Reviews and Features
Oticon Opn is the innovative new hearing aid from Oticon. Boasting a variety of sophisticated technologies, the hearing aid delivers several unique advances to the marketplace. It is capable of delivering what the company describes as an 'open sound approach'. In layman's terms what this means is, through the use of advanced internal AI and hardware, the device is better able to interact with the brain and provide a more comprehensive sound experience.
Details and Noise Management
Historically, hearing aids have dealt with the problem of sound coming from multiple directions by filtering out certain sounds in favor of other, more important ones. Unfortunately, given how the brain processes sound, this can prove to be problematic. A great deal of our dynamic experience of sound is tied to the context that comes with contrasting inputs. This means that simply eliminating sounds can affect that natural flow of sound processing and result in a far less detailed auditory image of the environment. This is one of the reasons why the latest Oticon hearing aid represents such a fundamental leap forward. Rather than filtering out some sounds and leaving others behind, it works with and facilitates the brain's normal modes by allowing it to follow and process several sounds sources all at the same time. The enhanced sound experience is tied to two different resources developed by the Oticon team: OpenSound Navigator and Spatial Sound LX. The former is capable of scanning the environment for sound inputs a staggering 100 times per second. It can then create a balanced auditory landscape out of this incredible store of real-time information.
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The Oticon Opn is the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid. Its 360-degree sound helps your brain understand up to 30% more speech, making it easier for you to catch every word.
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Ability to Reduce Brain Stress
Brain stress brought about by hearing aid interaction is difficult to quantify. OPN is the first hearing aid that is scientifically proven to reduce the amount of effort expended by the brain during the use of a hearing aid. Through the method of pupillometry, a brain-stress measurement system that measures the pupil's reactions in order to gauge cognitive load, scientists were able to demonstrate a dramatic reduction in listening effort. Scientists also noticed an increased level of speech understanding, in comparison to other leading hearing aids. By lowering the level of mental effort required to comprehend conversation, users also experienced a significant increase in the amount of the conversation remembered.
The ability of the Oticon Opn to deliver a more sophisticated sound landscape in a more efficient way is powered in large part by the newly developed Velox-platform. This ultra-fast chip was five years in the making and delivers an unparalleled level of speed. It is the extreme speed of the Velox that enables Oticon's latest hearing aid to analyze several noise sources at once and process them into one coherent and detailed picture of the environment. Processing data at 50 times the speed of its closest competitor, it is clear why the Oticon Opn represents such a leap forward.
Aside from its advanced performance, the Oticon is also the first hearing aid to feature a fully integrated internet connectivity. This has the potential to open up new areas of functionality for hearing aids. Currently, the device's connectivity can be used to link it to household items, such as door bells, baby monitors and thermostats. So, for instance, the user would hear a soft ping in their hearing aid to let them know there is someone at the front door. However, this kind of functionality should represent just the tip of the iceberg. As more services and products that are compatible with the device and its network become available, there will be more possibilities to stay connected to the world around you.
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