Introducing the NEW Oticon OPN
The new Oticon OPN, powered by the Velox Processing Platform, provides wearers with an exciting combination of new features and reliable functionality. OPN, pronounced “open,” provides wearers with a fuller spectrum of sound in their environment and empowers the brain by allowing wearers to choose the sounds they want to hear.
Velox Processing Platform
Velox is an ultra-fast and precise processing platform with a 64-band frequency resolution. Velox assists the brain in its hearing process, giving Oticon hearing aid wearers an improved listening experience.
Wearers have reported 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments and a 20% greater capacity to remember in challenging noise situations. With hearing loss, the brain struggles to make sense of muddled signals. Velox assists the brain in the auditory process, providing wearers with 30% better speech understanding and clarity in noise.
Unlike traditional hearing aids, which focus narrowly on specific sounds, Velox employs an “open sound solution.” This allows wearers to experience a full soundscape, even in the most challenging sound environments. Thus, OPN wearers are empowered to focus on the sounds they want to hear, providing them with significant cognitive benefits.
OPN builds upon the groundbreaking BrainHearing Technology introduced by Oticon. BrainHearing Technology supports the brain in the process of hearing, combining a number of features and technologies to make listening easier. BrainHearing Technology addresses the realities of hearing loss: that when you receive incomplete or muddle sound signals, your brain struggles to fill in the gaps. This extra energy spent to hear takes a toll on your cognitive abilities.
OPN incorporates BrainHearing Technology and takes it a step further. Where traditional hearing aids hone in specific sounds in complex listening environments, OPN opens up the listening environment. With the ultra-fast Velox Platform, OPN analyzes all sounds from your environment, allowing you to process multiple sounds simultaneously.
With the OpenSound Navigator, OPN scans 360-degrees of the listening environment, 100 times a second. With the Velox platform, sounds are analyzed and balanced by algorithms to create a fuller sound picture for wearers.
Oticon reports, “Users can now follow the sounds they want to hear and shift attention when desired. Surrounding sounds are available, but not intrusive so users can focus on the sounds they want to hear, even in noisy situations.”
As a wireless hearing aid, Opn offers TwinLink – two wireless communication systems in one hearing aid. Opn simulates natural binaural hearing with near-field magnetic communication (NFMI), which facilitates ear-to-ear communication between the two hearing aids. With TwinLink, wearers may stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their smartphones to their Opn hearing aids.
Opn gives wearers the option to connect to Internet – an industry first. With the web service If This Then That (IFTTT.com), Opn hearing aids connect to services offered on the site to connect to sounds commonly experienced in daily life (doorbells, baby monitors, alarms, thermostats, security systems, etc.).
Overall, these innovative features allow OPN to support your brain in the process of hearing. With improved speech intelligibility and better access to sounds in your environment, your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to hear – which allows its cognitive abilities to be better used elsewhere, preserving your mental energy.
Other Features and Styles
OPN is a mini receiver-in-canal hearing aid, discreet and small. Worn over the ear, it is barely noticeable (especially when customizable with eight different colors to blend with your skin tone and hair color). OPN is easy and convenient to use, with simple controls and long-lasting battery life. Through the Oticon ON App, OPN wearers are able to stream TV, music, and other media directly to their ears.
Oticon: Company Overview
Founded in 1904 in Denmark, Oticon is a leader in research and innovation for hearing solutions. Driven by their “people first” mission, Oticon puts their 100+ years of experience in the hearing industry to use in developing some of the most exciting new hearing instruments on the market. In the era following World War II, Oticon began to focus on technological research and design – specifically on the science of hearing and how instruments may support this process. Now, with research and development from the Ericksholm Research Institute, Oticon hearing aids embody cutting edge technology that continues to push the envelope for hearing aid design.