- Published on 28 June 2017
With the launch of Tinnitus SoundSupport™ Oticon has announced a significant upgrade to the Oticon Opn family.
We know that approximately 80 per cent of those with hearing loss also suffer from tinnitus, and 80 per cent of those with tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss. (1) By combining Opn’s cutting edge audiological benefits with tinnitus relief, Oticon has delivered a winning combination. Opn users can now benefit from a built-in sound generator – Tinnitus SoundSupport™ – a feature that can be controlled through the Opn hearing aids and the Oticon ON app.
“We want to help change the perception that when people have tinnitus there’s nothing they can do,” said Gitte Maj Schrøder, Product Manager at Oticon. “With these new improvements to Opn, millions of people around the world who have to live with tinnitus now have the opportunity to find relief from what can often be an extremely debilitating condition.”
Tinnitus SoundSupport™ delivers proven sound therapy directly through the hearing aid through the use of a sound that can move the focus away from tinnitus and make it more manageable in daily life. Users can choose from four broadband sound options, three ocean-like sounds and the ability to customise these sounds to their particular needs. Relief sounds levels can be adjusted on the hearing aid itself or by using the Oticon ON smartphone app.
“The exact nature and impact of tinnitus varies, so by offering such a broad range of sound and customization options we’re helping users to find a profile that works best for them,” said Gitte Maj Schrøder. “This combines seamlessly with the cutting-edge audiological benefits of Opn, including ultra-fast sound processing, reduced listening effort and now a selection of relief sounds to help reduce perception of tinnitus. When you add the ability to connect directly to smartphones and smart devices, we’re confident that we’ve delivered a quite extraordinary hearing care solution for today’s market.”
Existing Opn users can have their hearing aids updated with Tinnitus SoundSupport™ via a firmware update, and are advised to contact their hearing care professional for more information.
For more on Oticon, Oticon Opn and Tinnitus SoundSupport™, visit Oticon.global/opn.
(1) GISC: Beck DL. (2012) British Academy of Audiology. Podium presentation.