From the feedback I have received thus far, I would have to say YES. My patients have all been thrilled with their Oticon Opn devices. They have a variety of experiences with hearing aids and a variety of hearing losses and all have been very happy. One patient wore them while at Tijuana Flats during lunch time, returned 2 hours later and purchased them.
Alta 2 Pro's are great hearing aids. I have a long term user patient who was going to buy Alta2 Pros but after trying the OPN felt it was that much better and bought these aids. Its a no brainer for iPhone patients. This same patient, who could never use the streamer to hear on the phone now says she is thrilled to finally hear on her phone. Everyone we've had have been very happy.
The OPN instruments were developed based on an entirely new theory on how hearing instruments should be processing sound. For example, upgrading from the Alta Pro to the Alta2 Pro may only provide a slight improvement in overall speech understanding because it was still using the same "computer chip" with a few tweaks and upgrades. Typically, when manufacturers launch an entirely new product on a new "platform" (computer chip), more improvement in overall sound quality is expected. As Christopher stated, I would have a hard time justifying a new purchase if you've only had your Alta 2 instruments for a year or two. Another variable to consider is that if you have an iPhone, you can now stream phone calls and music from your phone direct to the OPN instruments without needing a streamer.
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