- Published on 16 January 2018
The Oticon Government Services team will supply two new Oticon Opn™ solutions, Opn miniRITE-T and BTE Plus Power, and two new features, Tinnitus SoundSupport™ and Speech Rescue LX, to support the expert care provided by VA and government audiologists.
As an official supplier of hearing devices to the Veterans Affairs Administration, Department of Defense and other federal agencies, Oticon has already brought the benefits of the Oticon Opn™ open sound experience to many US veterans and active duty military service personnel.
“Many hearing care professionals in the Veterans Affairs Administration have experienced first-hand how Opn’s benefits of less effort, better recall and better speech understanding in noise provide real-world, practical and significant impact on quality of life,” says David Horowitz, Oticon Government Services Manager. “Now our expanded offerings bring even more benefits to more patients, especially veterans suffering with tinnitus, the most prevalent service-connected disability.”
Tinnitus SoundSupport enables VA audiologists to address the needs of veterans who experience both hearing loss and tinnitus with a wide range of customizable relief sounds, including broadband and ocean-like sounds. For veterans who prefer a telecoil, the small, discreet Opn miniRITE-T features a telecoil and tactile toggle switch for easy volume and program control. The Opn BTE 13 Plus Power gives veterans with hearing loss up to 105 dB HL access to Opn’s revolutionary open sound experience. The powerful and compact hearing solution features a telecoil, toggle switch and a two-color LED indicator.
All Opn styles and performance levels now also feature Speech Rescue LX to improve clarity and speech understanding for people with high frequency hearing loss. Speech Guard LX increases access to speech by rescuing speech cues that would otherwise be inaudible.
In the latest statistics from the Hearing Industries Association, the Veterans Affairs Administration accounted for 19.8% of all units dispensed in the United States during first half of 2017. The VA is the largest employer of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the U.S. with over 1,100 audiologists providing services across 400 sites of care.Source: Oticon