Oticon Opn™ – a New World of Possibilities
Understanding and keeping up with conversation in noisy, distracting places may be one of the most frustrating challenges for those with hearing loss. Many of the current hearing aids on the market combat this problem by using narrow directionality to close down background noises and focus in on the main source of the speech. While this approach does serve the purpose of aiding immediate understanding, it also deprives the brain of important context and stimuli, and deprives the listener of more dynamic listening experiences.
A new hearing device on the market, Oticon Opn™ (pronounced “open”) takes a revolutionary approach to this issue: instead of blocking out external sounds, the Opn™ has been equipped with multiple advanced technologies which work together to support how the brain processes sound, including multiple sound sources at once. The result is that the listener will have fuller, more meaningful sound experiences and confident social interactions, no matter how noisy the environment. Preliminary tests have shown that the Oticon Opn™ could have significant cognitive benefits including: 20% less listening effort, 20% more capacity to remember, and 30% better speech understanding, without suppressing surrounding sounds.
A Wider Focus, a Richer Soundscape
So how does Oticon Opn™ help the brain to process multiple sounds at once and hear more naturally? There are a number of technologies that work in tandem, guided by Oticon’s BrainHearing audiological approach, to provide the most sophisticated directionality while reducing cognitive stress and freeing up the brain to perform other critical tasks. The Velox processing platform operates with extreme speed and precision, supporting how the brain translates sounds, and helping the wearer to focus their listening with less effort in rapidly-changing acoustic environments. OpenSound Navigator scans the audial environment more than 100 times per second, balancing sounds in a natural, intuitive way. Finally, Spatial Sound LX works to effectively locate sounds with 200% faster binaural processing, so that listeners can easily and accurately make sense of their surroundings.
The Oticon Opn™ is also unique in that it possesses more internet connection capabilities than nearly every other hearing device on the market today. Its connection to the cloud offers a world of possibilities and allows the wearer to connect to and control a wide range of daily devices, from alarm clocks, laptops and smartphones, to security systems, televisions and gaming devices. Thanks to Opn’s use of TwinLink™, the world’s first dual wireless communication system, the wearer will be able to experience connectivity and binaural processing simultaneously, resulting in a more balanced, rich audio experience without any delays.
Customization and Control
What else does the Oticon Opn™ have to offer? There are a number of features that allow for advanced customization and a fine-tuned audio experience, with less distractions. YouMatic LX is a program that helps the wearer to achieve the most personalized listening possible, suited to their exact preferences and needs. SpeechGuard LX and SoftSpeech Booster LX help to improve understanding and clarity in noisy places, while WindNoise Management and Feedback Shield LX both aid in reducing bothersome interference. Thanks to these features, listeners will experience clear communication and rich, natural sound wherever they go.