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Connect to your soundscape with Oticon Opn™

"by " Albert Stein

Home is where your Wi-Fi connects automatically. If you find yourself agreeing heartily with this, you've become one of the many millions of us that are reliant on efficient, effective technology.

So, why should your hearing aids be any different? With the release of the Oticon Opn™, the world's first internet-connected hearing aid, you now have the option of adding your hearing solution to the list of connected devices you own.

Read on to find out exactly how this hearing aid can connect you to your sound environment.

Oticon Opn™ is the first hearing solution to combine NFMI (near field magnetic induction) to improve communication between your ears. It's a wireless connective system that's low on power, but provides you TwinLink communication through powerful 2.4 GHz direct streaming.

One of these communication systems allows your hearing aids to talk to each other to determine accurate spatial awareness, whilst the other is able to communicate wirelessly with external devices.

You're receiving faster and better binaural processing with a 200 per cent increase in communication capacity, all without compromising on power consumption, gadget size or cognitive abilities.

In December 2015, the International Data Corporation released a report which estimated that 44 per cent of the world would be internet-connected this year1. Compared to Cisco's 2013 find that there were almost more mobile devices than humans alive2, this is big news.

Among yourself, how many devices do you own that is capable of wireless connectivity? There's smartphones, tablets, televisions, computers and even watches. The Oticon Opn™ is able to communicate with all these, linking wirelessly through the IFTTT (If This Then That) network – a unique Oticon cloud solution.

You can turn your phones and entertainment devices into wireless headsets, so you're able to join your family during movie night without having to fiddle around with the volume until it suits everyone. Or, your phone conversations will no longer be as one-sided as they were with hearing loss – you'll receive crystal-clear sound through your hearing aids.

This small hearing solutions bridges the divide between smart devices.

Around the home, you'll see the difference that connected hearing aids will make. It opens up a wide world of freedom around everyday tasks – all you need is to download the Oticon ON app! This allows you to customise your hearing aid connectivity to all sorts of devices – think home appliances, lighting systems, and calendars.

For instance, you may not hear the quiet 'ping' your tablet makes when you receive an email or message, but with the Oticon Opn™ hearing solution, you have the ability to customise it to notify you every time you get an alert.

Here are a few more everyday tasks that your Oticon Opn™ hearing aids can help you with:

  • Alert you when someone is at your door

  • Trigger smart lighting or thermostats so that they turn on when you (or rather, your hearing aids) are within range

  • Set your home security alarm

  • Remind you 15 minutes before an event in your calendar

  • Inform you when your laundry is finished

  • Change notification settings of the hearing solutions depending on your GPS location

  • Activate TV mode to help you enjoy shows and movies

These are all small things that you may take for granted until changes in your hearing present them as difficulties. It's like you can power all your electronic devices from your hearing aids!

Of course, you'll need to be equipped with Oticon Opn™ hearing aids for your ears first, in order to experience all these benefits. Come in for a consultation, call us on 0800 001 726.

*IDC, Mobile Internet Users to Top 2 Billion Worldwide in 2016. Accessed August, 2016.
*Cisco, Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2015–2020. Accessed August, 2016.