Did you know that we hear more with our brains than with our ears? This is an important fact that hasn't been adequately addressed by conventional hearing aids - until now. The Oticon Opn™ is a revolutionary new hearing aid that isn't just an improvement over an old model, rather it's an entirely new design with Oticon's most powerful processor ever. This powerful hearing device addresses the way that we hear and provides its users with better speech understanding.
Challenges For Hearing Aids
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 20 percent of Americans experience hearing loss and the rate jumps to 30 percent of those between the ages of 65 and 74. Difficulty with hearing can affect social skills, physical health, family relationships, and even self-esteem.
The main issue with traditional hearing aids is that they make it difficult for users to distinguish sounds in complex environments, where there might be many people or a variety of sounds. The use of directional microphones simply isn't very effective in these situations.
Superior Speech Understanding
The new Oticon Opn is a breakthrough in hearing aid technology as it provides better speech understanding. The system does this through its advanced Velox™ platform, which is a system that processes sound at incredibly high rates of speed to eliminate distracting noise.
Users of the Oticon Opn system report that they require 20 percent less listening effort, which reduces the load on the brain in complex listening environments. They also report that they have a 20 percent greater capacity to recall words and events.
Finally Oticon Opn users state that they have 30 percent better speech understanding, even in the noisiest environments. This study data is sourced from Oticon's website.
These user experiences make it clear that this revolutionary system not only reduces cognitive stress but that it also frees up the brain to concentrate on and perform other important tasks.
Other Innovative Features in the Opn
In addition to better speech understanding, the Opn is distinguished as the world's first hearing aid to be connected to the Internet of Things. The device connects to the internet through what's called "If This Then That" (IFTTT.com) service which allows it to interface with a growing number of devices such as doorbells, baby monitors, and thermostats.
The device's TwinLink technology provides communication between the two ears to provide a more natural-sounding experience. Also, its Open Sound Navigator scans and analyzes sounds in the environment more than 100 times each second so that sound remains balanced and distortion between words is removed.
The BrainHearing™ Technology solution from Oticon, the Opn hearing aid provides an array of innovative technologies that are unprecedented in helping people with hearing loss. This new solution makes it easier for people with hearing difficulties to remain active with the highest level of speech understanding. Experience the Opn – now available at your local Intermountain Audiology hearing clinic.