Oticon is the world's second largest hearing aid manufacturer. It is situated in Denmark outside the capital Copenhagen.
Oticon’s Latest Microchip Redefines Performance
For as long as I have been an audiologist, hearing aids have relied on directional microphones to improve speech understanding in noisy environments. The microphones focus on the speech signal directly in front of the listener to increase intelligibility by decreasing interference caused by competing sounds from the rear. While this process works well in face-to- face conversation, it also limits the listener to hearing only one person’s voice at a time.
The new Oticon Opn makes traditional directional microphone technology a thing of the past. The BrainHearingTM Velox platform employs an open sound approach to manage interfering noise even in the most complex listening situations. Users can now carry on a conversation while staying attentive to other people and sounds around them. When the need arises, they are able to switch focus quickly and easily from one speaker to another.
New Technology Helps Your Brain to Hear More Naturally
Oticon designed the Velox hybrid eleven-core audio chip to replace the quad-core processors traditionally used in all manufacturers' hearing aids. The new chip:
- Processes sound data 50 times faster than ever before.
- Uses a 64-band frequency resolution for more precise sound analysis and better sound quality to support the brain’s ability to make sense of what it hears.
- Scans the environment 100 times per second to identify and balance every sound individually. This allows the listener to have access to the full spectrum of environmental sounds without being disturbed by them.
Opn combines these breakthrough technologies to enable people with hearing loss to enjoy better speech understanding and a more natural listening environment with less listening effort. The benefits of Opn have been substantiated by the Food and Drug Administration. According to Don Schum, PhD, Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations for Oticon:
Oticon Opn is the first hearing aid proven to make it easier on the brain. In testing using pupillometry, a well-recognized measure of stress on the brain, Opn users experienced 20% less listening effort when trying to understand speech. Additional studies show that, because Oticon Opn users have freed up mental resources, they are able to remember 20% more of what is said. Testing also shows that Opn increases speech understanding by 30% over other Oticon hearing solutions.
The Opn platform has been available for several weeks, and I can attest to how well this technology performs. New Opn product users are universally enthusiastic. After wearing the hearing instruments during the first week of the trial, my patients typically comment: “There is no way you are taking these away from me.”
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If you are contemplating upgrading your current technology, or are simply curious to explore how well the Opn performs, please call us to schedule a demonstration. I am certain it will be worth your while.