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How does Oticon’s BrainHearing technology work?

"by " Albert Stein

It is truly remarkable how hearing aid technology has progressed over recent years. For the one in six Australians with some degree of hearing loss*, there is a wide range of options available to help restore lost sound and make everyday conversations all the more enjoyable.

In the evolution of the hearing aid, we've seen the transformation from the highly conspicuous, bulky form of yesteryear to a modern device that's discreet and in some cases, undetectable. Now, in a marriage of form and function, hearing aid manufacturer Oticon's BrainHearing is endeavouring to make the listening experience even better. 

As you may be aware, one of the primary functions of a hearing aid is to amplify the sounds around us. However, much consideration must go into what sounds a hearing aid amplifies and what it doesn't – a key factor in separating speech from background noise. 

In order to provide the brain with the clearest quality of audio possible, Oticon's BrainHearing carefully manages the compression and gain of incoming sounds, in order to preserve maximum sound detail and clarity for the user. This function truly shines in more complicated, challenging listening situations such as parties and busy restaurants. 

Noise reduction is also important when it comes to being able to understand speech. BrainHearing's VoiceFinder functionality offers a second layer of processing, to determine whether speech is present in a certain environment. As a result, noise reduction is used when it needs to be while speech is preserved for greater clarity.  

Furthermore, to create a better balance between two hearing devices, Oticon uses high-speed data sharing, enabling the wearer to more easily determine the source of a sound. By localising noise and speech, hearing aid users can better focus their attention and sort important sounds from irrelevant ones.

To find out if you could benefit from a hearing device, click here or call 0800 001 726 to request an appointment with your local Audika clinic.

*Australian Network on Disability, Stats and facts. Accessed January, 2015