Oticon Hearing Aids
Models, Features, Prices, and Reviews
07 August 2019
Oticon is the flagship brand of Demant A/S of Denmark, the world's second largest hearing aid manufacturer. Founded in 1904 by Hans Demant, whose wife had hearing loss, Oticon has a long history of innovation in hearing aids. In 2016, with the introduction of its Made-for-iPhone Opn hearing aids, Oticon delivered what it called the first wireless "internet-connected hearing aids" along with advances in sound processing for better hearing.
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2018: Oticon Siya
2016: Oticon Opn
2015: Oticon Ria2, Oticon Nera2, Oticon Alta2
2013: Oticon Nera, Oticon Alta
2011: Oticon Intiga, Oticon Ino
2010: Oticon Chili, Oticon Acto, Oticon Agil
2008: Oticon Dual Mini
Oticon hearing aid technologies
Oticon has done extensive research at its Eriksholm Research Center and Center for Applied Audiology Research in Denmark on how the brain processes sound. In 2017, it introduced the Velox technology platform to provide processing power for an array of new, research-based "BrainHearing" capabilities. Integrating a more powerful chipset with new sound processing software. Velox provides substantial improvements over its earlier Inium Sense platform.
- Velox provides 50 times faster data processing to analyze and balance individual sounds and make it easier to follow rapidly changing conversations in noisy environments.
- It scans, analyzes and reacts to the environment more than 100 times per second, enabling OpenSound Navigator software to balance speech sources and remove noise between words.
- It performs binaural processing two times faster than before, improving sound quality and locating sounds with Spatial Sound software.
- Speech Rescue technology shifts amplified sounds in the hearing device to frequencies where you can better understand speech.
- Speech Guard software monitors the ongoing level of speech signals while also looking for quick changes in sound levels beyond the normal changes in speech signals—it responds to both types of signals simultaneously, adjusting environmental sound levels to maintain comfort while amplifying speech to improve understanding in demanding listening situations.
- And TwinLink wireless connectivity facilitates ear-to-ear communication between hearing aids, balancing sound processing at the same time that it streams audio from 2.4 GHz accessories.
Oticon also offers Made for iPhone hearing aids as well as accessories that enable audio streaming from standard Bluetooth devices
Oticon hearing aid models
Oticon makes premium hearing aids, programmed by an audiologist or other hearing health professional based on the results of your hearing test. Oticon's Opn and Opn S lead a comprehensive family of Oticon hearing devices with a broad range of hearing aid features and a choice of models for people of all ages. Oticon hearing aids can be tuned for an array of listening experiences. And they serve the entire spectrum of hearing loss, ranging from mild to profound. They come in all form factors, with tailored solutions for first-time users and children, for older adults, and for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss requiring super-power hearing aids. Solutions also include Made-for-iPhone hearing aids, Bluetooth streaming accessories, rechargeable solutions offering a full day of battery life on a single charge, and smartphone control apps.
Oticon introduced its popular Opn hearing instruments in 2016. And in 2019, it followed up with a significant upgrade, Opn S. Oticon says their “BrainHearing” sound processing technology results in less listening effort, better speech understanding, and capacity to remember more of what one has heard. The hearing aids reduce the mental processing power required to understand speech in noise, giving the brain more capacity to process speech and to understand and remember what's being said.
Oticon says its “open sound experience” is designed to put "speech understanding on par with normal hearing." Speech Rescue LX, which shifts frequencies to levels where the individual has less hearing loss, is available in every Oticon Opn and Opn S model. The OpenSound Optimizer provides optimal gain all day be analyzing various listening environments and automatically adjusting amplification levels. It also eliminates feedback by anticipating and preventing annoying whistling before it even happens. And Opn hearing aids can stream music directly from iPhones or iPads, from Android smartphones, and from other Bluetooth-enabled devices via Oticon's ConnectClip accessory. Opn S hearing aids also come with a rechargeable MiniRITE R option.
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Oticon's Opn Play hearing aids are the latest confirmation of the company's long-standing commitment to pediatric hearing care solutions. Four different styles can each be fitted for hearing losses in children ranging from mild to severe. Styles include traditional behind-the-ear (BTE) form factor; smaller Opn miniRITE (receiver-in-the-ear) or miniRITE T (with a telecoil); and the miniRITE R, which includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Opn Play comes in a range of 12 colors along with decorative stickers that let children lend their own personalities to the hearing aids.
Opn Play hearing aids are also fully compatible with the Amigo FM classroom microphone and transmitter for children in schools, and with the ConnectClip microphone that makes communication with caregivers and teachers easier for children.
Oticon Siya hearing aids include a broad range of models and technology levels, and are a more affordable product family running on the Velox platform. Behind-the-ear models include the Siya miniRITE, the Siya BTE13 PP, and the Siya miniRITE-T. And there are a range of in-the-ear models ranging from tiny invisible-in-the-ear (IIE) custom hearing aids that sit deep within the ear canal to slightly larger and more powerful models.
The more affordable Oticon Siya hearing aid family, based on the Velox sound processing technology platform, comes in a variety of form factors and performance levels.
Oticon Dynamo super-power hearing aids
Oticon says its Dynamo super-power hearing aids "bring the benefits of proven BrainHearing™ technologies to people with severe-to-profound hearing loss." In addition to super-power amplification without feedback, Dynamo hearing aids include Oticon's Speech Rescue feature which preserves the high frequency speech information by shifting it to the wearer's better-functioning mid frequencies. During this process, the high frequency sounds remain untouched at their natural location to keep a natural broad frequency response for one of the fullest sound experiences possible. Available in seven colors, Dynamo hearing aids are powered by size 13 batteries.
Oticon legacy hearing aid models
Oticon continues to support a broad range of legacy hearing-aid models based on previous generations of its sound-processing technology. Because these models still provide high-performance sound processing and functionality, some audiologist may still sell them at lower price points than the latest models.
Alta and Alta2
Oticon Alta hearing aids include at least nine unique models and two unique technology levels. Models include the Alta miniRITE, the Alta RITE, the Alta miniBTE, the Alta CIC, the Alta BTE, the Alta ITC, the Alta HS, the Alta FS, and the Alta designRITE. Technology levels include the Alta Pro and the Alta. Oticon Alta2 is a family of hearing aids that includes at least three unique models, including the Alta2 miniRITE, the Alta2 IIC, and the Alta2 BTE13 100.
Nera and Nera 2
The Oticon Nera hearing-aid family includes at least nine unique models and two technology levels . Models include the Nera miniRITE, the Nera RITE, the Nera miniBTE, the Nera CIC, the Nera BTE, the Nera ITC, the Nera HS, the Nera FS, and the Nera designRITE. Technology levels include the Nera Pro and the Nera.
The Oticon Nera2 RITE is a receiver in the ear hearing aid that has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button, an ingress protection rating of IP57, and uses size 312 hearing aid batteries and has directionality and adjustment synchronization.
The Oticon Ria2 miniRite is a receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid that has a push button and uses size 312 hearing aid batteries. It has directional microphones, adjustment synchronization, and tinnitus relief.
The Oticon Agil family of hearing aids includes at least eight unique models and two technology levels. Models include the Agil miniRITE, the Agil RITE, the Agil miniBTE, the Agil BTE, the Agil CIC/MIC, the Agil ITC, the Agil HS, and the Agil LP/FS. Technology levels include the Agil Pro and the Agil .
The Oticon Acto hearing aid family includes at least eight unique models and two technology levels. Models include the Acto miniRITE, the Acto RITE, the Acto miniBTE, the Acto BTE, the Acto CIC/MIC, the Acto ITC, the Acto HS, and the Acto LP/FS. Technology levels include the Acto Pro and the Acto .
Oticon Ino hearing aids include at least eight unique models and two unique technology levels. Models include the Ino miniRITE, the Ino RITE, the Ino miniBTE, the Ino BTE, the Ino CIC/MIC, the Ino ITC, the Ino HS, and the Ino LP/FS. Technology levels include the Ino Pro and the Ino .
The Oticon Chili is a behind-the-ear super-power hearing aid that has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button, an ingress protection rating of IP57, and uses size 13 hearing aid batteries. Technology levels include the Chili SP9, the Chili SP7, and the Chili SP5.
Oticon wireless hearing-aid apps and accessories
Oticon hearing aid accessories transmit audio from your phone and TV directly to your hearing aids. And Oticon smartphone apps let you control your hearing aid programs and Bluetooth settings. Following are accessories for popular Oticon hearing aid models. Make sure to check with your provider to see which accessories work with which models.
Connect Clip microphone
A microphone small enough to clip to your collar, Connect Clip can turn your hearing aids into a wireless stereo headset. It transmits audio to your hearing aids, allowing you to listen to someone speaking from a distance. It also lets you make hands-free phone calls from your iPhone or Android smartphone. And it enables you to adjust your hearing aids using a remote control function.
TV Adapter 3.0
Oticon’s TV Adapter works with Opn and Opn S hearing aids and connects to almost any audio device using standard cables provided. It streams audio directly to your hearing aids at the volume you choose and has an effective range of up to 45 feet.
Internet-connected ON smartphone app
With the Oticon ON app, you can control your hearing aids from your smartphone. And, utilizing the “if this then that” (IFTTT) internet-of-things protocol, it enables your hearing aids to interact with other Internet-connected devices and services.
For instance, the Oticon ON app lets you set your Opn hearing aids to trigger your lights, home alarm or smart thermostat. Or you can set your hearing aids to notify you when the laundry is finished, or when someone's at the door.
Opn S MiniRITE R hearing aids take three hours to fully charge in the Oticon Recharger. And, if necessary, a 30-minute charge will provide up to six hours of use. Oticon says its lithium-ion battery technology provides enjoy a full day of hearing, including streaming from smartphones and other Bluetooth devices.
An overnight lithium-ion battery charge provides all-day power, and a 30-minute fast charge provides up to six additional hours of hearing aid use.
Compatible hearing aids
ConnectLine Streamer Pro
Oticon also has a range of ConnectLine accessories for hearing aid models that came before Opn and Opn S. A wireless streamer with built-in microphone, ConnectLine Streamer Pro is worn around the neck. It can be used to make hands free phone calls. It also receives audio signals from the Connect Clip microphone or from the ConnectLine TV adapter and retransmits them to your hearing aids.
And ConnectLine App is an iPhone and Android smartphone app available from the app store that works with ConnectLine StreamerPro. It allows you to remotely control the settings and switch programs on your hearing aids, to check your battery level, and to manage wireless, hands-free phone calls.
Oticon tinnitus solutions
Oticon hearing aids with Tinnitus SoundSupport play a wide range of tinnitus relief sounds, such as white noise and soothing ocean waves to mask the ringing, humming and buzzing of tinnitus sounds in your head. You can discreetly control the sounds in your hearing aids using the Oticon ON App for iPhone and Android. Users can also wirelessly stream alternative tinnitus relief options from your phone.
Check out these recent reviews for Oticon-brand hearing aids. Click on the model name to see more reviews!
I would definitely not recommend this hearing aid! Nothing but trouble. I am a VERY gentle, careful person and this thing is broken more than working. Wire breaks at connector frequently - no warranty - $130+ each time to repair. Plastic cover for adjustment buttons falls off. Very poor engineering design and shoddy manufacturing. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about, I have been an electronic engineer for decades.
I upgraded from Oticon Chilis so I could try out this whole "BrainHearing" technology I kept reading about... Unfortunately, my brain is still not hearing with the new Oticons! I am still having a great deal of trouble in background noise, though I guess you could say it is a marginal improvement over the last pair. The one thing I absolutely love is being able to have hands-free calls with my hearing aids... but unfortunately I needed to buy the ConnectClip to make that a reality. No hands-free without it, even with iPhone!!