
NAL-NL1+2, DSL v5.0
Tinnitus SoundSupport
Yes
Yes
CROS/BiCROS support
Yes
Yes
Connecting to the world:
Direct streaming
Yes
Yes
Oticon ON app & Oticon RemoteCare app
Yes
Yes
ConnectClip, EduMic & Remote Control 3.0
Yes
Yes
TV Adapter 3.0 & Phone Adapter 2.0
Yes
Yes

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Full Hearing Test & Examination by a Registered Audiologist
Fitting and Programming of Hearing Aid(s)
All Aftercare and Fine Tuning for Life
Full Manufacturer's Warranty
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Common FAQs about Oticon Zircon hearing aids

Is this the best model for me?

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.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

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.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

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.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

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.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

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.

Where can I get the hearing aids covered?

Hearing aids are easily lost, misplaced or damaged and typically are one of the most expensive personal possessions an individual can own. We offer hearing aid warranty cover for £80 per year per aid.  Find out more here

How much does the hearing test cost?

All our audiologists use the very latest technology and provide the full range of tests to accurately measure your hearing for free.  Find out about what we offer all our customers here

Do home visits cost extra?

Hearing Aid UK offers all their customers free home visiting services and home visits for hearing aids - Including hearing tests, fittings, maintenance, check-ups and much more in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.  Find out more information here

How come you're much cheaper than other places?

Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we are dedicated to offering low hearing aid prices. We achieve this by having no head office and low marketing costs.   Our hearing aid prices are amongst the lowest you will find anywhere in the world.

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