Advanced circuitry and features of the Opn were never available in a custom product… until now
Oticon Introduces Opn™ Completely in the Canal Devices
Many people with mild to moderate hearing losses are reluctant to seek a solution for their communication difficulties. If hearing aids are recommended, they hesitate to wear the devices due to concerns about being stigmatized. However, these fears can be countered with miniaturized technology that is secured deeply within the ear canal. A hearing instrument that is essentially invisible provides hearing improvement and also inspires confidence.
Within the last two years, we’ve observed advances in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid circuitry that have produced striking improvements in speech intelligibility and comprehension. The Oticon Opn BTE and RITE have become the standard of care for today’s hearing aid fittings. Yet, the advanced circuitry and features of the Opn were not available in a custom product… until now. We are delighted to announce that Oticon has just introduced the Opn miniature completely-in-the-canal (CIC) device that offers the essential enhancements available in the larger Opn BTE hearing aids.
The amplifier of the Opn CIC includes two critical components of the original BTE product line. First, it maintains the extended frequency response, which allows the user to experience an unparalleled sound quality. Second, the sophisticated spatial analyzer provides a unique auditory depth perception never before experienced with any custom product. The analyzer allows the wearer to identify the location and distance of the sound source, creating an authentic perception of the sound environment. These features, when coupled with the 113 dB wide dynamic range microphone, restore the quality of speech and music to a level that rivals that of normal hearing individuals. Furthermore, the eleven-core processor provides the same excellent speech understanding of the BTE Opn products in noisy environments
As with any device that is so tiny, some limitations exist. The Opn CIC is appropriate for fitting only mild to moderate hearing losses. Additionally, since there is no room for an antenna, the wireless connectivity and streaming to cell phones is not available. Fortunately, most people with mild to moderate hearing loss have little or no difficulty hearing on a cell phone.