Oticon technology research

Oticon technology 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™ takes 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. 

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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, Oticon Opn S 1   

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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, Oticon Opn S 1

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Oticon Opn research  


Oticon Opn - Closing another gap to normal hearing

Outstanding evidence from two independent studies shows how effectively Oticon Opn helps people interact with multiple speakers, while significantly reducing listening effort.* These improvements are due to the unique OpenSound Navigator™ technology which empowers people to actively participate in the same noisy environments as people with normal hearing.**


These results make it clear that Oticon Opn is closing another gap to normal hearing.

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* Le Goff and Beck 2017, Oticon Whitepaper
**Juul Jensen 2018, Oticon Whitepaper


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With Opn, users hear better and remember more with less effort*

Technological limitations of current hearing aids have led to the use of narrow directionality to make speech coming from the front clear, while suppressing the rest of the sound environment.

Research tests of cognitive load were performed using Pupillometry  and SWIR methods to better understand BrainHearing benefits.

Oticon Opn makes it easier for the brain to handle multiple speakers in complex environments, which results in 20% reduction in listening effort, 20% better recall and 30% better speech understanding, and a rich open sound experience.


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*Compared to Inium Sense

**Le Goff et al. 2016, Opn Clinical Evidence White Paper, Oticon, Inc.

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With Opn, music sounds better

Sound quality for music and speech is very important to the listening experience of a hearing aid wearer. In a recent independent study *, both musicians and non-musicians listening to music and speech rated Opn as significantly better for naturalness and clarity as compared against older technology.
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*Chasin, M. A novel technique to improve amplified sound quality for both music and speech. Hearing Review. 2017; 24(8):32-36.

Cognitive-based research design

What does Pupillometry reveal about stressful listening?

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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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