Oticon technology research

Opn S™ and Xceed research

We’re committed to developing, verifying and validating our technology and unique audiological approach through innovative research. This ensures we’re providing the most relevant products that support cognitive health and improve quality of life. Oticon Opn™ introduced a paradigm shift in hearing technology, and Oticon Opn S™ and Xceed take it to the next level.

Oticon Opn S research 

In order to deliver what the brain needs to make sense of sound, Oticon builds hearing aids on the philosophy that better hearing starts with the brain. This is BrainHearing™.  Oticon Opn S continues to expand upon the proven benefits of Oticon Opn and takes BrainHearing benefits to the next level. 


Oticon Opn S:
new groundbreaking EEG research

Thanks to a groundbreaking new EEG research method, independent hearing scientists have shown that Oticon Opn S is the first hearing aid proven to help the brain organize sounds and significantly improves selective attention.

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better speech understanding

Better speech understanding and reduced listening effort

Oticon Opn and the open sound experience proved how Oticon’s unique approach to signal processing outperformed traditional hearing aid technology. In fact, compared to traditional technology, Oticon Opn improved speech understanding 30%, reduced listening effort 20%, and improved memory recall 20%*. Now, with the upgraded OpenSound Navigator™ and OpenSound Optimizer™ working together, Oticon Opn S is taking these results to new heights.

Compared to Oticon Opn, Oticon Opn S is proven to:
• Improve speech understanding by another 15%**
• Decrease listening effort by another 10%**
• Improve memory recall by an additional 10%**

*LeGoff et.al. 2016, Opn Clinical Evidence White Paper, Oticon, Inc.
** Juul Jensen 2019, Oticon Whitepaper   

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Enjoy speech understanding on par with normal hearing

The biggest challenge for people with hearing loss is being able to communicate in noisy environments, especially when there are multiple speakers. With up to 6 dB more gain, open fittings and the open sound experience, Oticon Opn S patients can now enjoy speech understanding in these difficult listening environments – at the level of people with normal hearing*. 

*Juul Jensen 2018, Oticon Whitepaper

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96% prefer Oticon Opn S over Oticon Opn

Opn S was put to a rigorous challenge in a two-week field trial with experienced and satisfied Opn patients. Patients were asked to compare their experience with Opn S to their current Opn hearing aids in a wide range of dynamic listening environments.

At the end of the trial period, the results showed that 96% rated Oticon Opn S to be ‘much better’ or ‘somewhat better’ than Oticon Opn. This unprecedented high preference is attributed to OpenSound Optimizer. When preferring Oticon Opn S, users chose speech intelligibility and sound quality as the reason for their preference.

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24 participants with a mix of hearing losses (17 men and 7 women), 12 BTE Plus Power users, 2 miniRITE T 60 speaker users (testing miniRITE R), 10 miniRITE/miniRITE T, 85 speaker users (testing miniRITE R) and mean age of 73.5 year (range 49 – 86 years).
All participants were experienced and satisfied Oticon Opn 1 users who were not experiencing audible feedback problems.


Opening up a world of power

Oticon Xceed research

Proven to provide higher speech clarity with less effort.
Oticon Xceed provides proven BrainHearing benefits with up to:*

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    improvement in speech clarity – allowing users to handle more noisy environments without compromising speech understanding**

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    less listening effort – reducing the perceived burden of listening in noisy environments without closing down sounds

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    better short-term recall – enabling users to recognize words easier and make sense of the conversation in noisy environments

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*Ng 2019, Oticon Whitepaper
**Ability to handle 2 dB more noise translated into 10% improvement using SII. Ng 2019, Oticon Whitepaper


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Eriksholm Research Center

Eriksholm is helping to understand the role of cognition in listening and how cognitive factors interact with auditory factors to affect how people use their hearing.

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Interested in the technology that led up to Oticon Opn S and Xceed?

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