Opn™ technology research

Proving the paradigm shift

We’re committed to developing, verifying, and validating our technology and unique audiological approach through research. This ensures we’re providing the most relevant products that support cognitive health and improve quality of life. Oticon Opn has introduced a paradigm shift in hearing technology and the evidence is in!

More than 1,000,000 Oticon Opn hearing aids have been sold, empowering users to open up to the world.

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Cognitive research methods prove BrainHearing™ benefit

Breakthrough technology requires breakthrough research design. Verification of BrainHearing™ benefits requires complex speech-in-noise tasks in order to represent the true complexity of the listening situation. Opn research also uses cognitive correlates of hearing function to demonstrate how the brain makes sense of the task.

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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, 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.

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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Cognitive-based research design

What does Pupillometry reveal about stressful listening?

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Sentence-final word identification and recall

What does SWIR research reveal about message recall?

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96% user satisfaction

User feedback highlights how 96% say they hear better with Oticon Opn*.

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* Beck D.L., Porath M., Consumer Responses to the Oticon Opn Hearing Aid. Hearing Review. 2017;24(1):26.


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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Additional research articles

  • New approach to speech intelligibility testing

    30. August 2017

    On the basis of recent studies, it is suggested that in order to test the eventual benefits of signal processing interventions in an ecologically valid listening situation, testing should be done within the SNR range of +5-15 dB.

  • BrainHearing™: Attending to competing voices

    5. August 2017

    This study's preliminary results demonstrate that the brain, even with age and impaired hearing, is still able to complete the task of attending to competing voices.

  • My hearing loss, my ears and my brain

    10. July 2017

    Are people with hearing loss aware of the interplay between hearing loss, ears, and brain? Should hearing care professionals explain the role of cognition to their patients?

  • BrainHearing™: Reverberant listening conditions

    22. June 2017

    This study shows that while understanding the acoustics is important, it is not enough – we need to understand the individual listener, from auditory periphery to the brain, in order to identify the challenges and invent solutions.

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