The launch of Oticon’s new creation came with a rather impressive label of being the ‘world’s most powerful hearing aid’. We believe that they might be right about that, as Oticon seem to have revolutionised hearing healthcare for power users. We salute them on this launch, as many manufacturers seem to ignore the profoundly deaf. Now, with this dedicated design, the future is far brighter and more accessible.
Along with the adult model, they have a paediatric, ‘Xceed Play’ version, and new CROS/BICROS hearing solution to add to their Oticon Velox S Family. These aids provide those with severe to profound hearing loss acquire 360 degrees access to more speech than past models and, in fact, ever before.
There is another ‘world’s first’ here, as the new CROS/BICROS presents innovative technology that promises speech awareness, even in difficult hearing circumstances, at the same time as wireless streaming.
The 146 dB SPL and 87 dB gain are the main reasons why Xceed can play the ‘industry-first’ card. These hearing aids feature BrainHearing technology that facilitates improved speech clarity and short-term recall. Along with decreasing the struggles that people with severe to profound hearing loss daily face.
Constructed on the Velox S platform, these superpower hearing aids are the first to include OpenSound Navigator. This assists better access to speech and reduces listening effort. The OpenSound Optimiser helps supply optimum gain, for the wearer, and decreased feedback.
Oticon’s BrainHearing technology provides up to 11dB refinement in signal-to-noise ratio. This improvement continues even in the most challenging of hearing situations.
Oticon states that the OpenSound Navigator technology works,
“Ultra-fast to constantly analyse, prioritise, and preserve speech from all directions while significantly reducing noise”.
With statistics like 10% more clarity, 10% reduced listening effort and 15% more short-term recall – the Xceed is a model worth shouting about.
The OpenSound optimiser is another added benefit, as it deters feedback accruing and decreases gain reductions for consistency of speech. It also helps audiologists compile a bespoke sound experience for the wearer, which is a huge positive for our Hearing Aid UK independent audiologists. Oticon quote that it is due to the;
“Highest full-on gain and output in the industry and a dedicated prescriptive fitting rationale”.
Xceed offers power users connection to the world, whether they are at home or out and about – there is always wireless accessibility, made possible with the 2.4GHz Bluetooth low-energy technology. The Made for iPhone and other smartphone connections stream sound directly hands-free to both ears with ConnectClip. Using the Oticon ON App, wearers can also freely manipulate volume, alternate programs and even turn off their aids.
The Xceed CROS offers a full 360-degree sound quality to those with single-sided deafness while conversing within a noisy atmosphere. The TwinLink dual streaming helps wearers link to external audio streams, whilst benefiting from sound transmission directly from the poorer ear to the more audible ear. Oticon’s TwinLink feature has been proven to increase awareness of speech by up to 50%.
We hope that this newfound technology will help steer the path for other manufacturers who have not yet acknowledged the needs of those who are profoundly deaf. We also hope that the Xceed delivers what it promises on the tin and that Oticon has created a solution that reaches out to those who need it most.
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