SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY – Oticon Inc. announced the expansion of the Oticon Velox S™ family of hearing aids, with new adult and pediatric power hearing aids and a new CROS/BiCROS hearing solution.
Oticon Xceed, which the company says is “the world’s most powerful hearing aid, gives adults with severe-to-profound hearing loss 360° access to more speech than ever before”. A new dedicated pediatric power solution for children with severe-to-profound hearing loss, Oticon Xceed Play, was also launched.
In addition to the newest power solutions, Oticon has released it’s first ever CROS/BiCROS solution.
Oticon Xceed and Xceed Play Power Hearing Aids
With 146 dB SPL and 87 dB full-on gain1, Xceed and Xceed Play is said to offer a number of industry firsts tailored to the unique needs of patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Oticon Xceed features BrainHearing™ technology, which is designed to provide better speech clarity and better short-term recall while reducing the listening effort people with severe-to-profound hearing loss struggle with in day-to-day listening situations.3
Built on the Velox S platform, Xceed and Xceed Play are the first power hearing aids with OpenSound Navigator™, providing “more access to speech and less listening effort, and OpenSound Optimizer™, delivering optimal gain with reduced risk of feedback”.
“Oticon Xceed and Xceed Play provide a radical new approach to hearing care for power users. Unlike traditional technology in power solutions that closes down sounds earlier in noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio, the innovative BrainHearing technology in Xceed delivers better access to speech with up to 11dB improvement in signal-to-noise ratio – even in complex listening situations where adults with severe-to-profound hearing loss are challenged most.4 Xceed Play allows hearing care professionals to fit children with up to 6dB more stable gain2 for better sound quality and consistent, more comfortable access to speech throughout the day.”
–Donald Schum, PhD, VP of Audiology for Oticon, Inc.
Designed for Power Users
OpenSound Navigator (OSN) technology found in the Xceed product family is designed to work ultra-fast to continuously analyze, prioritize and preserve speech from all directions while significantly reducing noise. Results from an independent study found that OSN technology in Xceed improves speech clarity by 10%, reduces listening effort by 10% and increases short-term recall by 15% for patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss.3
Xceed Play with OSN is said to provide up to 20% more speech cues for children with severe-to-profound hearing loss, without the high risk of feedback.4 When extra help is needed, patients can activate OpenSound Booster™ using the Oticon ON App.
OpenSound Optimizer in both Xceed and Xceed Play helps prevent feedback from occurring and greatly reduces gain reductions throughout the day to provide patients with more consistent access to speech. This gives hearing care professionals the freedom to create a personalized sound experience, with the highest full-on gain and output available in the industry (146dB SPL MPO and 87 dB full-on gain1) and a dedicated prescriptive fitting rationale.
Connectivity in Xceed Hearing Aids
Xceed and Xceed Play enable power users to connect to various wireless devices utilizing 2.4 GHz Bluetooth® low energy technology.
“The new power solutions are Made for iPhone® and connect to any modern smartphones via ConnectClip to stream sound hands-free to both ears. With the Oticon ON App, patients can regulate volume, change programs or simply turn off their hearing aids with complete discretion.”
All Xceed Play models include a telecoil to ensure universal compatibility with the Oticon Amigo FM and other manufacturers’ transmitters. The dedicated Oticon Amigo R12G2 ear-level FM receiver makes it possible for students and teachers to connect and communicate via existing school FM systems.
Oticon CROS/BiCROS Hearing Aid
Oticon CROS is said to “provide a full, more immersive 360° sound experience for people with single-sided deafness, when listening to speech in noisy environments and at a distance”.
TwinLink™ dual streaming (NFMI for binaural communication and 2.4GHz Bluetooth low energy technology for streaming) makes it possible for patients to connect to external audio streams while simultaneously enjoying sound transmission from the poorer ear to the better ear.
TwinLink delivers a 50% average improvement in awareness of speech in the environment while streaming sound from the poorer ear.5
Models and Availability
Xceed and Xceed Play are available in two styles: super power (BTE SP, 110) and ultra power (BTE UP, 120). A new modern design with push buttons for each control make it easy to control volume and program. Xceed Play also features a LED indicator and optional tamper-resistant battery drawer and is available in 12 child-friendly colors. All Oticon power hearing aids are robust, reliable and free of allergens with IP68 certification for water, dust and debris resistance.
Oticon Xceed SP, Xceed UP, Xceed Play, and CROS round out the Oticon Velox S product family that includes choices for patients with mild-to-profound hearing loss and fitting levels from 105 to a new 120 level. The new CROS hearing solution is compatible with Oticon Opn S 1, Opn S 2, Opn Play 1, Xceed and Xceed Play and with six styles: miniRITE T, miniRITE, miniRITE R, BTE PP, BTE SP, and BTE UP.
For more information visit Oticon’s website here.
- Values shown are based upon IEC measurements for Xceed 1 BTE UP and Xceed Play 1 BTE UP.
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