Oticon are owned by the Danish company Demant A/S who also own the hearing aid manufacturer Bernafon. Demant also own the hearing aid retailer Hidden Hearing. If you've been to Hidden Hearing and been recommended Oticon or Bernafon hearing aids then it's perhaps a little more than coincidental.
Oticon is one of the world's most advanced producers of hearing aids. For over a century they have been creating high quality hearing aid technologies for individuals with hearing loss.
The tale of Oticon starts with the efforts of one man to help his own wife's hearing loss. Their motto of "People First" has guided the business ever since. Whether developing the latest in hearing technology or helping individuals better access hearing aids, Oticon puts the customer first, every time. ⠀
They launched their latest model in March 2019. Called the Opn S, this model builds on the original to give an even better experience. On the same model family, they also launched their first ever lithium-ion powered rechargeable listening device.
Oticon hearing aids are some of the most well-respected in the industry. Here are some of the technologies that they are renowned for:
Velox Processing platform
Velox offers significant improvements over its previous Inium Sense platform by combining a more powerful chipset with new sound processing software. Velox provides 50 times faster data processing to analyse and balance external sounds and make it easier to follow quickly changing conversations in public places.
It scans, analyses and responds more than 100 times per second to its immediate environment, helping the OpenSound Navigator software to balance voice sources and eliminate noise between the words you want to hear.
This is one of Oticon’s standout features. It allows your 360 degree environment to be scanned by the hearing aid, offers more full assistance for how the brain processes noise, and allows enhanced real-time processing to help your ear deliver healthier sound signals to the brain.
It may seem like all hearing aids do this would do, but there are many hearing aids that can only pick up sound from one direction. This means they often receive the sound of what your head is pointed towards. BrainHearing enables omnidirectional listening, which is the same way the human ear receives sound.
BrainHearing delivers audio with the clearest, purest possible signal— the best way your brain can comprehend it. Furthermore, because BrainHearing technology retains the most important sounds in speech, your brain does not need to struggle to fill in the gaps in noisy environments.
Oticon ON app
With this app, you can integrate Oticon's Opn hearing aids and the IFTTT (If This, Then That) platform. This enables consumers to incorporate their Opn hearing aids with 'internet of things' technologies such as light controls, home alarms, smart thermostats, TV recordings, text messages, and more. Here are some of the ‘recipes’ you can access with the use of Oticon ON app, the Opn hearing aid and the IFTTT platform:
Oticon followed up their very popular Opn range with a substantial upgrade, the Opn S. This model builds on the success of the previous model with a much faster sound processing as it is powered by the new advanced Velox S platform. These improvements combine to align voice comprehension on par with ordinary hearing abilities.
One of the latest features is the OpenSound Optimizer technology. This provides you the option to add up to six decibels of gain without the danger of feedback. This helps the Opn provide up to 30% more speech cues to the brain. Whenever a patient feels they need an extra boost, they can turn on the OpenSound Booster. This helps them in particularly noisy environments to hear and communicate better.
The Opn S is Made For iPhone, offering direct connectivity to Apple devices for streaming content. Other smartphones can be connected with the ConnectClip accessory. The Opn S also offers a new sleek rechargeable option in the Opn miniRITE R, a lithium-ion powered hearing aid able to last an entire day on just one overnight charge.
Oticon launched this Opn hearing aid family in 2016, and it has been one of their most celebrated offerings ever since. With the use of the IFTTT platform, it was considered the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid. With the Opn, Oticon leveraged "BrainHearing" technology to enable less listening effort, a better comprehension of speech, and the ability to remember more of the speech heard.
Speech Rescue LX is available in each Oticon Opn hearing aid. This changes sound frequencies to levels where the person has less hearing loss, giving the user a better chance of hearing and understanding the sound signals they traditionally have trouble over.
Through Oticon's ConnectClip accessory, Oticon Opn hearing aids can stream music straight from iPhones or iPads, Android smartphones, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Opn Play hearing aids from Oticon form part of Oticon's dedication to paediatric hearing care. For hearing losses in kids ranging from mild to severe, four different styles are available. Styles include traditional behind - the-ear form factor (BTE) ; miniRITE (receiver-in - the-ear) or miniRITE T (with a telecoil); and miniRITE R, which contains a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
Opn Play comes in a range of twelve colours along with colourful stickers that allow kids to customise their hearing aids as they see fit. This model of Oticon hearing aid also works well with with the Amigo FM classroom microphone and children's transmitter in classrooms and the ConnectClip microphone, which facilitates children's communication with caregivers and teachers.
Oticon Siya hearing aids provide a wide variety of designs and levels of technology. They are a more accessible price point for those who want to enjoy the benefits of the Velox processing platform.
The Behind-the-ear styles are the Siya miniRITE, the Siya BTE13 PP, and the Siya miniRITE-T. And there are several in-the-ear models ranging from the small and discreet all the way up to larger and more powerful styles.
The Dynamo super-power hearing aids bring to individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss the advantages of BrainHearing technology. In addition to superpower amplification without feedback, Dynamo hearing aids include Oticon's 'Speech Rescue' function that make high-frequency sounds easier to understand by moving them to the mid-frequencies of the wearer. The high frequency sounds also stay intact in their usual location on the frequency spectrum, which helps to maintain a natural wide frequency response for a great sound experience.
The Alta's ultimate objective and function is to provide its customers with natural sound. You have more customization choices than ever with the Oticon Alta2. No matter what your hearing impairment level, the Alta2 will fit comfortably and snugly on or inside your ear.
This is a hearing aid for hearing loss at all stages. The Plus Power model is for those with severe hearing loss. Since the Alta's last iteration, its capacity to pick up secondary sounds like whispers has increased by 20 percent.
The Alta2 connects wirelessly to cell phones, tablets, TVs and other Bluetooth audio devices with the Oticon ConnectLine accessory.
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.