Note from the audiologist:  Oticon takes an unique but effective approach to hearing.  Although they have some of the best hearing aid technology in the world, and are one of the leaders in binaural hearing aid communication, their focus is in feeding the brain sound information, in as clear a way as possible, so that the brain can do the job it was designed to do.  They have pioneered an ability to customize how the sound is presented to the brain.  At the risk of getting to nerdy, the brain accepts information more effectively when it is presented in a way that it prefers.  We each have our own preferences for how sound is presented to us, for example my neighbor, 3 houses down likes to listen to his music at a level that by the time it travels to my bedroom is at the volume I like to listen to most music at.  Another example that I see, some patients do better when they hear every little sound around them. For others this would be too overwhelming and distracting and instead of helping, would compete with what they are trying to understand.  These patients do better when the hearing aids dampen the unwanted competing sounds.  Oticon, allows me to test for and optimize how it manipulates sounds to match your unique hearing profile.  Oticon also has a fantastic pediatric product line, where they go all out in both technology and patient services.

Speech Guard:  Captures and preserves the unique characteristics of speech.  Most hearing aids are very quick to react to increased loudness levels, like the clinking of dishes.  To try and protect the user they would decrease the volume and then monitor the listening environment for a little while before coming back to the original loudness.  Unfortunately this meant that the conversation the hearing aid user was trying to hear decreased as well.  Speech guard prevents speech from decreasing in while protecting the user from loud sounds.

Spatial Sound:  Helps both ears work together with the brain in real time.  Spatial Sound enables you to better hear where sounds are coming from by preserving the difference in sound between the ears. We have two ears for a reason: two ears with a head in between helps us to hear the world around us, rather than just a world in our head.

Free Focus:  Prioritizes speech over background noise through varying degrees of directionality. The system analyses the pitch at which noise occurs, the level of noise, the direction the noise originates from, and the type of sounds around the listener.  Specifically developed to improve speech understanding in groups, crowds and background noise. Free Focus comprises a total of five focus modes that can be programmed to meet your personal preferences and avoid overloading the brain.

YouMatic: Uses personal profiles to determine how much help the patient needs from the hearing instrument. YouMatic gives more personal dimensions to how hearing aids react and respond. It enables you to adjust your perception and enjoyment of sound. YouMatic uses the hearing aids’ constant environment detection and Artificial Intelligence system to personalise the sound experience at your preference.

Connect Line:  Accessories that allow Oticon hearing aids to connect to multiple devices.