Price for one - £1695 | Price for a pair - £3190
Opn - the new top end aid from Oticon. It's really good. Launched June 2016.
Oticon Opn 1™
Oticon have just one new hearing aid out this year, but its a cracker.
Normally a manufacturer will bring out a whole range of hearing aids out at the same time, but so far Oticon have only developed one hearing aid on their newest Velox platform. When new hearing aids come out we typically expect numbers along the lines of "twice as fast as before" or similar. Not this time, the Velox chip in the Opn is 50 times faster than the previous generation of Oticon aids. This enables the hearing aids to do so much more than ever before, they scan the environment over 100 times per second so they always know what's going on and then take each individual sound and treat it accordingly, depending on how they are set up for the wearer.
Introductory video for Opn 1™
• 50 times faster data processing than ever before
• Market-leading resolution with 64 frequency channels
• Full environment analysis more than 100 times per second
• Capacity to handle more than 1,200 million operations per second
• World’s first TwinLink™ communication system: Near-Field Binaural Communication for
uncompromising binaural information exchange, and 2.4 GHz for advanced connectivity
Less stress. Remember more. Better hearing
Spatial SoundTM LX
Locate, follow and shift focus to the sounds you want to hear
Tailors OpenSound Navigator to individual needs and preferences
Speech GuardTM LX
Improves speech understanding in noisy environments
so you can follow and engage in conversations
Soft Speech Booster LX
Improves soft speech understanding up to 20% – without turning up the volume
Better sound quality with less distortion in loud environments
Wind Noise Management
Optimizes conditions for better speech understanding – even in situations with wind noise
Feedback shield LX
With the new dual-microphone feedback system, feedback is eliminated rapidly
OpenSound Navigator explained
OpenSound Navigator is at the core of what Opn is doing.
OpenSound Navigator™ constantly scans your environment (as mentioned, over 100 times every second) to analyze the nature of the setting.
Precise analysis then accurately identifies all sources of speech and noise and having established the setting of the sound environment, OpenSound Navigator determines their characteristics. It determines whether they are important speech sounds or just noise, as well as where the sound is coming from, its level and its frequency.
The Navigator then adjusts sound sources to give you a perfectly balanced soundscape. Rather than just focusing on speech sounds from directly in front of you like most hearing aids do, the Opn ensures that you hear all relevant sounds from around you so that you don't miss out. Previous attempts at this level of filtering tend to mean that you hear a bit of a jumble, but because Opn is so fast, it can remove the background noise surrounding all sound sourses in real time so that you hear just the sounds you want and not the annoying background.
To enable users to feel at ease in a listening environment, OpenSound Navigator balances surrounding sounds so the focus sound is clear and other background sounds are available, but not disturbing. In this way, nothing is eliminated but individual sound sources are rebalanced to support the user in separating sounds, making it easier for the brain to switch attention immediately when needed. Oticon Opn can be optimized to personal preferences, based on individual needs for help in acoustic environments of differing complexity.
OpenSound Navigator attenuates excessive background noise extremely fast and effectively. This includes noise coming from the same direction as speech – even noise coming from the front – as well as all other surrounding noise in a 360° radius. It even removes the remaining noise between words, to make the overall background noise less intrusive. Based on individual needs, noise reduction can be optimized separately for simple and complex environments.
What it looks like
Unusually, you have a choice of one with this hearing aid. There is no large BTE or custom in-the-ear options. The only model is the RIC pictured below. Fortunately the RIC is the most popular and versatile of the hearing aid shapes anyhow so this will suit most people.
Author: David Roberts