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Are the new Oticon Opn hearing aids really that much better in background noise? I am considering upgrading from Alta2.

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Sheri Gostomelsky, AuD
We have only fit a handful of patients so far. But, so far the feedback (no pun intended) has been great for hearing in noise! We all have different abilities to hear in noise and from my standpoint, this is a key factor in personalizing any solution.

What does a seven-tone "tune" coming from one of my Oticon Alta 2 hearing aids mean?

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Kara Norcross, AuD
I spoke with Oticon.  They stated it is likely the Start-up "jingle" meaning it is the tones that come one when the hearing aid is first turned on.  If you are having the tones happen after you've worn them a while, it indicates the power is going off and coming back on.  You can change the battery. If it is a new battery you probably want to try a new... Read more

Will Oticon release a microphone like the Resound multimic for the Oticon Opn?

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Matthew Pearson
To answer the question, at the moment: no. With regard to The Connect Clip which should be coming later in the year (will connect the Opn's to Android phones) Oticon's tech department are currently unsure if will have built in mic but it may do. You can currently use the mic on the iPhone as a remote mic. You start "live listen" it works like & phone... Read more

Does the Oticon streamer send stereo Bluetooth to the Alta 2 Pro miniRITE?

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Chelsea Walters, BS, BC-HIS
No the Streamer Pro only allows mono audio streaming to both devices.  The new Oticon Opn productline does stream in stereo directly from the iPhone.

I'm suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss of maybe 10-20%. Would the Oticon Nera2 would help me?

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD
You may wish to choose a hearing aid that has a tinnitus sound generator feature that comes standard in the device (such as the Oticon Opn, if  you want to stick with the Oticon brand).  Tinnitus sound generators provide a background noise (such as soft static or ocean waves) to provide a distraction to your brain so you do not focus as much on the sound... Read more

I hear eight tones in my left ear randomly, what is the cause? I wear the Oticon Opn 1.

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Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko, AuD
It is possible that this is the Oticon Opn equivalent to a car's check engine light. If it continues to happen, take it to your audiologist or hearing aid specialist so they can troubleshoot. Good luck!