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77% score based on 144 reviews
Opn™ is Oticon's newest hearing aid family. Running on Oticon's new Velox™ Platform, the Opn™ will process data 50x faster than Oticon's previous processing platform, "Inium Sense." Oticon has also bumped the number of frequency processing channels to 64 and added an environmental analysis that runs in excess of 100x per second. Oticon claims that all this processing power has helped them to achieve better speech understanding, reduced listening effort, and an increase the ability to remember conversations.
Aside from processing improvements the Oticon Opn™ miniRITE is the first Oticon hearing have direct iPhone connectivity. This means no more intermediary device necessary to stream audio, phone calls, etc, from your iPhone (or compatible iOS device). From Oticon's marketing materials: Oticon Opn is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th and 6th generation). Devices must be running iOS 9.3 or later.
Opn™ may be paired with the TV Adapter 3.0 for a 2.4GHz audio streaming solution for television. Again, no intermediary device is required. For more information on this solution, check out the technical data sheet.
One last very interesting improvement: Oticon is the first hearing aid manufacturer to add an integration with the If This Then That (IFTTT) network, which effectively enables Opn™ users to control their home via "Internet of Things (IoT)" Not sure what that means? You're not alone! Here's a brief description of IoT from Wikipedia: The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The IoT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit; when IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
So what does having your hearing aid connected to IFTTT/IoT mean for you anyway? In Oticon's own words: The Oticon ON app unlocks the power of the internet of things. IFTTT (If This Then That) is an ever expanding internet-based service, which enables you to integrate your hearing solution with a vast range of online products and solutions such as your home lighting, doorbell, alarm system, and mobile phone. For more information on IFTTT and the Oticon Opn™ see our article: Oticon Opn Internet-Connected Hearing Aids Offer More Than Amplification
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 14 April 2016
The Oticon Opn miniRITE has a push button (program control, volume control, and mute control), water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, rechargeable batteries, uses size 312 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 01 June 2017
The Oticon Opn miniRITE-T has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control, volume control, and mute control), water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, uses size 312 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
Professionally-fitted hearing aid
Release Date: 01 June 2017
The Oticon Opn BTE13 PP has a telecoil, a dedicated volume control, a push button (program control, volume control, and mute control), water resistant coating, an ingress protection rating of IP68, uses size 13 hearing aid batteries, is Android compatible, and is Made For iPhone.
|Oticon Opn miniRITE||Oticon Opn miniRITE-T||Oticon Opn BTE13 PP|
|Disposable Batteries||Battery Size
|IP Rating (Liquid)||8||8||8|
|IP Rating (Solid)||6||6||6|
|Made For iPhone||Lowest iOS Version
|Lowest iOS Version
|Lowest iOS Version
|Push Button||Push Button Options
||Push Button Options
||Push Button Options
|Rechargeable Batteries||Battery Type
|Water Resistant Coating|
Model details listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email email@example.com.
|Oticon Opn 3||Oticon Opn 2||Oticon Opn 1|
Number of processing channels
Number of adjustment bands
Balancing power effect
Balancing power effect
|Binaural Noise Management|
|Feedback shield LX|
Maximum noise removal
Maximum noise removal
|3 dB||5 dB||9 dB|
|Multiple Directionality Options|
OpenSound Navigator™ Level
|Level 3||Level 2||Level 1|
|Soft Speech Booster LX|
Spatial Sound™ LX
Number of Spatial Sound™ LX estimators
|2 estimators||2 estimators||4 estimators|
Speech Guard™ LX
Speech Guard™ LX Level
|Level 3||Level 2||Level 1|
|Speech Rescue™ LX|
|Stereo streaming (2.4 GHz)|
Transient Noise Management
|Wind Noise Management|
Number of Configurations
|1 configuration||2 configurations||3 configurations|
Technology specifications listed above may be incomplete or inaccurate. For full specifications please refer to product specifications published by the original equipment manufacturer. To suggest a correction to the details listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MFI connection to an iPhone made using a phone much better for me. The Oticon OPN 1 instruments are an improvement over the Siemens Pure I had for 3 years previously for hearing and connectivity to the phone (I used a mini-tek with the Siemens). I had to have a receiver replaced - done quickly by my provider. I have firmware 6 in the instruments and a recent firmware in the ConnectClip. Got the ConnectClip to provide a connection to computers (Macs at work and home) and for connection to a Bluetooth enabled Cisco VOIP phone at work. It works OK with the computers but has been a trial with the work phone so I tend to use my iPhone as that works well with the more recent OPN firmware versions. I don't have the audiogram values but have a small loss below 1KHz and increasing loss with increasing frequency (moderate to severe) in both ears. Probably a combination of age, genetics, and loud noise exposure as a young adult (military helicopter pilot and guns).
I received no response from my 2 emails to Oticon requesting help or direction to get help. Poor customer serves after spending thousands of dollars. Very disappointing. I’m having a hissing noise in he right aid. I’m traveling in Mexico. I often travel and should be able to get service on these hearing aids. Aids purchased this summer in North Vancouver BC. I read on line it may need a cleaning. I tried to clean it as directed, there is no sign of dust or wax. Tried right aid in left ear still hissing sound. So it’s not me it’s the hearing aid. Hearing useless in quiet situations. Rob
Happy overall, but not overjoyed with performance in noisy environments as compared to my Siemens Pure 7BX. Still working with Audi to improve. I especially enjoy the iPhone interface and TV Streamer as Phone and watching TV present my greatest difficulty.
I actually have the Oticon Opn 1 miniRITE-T, which has the t-coil. I hear much better with these hearing aids practically everywhere I go. The T-coil is great when I use them at the theatre, which is why I wanted hearing aids in the first place. I can even hear the play without the t-coil turned on, but it is better with it. These aids are a bit pricey but they are top of the line. They are my first pair so I have nothing to compare them to - but I love them.
I upgraded to a pair of Oticon OPN1s after using a single Oticon Delta in my right ear for ~10 years. I have ski slope hearing loss that drops to severe in my right ear and severe to profound in my left. I trialed the OPNs for 6 weeks before purchasing them. Overall, I am extremely pleased. I can understand speech better in almost all situations—on the phone, at noisy restaurants, in large groups, and in lecture hall situations. I was also pleased to hear many sounds I've never heard clearly before (birds singing, tree frogs peeping). I had some recurring issue with Bluetooth and ZPower rechargeable batteries, but most have been resolved with updates to the lasted firmware. My audiologist had to fit me with custom ear molds to address feedback issues, but with the new molds, feedback noises and squeals are completely gone. The aids are uncomfortable after a while, particular at the back of the ear where the aid rests, but it is tolerable. I highly recommend them for people with ski slope high frequency loss, providing you can find an audiologist who know how to fit them properly for your hearing loss fingerprint.
After a disastrous and frustrating experience with big box store hearing aids, these are a welcome relief. I am still in the very early stages of adjustment, so my own voice still sounds like I'm in a vast empty room (Hate that), but I have had some brief moments of it sounding normal, so I'm hoping that is a sign of my brain adjusting. I'm wearing them daily in spite of some physical discomfort and hearing more background noise than I'm used to, but I'm determined to give my brain time to adapt. I do hear speech better in noisy environments, but I'm also finding the background noise distracting and annoyingly loud, so I hope that both my brain and the hearing aids will filter out the unwanted clutter in time. In quiet to moderately noisy situations, they're far superior to what I tried before. I also like that these are wireless, so if I adjust the volume or program on one, the other automatically adjusts. My "big box" pair had to be adjusted separately. I like the adjustability on the app, and being able to stream phone calls into the hearing aids. So far, streaming music is less satisfying than listening to a external music source, but is not bad, to my surprise. I never had a problem hearing music before, anyway. My hearing loss is the somewhat difficult to fit "cookie bite", and I'm very active, so I believe I made the right decision in returning the lower tech aids for these more sophisticated ones, but I still expect it to take some time and fitting adjustments before I can say that they're wonderful. I do love how "invisible" they are--no one ever notices I have them unless I show them off (which I do, because so many of my friends have hearing loss but don't wear aids). Once I'm past the adjustment period (it has only been a week), I imagine my ratings will change.
Get good fitting. Seems the provider could have done a better job. These work great although not sure if the hearing couldn’t be better. At some point I will consider another opinion on fitting/programming. I got rechargeable batteries. Good choice.
During some phone conversations and sometimes hearing videos I listen to annoying clicking sounds that are very disturbing. However I must state that most of the times the HA works alright. Oticon distributer has said that they are working to eliminate the cliking sounds.
The clarity of sound and speech is so good with the Oticon opn , it’s a joy to use them ! The Bluetooth capabilities make them super pieces of tech, and I would not be without them. I wear them from getting up to going to bed, and forget they are there..they’re so light and comfortable....and.... they do no good left in the box..or taken out to have a rest..from what ? .. they are my ears ! I can recommend the Oticon Opn 2... my first ever hearing aids.
Having difficulty understanding and operating controls. It has a two-way push button which make a 3 tone sound when either end is held down for 6 seconds but does nothing to change hearing. Occasionally my Apple i-phone will send a phone conversation directly to the aid. Why? In large rooms, the echo is heard better than the voices. My $29 aids are almost equal, but much harder on batteries
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my hearing aids. They have been a huge boost to my family life. I don’t have to ask my wife what she just said, I don’t have to turn the volume up on the TV remote any more, I can even use the Bluetooth feature to connect with my iPhone!
Have used OPN2 for 8 months. Very happy with speech hearing. I am able to hear conversations in noisy restaurants without difficulty. Even able to hear conversations from tables behind me. Also, really appreciate the improvement in hearing environmental sounds and music. Streaming sound quality is thin. Happy with the TV adapter; however, there sre certain situations that cause clicks or pops. This is seemingly related to clipping when a speaker is directly in front of a microphone. Initial issues with life of rechargeable batteries may now be resolved by using Zpower batteries and avoiding placing the batteries in the HA Dryer (Oticon advice.) Have been trialing Signia Pure Charge'n Go as alternative for rechargeability. These were uncomfortable for me because of being slightly larger. They do a good job suppressing noise, but left me feeling disconnected from the world compared to the Oticon.
I feel I have been fortunate to hear much better with these, and to have had no problems with them in the almost 2 years I have had them. I am especially pleased with how they pair with my iPhone. I now hear everything on my cell. I still have some problems in very noisy environments and listening to my large,very thin TV. I think the latter issue has somewhat to do with the tv speakers, as I can hear other tv's more clearly. I clean my HAs every night and keep them in a dryer overnight. I guess I do "baby" them, as I consider them a major investment. Since I am far from a "techie", I would not attempt to adjust them myself.
Love the hearing aids so far, but it's only been 5 days! Not sure about my dispenser, but have a follow up visit in another day so we'll see if I get more careful answers to my questions. If not, I'm not sure what I'll do. I'm a full time RV traveler and will only be in my dispensers area 8-12 weeks out of the year. Any thoughts would be appreciated…maybe the rechargeable devices?
I can hear better aka the TV. Situations like high ceiling and hardwood floors with an echo makes it worse. If there are several things running like a fan, air conditioner, refrigerator, dishwasher, the sounds all run together and sound like a meat grinder that I sometimes have to shut them off. Riding in the car I pick up the road noise and have to turn off one or both. The left one after about 2 months picked up a loud crackling sound and had to be replaced, the remote control quit after 2 weeks. The left one got replaced under the warranty and so did the remote control. Now after another 6 months the replacement remote control doesn't work half the time, changed the battery but did not help. I do not have a "tail piece" on them a it made my ears very sore so they don't stay in as well as I would like. When my hair rubs against them (I have very long hair) it sounds like sandpaper. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give it a 5 or 6 for what it helps. I am told they last about 5 years, hope by then they have improved.
UPDATE-- 8/30/2018--I decided to try Opn1. So far, in comparison with Opn2, I am finding the sound of the Opn 1 to be a bit better. I think that the higher-level of noise reduction in the Opn 1 devices is more beneficial for me. The sound seems more crisp and the sound processing seems faster too. I haven't noticed any "cut-outs" or sound delays with the Opn 1 yet. I think this may be because Opn1 allows for a wider range of "transient noise" settings than Opn2. Still having some feedback issues, but trying different domes. I've decided to wait on going rechargeable with the Opn 1 because of the known quality control issues with the battery doors and the ZPower charger. I hope to purchase the charging option later, when it is clear the Oticon and ZPower have all the kinks worked out. ORIGINAL REVIEW of Opn2 from July 2018--I am in the 3rd week of my trial of the Oticon Opn2 hearing aids. I would advise against getting the ZPower rechargeable option for the Oticon Opn hearing aids until the known glitches and issues with the ZPower charger and rechargeable batteries are resolved. In addition, there are no built-in drying or disinfecting capabilities with the ZPower charger (yet). The Oticon hearing aids are satisfactory, but I'm having problems finding the right domes. I found the prescribed domes to be uncomfortable and occluding, so my audiologist and I are experimenting with other options. I do have some clicking sounds and sound "cutting out" issues with the Oticon Opn2 hearing aids, but I'm hoping that additional adjustments by my audiologist will remedy this. There has also been some "ping-ponging" of sound between the aids sometimes, usually when streaming wiith the ConnectClip. Again, these may be issues that can be resolved with adjustments to the programming of my hearing aids (at least I hope so). I trialed the Oticon Opn 2 and the Phonak Audeo V-70. I found the sound quality to be better with the Oticon hearing aids. I especially like the Oticon ConnectClip, as it allows me to use an Android phone, and it streams phone calls to both ears. Phonak aids do not stream to both ears. This was a deal breaker for me. I don't find the Oticon app for Android very useful, as the hearing aids always disconnect from the app whenever Bluetooth is turned off. In addition, you need to purchase a Sennheiser BTD 800 USB ML dongle to get streaming directly from your PC to the hearing aids. If you're lucky, your audiologist will include this dongle as part of your package for free. If not, expect to pay about $100 in the office and approximately $60 on Amazon. Getting hearing aids is an adventure, but they are definitely helping my hearing loss.
Very good, but still not entirely pleased with performance in noisy settings, especially when that's one of its selling points. This may be better tuned in follow-up visit. I'm also not excited about how little configuration can be done by the user with the phone app. At the very least, the app should have a graphic equalizer that can be set to temporarily change existing programs.
[ADDED Nov-2018 -- 5 months use] One of the ZPower batteries went dead. Hearing clinic replaced at no cost. Few days later, I think battery drawer went dead!!!, HA not turning on nor charging. Went back to Zinc-air battery on the defective one. Reading forum I see there has been a defective batch on ZPower systems. [FIRST REVIEW] Ok... my first review after 2 months use, not to much I think, brain takes longer to adapt, so will provably write a new review in 6 months or so. It's the first time I wear HAs. I started to loose my hearing since teenager, but in the last 3 years (I'm 37 now) it got worse, to the point I could not understand someone talking in front of me. Not to mention noisy environments... there I just "turn off my brain" and get completely isolated of the conversation. Learning a new language was an impossible task, watching a movie without closed captions too. Opn's seemed to be the best option, as my requests to my AuD where: very small (I'm on my mid-30s, any noticeable HA can lead to work or social discrimination); and high tech (I'm a bit of a geek, so love the iPhone pairing and get my phone calls on the HAs, stream music, etc). Improvements came to light since first hour use. I could properly hear someone talking soft voice or even whispering. But after a few hours use, I started to feel confused and got headache. To much new information was blasting my brain. It got better week after week, and now I can use them almost all day without issue. Maybe on late night I notice sounds are not so natural as when I first wear them in the morning, but it's been only 2 months of getting used to it. Just need to give time. Back to noisy environments... I'm using bass domes, and they do not completely block ear canal. So natural sounds can still travel thru the canal, and HAs just do a reinforcement. AuD says it's better this way, as my loss is not severe. But when on a pub with very loud music, a gig, disco, is the same wearing them or not... I can't hear a thing!. In mild noisy environments things go better, but need to focus on the person who's talking. I expect that will improve on next months. Anyway, I don't perceive any of those "SpeechRescue", "BrainHearing", "SpeechClarity" technologies.... I'm thinking it's just marketing bullshit... About gadgets: I got the ConnectClip, but really not using it. Pairing HAs straight to iPhone is awesome. I also went with the ZPower rechargeable batteries. That's a MUST DO!!!!!. Charging system is amazing!. No need to open battery drawer, no need to dump toxic batteries every week. I get a full day use without any issues (8am to 12am), and batteries get charged overnight. ZPower charger plugs into any USB powered port, so u can recharge with your laptop, phone charger, airplane USB port, etc.
This is my second pair - first from Oticon. Much better sound quality. Primary issues have been feedback and lack of moisture resistance. Audiologist has changed setting numerous times to try to control the feedback but now I’m kind of just putting up with it. Biggest issue for me has been (lack of) moisture resistance. It says you should be able to sweat and exercise. I’ve had to pretty much stop wearing them when I exercise because they start to make white noise like they’re about to fry. They were sent back once already. Even eating spicey food that causes me to sweat a little causes them to start fizzing. I’m about to bring them back to audiologist again to be repaired. I get these four sets of 8 warning tones pretty much every day. These tones indicate an issue with the HA. Hopefully this issue can be improved because otherwise the sound is very good.
New OPN1 13 PP BTE with Cordon 1.3 tubes and custom ear mold. They are a big improvement over previous ALTA 1 PRO's specifically with the "Speech in Noise" program. BLE to iPhone 8 is excellent especially when receiving or making calls in comparison to the Oticon Streamer which didn't always connect immediately. Just got the Connect Clip and this truly makes it a hands-free setup (people look at you like are you talking to me). I think they still need some fine tuning but overall I'M very pleased.
The most difficult factor is getting the domes which are most helpful to reduce occlusion and ensure that good speech differentiation. After 2 months, I am still casting about for the best arrangement. Power domes form a complete seal which causes booming sounds when I walk and a feeling of excessive vacuum in my right ear canal. Bass domes(1 or 2 vent) work quite well, but they tend to migrate out after a while. Open domes are out of the question with my hearing loss profile. I will inquire about custom molds on my next appointment Streaming is excellent, but I will ask about a bass boost for that feature. Because of streaming and the wireless connectivity between aids, batteries fade at twice the rate encountered in my 10 year old Phonaks.
Things are going well, but I purchased rechargeable hearing aids, and the rechargeable feature does not work on one of my hearing aids. Therefore, my provider gives me disposable batteries, which is kind of them, but it defeats the purpose of rechargeable batteries. I paid for the charger and two rechargeable batteries, and am waiting since January to have a working rechargeable battery for the left hearing aid given to me. I am very dissatisfied with the rechargeable part of this product. Is the company holding out on me? Will the manufacturer ever give me the rechargeable battery which I paid for? Please respond soon. D. Carroll
To say that I am not completely satisfied is an understatement. The hearing aids have had several problems that required fixing and/or replacement. I also have not had the experiences that is claimed on the Oticon website with these hearing aids. These include, but are not limited to: 1. Wind noises are horrific and cause my ability to hear outside to be mostly non-existent. I can no longer attend sporting events or any family outdoor activities and hope to hear what is going on. 2. When using the hearing aids indoor (home or office), I can hear sounds across the room and the air conditioning system, but can’t understand, or in some cases even hear, the person sitting next to me without turning the volume way up, which of course also amplifies the background noise I could already hear. 3. Forget concerts, movies, or church. Any type of music other than streaming from my phone is painful at best. Trying to understand a speaker in a large auditorium is difficult and in many cases impossible. 4. When watching television, I can hear the background sounds in the shows I watch, but have difficulty understanding the talking. 5. My tinnitus seems to be getting worse instead of improving. When I asked about help with my tinnitus, I only got one program added to my program list that sounds like the ocean. I received no explanation on how to use it or anything. Oticon’s advertising promises so much more regarding tinnitus relief. 6. When driving, I can hear the wind noise, the tires on the road, and the engine running, but unless I turn the radio up to almost unbearable levels, I can’t hear the music or any talk radio. As stated, my experience with these hearing aids does not come close to the promises made by Oticon in their brochures or on their website. I work harder than ever to hear and end my day exhausted from just trying to hear. Plus, I was never really fitted for these aids. They were just programmed like the last pair I had (Alta2 miniRite) without the extensive set up that was done for the previous pair. I also was never advised about the accessories that I could get and was only told these hearing aids are Bluetooth capable. I hear worse than before I bought these hearing aids and my quality of life has decreased dramatically. I don’t hear as well with these hearing aids, period.
I said I would never spend this much money for hearing aids but after trying these on I was sold. The quality of everything I hear is so natural and clear its amazing. I've even played golf twice now with wearing them and not only could I hear my partners but when the wind kicked up I didn't get any whistling noise at all, just kind of a mild microphone crackling noise. Being able to change settings and volume with my iPhone is a plus. As far as watching tv goes, we do have a Sonos sound bar which is very clear and that coupled with the hearing aids, I find myself using the subtitles far less. Since these are new, only having them for two weeks, I may update this review but for now I'm very very happy!!
At the moment I haven't given these hearing aids a very good score, it is only because they have not been fitted properly. I will be getting them re-fitted in a couple of days, so hopefully I will update my review after the fitting. It has gotten to the point where I have taken them out and put my old ones back in for the time being.
Get your hearing tested now for a baseline. Too many people put off purchasing hearing aids until it's either too late or more difficult to adjust to them. There is a direct correlation between dementia and hearing loss. Do something now!
This is Oticon's first MFi hearing aids. Sound: unbeatable! miracle! My previous hearing aids seems to be nothing! Feedback: some time is annoying. Ask your Audi to run feedback analyzer again should solve it. Connection to iPhone: You need both latest OPN firmware and iOS. I did have a hard time that my iPhone can't make phone call at all. After Oct 2016, the iOS update solve it. Then firmware update for Opn continued to improve the connection stability. Sound quality is not comparable to a pair of good headphones. Battery: 5-6 days. Streaming from iPhone doesn't significant impact battery life. I have never turned off Bluetooth connection. Stability: reboot occasionally. Ask your Audi to update to latest firmware. Music: Vast improvement over my previous hearing aids in concerts! For musicals, it tried to keep music but sacrificed speech clarity. I am not sure whether the Music program will help. I will try that in the future.
First time hearing aid user. Been in them 4 months now. They have completely changed my life. I did not know how much I was missing in the world. Price does not match the actual cost of goods of the devices. They are clearly overpriced. If they last 3 to 5 years that could justify it though.
I have had the Oticon Opn 1 Mini-Rite T hearing aids for about a month now. Due to impending insurance benefit cut-backs, I got these while my Siemens Carat 7 Binax aids were still functioning perfectly well. Although I have been quite satisfied with the Siemens aids, the Oticon aids are clearly better. With the Siemens aids, I had difficulty understanding my wife's speech from an adjacent room. The Oticons offer a significant improvement. With the Siemens aids it was necessary for me to have the sound bar on my television set to the highest of three high-frequency speech boost settings. With the Oticons I have backed off the setting to the mid position. Although the Oticons came packaged with a "free" television streamer, I find it unnecessary. I should add that my Siemens aids were re-checked with REM at the time I was fitted with the Oticons, which were also fitted with REM, so it seems fair to assume that any comparison between the two is on a level playing field. I cannot at this time make any definitive comparative assessment of the two aids in noisy restaurant situations, as (1) I am still getting used to the Opn aids and (2) I have yet to make a side-by-side comparison of the two, which I plan to do eventually.
I have moderate hearing loss. I started with Oticon Alta 2. These were good but did not help with noisy situations or with soft spoken people. I was able to upgrade to the OPN 1 and found it more comfortable, but this seems to be more of a change from the earpiece from 10 mm to 8 mm. The OPN 1 does not help me any more than the Alta 2 for noisy situations of low speech. It does help overall hearing in every other situation. The iPhone connection is great for phone conversations and I have had no problems with that. There was an firmware update that did some things including restoring the dead battery sound, but then the left HA started to reboot itself and it was sent out to be repaired. Then the right HA started to reboot itself and it was sent out for repair. Once it came back, the two HA's would not sync with each other. It turns out that there was a new firmware installed on the right one and the left one had to be done as well.
I have only worn a pair for 45 minutes at doctors office, so my 3's are only because I really did not get to evaluate those situations. But the 45 minutes I did wear at office was best 45 minutes I have experienced in conversations in last 7 years. Wish I had not waited so long and can't until 1/10/18 when I get mine. Don't even know some of the answers to the questions below yet. I bot the recharger because I am up about 18 hours a day.
I love these aids. This is my second set and these have Bluetooth. I love it that I don't have to put my iPhone on speaker anymore because it bluetooths right to my aid. One of the problems that I do have is listening to the TV. Some programs play there back ground music so high that I can't understand what the characters are saying. Could this b a problem with the software adjustment? Do u think the Bluetooth transmitter from the TV would help this problem? Thank you Mike
Not going well at all. Have sent them back to be checked on 3 occasions. Can't hear with them. Have to turn up TV to 20 . They are not doing what they were promised to do. I have them over a year now and I am very dissatisfied. I am sorry I kept them. But I like the Bluetooth facility.
My audi mistakenly fitted me with OPN 3s even though I had requested 1s, so I wore the 3s for about 5 weeks until the 1s came in and I could get back in to see her. The difference and improvement was incredible. I told her to tell her patients to go straight to the 1s if they could possibly afford it, even if it meant not going out to eat quite as often. It's a darn shame they're so astronomically expensive, but they are truly incredible.
Extreme difficulty at times in a crowded noisy environment where the hearing aids seem to concentrate more on surrounding conversations rather than close up conversations. I have had to remove them at times in these situations as I could not concentrate on the person who was actually speaking to me.
I’ve only had my hearing aids for 2 weeks. The hearing aids fit great and improve my hearing overall. When I take them off I notice a definite difference in my hearing. I can get away without my hearing aids as I don’t have major loss, but just enough to have to have someone repeat themselves. I do think that there can be a program or two added to enhance the capability of the hearing aid, but that’s an audi issue and not my HA. I just know my hearing aids have more capabilities that may not have been programmed in by the audi. If I’m in a noisy situation with loud kids, screaming babies, or shouting My head feels like it wants to explode. I end up reducing the volume level. I think thats a programming issue, not the HA. Sounds are natural and not tinny or mechanical. I love my hearing aids.
My hearing is profound. I have been wearing hearing aids since grade school. I am now a grandmother. I utilized the Oticon Opn 1 miniRITE with Telecoil. The hearing aid themselves are very tiny. Perhaps dime sized (?). The dome ear piece sits inside the ear canal to a near invisible hearing aid. If you see anything it may only be the tiny reflection at times to the dome tubing itself. The fit is comfortable. There is a bit of fiddling around at times when wearing glasses. I have frequently been told that I would not be able to utilize the domes due to feedback. But domes themselves have changed to a more 'closed' style and thus able to see how they work out. In comparison to Oticon vs. Phonak, the feedback with Oticon is still an issue upon putting them in but they settle in my ear throughout the day. Phonak hearing aids did not have feedback at anytime. Since the feedback seems to be on insertion of dome and not a bother otherwise I continued my demo with Oticon Opn 1. Since I demo'd Phonaks first w/ no feedback issue I asked if perhaps this was a dome issue. The domes between Oticon and Phonak are interchangeable. The Phonak domes certainly did fit better and the feedback lessened quite a bit, but not eliminated. The Phonak domes are much more comfortable. I not sure why as they appear to be the same. I chose to get custom ear molds as well as the domes as this feedback issue was not completely resolved to my entire satisfaction. I wanted to have a fall back with the customs just in case. This was completely subjective and I do not believe it is necessary to go that route. It was simply my choice. The sound quality is truly exceptional. I did not have to spend constant visits to audiologist for fittings. The first fit was perfect. My audiologist did utilize RealEar as the base and then actually went above its recommendations due to how I've been used to analog sounds. I did not experience the "tinny" sound so often that I'm told that I have to get used to. That comment from audiologist throughout my life always annoyed me. I'm supposed to get used to the crappy sound quality. Here? No--the sound was fantastic and I was blown away. Noisy Situations. I went to a restaurant that was crowded. It was the first big test. My experiences with crowded, loud places is that I lose the flow of the conversation with a group of people. So I usually feel a bit isolated as the night wears on. I was able to hear the entirety of the conversation. Including behind me. Something that literally has never happened before in my life. I was able to hear the conversation to the people at next table. This experience of actually enjoying myself with friends in a noisy environment really turned me on to the Oticon Opn 1. I will say that I did experience quite a bit of fatigue each time I went into a noisy environment. I am adjusting to these aids very powerful assistance. This has lessened and I anticipate continuing to be the case as I wear these within my daily life. Family LIfe. Within my personal life my family no longer has to repeat themselves for the umpteeth time. It certainly has reduced confusion and frustration for all of us. In fact, my family had become so accustomed to me not hearing they expressed surprise when I was able to hear what they were saying in next room. I borrowed an iPhone to see how it worked. You have to download the Oticon app, and it then connects to your hearing aid. I listened to videos via Youtube, Hulu. Music, movies, t.v. I could hear within both ears through the hearing aids. That WAS cool. The sound was okay. A lot of the quality of sound does depend on the content provider and not the hearing aids. You may need to up the volume within the iPhone to see if it will increase. The volume within the iPhone did not increase it enough for me. This was a borrowed phone so I did not utilize it but for one hour. I'm curious if I can ask my audiologist to allow a greater volume control within the hearing aid for more flexibility. We'll see. The phone conversation quality was superb, however. All the people I called all commented that they were enjoying our conversation. I asked why. The theme was similiar, "I don't have to repeat myself and you seem more engaged yourself." I had to agree. Just in the last week Oticon came out with a device Connect Clip that utilizes any type of bluetooth enabled phone-iPhone or Android. I have ordered that as I don't see the need to be tied down to one choice in a cellphone. This will take a bit until delivery but I thought I'd share as having to change phones is very expensive. The ConnectClip should eliminate the undue expense. IFTTT. This has been touted heavily by Oticon. I do not have the ability to set this up via computer only through an iPhone currently so this is a moot issue. If I remember I will come back once I receive the ConnectClip for Oticon Opn and review that. I can not think of what I need it for but hey I remember thinking, "What would I need the internet for?" I'm sure I'll come up with something if not for kicks and giggles at first. Battery life. The battery life is decent. It does not last seemingly forever such as my Phonak. I now go through 8 pk of batteries every 8 days or so. I believe usage of iPhone will decrease that longevity to half. So if planning on using iPhone or any other bluetooth capability in the future please consider doubling your hearing aid battery budget just to be on the safe side until you know your activities and how your using your hearing aid. Telecoil. I have mine set up as auto-telecoil which is nifty. Just pick up phone and it connects. No fiddling with the hearing aid and then bring phone to ear. This telecoil was not the best I've ever had. This may be due to the landline phone I am using. But you have to hold the phone consistently to the hearing aid to get great reception. It was pointed out that this may not be the telecoil itself. It may be the poor phones and their own magnet that isn't connecting well. When you move the phone around as one does when sitting chatting on the phone there is an audio diddy that plays when the magnetic connection is lost. It continues for a bit even after reconnecting. This silly stupid little diddy playing even reconnection loses a tiny bit of conversation. The solution so far is that my audiologist has allowed me to use a stronger magnet. This really did do the trick. No as many 'dropped' magnetic connections as before. This hearing aid set has transformed my life in how I communicate and listen. To me that is invaluable. Is it worth the money? Yes. There are however, too many variances in the price point a you will be well served by being a informed consumer. Would i buy it again? Yes. Would I recommend Oticon Opn 1 to others? Yes. In fact I've done so already.
Changed from Widex CIC, sound quality is very similar, very clear, natural and no sibilance. The streaming to bluetooth capabilities are excellent so I don't need headphones much anymore but when I need to I can use in ear headphones at the same time with this model which I couldn't do very well with a CIC aid as it protruded slightly.
I love my Oticon OPN 1 aids. I am still exploring the boundaries and I expect at least a 10% improvement as I continue to refine my fitting. I am using single domes at the moment but will probably go for custom moulds for more comfort and reduce feedback even more. I really, really love the connectivity with my iPhone. They just work with the iPhone without fuss, without dropouts, unlike my Signia Pure 7px aids. When my phone rings, even when it is in another room, it simply automatically connects to my ears and I just track down the phone to answer it. I now have fabulous understanding of phone reception in my ears. In fact it is so good that I don't even bother to use or wear my Connectline streamer. I just hold the iPhone in my hand or pop ii in my top pocket and chat away. Also, I love the Oticon ON app for remote control. It just is so easy to pair and so simple and extremely logical to use. And after the Siemens/Signia experiences with convoluted and problematic connectivity, that is really refreshing and pleasant!
I have a unique situation. I went completely deaf in right ear following brain surgery 12 years ago. Never wore hearing aids before that. My left ear has moderate to severe loss so have one aid for that. Without ha I cannot live a functional life. With ha no one even knows I have disability unless I tell them. The opn1 is my 3rd ha. All have been Oticon (replaced saffron and Agil). But I've trialed phonak bi cros a few times and rexton at Costco. I waited for the opn 1 mini rite T to be released in June so I could have volume contol on aid. With only one aid I could only change volume on iPhone which was pain. I love the opn. Hearing on the phone via Bluetooth is the biggest improvement. Makes my dailylife much easier
It takes a little getting used to having something in my ear all the time but it is well worth it! I can hear things I did not know I was missiing. I can actually hear the kids conversations, the clock on the wall ticking and the birds singing! Love having my hearing back!
I am a first time HA user and first tried Resound Linx 3D custom fit. I had issues where everything sounded very muted, and in a loud restaurant everything was way too loud and I could not hear speech very well. I just traded them in for Oticon OPN1 MiniRTE and love them so far. The open fit makes everything sound more natural, and so far they do a great job at amplifying what I need amplified (speech) and not everything else. Looking forward to trying them in a noisy setting.
This is my first experience with hearing aids so I don't have anything to compare them to, other than hearing without them..... I finally broke down and got hearing aids. I have had the oticon opn miniRITEs for about a month and a half.... I decided to go with the rechargables . I do like the idea that the aids can also take regular batteries . I'm still adjusting to hearing aids and I always have the sensation that they are there - I compare it to using earbuds - my ears always feel plugged up..... I have the regular domes , not the vented domes... My audiologist recommended against the vented domes for my hearing, but I did try them at a difference audiologist and the vented domes were much more comfortable. The main problem I am having is: 1) the app -I have Android phone (Samsung Galaxy S7) and I downloaded the app, but frankly, it's pretty useless.... In the "event log" on the app I constantly see the aids "connected/ disconnected" sometimes every minute ... I don't know if this drains the battery but that's the other issue I am having.. 2) rechargable batteries: according to the oticon literature, with normal wear(no streaming,calling,etc) you should get 18-19 hrs out of the rechargables...I am getting nowhere near that.... I am averaging about 12 hrs before one of the aids goes down to 30%.....the only way to see battery life is with the app, and I don't know how accurate the app is.... seems like the app shows both aids at 100% (although there is no percentage that shows on the app - only a green line for each aid ...) and then all of sudden one of the aids will go down to about 50% (again , I'm guessing because all I have to go by is the green line....) ... but almost every day, the left aid goes down to 30% after only 10hrs of wearing them.... I don't stream music/TV/phone - just normal wearing.... last night the left aid went down to 30% after about 10 hours, then down to 20% one hour later, then down to 10% one hour after that.... I don't know if that's normal .... I've been emailing my audiologist and giving her screen shots of app showing battery lines .... again I don't know how accurate the app is with regard to battery life... I have the 3 beeps battery warning shut off on the aids as I didn't want them beeping at me every minute or so.... I have mentioned to my audiologist that I am concerned about battery life of the rechargables if I decide to buy the TV streaming box or buy an iphone for music and calling with the aids..... she has been in contact with oticon and they sent a new charger and batteries but I still get the same thing..... I even tried switching the batteries (putting left aid battery in the right aid,etc) but it still happened with the left aid..... I also tried putting in regular batteries and they lasted about 7 days so oticon says the aids are working properly ...... so right now my decision is whether to send back the charger (cost $250 - they gave discount of $50 as I purchased charger/batteries at the same time as the aids) ...I'm thinking I can buy a lot of regular batteries with $250 .... I'm wondering if the "new" rechargable technology and batteries might just be too new and kinks/bugs need to be worked out..... although my audiologist has another patient that has the rechargables and she gets a good 18 hrs out of them - including iphone streaming, calling etc.... weird.... So I will have to talk with the audiologist more ... I did get an extra month trial (originally it was 30 days but in talking with audiologist she got an extra month from oticon) and at this point I'll probably keep the aids but still unsure about the charger/rechargable batteries..... unless oticon offers to refund my money for the charger ;) ..... Only other issue is with my eyeglasses.. I have to put them on just right so they don't hurt my head,ears.. and I'll probably have to get new prescription sunglasses as the ones I have the temple pieces are too thick.....
I wrote this comment but feel the OPN 2 deserves a review as well. It's a great hearing aid. I trialed OPN 3, and 2's along with Resound Cala 861's from Costco. There is virtually no difference between OPN 2 and 3's. I found a little distortion in the OPN 2's, probably because they are processing the sound more. At 105 dBA in a movie theatre both performed without distortion during the movie "Dunkirk." I'm a music nut and musician. Both do a decent job of streaming music from an iPhone. The software for setup is excellent and my audiologist used some voodoo to improve the music stream. The bass is weak but that's an occlusion issue. If you get ear molds you'll hear more bass. I proved it by putting my fingers in my ears - bingo lots of bass. Personally, I prefer the balance of vocals and instruments. I'm hearing the lyrics and instrument detail I've missed for a decade. I can't believe I'm practicing guitar with hearing aids in place. That was impossible with previous Bernafon 9's. Battery life is 3 days + a few hours. I stream music 2-4 hours a day but don't make a lot of calls. If you get background noise or a click repeating, trying re-booting the hearing aids. Works for me. Resound Cala 861's? Couldn't get passed square one - distorted sound so I gave them back. The music streaming was typical tinny hearing aid sound. Sometimes it helps to shut down all the background apps on your iPhone, especially things like Facebook and Twitter which are trying to stream music now.
The Oticon OPN 1 hearing aids work very well. I especially like the ability to stream to my iPhone. With the update to version 4 of the firmware the Bluetooth connection to my iPhone is now improved and rarely has any issues. Compared to my last set of aids these are much better at allowing me to hear in noisy environments and also do an excellent job of eliminating almost all wind noise which is a huge improvement.
I have found the OTICON OPN 1 have been a big improvement in voice and conversation comprehension as compared to my Starkey's Z i 110 model. The Starkey Z i 110 model is still much better for music for a Professional Musician that plays a piano and performs live on stage.
Before getting my hearing aids, when I was in a noisy environment - like at the lunch table at work in a hospital cafeteria (which is very noisy) - I couldn't make out the speech of the person sitting across and diagonally from me. Now I can.
I'm frustrated that the Oticon Opn hearing aids do not have telecoils. Places I go regularly attend are looped and I am missing out on this feature. I bought them for $7,200 less than a year ago. I'd like to have them retrofitted with Tcoils or replaced with the upgraded versions with Tcoils. Is it possible to do this? What other options do I have?
Just recently started using the OPN1 in both ears. Severe loss from 6k and up. Initial impression is I got my hearing back. Took them out after a couple of hours and couldn't believe the difference. I was missing so much! My provider offers a 30 day return, but if they continue to work as they have so far it won't be needed.
Very good high end response..sometimes have to lower a couple of notches to get the sibalance out of music...(used in a recording studio). found the bottom end was the a little too clicky.....loses a lot of the band width(warmth..especially kick drum bottom)that I would get with my unitron's...Found the best result so far was using the OPN Minirite in my left ear(lost of bottom loss)..... with a unitron in my right(lots of high end loss)...(60 years of playing music, shooting guns and flying airplanes will do that to ya) Over all....so far the OPN's are alot better for speech, I have the unitron program on my computer( 20 channels per ear) and could not get anywhere near duplicating the OPN response.... I think for music (with both OPN aids) things seemed over compressed which makes mixing very difficult.....Maybe its just the way they are set up, I don't have the OPN program to play with (that would be nice)..so theres a lot of wiggle room..... I did find less ear fatigue in the studio(good thing)... For speech OPN get my vote..... Let me add... I returned these hearing aids because I felt the overall difference between the Unitron & Oticon was not great enough to justify the cost(mostly relative to studio use) I now am trying them again because of the speech application.. my provider is excellant, he would go to the end of tommorrow to make them work for me....I know I have very different problems from the norm and of course, would love to solve the problem....
At the present time everything is working really nice. Sound quality is good and overall fit is great. A couple of areas for improvement would be the app for iPhone, it doesn't help at all!!! For the technology that is built in the hearing aids you would expect the same for the app but it's not the case. Another area would be for streaming music from iPhone to hearing aids, there's a lot of distortion hence I don't use it.
As a hearing aid it is fine, but totally unreliable. Since the first day one hearing aid (my good ear) has cut off periodically. And do not even try to use the Bluetooth. Every time I try to make a call or listen to music one ear fails. I have complained so much that the are going to replace. For $7k you would expect them to work consistently
With moderate hearing loss in my left ear and somewhere between mild and moderate in the right, these MiniRites solved my problem. The first day I got them, I stopped by the local supermarket and on exiting the car heard a vast chirping event. The powerlines were loaded with black birds who obviously were celebrating something, a party that I evidently was missing before my hearing aids went "live". Sold me the first day, and I hadn't even had time to adjust. Update: Two months later they are a natural part of the day. Occasionally the wifi connection to my iPhone 7plus will drop off either the left or right hearing aid. Or there may be some static, but I think the way to correct it is to use the Opn App on the phone and change the program from P1 to P2. My audiologist created P2 for restaurant environments. I may have her set a P3 for telephone conversations, if that is possible. Figured out how to connect my iPad Mini2 sound to the MiniRites so now I can stream movies or TV with great sound. Will try it with a downloaded movie on a cross-country flight next week and see how it works. Outstanding Questions: 1. The Opn App has a weird iPhone microphone setting that uses the phone input speaker instead of the hearing aid speakers. I suppose it has a useful application, but the sound is weird. Does anyone use it? 2. I do not have the TV adapter that allows streaming to my hearing aids. I'm wondering if the newer smart TVs have a low power wifi sound out, that does not require the $300 Adaptor 3.0? 3. Do the newer MacBook Air computers connect to the MiniRites? My 2011 model does not.
I have a sensorineural hearing loss which has its bottom at 55db of 2000Hz for five years. My first experience of hearing aid, costs ¥200,000 a pair, was very disappointed. Always exhausted when I lean on it. Hearing of conversation was not improved so much. Adjustment at shop was always ended to unsatisfied. I bought Oticon Opn after one week trial. I thought it is worth buying than other maker's equipments of the same price band because it has enough quality of sound, improvement of hearing, natural supression of background noise. sometimes I wonder whether I wore Opn. I came not to feel of release when I rid it from my years because of its natural sound and confortability. I don't say I totally recovered my healing losses with Opn. Japanese talks without raising their voices in general and I am not good at female voice. Also I did not try all other hearing aids. My disgusting old HA seems to be an OEM production by Oticon. But I can't help expressing my respect to Oticon's philosophy of development. Other makers seem to be in stagnant. I really hope the future price will be decreased dramatically until my Opn stops working someday.
I just got my HA's on Monday November 7, 2016. I had no idea how bad my hearing was until I took them out. It made me sad to think of all the times I had to ask people to repeat themselves. Ok, on to the good stuff. On Tuesday night I made a pizza in the oven. I heard something I had never heard before; the blower fan inside the oven. Apparently it always turns on and runs when you use the oven. I never heard it once. I thought it was broke or only turned on if the oven was on too long. I noticed on Monday that my hair was too loud. LOL I had an itch and scratched my head at which point my hair went across the mic and it was loud. It made for a good laugh. It's an adjustment period. Tuesday I had to go in to get the special plastic thingy to make sure the HA stays in my ears. Wednesday and especially Thursday, my earlobes hurt toward the end of the day and quite a bit. I know wearing them all the time will eventually make the pain go away. I have worn them almost all day every day since I got them. I want to hear people. That's why I got them. When my earlobes hurt, I just take them out for a half hour or so, and then put them right back in. Each morning, my ears don't hurt and I know I am building up the stamina. My HUGE complaint. I can't stand the fact that I can't get these to work with my Samsung Smartphone. Samsung outsells Apple almost every year for the past 5 years and it seems the Opn 1 is designed only for Apple. As someone that has been in the technology field for over 20 years, I have a complete disdain toward Apple and all Apple products. It saddens me that these HA's are not designed to work with both Android and Apple. I also can't stand the fact that I can't seem to pair them to my Samsung to use for phone calls without having to purchase a special device. Unless I'm missing something (which is altogether possible), I am very disappointed with the lack of connectivity with my Samsung. To end on a positive note... I have not had to ask my wife to repeat herself once. I can be engaged in conversations I would have otherwise missed out on. I love hearing what is going on when people are talking. I do truly love these HA's.
Before OPN's I had Ino"s and Nera"s from Oticon. Before trying the OPN's I gave on-line vendors a trial. My health insurer, AARP Complete has their own HA company. Their HA's are extremely inexpensive. They did not help me with my hearing loss and they are probably good for someone with a moderate loss. My second vendor was Adicus. I tried their most advanced models. The advanced models have Blue tooth connectivity and compared to a local audio retailer are inexpensive. However their Ha's also did not help with my profound hearing loss. I also found their blue tooth devices have a limited range and hey were not smart phone ready. Which brings me to my current HA's, OPN's. I was fitted for them in April of this year by Island Audiology. Dr. Fulman is very knowledgeable and professional and has a good hearing clinic venue. During my trial period I did experience both aids intermittently turning off and on. After some trial and error we found that if the batteries wre the tiniest out of spec it would effect the aids in that way. I always used Costco batteries in my older aids and never had a problem. As soon as I switched the batteries from my audiologist to the Costco ones the problem stopped The Oticon OPN's in my estimation are the best aids I have had to date. I use all of the features available.their AP and the ITT features. I miss the landline adapter that I had for my Nera's but am told Otican my have one available in 2017. The OPN's have given me almost all of my haring ability back.
Things are going well I guess. It's an adjustment. I've only had them 2 months after years of not even knowing I had hearing loss. It's taking me a while to get used to having something in my ears. Love them, just get a little bit of sensory overload going from not hearing/or having everything muffled to being able to hear and very little muffled. My only issue is I can't pair them to my android devices. (Not a big Apple fan) just hope w g end the technology comes out to make them compatible with android devices, I'm not penalized. Still haven't figured everything out yet and still on the learning curve.
I have had these hearing aids for about a month. I had another Oticon product for almost 6 years. These have made a GREAT improvement in my hearing in noisy rooms and it meetings where I had difficulty always hearing the speaker. I can now hear the TV much better too. I was using CC on almost all shows and now I don't need it. Very satisfied with my hearing aids. I am on the borderline of severe hearing loss.
My background: I'm a 30+ year HA wearer with 80dB loss in both ears, so I definitely walk the walk. I've previously used Phonak and Oticon aids, so I was interested in exploring Widex as well as newer Oticon releases. I have finished Week One of a 2-week trial with the Oticon Opn miniRITE aids. My current rating for these aids is on the low site, however, because I currently am happy with the overall performance of my older Oticon Agil Pro ITEs. Compared to the Agil Pros, the Opn does not offer a HUGE improvement other than the amazingly "invisible" look of them, which I love. I would need to have some further fine-tuning in the frequencies and MOST important, availability of a phone streamer compatible with non-Apple product before I make a purchase. Overall Impression: Very favorable! I just finished (and returned) a 2-week trial of the Widex Unique U-FS aids, and find these Oticon Opn miniRITEs superior in several areas: 1. Ease of insertion – for whatever reason (speaker shape/size, etc.,) these Oticon Opns are significantly easier to insert into my ear canal and maintain a good seal than the Widex Unique. 2. Comfort – related to the above, the size of the current Speaker 60 in the Oticon Opns fit comfortably in my ear canal with no visible sign of poor fit (e.g., leaving an impression or red mark on the ear canal, discomfort from wearing, etc.,). I would ultimately be replacing Oticon Agil Pro ITEs, which are only 3 years old, but seem old-fashioned in design and technology. Not only are the Opns very lightweight and discreet, but they don't plug my ears like the ITEs, which tend to make my ears itchy and sweaty by day's end. 3. Program Functionality – so far so good! NOTE: Program 1 also controls the direct-to-aid streaming from the TV unit, which works very well, volume being controlled right on my aids. I've had Program 2 set up for the phone to help eliminate some of the feedback and audio fading issues that happen when on the phone in Program 1. 4. Frequencies – Definitely better spectrum of high, mid and low-range frequencies than the Widex Unique aids, but still needs some boosting in the lower & midrange to sound a bit more natural. After wearing these Oticon Opns for a week, I find the sound is more natural every day. It is not unusual for hi-fi systems to experience similar "burn-in" improvement after being left on for several days, so perhaps I'm benefiting from that with these aids, wearing them 16 hrs a day? They have a crisp clarity that's superior to my current Oticon Agil Pros. 5. Dynamic range – Better than current Oticon Agil Pros and Widex Unique. I am using the Speaker 60, but may try out the Speaker 85 for more power if it doesn't impact battery life or lead to feedback issues. 6. Feedback – There is still feedback when anything comes near these aids even when seated perfect, so I may be at the limit of the power these little puppies put out with the smaller Speaker 60. Fixes/Issues ****1. Phone streamer – this is the #1 issue outstanding. Currently, the Oticon Opn miniRITE phone streamer is compatible ONLY with Apple products. I would absolutely need a guarantee that a phone streamer is available for using with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Global. Without that streaming device, these aids will not function as well as my current Oticon Agil Pros + streamer and would be a big disincentive to buy these aids. I would absolutely have to try the aids out with the phone streamer before making a final purchase. My plan is to return these after my trial is over and wait (and wait and wait and wait!) until Oticon offers a phone streamer for non-Apple cell phones. To ignore the REST of us users and potential customers seems absurd at the very least and a missed marketing opportunity. Not everyone is dedicated to using Apple products! 2. Noisy environments – with no program dedicated to directionality, I’m having a difficult time hearing in noisy places. By contrast, the Agil Pros perform superbly here. I will likely need a fourth program dedicated to noisy environments, as these aids do not help much in Program 1. Program 2 is my phone program, Program 3 is a copy of Program 1, enabling me to hear TV without it streaming into my aids directly. If I have a fourth program, it will be for full directionality that I hope will work as good as my current Agil Pros.
Hearing in conversations in noisy environments (restaurants) has improved, along with hearing low voices. The hearing aids can be (and are being) adjusted to improve my hearing in noisy environments. And II hear sounds that I did not hear with my Alta Pro hearing aids: car turn signal, refrigerator ice machine, my laptop computer processing information. I am looking forward to the bluetooth connection for cellphone connectivity when I upgrade my iPhone next month.
I had this hearing device (both ears) for 3 weeks now and I have split feelings about it. The positive things about it is that it is really good in noisy Environments. With my old hearing device I had big problems to select one sound from Another in noisy areas. The idea/vision to connect it directly to the mobile phone is great. Thats pretty much the positive aspects of it. The negative stuff: Price. IF all the functions and sound would be as in the Oticon advertisement, then I would not mind paying this much for a pair of hearing devices. But right now the price vs. quality/function is not right. Sound. The normal conversation sound is very good, but sometimes an odd "feature" happens and that is a vibrato. For example if you whistle in very low frequency, it sounds normal. But if you go up in frequency alittle (over 1500Hz) the sound starts to "vibrate" (its called vibrato) and this is very anoying. It also happens when my 2-year-old son screams. iPhone Connection. I connect the hearing devices to my iPhone with Bluetooth. When I make a normal phonecall the sound is very bad. It sounds like a broken loudspeaker or "clipping sound". There is Another function in my iPhone to stream the sound from the iPhone microphone directly to my ears. This function is "hidden" under alot of menus and I have a feeling that Oticon dont want people to use this function for the simple reason that: The quality of the sound is terrible. One odd thing is that if you for example listen to musik (via Spotify on the mobile phone) the sound quality is good. Also if you make a phonecall with Facetime, the sound quality is alot better than a regular phonecall. I have a feeling that Oticon needs to do some software updates on the hearing devices to make it better, because this feels like bugs. Support. The Oticon support is...how should I say...not existing. I tried to Contact the Oticon support on Facebook, email and Telephone but sadly they (first) did not reply. And when they finally reply they refuse to listen to whats wrong with their Product. I have to go through the audionoms that sold this to me. Overall. As it is now, I would not recommend anyone to get Oticon OPN because it still needs some developement. I know this Product is very new and all new Products have bugs. Im fine with that IF they are willing to listen to their custmers and fix the problems. Update 2016-08-10: I have now had contact with experts at Oticon and this is what happend so far: The vibrato-sound they can explain, and there might be solutions for it in settings or change the dome. On the other hand they said that all hearing devices have problems with vibrato. I never had any vibrato problem with my old hearing device (Oticon Integra). The Oticon ON App (iPhone) is not so basic after all. The "stream microphone" function could be reached by clicking at some places in the app. (still you need to know where to click) There should be a better tutorial for this App. According to the engineer at Oticon (that also use Oticon OPN) there is no problem at all with the sound quality when in a phone call. This means that 1. The settings for my hearing device are not correct or 2. My hearing device is broken or 3. He was not completely honest. I have a meeting with my audionom next week and I will update this page after the visit.
I am currently wearing the Oticon OPNs only for a few days. I was previously wearing Bernafon Juna 9s for 4 months. The OPNs are a huge improvement IMO. I would also like to mention that I have a reverse-slope (low frequency) hearing loss and these are working very well for me. The improvement over the Bernafons is very noticeable to me. Pros: Good spatial awareness - helps me really determine where a sound is coming from Hearing is very "open" in that I can hear sounds coming from all directions even from my behind my back Noise is minimized without having to use a beam directionality focus Sound is very natural I am hearing soft-spoken males better than I was before I have not experienced any call drop-outs while streaming calls through my iPhone. Solid build - they feel very sturdy and well made I am listening to the radio about 5-10 levels lower than I was before (same for TV) Music sounds good again despite me wearing open domes The Apple Watch controls are convenient Cons: On occasion I get static/clicking in the receivers at random Sometimes the calls flutter as if the call is going to disconnect (it doesn't actually drop)- the volume seems to decrease dramatically and then goes back to where I had it at No accessories - I would like to use these to stream phone calls from my work cell phone, but I can't because there isn't an accessory yet, same thing for my computer
I've only had them for 2 days but they are a huge improvement over my old Starkeys or the Bernafons I was trialing. Much better speech clarity and localization. They did well eating with a group at a round table and with moderate background noise. Streaming music from my iPhone for about an hour did drain the phone battery more than using ear buds. I haven't had many phone calls yet but a couple of short ones seemed to be OK. I don't know how long the batteries last but the program insists on a response (you need a don't know/not applicable respons).
I just got these aids yesterday, so it may be too early to tell.. but so far I've been really impressed with the sound quality and speech clarity. I'm waiting to see how the app and iPhone works but as far as the hearing aids themselves.. they seem like a high quality build and the sound is great. Looking forward to updating this review after trying all they have to offer.
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