In February 2023, Oticon proudly introduced its latest innovation in the realm of hearing aids – the Oticon Real. This groundbreaking device, built on the robust Polaris R™ microchip platform, signifies a significant leap forward in the evolution of open sound technology, a journey initiated with the release of the Opn in 2016.
The Opn (2016) set the stage by delivering a 360° sound experience, breaking barriers to offer users an expansive auditory encounter. Building on this success, Opn S (2019) further improved the user experience by focusing on the sounds users truly desired. The Oticon More™ (2021) marked a milestone as the first hearing aid to integrate a Deep Neural Network (DNN) on the chip, leveraging artificial intelligence for an exceptionally natural listening experience.
Oticon Real comes in various types, each tailored to specific needs:
Designed for mild-to-profound hearing loss, these models feature rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, easy-to-use chargers, and compatibility with iPhone and Android devices for hands-free calls and direct streaming.
The Oticon Real™ takes the legacy of its predecessors one step further by addressing two persistent challenges faced by hearing aid wearers: wind and handling noise, as well as sudden sounds.
With 24 frequency channels, the Polaris R platform offers highly personalized fine-tuning of gain, allowing users to customize their listening experience to individual preferences. The platform is also future-ready, enabling wireless updates with the latest technological advancements.
For those dealing with tinnitus, Oticon More offers Tinnitus SoundSupport – an integrated sound generator with a wide range of options, providing relief through dynamic and soothing nature sounds. This personalized treatment allows users to adjust relief sound volume discreetly via the hearing aid or Oticon Companion app.
The Wind & Handling Stabilizer in Oticon Real™ is a double-patented technology that immediately detects and rectifies sound signals. It scans the environment at an impressive rate of 500 times per second, ensuring a comfortable listening experience. This groundbreaking technology not only provides clear contrast but also enhances access to speech.
Wind, known for its unpredictable and irregular nature, poses a significant challenge for hearing aid users. Oticon Real™ underwent rigorous testing in one of the world’s largest wind tunnels, outperforming two leading competitor hearing aids. The results speak for themselves – Oticon Real™ demonstrated a remarkable 22% reduction in wind noise compared to a competitor, coupled with a 17% improvement in speech clarity in windy conditions.
Beyond wind noise, Oticon Real™ excels in reducing handling noise, a common concern for hearing aid users. In a clinical investigation measuring the effects of touch, the handling noise in Oticon Real™ proved to be up to 19dB lower than competitors. This is especially impactful for the 93% of wearers who also use glasses.
Oticon Real™ goes even further by effectively tackling sudden sound disruptions, a challenge often faced in our daily lives filled with myriad noises.
The SuddenSound Stabilizer technology inside the Oticon Real can adeptly handle more than 500,000 sudden sounds during a typical day. It dynamically and instantly adjusts gain, the ratio of input vs. output volume, reducing listening effort by a significant 22%, as demonstrated in a clinical study.
In conclusion, Oticon Real™ represents a paradigm shift in hearing aid technology, offering unparalleled solutions to challenges faced by wearers. Its innovative Wind & Handling Stabilizer and SuddenSound Stabilizer technologies set it apart, ensuring a listening experience that surpasses competitors. To experience the transformative power of Oticon Real™ firsthand, visit Hidden Hearing and explore the next generation of hearing aid technology.