Oticon Hearing Aids
Models, Features, Prices, and Reviews
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 producing innovative hearing aid technology. In 2016, with the introduction of its first Made-for-iPhone hearing aids—Oticon Opn—the company delivered what it called the first wireless "internet-connected hearing aids" along with advances in sound processing for better hearing.
Released in 2021, Oticon More is the latest flagship hearing aid from Oticon. More picks up where Opn left off, advancing Oticon's BrainHearing™ philosophy with a Deep Neural Network (DNN) that runs onboard Oticon's new Polaris sound processing platform.
Introducing Oticon More™ - a hearing aid designed to deliver the full sound scene. Video courtesy Oticon. Closed captions are available on this video. If you are using a mobile phone, please enable captions by clicking on the three small dots.
2019: Oticon Xceed, Oticon Opn S
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 has done extensive research at its Centre for Applied Audiology Research in Denmark on how the brain processes sound. In 2016, Oticon launched the groundbreaking Velox technology platform, which powered the best-selling Opn hearing aids. Velox introduced a number of proprietary sound processing algorithms designed to deliver BrainHearing™, which Oticon claimed gave “your brain access to the full sound scene—to support your brain in working more effectively.”
Oticon launches BrainHearing™ in 2017.
The Polaris platform
Oticon’s latest sound processing platform, Polaris™, delivers an improved version BrainHearing™ with a more powerful chipset and improved sound processing algorithms. With “16x more capacity to execute advanced algorithms”, “twice the computation capacity and speed”, and an on-board deep neural network (DNN) processor, Oticon claims Polaris delivers a number of substantial improvements over its predecessor (Velox S).
Based on EEG brain measurements, Oticon claims Polaris “delivers 30% more sound to the brain” and “makes the full sound scene 60% clearer”. The company also cites internal research showing a 15% improvement in speech understanding in background noise when comparing the new Oticon More (powered by Polaris) to Opn S (powered by Velox S).
Polaris vs Velox. Velox powers Opn and Opn S, while Polaris powers the new Oticon More hearing aids.
In terms of technology, Oticon has changed the game in 2021 by delivering the first hearing aids that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to try to improve speech understanding. Other hearing aid companies have launched Machine Learning (ML) and AI platforms to provide greater sound quality and listening comfort, but improving speech understanding using these futuristic technologies has been the holy grail for consumers and hearing aid manufacturers alike.
Oticon’s unique AI approach, dubbed MoreSound Intelligence™, uses an on-board Deep Neural Network (DNN) to process sounds and “create contrast” among the sounds that are identified. Oticon claims their unique process makes it easier to focus and easier to follow conversations, and leads to “improved speech understanding”.
Oticon hearing aid prices
Oticon hearing aids range in price from $1,277 to $3,822 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the Siya, Opn S, Xceed, Ruby, and More.
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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 More 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 and Android ASHA-compatible hearing aids, Bluetooth streaming accessories, rechargeable solutions offering a full day of battery life on a single charge, and smartphone control apps.
Oticon MoreThe latest and greatest technology
More is the successor to the popular Oticon Opn product family. More picks up where Opn S left off, advancing Oticon's BrainHearing™ philosophy with a Deep Neural Network (DNN) that runs onboard Oticon's new Polaris sound processing platform, discussed above. Oticon claims More provides a 15% improvement in speech understanding when compared to Opn S.
As of early 2021, Oticon has only released one model, the Oticon More miniRITE-R. The miniRITE-R is a rechargeable behind-the-ear hearing aid with iPhone and Android wireless connectivity, an onboard telecoil, and a push button rocker switch. The miniRITE-R has an IP68 rating for moisture and dust protection. It comes in a variety of skin and hair colors, and also includes a new pink option.
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Oticon More in Costco
While you can’t purchase the Oticon More in Costco, you can purchase the Philips HearLink 9030 “with AI sound technology”, for $1,799 per pair (including charger)—both are manufactured by Demant. While not identical, the hearing aids appear to be functionally similar, and offer the same wireless iOS / Android streaming features.
Oticon Opn SThe previous generation flagship
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.
Based on the upgraded Velox S sound processing platform, 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.
Opn hearing aids can also stream music directly from iPhones or iPads, from Android smartphones, and from other Bluetooth-enabled devices via Oticon's ConnectClip accessory. And Opn S hearing aids come with a rechargeable MiniRITE R option.
Oticon SiyaOticon technology on a budget
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 XceedSuper-power hearing aids
In 2019, Oticon introduced the Xceed family of hearing aids for people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Oticon says Xceed is the world’s most powerful hearing aid, with 146 dB SPL and 87 dB full-on-gain. Powered by the Velox S platform, and featuring BrainHearing™ technology, it also provides the same extensive connectivity options provided by the Opn S family.
Xceed hearing aids deliver many of the same high-performance benefits found in the Opn S hearing aids. OpenSound Navigator provides 360° access to speech. Oticon’s BrainHearing technology provides better speech clarity and less listening effort. A full range of connectivity options includes direct Made-for-iPhone wireless streaming as well as 2.4 GHz streaming from Oticon’s ConnectClip remote mic and TV Adapter. And the Oticon ON App provides smartphone control.
Finally, Xceed Play is a model that provides super power for pediatric patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
Opn Play and Xceed Play for children
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-to-profound. 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.
They also come in a super-power version for children. Xceed Play hearing aids deliver Oticon’s latest sound processing and connectivity technology platform to children with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
Oticon CROS solutions
Oticon has integrated its top technologies into a CROS (contralateral routing of signal) solution for people with single-sided deafness. A transmitter on the deaf side sends sound to a hearing aid on the side with better hearing. That way, users get 360-degree sound and overcome the “head shadow” effect that blocks sound from the side of the head with the deaf ear.
Oticon's CROS solutions send a wireless Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) signal from a transmitter located on the poorer ear to a receiver on the better ear. And TwinLink technology integrates 2.4 GHz streamed audio from Bluetooth devices. (Source: Oticon)
Oticon’s CROS solutions also feature TwinLink technology, which connects the hearing aids to external audio sources via 2.4 GHz Bluetooth low energy, while simultaneously receiving sound transmission via Near-Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) from the poorer to the better ear. This enables patients to watch television or listen to music while carrying on a conversation with someone positioned on their poorer ear side. Oticon CROS is compatible with Oticon’s premium product families; Oticon Opn S, Oticon Opn Play, Oticon Xceed and Oticon Xceed Play. CROS compatibility is expected for More.
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.
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.
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.
Dynamo super-power hearing aids
Otico’s Dynamo super-power hearing aids were the first to bring the benefits of Oticon’s 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.