Oticon Hearing Aids Review

Oticon hearing aids offer something for everyone.


Like many companies in the medical and health related field, Oticon hearing aids began be because of a need within the family. Hans Demant learned of the hearing device worn by Princess Alexandra in 1902 at her coronation to the Thrown of the Queen of England.

He wanted only the best for his hearing-impaired wife and so he traveled from Demark to England to purchase the same hearing aid. Eventually he became a distributor of the devices in his own country.

In 1965 Oticon hearing aids were made available throughout the world in countries including Japan, England, China, Germany and Italy.

A little under a decade later Oticon introduced its first in-the-ear hearing aid. (Scroll to bottom of page for more Oticon History)


Styles

Oticon’s motto is “People first,” and it certainly shows by the number of styles and models of hearing devices they offer. There is a style for every person and price ranges for every pocketbook.

Oticon hearing aids are now all digital, since the company ceased producing its analog model in January of 2012. They offer mini-receiver in the ear—miniRITE, receiver-in-the-ear (RITE), behind-the-ear (BTE), in–the-ear (ITE), mostly-in-the-canal (MIC), in-the-canal (ITC) and completely-in-the-canal (CIC). The ITC, MIC, ITE and CIC styles are custom fitted.

Receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) is considered a contemporary model as it is one of the most popular instruments.

Small and lightweight, it is nearly invisible to a bystander, and comes in a variety of colors to suit your needs. An extremely thin sound wire meets with a receiver and an earpiece that doesn't block the entire ear so it is extremely comfortable as well.

The miniRITE is a smaller version of the RITE or receiver-in-the-canal model.

A more classic model is the behind-the-ear (BTE) aid that comes in an array of sizes to fit any ear. The casing houses the electronics that send the sound wave through a tube to a customized earpiece within. Children prefer this type most of all. It’s a good choice because children are still growing and the earmold maybe come loose as their ear canals grow as well. The earmold can be remade at a much lesser expense than making a new custom shell or replacing it with a new hearing aid.

In-the-ear (ITE) instruments offer housing for the components within the outer ear, all in one unit, with no wires or tubes to be seen. This is a great choice for those suffering from moderate to severe hearing loss.

In-the-canal (ITC) and Mostly-in-the-canal (MIC) are smaller than the ITE hearing aids. They are not quite as visible as the larger ITE shell size. They are a good choice for people who want a smaller hearing device but also can benefit by using a larger battery than the CIC model.

Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) models fit within the ear canal itself, making these almost invisible. For those who suffer mild to moderate hearing issues, these are a great choice. The small battery and control compartments can make it cumbersome for those with severe loss.

Products

Agil:

Using technology, the Oticon helps those with difficulty hearing to process sound easier, making conversations far more pleasant. The concept behind the technology is the understanding of how the brain processes sound. The Pro model of the Agil Oticon hearing aids offers special sound that helps the brain organize the sound and identify where it began. It also has Speech Guard that preserves the true sound of the voice so you can follow conversations easily without the hearing device enhancing extraneous noises such as doors slamming.

In a world of technology, having a hearing aid that connects to the cell phone, telephone or even television, is important. Oticon ConnectLine allows you to experience high quality sound from every device, making movies and music more enjoyable again. This feature is only available on the Agil Oticon hearing aid.

The Agil Oticon hearing aids are beneficial for anyone with hearing loss from mild to severe-to-profound. They come in miniRITE, RITE, BTE 13 and BTE Power if you want an instant fit. For those considering a custom fit design, you’ll find the ITE, ITC, CIC, MIC and CIC/MIC power.

Intiga:

If you want a small, discreet hearing device, then the Intiga Oticon hearing aids fits your need. It’s one of the tiniest wireless behind the ear hearing devices. It’s perfect for the beginner since the design makes getting used to a hearing aid an easy positive experience. In fact, the company designed the device specifically to minimize the amount of time it takes to adjust to the amplification of sound.

This miniRITE model offers Speech Guard to preserve many of the minute details that makes speech understandable. Even in a noisy, complex sound environment, Speech Guard helps you hear a more natural sound making speech clearer, even when there are sudden noises.

Intiga also offers Spatial Sound as one of the features. The extended bandwidth of Spatial Sound allows the user to hear even high frequency details of sound. The Spatial Sound feature of the Oticon hearing aids also offers binaural support so your ears work together as they would if you had normal hearing. When you select an RITE ventilated earpiece, you’ll hear a mixture of both amplified and natural sound.

The Intiga comes with artificial intelligence (AI) that keeps extraneous noises to a minimum and you don’t have to adjust the hearing device to achieve it. It offers an improved speaker system and has Bluetooth capability. These Oticon hearing aids also offer the option of Oticon ConnectLine to make phones, audio equipment and television easier to enjoy.

Acto:

Acto is a hearing device made for people with busy diverse lives. These Oticon hearing aids offer wireless communication to each other so you always hear a balanced sound using both ears. You’ll find the TriState Noise management system helps provide protection from loud noises and the Dynamic Feedback Cancellation prevents the whistling that can occur by eliminating the possibility of feedback. There’s Multi-band Adaptive Directionality to make it easier to focus on the speaker, rather than background noises.

You won’t have trouble using the phone or watching television with this Oticon hearing aid. That’s because it uses Oticon ConnectLine adapters that send the signal directly to your hearing device. You can control the volume with the Oticon Streamer remote.

The Acto Oticon hearing aids come in a variety of styles and seven different colors. It even has the option of a soft earpiece. The Acto comes in miniRITE, RITE, BTE, BTE Power and the custom styles; ITE, ITC and both power and regular CIC and MIC. Of course, the style you choose depends on your hearing loss and the anatomy of your ear.

Chili:

The Chili Oticon hearing aids are for those who have severe to profound hearing loss. This Oticon hearing aid offers Speech Guard that makes the tone of the voice and pitch clearer so you can follow the conversation easier. It also has ConnectLine, a feature that lets you pick up the signal to your favorite sound device or telephone. It sends the signal directly to your ear and you control the sound easily with the Streamer remote.

The Spatial Noise Management system prioritizes the sounds so you hear speech more clearly. The Chili also has Directional Microphones, which is another aid in hearing the conversation clearly. The Chili BTE Super Power hearing aid comes in seven different discreet colors.

Ino:

The Ino Oticon hearing aids are for those with mild to severe-to-profound hearing loss. Because of the quality of sound, you’ll hear more speech and less noise clutter in any environment. You’ll also find there’s less feedback causing whistling.

The Ino also offers the option ConnectLine that allows you to connect to your favorite listening device, whether it’s a television, MP3 player or telephone. You control the hearing aid and volume of the device with the remote, Streamer.

You can even have friends wear the microphone for ConnectLine if you’re going out to dinner in a noisy restaurant. It makes the conversation less stressful and far more enjoyable.

No matter what style of hearing aid you prefer, it’s probably available in the Ino model. The Ino comes in a BTE model, a mini RITE, a BTE-13 Corda, a RITE and two custom fit models, CIC and ITE. The custom fit has four colors from which to select and the others have seven.

Get:

The Oticon Get hearing aids are beneficial for most people’s needs. They increase the sound and prove beneficial in most everyday listening situations. They’re rugged instruments built to last. These hearing devices come with RISE technology that offers not only clear quality but focuses on conversation, which is normally why people want a hearing aid.

It comes in a variety of styles from custom fit ITE, ITC and also BTE models. There are seven colors to match your hair or complexion to make the hearing device less conspicuous. This is one of the more affordable hearing aids from Oticon.

Dual:

Dual is a tiny but powerful hearing device. These Oticon hearing aids are almost invisible behind the ear because of their small size, yet bring sounds to life in a big way. The pair works together because of the technology that allows them to communicate. The feature Spatial Sound offers better sound quality, making it closer to the natural sound. You tell where the sound comes from and also make distinctions in voices and hear a wider range of sounds with Spatial Sound.

You’ll have connectivity with the Streamer, a remote device that allows your hearing aid to pick up the sounds of your favorite listening devices such as televisions, MP3 players, telephones or any other Bluetooth equipped device. Since the Streamer is a remote, there’s no hassle increasing the volume or changing to a new device.

You’ll find the dual in two versions, the Dual Connect and the Dual Mini. Each style offers a choice of 14 different colors. Best of all, either one allows you to customize the hearing device to your preference. Whether that preference is size, accessories, features or color, you can have a hearing device made especially for you.

Hit:

This device allows you to hear conversations more clearly as well as talk on the telephone easier. These BTE Oticon hearing aids come in seven different colors and adjust easily for your level of hearing loss. They have a long battery life and are extremely comfortable to wear.

Sumo DM:

If you need power plus because you have severe to profound hearing loss, then consider this Oticon hearing aid. The Sumo DM won’t make you compromise clear speech for power. It offers Intelligent VoiceFinder to help you filter out the background sound and focus on speech. There’s also TriState Noise Management that aids in reducing background noise.

Don’t worry about your hearing aid whistling because of feedback with these Oticon hearing aids. The Sumo DM eliminates feedback without affecting the gain. You can a whistle free existence and still hear clear crisp sound.

You’ll have digitally enhanced speech and precise compensation for the type of hearing loss you suffer. There are several choices of amplification from which to choose, depending on your preference. Even though the Sumo DM offers the highest power, you’ll find that it doesn’t drain the battery either, so there’s less expense and hassle replacing it.

These Oticon hearing aids are also for children with severe to profound hearing loss. The Sumo DM is durable and comes in a child friendly design to help enhance speech quality for all ages, particularly those just learning to speak. For school age children, the Sumo DM offers compatibility with most PA systems.

Vigo Connect:

Vigo Connect offers the latest in technology whether you have light hearing loss or severe. The technology in these hearing aids makes speech stand out from other sounds so you’ll enjoy conversations more. These tiny devices come in custom styles in the ear or a sleek, small BTE model in a variety of colors. There’s nothing better than hearing sound clearly again and Vigo Connect can help you do just that.

Epoq:

These Oticon hearing aids are small in size but give you superior sound and connectivity to other listening devices. They offer the latest in technology and such clear sounds, you’ll feel like you’re hearing better than friends without a hearing loss.

Use the Epoq with the Streamer and you’ll listen to the latest tunes on your MP3 or easily talk on your cell phone without interference. In fact, the streamer works for any listening device with Bluetooth technology. It turns your hearing aid into your headpiece.

You’ll find music richer and speech clearer when you wear the Epoq Oticon hearing aids. Because the two hearing aids communicate with each other, listening is more like natural hearing. You’ll be able to tell where sounds originate easily. You’ll also be able to follow conversations easier, even in noisy environments.

Delta:

Whether you’re a teen, love the latest in fashion trends or simply want a discreet stylish hearing device, you’ll love the Delta Oticon hearing aids. They have a futuristic shape and come in 17 colors so you can be fashionable no matter what time of the day.

These tiny hearing aids pick up sounds whether high or low, soft or loud and make them comfortable for your listening ease. It offers Intelligent Voice Detection adapts to your surroundings and Noise management.

Tego/Tego Pro:

The Tego and Tego Pro BTE are listening devices barely visible to others but make a huge difference in the way you hear. You can fully customize the device for your hearing loss and enjoy benefits of clear speech processed much the way the brain processes it. That’s because these Oticon hearing aids use AI (Artificial Intelligence) to drive the DecisionMaker system used in the Tego Pro. It filters out noise as your brain would and focuses on those more important sounds, such as speech.

You don’t have to worry about whistling caused by feedback with the Tego. The hearing aid's technology eliminates it. You can also customize the programs to fit your listening needs. The advanced technology allows you to change from one listening environment to another, virtually hands free because the system DecisionMaker does all the work.

Vigo/Vigo Pro

These Oticon hearing aids come in custom models fit for your ear and BTE models. The BTE models are tiny and extremely discrete, so only someone looking for a hearing device would be able to see it. It comes in a variety of colors to match hair or skin tone to make it even more invisible to others.

The Vigo has a Directional Microphone System and noise reduction to help you hear other’s speech easier. It also uses DecisionMaker Technology, driven by Artificial Intelligence so you don’t have to fiddle with your hearing aid when you change listening environments or a loud noise disrupts your present environment. It’s superior in its price range, which makes it a bargain.

The Vigo Pro Oticon hearing aids offer the same quality but contain DecisionMaker2 technology, even more advanced to insure perfect sound automatically. It also contains Volume Control Learning, a feature that learns your sound preference and adjusts the volume automatically.

Go Pro

You’ll find almost every style of custom fit hearing device in the Go Pro and a BTE model. These economical Oticon hearing aids are reliable and offer clear digital quality.

Oticon History (continued from top of page)

In 1904 the future founder of Oticon hearing aids won a contract with General Acoustic Company as he began importation and distribution of Denmark's initial hearing devices that ran on electricity. At the turn of the twentieth century, Hans Demant wished his wife a healthy lifestyle as well as everyone with a hearing loss or disorder. Unfortunately Hans passed away a mere six years later and his son William took over leadership of the company he had begun.

William Demant took a trip to the United States to visit the production centers and to see how the repairs were performed on the Acousticon hearing instruments. Years later in 1946 William would break off from partnership with Dictograph (General Acousticon Company) and join forces with Charles Lehman in America to form the Oticon Corporation to be headquartered in Copenhagen.

When Demant passed away, his son, William, took over and even traveled to America to find how to assemble and repair the hearing devices from General Acoustic Company. WWII and the Great Depression thwarted the import of the devices, so William began to assemble them in Denmark and eventually manufacturing the entire hearing device. After entering into a contract with Charles Lehman, an American hearing aid manufacturer, the two formed the Danish-American Oticon Corporation to produce hearing aids in 1946. Today, the company’s dedication to innovation and putting people first made it one of the major hearing aid producers internationally. The company and sister company Oticon Medical, employ over 3,000 people and have offices in 22 countries. You can find people wearing an Oticon hearing aid in over 100 countries around the world.

Oticon Digital Hearing Aids

In the 1990s Niels Jacobsen takes over leadership of the company now housed in Tuborg. This is also the decade of the release of Digi-Focus, an Oticon hearing aid that is fully digital allowing for higher quality sound, a more natural approach to human hearing.

The next huge step in the company's production came in 2007 when Epoq was released - a wireless binaural hearing aid that is considered closer to natural hearing than any model previously made.

People First

The 21st century brings to the public a continual new array of Oticon hearing aids. The company works on the premise of "people first." What does that mean to the consumer?

Oticon not only sells and dispenses their hearing aids, but they also research and develop within their own firm. The scientists and audiologists work within the hearing impaired community to see what the needs are of those who use the hearing aids so that they may better serve them.

The Oticon market predicts an increase of one third per generation to the already millions of people that are hearing impaired. It is important to stay ahead of the curve with technology, development and research.



Oticon hearing aids are brought to us through the use of test panels, end-user visits, interviews and focus groups. Thousands of employees the world over monitor the people they serve for answers to their questions on development of the perfect hearing aids. Focus is on four main topics: audiology, technology, counseling and fitting, and business support. This well-rounded mentality works well for the consumer.

Finding the right Oticon hearing aid for a specific need is essential to a pleasant experience. The choice will depend upon what your own habits are, what communication needs are required, the type of sound quality you are searching for and what fashion statement you wish to make.

Maybe there are issues with large groups of people, or just one-on-one. Perhaps you need a hearing instrument to aid you in hearing over the phone, the TV or music on the stereo.

The more demanding your life is, the more you do, and the more sophisticated an instrument will have to be. A lot of background noise can be reduced when using high quality aids. To make the hearing experience even more true to form, the wireless instruments have the ability to speak to each other for naturalistic sound.



The Red Dot Design Award has been awarded multiple times to Oticon hearing aids. This means that you can only expect the "best of the best." For your hearing pleasure, there are three levels of performance offered by the Oticon brand. "Essential" makes speech in general easier to hear, "advanced" instruments shape the sound with automatic adjustments to the environment that surrounds you, and "premium" gives the user superior quality that is most natural to what the human ear itself hears without assistance.

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