AudiologyOnline Phone: 800-753-2160


Oticon Medical Ponto 5 Family - April 2022

Ponto 5 Mini: Thoughts from A User and Audiologist

Sandi Arcus, MS

January 10, 2022
Share:

Interview with Sandi Arcus regarding her experience with the Ponto 5 Mini.

 

AudiologyOnline: What prompted you to upgrade to the Ponto™ 5 Mini?

Sandi Arcus: As an audiology professional, I’m always curious about new technology and fascinated by small instruments making big improvements in sound quality.

AudiologyOnline: How do you feel about the new features in Ponto 5?
Sandi Arcus: With the OpenSound Navigator, I can hear speech better in a noisy restaurant, car, and wind. There is a noted improvement from the previous model. And with the OpenSound Optimizer, although I never had too much of a feedback issue before, now it’s even less. Now that I think about it, I haven’t heard any feedback! As for the RemoteCare options, this is a great tool for follow-up care. Very convenient, especially with patients’ ongoing concerns about leaving home during the pandemic.

AudiologyOnline: How is your experience hearing in noisy crowds/wind/other challenging environments?

Sandi Arcus: While the previous model already did a great job at this, I noted that there was less effort to hear speech in difficult listening situations, less frustration.

AudiologyOnline: Does the Ponto 5 support your active career/social life?

Sandi Arcus: Yes! It’s small yet powerful! I don’t feel like I’m missing anything, and people around me notice that as well.

AudiologyOnline: How does wearing it make you feel about yourself and the way you want others to see you?

Sandi Arcus: It makes me feel that I am doing the very best that I can do to hear the very best that I can hear. I feel more confident going into difficult listening situations. I’m less concerned and anxious that I will miss something.

AudiologyOnline: What do you want someone deciding whether to get Ponto 5 Mini to know that hasn’t already been covered?

Sandi Arcus: You don’t know what you are missing until you try it. It’s the little sounds that I thought I was hearing “well enough”. It became more apparent that I was not hearing them “well enough”. It enhanced the sounds around me enough to sound closer to “normal” and greatly reduced my listening effort.

Guidelines for Determining CI Candidacy presented in partnership with the ACIA


sandi arcus

Sandi Arcus, MS

Sandi Arcus is a Dispensing Audiologist at Lone Mountain Audiology in Las Vegas, NV. Born with single-sided deafness (SSD), she has always had a passion for helping others who are hard of hearing. She started her career in Pennsylvania as an audiologist in a busy ENT office, then in private practice. Sandi holds a Master of Science degree in Audiology from Bloomsburg University, is a Fellow with the American Academy of Audiology, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. 



Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.