Oticon Ino Hearing Aids Review
Oticon Ino Hearing Aids Provides the EssentialsThe Oticon Corporation, manufacturers of Oticon Ino hearing aids, takes their mission statement, “People First,” seriously. It’s no wonder when you consider how the company started.
It began when Princess Alexandra wore a new hearing device at her coronation to the throne of England in 1902. Hans Demant heard of the remarkable devices and traveled from his homeland, Denmark, to England to purchase one of the electrical hearing devices for Camilla, his wife, who also suffered from hearing loss. The new hearing aids improved Camilla’s life so much; he wanted to help others with the same problem.
Driven by his desire to help others, the company grew and thrived. When Hans passed, William headed the company and wanted to learn more, so he traveled to America to the manufacturing plant of the General Acoustic Company to learn to assemble and repair the devices. It was an important step, since importation became difficult due to first the Great Depression, which affected many different nations, including Denmark and then WWII. He continued to produce the hearing devices, but after the war, in 1946, formed a partnership with Charles Lehman from America. This was the start of the American-Danish company, Oticon.
Today, Oticon offers hearing devices, such as Oticon Ino hearing aids, to people in over 100 different countries. They have offices in 22 of those countries. The Oticon Corporation and sister company, Oticon Medical, have over 3,000 employees and produce a wide line of digital hearing aids to help people with mild to severe hearing loss. Their attention to the needs of the consumer and quality products are the reasons the company grew and maintain their position in the world of hearing devices.
Oticon Ino Hearing Aids
If you’re looking for an entry level hearing device, Octicon Ino offers all the latest in technology. However, the Ino is also good for those with sever to profound hearing loss too. That’s because the Ino has all the essentials for clear communication and comfortable sound processing. The Ino comes in a large number of different styles, each with various options from which to select.
Oticon Ino hearing aids offer the user the essentials for good communication, making participation and interaction easy, even in a noisy environment. There are multitudes of features that offer more volume, but don’t distort the sound or make it uncomfortable to listen. You have the option of selecting the device from two different performance levels, the traditional Ino and the Ino Pro. While both offer quality performance to enhance your hearing ability, the Ino Pro offers two additional options, binaural coordination and connectivity to listening devices.
The styles include the standard receiver-in-the-ear—RITE—the miniRITE, the behind-the-ear—BTE 13 with Corda Thin Tube, the BTE 13 Hook and the BTE 13 Power Hook for the non-custom options. You can get an open dome earpiece, plus dome or Micro/RITE mold in either hard or soft mold if you use a standard or medium receiver. For those with a power receiver, the Power Dome, soft Power Mold or hard Power Mold is available.
The color selection available in the BTE models include Diamond Black, Steel Grey, Silver Grey, Silver, Chroma Beige, Terracotta and Chestnut Brown. The custom styles include half shell/ low profile, in-the-canal—ITC/ half shell power, ITC, completely-in-the-canal—CIC/MIC power and CIC/MIC. There are four color selections to blend with skin tone. The custom options are not wireless.
Features of Oticon Ino Hearing Aids
Noise Management: If life were perfect, all other noises would cease when someone spoke, making it easier for the hearing impaired to follow a conversation. Of course, it isn’t perfect and that’s why the Noise Management system is so important to the users of the Ino. The system automatically minimizes competing environmental noises that make it difficult to follow speech.
Binaural Coordination: People with normal hearing, use both ears and the brain coordinates the two. Unfortunately, with most hearing devices, that simply doesn’t happen. Binaural Coordination in Oticon Ino hearing aids synchronizes both the volume and the programs automatically so your ears work together to give you a better listening experience. This feature is only available on the Ino Pro.
Dynamic Feedback Cancellation (DFC2): Feedback can be embarrassing and sometimes painful. The people at Oticon understand that and offer Dynamic Feedback Cancellation in all types of Ino hearing aids. It makes the feedback disappear before you hear it, so there’s no more unwanted whistling.
Adaptive Directionality: If you want Adaptive Directionality on your Oticon Ino hearing aids, you’ll have to get the Pro performance level. Adaptive Directionality analyzes the sound and differentiates between noise and important voice signals. It then automatically switches between directional and omni mode so you don’t have to make any adjustments. This increases the volume in the ear toward the most important sound, speech.
Automatic Directionality (Surround and Split): With this feature, your hearing device automatically focuses on the sound directly in front of you, so you hear conversations better.
Bandwidth: The Oticon Ino hearing aids, whether the Pro or traditional model, have an 8khz bandwidth.
RISE 2 Platform: The Rise 2 Platform has amazing processing speed, and two times the power of the previous platform, RISE. You’ll hear far better when you use it and consume far less power, so you won’t use up the battery as quickly. Even though the speed is faster, the size of the second-generation wireless platform is far smaller, making it perfect for smaller sized hearing devices such as the mini-RITE.
ConnectLine Enabled: You’ll be able to use cell phones and other Bluetooth enabled listening devices easily when you have the Pro model of the Oticon Ino hearing aids. ConnectLine is a feature that directly connects your hearing aid to the device and turns your hearing aid into a powerful headset.
Streamer Enabled: Another feature of the Ino Pro model is the ability to use the Streamer. The Streamer takes the signal from televisions and landlines and directs it into your hearing aid. You can increase the volume without ever making it too loud for others in the room, since only you can hear the increase.
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