October 10 2016 0Comment

Volunteers needed to trial breakthrough hearing aid technology

Most people assume that hearing is something that happens in your ears. It is certainly true that the ears receive sound, however it’s actually in our brains that sound becomes information that has meaning.

“Background sounds greatly assist the brain process the sound we are focusing on”, said Jodie Miles, Principal Audiologist and Director of Mackay Hearing. “Traditional hearing aids only receive sound directly in front of wearers, suppressing background sounds. This requires the brain to work harder to fill in the blanks and it is why hearing loss can be so tiring and can drain people of the mental energy needed for everyday activities.”

Luckily, cutting edge hearing devices featuring revolutionary BrainHearing™ technology offer exciting new options for people with hearing loss. Mackay Hearing is among the first hearing clinics in Australia to offer the new Oticon Opn. Powered by an ultra-fast microchip, the Opn is the first hearing device able to embrace the full soundscape – helping your brain hear sound easier, clearer and better, even in challenging listening situations like restaurants or social gatherings.

“Oticon Opn is the first hearing aid proven to make hearing easier on the brain,” explains Ms Miles. “Testing consistently shows that Opn increases speech understanding, which is of utmost importance to hearing aid wearers, by 30{92467a49ff12a820a3b3ae4b2cf52bd04325c168956e2cbcc290838a2f8c9516}*.  People who wear the Opn also devote 20{92467a49ff12a820a3b3ae4b2cf52bd04325c168956e2cbcc290838a2f8c9516} less effort trying to understand speech*.  Because less effort is required to understand, wearers are able to remember 20{92467a49ff12a820a3b3ae4b2cf52bd04325c168956e2cbcc290838a2f8c9516} more of what was said**.”

Oticon Opn offers easy connectivity to a variety of smartphones and is the world’s first internet connected hearing device.

The Oticon Opn’s performance is proven but research and development is ongoing. As part of this, Mackay Hearing is calling for volunteers to participate in a FREE 30 day trial of the device.

“We are incredibly excited to be offering the Oticon Opn on a trial basis” Ms Miles said. “For no cost, our clients will be able to experience first-hand the benefits of this cutting edge technology. Also, feedback gained from trial participants will be invaluable and will contribute towards further research and development”.

People interested in participating in the FREE 30 day trial of the Oticon Opn can register by phoning 4952 4649, e-mailing [email protected] or providing their details on the Mackay Hearing website.

Unfortunately the trial lasts for a limited time only. To secure your place in the trial, please contact Mackay Hearing by close-of-business on the 23 December 2016.

 

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*Compared to Oticon Alta2 Pro

**Individual benefit may vary depending on prescription

 

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