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Oticon Medical Because Sound Matters Blog - July 2021

Introducing the First Style in the Ponto 5 Family

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Copenhagen, Denmark - September 15, 2021 

More sound to the brain

Oticon Medical is excited to announce the launch of Ponto 5 Mini – the first style in the new Ponto 5 family. With its revolutionary approach to feedback, this new sound processor takes the open sound experience, first introduced with the groundbreaking OpenSound NavigatorTM, to a new level.

New research shows that the brain needs access to all sounds from the full soundscape to help it make sense of what it hears.1,2 OpenSound Navigator and OpenSound OptimizerTM are just two of the BrainHearingTM technologies used in Ponto 5 Mini to give users access to more sound than ever before. This has been confirmed in a study that show that the open sound technologies of Ponto 5 Mini improves speech understanding by 20% and significantly reduces the listening effort needed to make sense of sound.*,3

Up until now, traditional feedback systems have overcome annoying whistling sounds by reducing gain and removing the dynamics of sound. The new OpenSound Optimizer in Ponto 5 Mini, analyses amplified sound 56,000 times per second to detect and actually prevent audible feedback before it occurs. This means audiologists no longer need to compromise on sound dynamics to reduce feedback and can fit users with Ponto 5 Mini with up to 6dB more stable gain.4

Jes Olsen, President Oticon Medical, has followed the development of the OpenSound Optimizer closely and comments, “It has taken years for us to develop a technology that can prevent feedback without decreasing gain and reducing the dynamics of sound. With the OpenSound Optimizer technology we now have the solution, and the result is to the benefit of all users.”

In addition to its advanced sound processing technology, all aspects of Ponto 5 Mini have been designed to make life easier for users – including clinical appointments. We now introduce the easy-to-use Oticon RemoteCare platform, where follow-up appointments and adjustments can be carried out remotely.

As you would expect from a sound processor as advanced as the Ponto 5 Mini, it is also designed for the digital world with accessories, apps, and built-in technology to help users stay connected.

With the Ponto 5 Mini, Oticon Medical continues to offer the world’s smallest and most discreet bone anchored sound processor available. Despite its tiny size, Ponto 5 Mini delivers the state-of-the-art reliability, durability and product quality that have become synonymous with Ponto. 

Because sound matters

Oticon Medical is a global company in implantable hearing solutions, dedicated to bringing the power of sound to people at every stage of life. As part of the Demant group, a global leader in hearing healthcare with more than 16,500 people in over 30 countries and users benefitting from our products and solutions in more than 130 countries, we have access to one of the world’s strongest research and development teams, the latest technological advances and insights into hearing care.

Our competencies span more than a century of innovations in sound processing and decades of pioneering experience in hearing implant technology. We work collaboratively with patients, physicians and hearing care professionals to ensure that every solution we create is designed with users’ needs in mind. We have a strong passion to provide innovative solutions and support that enhance quality of life and help people live full lives – now and in the future.

Because we know how much sound matters

*Increased speech understanding with OpenSound Navigator ON measured as a percentage relative to the baseline with OpenSound Navigator OFF. 

1 O’Sullivan, et al (2019). Hierarchical Encoding of Attended Auditory Objects in Multi-talker Speech Perception. Neuron, 104(6), 1195-1209.

2 Puvvada, K. C. et al. (2017). Cortical representations of speech in a multitalker auditory scene. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(38), 9189-9196.

3 Manuscript in preparation, Data on File - Clinical study BC102

4 Data on file at Oticon Medical 

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