Opn2 miniRITE - Price for one - £1395 | Price for a pair - £2695
Oticon Opn™ - 2017 finalist for Edison Award
June 2017 update - The range has been expanded. There are now new rechargeable options, additional "Tinnitus SoundSupport" software as standard to help to relieve tinnitus and "power plus" models for the severe to profoundly deaf.
The Opn™ range have distinctive key deatures which have exceeded expectations when it comes to performance. The new approach to delivering better hearing with minimal effort has been named BrainHearing™ - making hearing aids more in unison with the brain's natural functions. The three levels of BrainHearing™ apply to all three variations of the Opn; level one being the most advanced and applying to Opn ™1, whereas level three being a more basic variation applying to Opn 3.
Oticon have developed the Opn range on five fundamental factors of quality hearing.
- Speech Understanding
- Sound Quality
- Listening Comfort
- Optimising Fitting
- Connecting To The World
For the most distinctive key features for the Opn range, please see Opn 1 , Oticon's top of the range in the Opn range.
In terms of performance, the Opn 2 is an upper mid-range hearing aid which provides effortless hearing at a smaller cost.
In comparison to the Opn 1, the Opn 2 is still a highly advanced hearing aid. The OpenSound Navigator™ (as explained under Opn 1 ), removes 5db of background noise from the current environment compared to the 9db the Opn 1 removes. The extra 4db of background noise reduction could be beneficial if you're regularly in a noisy environment.
The Spatial Sound™ LX feature also differs comparing on the model you are interested in. Opn 2 and Opn 3 both have two sound estimators whereas the Opn1 contains four. The main benefit from more sound estimators is it gives a more precise spacial awareness of where the sound is coming from. Again, depending on your routine and everyday living will depend if this imperative to have the Opn 1.
The YouMatic™ LX software controls the level of performance that the OpenSound Navigator™ delivers. The amount of control depends on the amount of configured personalistion settings the hearing aid has. Fitting in the same pattern with this range of hearing aids, the Opn 1 allows more control using three configurations, Opn 2 contains two, Opn 3 contains one. Again, this is not a deciding factor when choosing a model of the Opn range is best suited to your needs, but before making that decision, consider your routine, how often are you going to be faced with noisy, fast changing surroundings?
What it looks like
Update - the new models are illustrated below. From left to right, the standard miniRITE, the RITE-T (bigger, has a telecoil), Power Plus BTE
Author: David Roberts