In operation since 1904, Oticon is a global company that was one of the first to start the hearing aid industry more than a hundred years ago. Today they are one of the largest players in the industry, leading hearing aid science and technology. The company’s motto, ‘People first’, drives them to leave no stone unturned in their research, technology and design standards.
Latest Technological Developments
Kaizn: The latest technology from Oticon
The latest technology unveiled by Oticon is the Kaizn. It is billed as the first personal AI assistant for hearing aids, offering users the chance to connect to devices like the Apple watch to customize their hearing aid according to their daily routine.
Oticon’s Opn works to minimize noise and utilize the brain’s innate ability to tease out speech from noisy environments. Opn is available in three technology levels and a range of styles, from a receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) style, a mini RITE with a t-coil and a BTE (Behind-The-Ear) aid for more severe hearing loss.
Opn is adept at reducing noise in challenging environments and allows wearers to stream directly from their mobile phones to their hearing aids. Opn is also the world’s first hearing aid to connect directly to the internet, using the service If This Then That (IFTTT). With IFTTT, wearers are able to connect their hearing aids to automate technological tasks in the home and at work.
Aside from the Opn, notable Oticon models include the Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2. Oticon releases several models within each series to accommodate the specific needs of each patient. Each model offers different technology levels and boasts a number of great features. Oticon’s premium hearing aids are the best-in-class and are perfect for those who routinely spend time in a varied array of listening environments, whether that be lunch in a busy restaurant or a one-on-one meeting with a client.
There are also various models categorized as ‘best’, ‘better’ and ‘good’. The ‘best’ category does a great job of adjusting to various challenging environments. With the Alta2, you are able to adjust incoming sound according to different frequencies. The ‘better’ and ‘good’ models include the Nera2 and the Ria2 and are more appropriate for individuals who are less active and demand less from their hearing aids. Each of the Alta2, Nera2 or Ria2 models come with a tinnitus feature enabled, which creates a series of relaxing sounds to mask the sound of the wearer’s tinnitus. You can find this feature on models which include the ‘Pro Ti’ suffix (e.g. ‘Nera2 Pro Ti’)
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