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Oticon Medical Ponto 5 Family - April 2022

What is OpenSound Navigator?

Courtney Smith, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, Aren Bezdjian, PhD

September 6, 2022

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What is OpenSound Navigator?

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OpenSound Navigator is Oticon Medical's speech enhancement algorithm, and it has proven to be a tremendous asset to our patients in difficult listening environments. We have come a long way and we've created some software and algorithms that are quite exceptional. OpenSound navigator has been a huge addition to our technology, and its effects are simply remarkable. 

OpenSound Navigator allows the user to identify all sounds,  the level of the sound, and the position it's coming from. It's an algorithm that has a precise analysis of accurately identifying every sound that is coming to the user. We talk about this 360 degrees of sound perception. This is quite an important aspect of understanding OpenSound Navigator. Going into the technology itself, Oticon Medical really changed how bone-anchored hearing aid users experienced the complex hearing environment. So instead of the sound coming conventionally directionally towards us, we have this new way of hearing all around us at the same time

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from Innovations in Bone Anchored Hearing Device Research.


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Courtney Smith, MA, CCC-A, FAAA

Courtney Smith is a clinical audiologist with 18 years of clinical experience in hearing aids, cochlear implants, and bone-anchored hearing device solutions working in both medical and private practice settings.  She joined Oticon Medical as their Clinical Trainer in October of 2021. She completed her graduate training at the University of Iowa in 2003.


Aren Bezdjian, PhD

Aren Bezdjian, PhD is a clinical research manager at Oticon Medical LLC where he manages a portfolio of global clinical trials, investigator initiated & sponsored research projects. Prior to joining Oticon Medical, Aren held an affiliation in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and led research at an Auditory Sciences Laboratory where he conducted projects on ototoxicity and hearing rehabilitation through pharmacological and implantable solutions. Aren has published 36 peer reviewed scientific articles and is an active reviewer for journals in the fields of audiology and otolaryngology. He has taught in universities and frequently speaks at ENT conferences and organisation events including two appearances on the TEDx platform.


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