World’s First Hearing Aid with an On-Board Deep Neural Network
SOMERSET, NJ May 3 – Oticon More™, the newest life-changing technology from Oticon, Inc., is now available through the Veterans Affairs Administration, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The revolutionary new hearing aid builds on Oticon’s proven BrainHearing™ approach to provide the brain optimum input for better speech understanding with less effort. Oticon More is the world’s first hearing aid that uses a fully trained, on-board Deep Neural Network (DNN) to process the sound environment in a more precise and balanced way. This provides the brain with optimized input from all types of meaningful sound, so that users can better focus on what matters to them without losing track of the sounds happening around them. Speech in noise is processed more like the human brain, based on extensive experiential learning, not on a limited set of man-made rules. The result is a more natural representation of all sounds and an additional 15 percent increase in speech understanding.*
“Oticon More continues Oticon’s commitment to providing innovative hearing solutions that improve not only hearing but overall quality of life for our nation’s veterans,” said Rob Zimmer, Director of Government Services for Oticon, Inc. “New independent research has shown that the brain needs access to all sounds — not just speech — in order to work in a natural way. The breakthrough technology in Oticon More makes the full sound scene 60 percent clearer.** This ability to represent all relevant sounds in the brain is crucial for a patient’s ability to navigate in environments that are dynamic and complex.”
Radically New Approach to Sound Processing
The Polaris™ platform, Oticon’s most intelligent and powerful ever, supports Oticon More’s life-changing technologies. The MoreSound Intelligence™ (MSI) and MoreSound Amplifier™ (MSA) innovations in Oticon More are designed to give the brain better access to more relevant and precise information, breaking with traditional approaches to noise reduction and compression in hearing aids.
MSI technology optimizes the way the hearing device makes sounds more distinct, working seamlessly across varying listening environments. All types of sounds are recognized, including their details, and how they should ideally sound to optimally support the brain. Scanning the soundscape 500 times per second, MSI captures the intricate details in the sound scene and processes them with better contrast, balance and clarity than ever before. MSI is proven to make the full sound scene 60 percent clearer based on EEG testing.** The rapid high-resolution amplification of MSA works in both 24 and 4 frequency channels to naturally follow changes in the sound scene, balancing and amplifying sound objects. Together, the new technologies ensure the brain gains the full perspective of a clear and balanced sound scene from the real world.
Direct Streaming from iPhone® and Android™ Devices
Oticon More features Bluetooth® Low Energy technology and offers an extensive range of connectivity options. Oticon More is a Made for iPhone® (MFi) hearing aid and compatible with the new Android™ protocol for Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA), making it possible to stream directly from Apple and selected Android mobile devices.*** Oticon More can be combined with Oticon ConnectClip to stream from any other Bluetooth device.
The Oticon ON app lets veterans personalize their listening experience via the new streaming equalizer that allows them to fine-tune the sound when streaming. The ON app also lets users adjust the volume, change the program, check the battery level and control other Oticon devices. It even comes with a “Find my hearing aids” feature.
More Power, Freedom, Flexibility
The rechargeable Oticon More miniRITE R uses reliable lithium-ion batteries for a full day of battery life****, including streaming, after just three hours of charging. A quick charge takes just 30 minutes and provides an additional six hours of power.
Oticon More is available in eight colors and supports hearing loss from mild to severe. For more information about Oticon More and the entire portfolio of Oticon hearing solutions with BrainHearing technology available through the Veterans Affairs Administration, visit https://www.oticon.com/solutions/for-veterans.
*Compared to Oticon Opn S™, Santurette, et al. 2020. Oticon More clinical evidence. Oticon Whitepaper.
**EEG testing with MoreSound Intelligence in on vs off setting, from Santurette, et al.
*** Android devices need to support ASHA to allow direct connectivity to Oticon More. Please visit Oticon.com/support/compatibility for more information.
****Lithium-ion performance varies depending on hearing loss, lifestyle and streaming behavior.
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