We're always looking for bigger and better things when it comes to technology. When our phones become slow (or even before then!), it's an opportunity to upgrade to something newer, flashier and faster. So, with the ground-breaking Oticon Opn™ hearing aids now in the market, you'll want to know why it's an improvement on your current hearing aids. Let's take a look.
Tackling traditional technology
To understand why the Oticon Opn™ devices are better than other hearing solutions, you need to first understand how the basic hearing aid works. Traditionally, hearing aids were just designed to amplify sound, focussing on one speaker only and suppressing all the rest to deliver a clear stream of sound. This meant that your conversations were limited in social situations of multiple speakers, putting pressure on your brain to constantly have to determine which sounds are relevant.
Imagine walking into a room full of people. You're only able to look straight ahead, and can't move your eyes to the side or turn your neck. You have to physically twist your torso to face what you want to focus on, and may miss out on important things happening in your peripheral vision. Translate what you see to what you hear, and that's what those with traditional hearing aids are faced with.
By only getting a sliver of the full soundscape, your brain has to make do with less information, and can struggle harder to keep up in a social situation with multiple speakers. This can mentally drain a hearing aid user, and therefore, they are likely to feel isolated and withdraw from social interactions within a complex listening environment.
Out with the old, in with the new
Oticon Opn™ hearing aids reduce our listening effort by 20 per cent.
To compare, Oticon Opn™ hearing aids have been developed with the sole purpose to emulate the way a human ear receives sounds. Powered by the Velox™ platform, it's able to detect which streams of sounds are relevant, while filtering out background noise to deliver a richer soundscape.
This is what our brains are able to do before hearing loss may occur. By imitating the way the brain identifies and filters sounds, the Oticon Opn™ hearing aids have shown to reduce our listening effort by 20 per cent and improve speech understanding by the same rate! That's not all – a user is also able to recall up to 20 per cent more of conversations, which is a significant advantage in addition to clearer, clarified sound.
These findings come from a comparison with the Alta2 Pro devices – one of the top-most advanced hearing aids, highlighting the superiority of the Oticon Opn™ hearing aids.
Benefits for your brain
Within the Velox™ platform, there's a tiny chip that powers everything. This chip, although small, has the capacity to process sounds 50 times faster than the Alta2 Pro, meaning it can better keep up with the speeds at which our brains work. By featuring unprecedented speeds, this chip constantly surveys a full 360 degrees of sound, making more than 100 scans per second. The Oticon Opn™ hearing aids can enhance the way our brain makes sense of our full soundscape, making hearing close to effortless with clarified sounds, so we can then focus our attention on the things that matter.
Whether or not you experience hearing fatigue, you've just read about the bar that the Oticon Opn™ has set for the future technology of hearing aids. Come into one of our clinics and have a look for yourself.
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