Oticon Opn™

Proven to make it easier on the brain

A true BrainHearing™ solution

Oticon Opn gives the brain substantial help in noisy environments

Oticon Opn provides the brain with better conditions to perform, enabling it to understand speech without restricting access to the rest of the sound environment.

This means it can more easily focus on the most interesting sounds, and switch attention if something important occurs. By helping the brain make sense of sound, users will ultimately be more in control.

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Oticon Opn - Unprecedented benefits

Oticon Opn makes it easier for users to listen to multiple speakers in challenging environments by delivering a more natural open sound experience. This enables the user to participate actively, remember more of what is being said and leads to better speech understanding.

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Oticon Opn significantly reduces listening effort

New research shows a significant increase in listening effort for people with hearing loss, even when noise is quieter than speech.

Testing people’s ability to understand speech in noisy environments has become somewhat of a benchmark in hearing research. But when it comes to understanding how people with hearing loss handle typical daily listening situations, simple speech-in-noise testing is not enough*.

With the speed and precision of Multiple Speaker Access Technology (MSAT), the OpenSound Navigator can reduce noise enough to significantly reduce listening effort in everyday listening environments, while at the same time delivering an open sound experience.

OpenSound Navigator significantly narrows the gap between hearing loss and normal hearing in everyday listening environments. Consequently, across different listening environments Oticon Opn 1 will provide the most support.****

* Keidser, ”Introduction to Special Issue: Towards Ecologically Valid Protocols for the Assessment of Hearing and Hearing Devices”, JAAA 2016
** Ohlenforst et al. 2017."Impact of stimulus-related factors and hearing impairment on listening effort as indicated by pupil dilation" Hearing research – Persons with hearing loss had audibility compensated with audibility.
*** Wendt et al. 2017, Impact of noise and noise reduction on processing effort: A pupillometry study", Ear and Hearing – Data indicate a 33% and 35% reduction in peak pupil dilation at SNRs of 1.3dB and 7.1dB respectively. Individual benefits may depend on prescription.

**** Only Oticon Opn 1 has the full effect of OpenSound Navigator™

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About BrainHearing

Hearing is a cognitive process and hearing loss limits the details the brain receives, making the brain work harder to makes sense of sound.

Oticon Opn delivers better hearing with less effort by supporting the way the brain to make sense of sound enabling it to 1. orient, 2. separate, 3. focus and 4. recognise sound in the best way. We call this approach BrainHearing.

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1. Orient

With access to sounds and detailed spatial information available, the brain can naturally orient itself in the sound environment.

2. Separate

The enhanced contrast between the elements of the open sound experience helps the brain separate relevant sounds from competing noise.

3. Focus

With constant access to sounds, even in complex environments, the brain can choose where to focus and re-focus.

4. Recognise

Rebalancing the sounds makes them distinct and easier to recognise. This frees up capacity in the brain to store and recall information.

Hearing aids help keep the brain fit

Active use of hearing aids will make it easier for hearing impaired people to participate in social activities. Social activities stimulate the brain, which decreases the risk of accelerated cognitive decline.

“It’s never too late to act against hearing impairment. But the sooner you treat hearing impairment, the better for your cognition” says Hélène Amieva, Professor at the University of Bordeaux.

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