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Oticon Opn - Open Sound Solution
OPN's design completely rethinks the experience of listening with hearing aids. Traditional hearing aid technology fares well in complex situations by allowing you to focus on one speaker, while canceling out distracting noise. Though this provides wearers with access to certain sounds and speech signals, it tends to be a more narrow and artificial experience. With an open sound solution, OPN literally “opens” the scope of sound in your environment. Powered by Velox, OPN's precise processing captures the intricate sounds and speech within your environment, while rapidly reducing noise and providing you with multiple clear sounds at once – not unlike a natural listening experience with normal, binaural hearing. This allows you to focus on the sounds you want to hear, without sacrificing the spectrum of sounds within your environment.
OPN hearing aids scan your environment at 100 times per second and provides 360-degrees of accurate audio information – rather than just a narrow cone of clear sound. The Open Sound Solution has been found to reduce listening effort and helps wearers understand speech with a 30% improvement (based on independent studies). With hearing loss, the brain has to work harder to simultaneously sort through sounds in an environment, from speech to background noise. Over time, the hard work of listening tends to take a toll on the brain, tiring it out. OPN's open sound solution does this hard work for you, so that your brain has the energy to remember 20% more compared to previous models – improving wearer memory in any situation.
- Does the OPN have a telecoil?
While the miniRITE model does not, the miniRITE-T and BTE13 models have a telecoil included.
- Will the Oticon OPN work with an Android phone?
The OPN hearing aids do not connect directly to Android phones for streaming at this time, however you can use the ON app for some features, like adjusting your volume. If you want to stream from an Android smartphone, you will need to purchase the ConnectClip. Here is the Oticon OPN Android User Manual
- Are OPN hearing aids waterproof?
OPNs are water-resistant, but are not fully waterproof.
- Can the OPN hearing aids help tinnitus?
The Tinnitus SoundSupport offers white noise and ocean sounds to help users with their tinnitus. Some hearing aids wearers have reported relief from the ringing in their ears with these features.
Oticon Opn Warranty
Each Oticon Opn 1 and Opn 2 hearing aid comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty, and includes a 2-year loss and damage warranty. Each hearing aid may be replaced one time during the loss and damage period for $300. The replacement cost includes a replacement instrument as well as an in-person appointment with your local provider to ensure the hearing aid is configured correctly. You may add one year to the warranty coverage, effectively giving you a 4-year manufacturer warranty and 3-year loss and damage warranty, by checking the box under extended warranty, above. Each Oticon Opn 3 hearing aid comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, and includes a 2-year loss and damage warranty. Purchasing the warranty extension will extend both to 3 years.
Oticon Opn Models
- Opn miniRITE
- Opn miniRITE-T
- Opn BTE 13 PP
|Opn miniRITE||Opn miniRITE-T||Opn BTE 13 PP|
|IP Rating 68||✔||✔||✔|
|Remote Control 3.0||✔||✔||✔|
|TV Adapter 3.0||✔||✔||✔|
|Oticon On App||✔||✔||✔|
Oticon Opn Technology Levels
- Opn 1
- Opn 2
- Opn 3
|Opn 1||Opn 2||Opn 3|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 years||3 years||2 years|
|Loss and Damage Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Spatial Sound™ LX||4 estimators||2 estimators||2 estimators|
|YouMatic™ LX||3 configurations||2 configurations||1 configurations|
|Speech Guard™ LX||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|OpenSound Navigator™||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3|
|Balancing power effect||100%||50%||50%|
|Transient Noise Management||4 configurations||On/Off||On/Off|
Available in a number of colors to match your skin and hair color, OPN is worn discreetly behind the ear, and has a durable coating that will withstand the different elements you move through in a day. OPN is also designed with convenient usability in mind, with a single push button to easily change between programs and to increase/decrease volume.
OpenSound Navigator is the driving force behind OPN's open sound solution. By analyzing sound in a 360-degree radius at more than 100 times per second, OpenSound determines each sound's characteristics, importance, position, level, and frequency. OpenSound Navigator treats each sound source individually, rather than treating other sounds as “background noise.” As a result, each individual sound is processed at an incredibly fast speed to provide the brain with a full, accurate picture of audio information on your environment. This helps you decide which sounds you want to focus on within your environment.
OpenSound Navigator balances out surrounding sounds, making background sounds audible and clear, but not distracting. This helps you sort through the sounds and focus your attention on what you want to hear. In terms of noise reduction, OpenSound Navigator ensures that background noise does not infringe upon the speech or sounds you want to hear.
With hearing loss, the configuration differs person to person, and even ear-to-ear. SpatialSound LX is designed to balance the sounds from your environment by transmitting binaural data between your two ears to provide accurate spatial information. Not only does this provide a more natural listening experience, it also helps wearers locate themselves within their environment and improve spatial awareness.
The experience of hearing is a personal one, and YouMatic LX caters to wearers' personal preferences. YouMatic LX works in conjunction with all of OPN's features to control the levels and programs that you prefer, adjusting in different listening environments.
Speech Recognition Features: SpeechGuard LX and Soft Speech Booster LX
Speech recognition is the biggest challenge for people who experience hearing loss. For some, the frequencies of speakers' voices may pose difficulty, while for others, the direction from which speech comes may be challenging. SpeechGuard LX preserves speech sounds and enhances speech understanding in any environment, even complex ones.
OPN offers the Soft Speech Booster LX feature to enhance quieter speech sounds to make them more accessible. Studies have found that Soft Speech Booster LX improves soft speech understanding by up to 20%.
Wind Noise Management and Feedback Shield LX
Wind Noise Management analyzes wind noise at 500 times per second in 16 frequency channels to protect your listening experience from the interference of wind.
With amplification, there are instances where amplified sounds are picked up by your hearing aid's microphone and looped back. This creates the unpleasant experience of feedback. OPN's Feedback Shield LX utilizes dual microphones to eliminate feedback to provide a comfortable listening experience.
TwinLink and Wireless Connectivity
Oticon OPN is a wireless hearing aid that offers two connectivity options through TwinLink. OPN aids wirelessly stream data between both ears, to provide a more than 200% increase in binaural processing capacity. This provides wearers with an incredibly natural and clear listening experience (Spatial Sound LX)
OPN also connects to your smart devices to stream phone calls, videos, music, and other media directly to your ears. OPN offers a 2.4 GHz connectivity for streaming, and is compatible with Apple products.
Accessories and the Oticon On App
For extra amplification in everyday life, connect your OPN aids to your home entertainment systems through the TV Adapter. This allows you to stream audio from your television directly to your hearing aids (up to 45 feet). Oticon's remote control (the size of a car key) allows you to discreetly change settings on your aids.
Oticon's ON app allows you to control your aid settings on your phone and check the battery level. If you happen to misplace your aids, ON's “find my hearing aid” feature helps you locate them.
Reviews of Oticon Opn
Oticon has interviewed a number of people who use OPN aids in a number of settings.
“I have less anxiety about being in conversations and missing what's being said. I had not realized that I had that level of anxiety until this new hearing aid made all of the difference,” says Stephanie.
“There's a lot of noise in the ‘cheap seats,' where the public is allowed and lawyers wait to be called. I always find this to be a problem, because I might want to focus on what is being said up at the lectern, even if they don't use sound amplification…I've been in court a number of times with the OPN devices, and this has not been a problem for me. Even back in the courtroom, I can hear fairly well what's being said what's in front of the courtroom, and figure out the mood the judge is in before I walk up there,” says Chris, a lawyer, of his courtroom experience.
According to Barbara, “It opened up the world. I was able to engage again, I adapted immediately because I loved it. The very first day I got them, I went out to dinner with friends at a noisy restaurant. And although I heard the background noise, I was able to focus on speaking across the table with the other woman. It was wonderful. I just loved it.”
On Hearing Tracker in the Los Angeles area, OPN has received 80% approval ratings, with especially high scores in hearing quiet sounds and improving overall hearing.
Velox Processing Platform
With a 64-band frequency resolution, Velox is precise collection of algorithms that assists the brain in the listening process. With fast processing speed, Oticon hearing aids provide wearers with an improved, natural listening experience. Oticon has built upon the foundations of BrainHearing Technology when designing Velox. With the understanding that hearing loss bogs down the brain's ability to process and sort through a muddled data, Velox's speed provides clear sound and focused speech. As a result, Oticon hearing aid wearers have reported a 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments, and a 20% greater capacity to remember in challenging noise situations, thanks to Velox. In terms of speech recognition, Velox has been reported to provide 30% better speech understanding.
Velox is built with an open sound solution in mind. While traditional advanced hearing aids are designed to focus on specific sounds within a specific area, Velox moves into greater spaces. Compared to previous Oticon models, Velox Processing Platform processes data at 50 times the speed. With an open sound solution, Velox captures all of the sounds in your environment and processes this information at an incredibly fast speed. With unfettered access to a wider sound picture, Oticon hearing aid wearers are empowered to focus on the sounds they want to hear, thus strengthening their cognitive abilities in the process.
Oticon is one of the world's oldest hearing aid manufacturers. Founded in 1904 in Denmark, Oticon's beginning is rooted in its mission of “People first.” Prior to Oticon's founding, the Danish-born Princess Alexandra was crowned as Queen of England in 1902. For her coronation, she wore a hearing aid. Interested in this new technology, Hans Demant wanted to find a solution to help his hearing-impaired wife. He traveled from Denmark to England to find a similar hearing device.
By 1904, Demant had received a contract with General Acoustic Co. to import hearing devices to Denmark. In 1910, Demant's son took over the company and began to research and develop new innovative ways to craft hearing aids. In the aftermath of World War II, with a dearth of imported goods, William Demant began to produce hearing aids in Denmark. By 1946, Oticon was established as a corporation, based in Copenhagen. The rest is history. In the past few decades, Oticon has been a leader in hearing aid technology and innovation. In 1996, Oticon introduced the first fully digital hearing device, DigiFocus. DigiFocus was a foundation for wireless hearing aids to come. In 2014, Oticon introduced BrainHearing Technology, which was designed to support the brain in the auditory process. BrainHearing Technology was a collection of digital and wireless features to assist the brain and relieve the burden of life with hearing loss. Oticon's latest innovation is OPN (pronounced “open), an open-hearing solution built around the super-fast Velox Processing Platform.