Hearing aid technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past few decades, evolving from large, cumbersome devices to inconspicuous ear pieces that are comfortable to wear all day long.
Now, hearing aids can do much more than simply amplify the sounds around you. In addition to their sleek, minimalist design, the new Oticon Opn™ hearing aids can also provide relief for those with tinnitus thanks to the Tinnitus SoundSupport™ feature.
At AudioClinic, we're excited to offer these groundbreaking devices to our clients. Here are some of the incredible new features to look forward to.
Relief for tinnitus sufferers
In Australia, an estimated 17-20 per cent of people experience tinnitus1 – an internal ringing, humming or buzzing in the ear. Oticon Opn™ hearing aids include Tinnitus SoundSupport™, which works to ease the symptoms of tinnitus.
It achieves this by producing soothing background noise such as ocean sounds to distract from the sound of tinnitus. The sound stimuli are customisable, and work in harmony with the OpenSound Navigator™ to ensure that you can enjoy the sounds of your environment without overloading your brain.
You can easily adjust the Tinnitus SoundSupport™ settings on your smartphone by using the Oticon ON App – enabling you to increase or decrease the output according to fluctuations in your tinnitus symptoms.
Easier to use than ever before
Hearing aid users will undoubtedly notice the aesthetic appeal of the more discreet, sleek exterior of the new Oticon Opn™ styles. However, many of the other key benefits lie in the technology that Oticon has been able to fit into such a small package – such as smartphone connectivity.
The ON App, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store for Android devices, allows you to control your hearing aids on the go, check your battery level and even helps you to locate misplaced hearing aids with the 'find my hearing aid' tool.
Even if you don't want to use a smartphone, Opn™ hearing aids are incredibly easy to use. The specially designed remote control is about the same size as a car key, and allows you to switch between different programmes and adjust the volume in a simple, discreet way.
Listen to your music through your hearing aids
Thanks to Apple iPhone compatibility, you can connect Oticon Opn™ devices to your iPod, iPhone or iPad and stream music to your hearing aids – effectively turning them into wireless headphones.
Oticon Opn™ can also connect to your TV, enabling you to listen to your favourite programmes and films at your preferred volume.
Making hearing easier
Hearing doesn't just happen with your ears, it involves a host of complex processes in the brain. However, when you have hearing loss, less information is picked up by our ears, meaning that it becomes harder for our brain to recognise sounds.
This, in turn, means we have to concentrate harder to hear, especially in conversations where we have to guess what the other person is saying. With all the extra effort going into discerning what is being said, this makes it harder for us to retain the conversation, and can also leave us feeling mentally tired out.
Thanks to Oticon Opn™'s new and improved chip, it can process incoming sounds faster, helping to reduce listening fatigue by 20 per cent2. The faster chip also results in 30 per cent better speech understanding2, and a richer, more full soundscape.
BrainHearing with OpenSound Navigator
Oticon Opn™ hearing aids use Oticon's trademark BrainHearing™ technology, which has been upgraded with the new OpenSound Navigator™. Designed to help preserve the sounds of speech in complex listening environments, it scans your surroundings over 100 times per second, adjusting the volume of incoming sounds depending on their direction.
With a more accurate mechanism for detecting and removing noise, OpenSound Navigator™ means you spend less mental energy trying to distinguish words, while helping to boost your recall of conversations by 20 per cent2.
Ready to experience a whole new world of hearing aids? You can click here to request a FREE* hearing test, or call us on 1800 940 984 to find out more.
1Better Health Channel, Tinnitus. Accessed June, 2017
2Le Goff et al., Opn Clinical Evidence. Accessed June, 2017