Oticon has always been on the move towards development and innovation of new and technologically advanced hearing aids to help its users with more added value and comfort. Oticon ConnectLine communication devices have made it easier and much simpler for users of hearing aids to listen to their Apple iPods and personal MP3 players, their TVs, and their Bluetooth mobile phones for a while now. But with yesterdays introduction of the Oticon ConnectLine personal microphone, one finally can hear their dinner companion as well, even in a noisy restaurant.The new and the latest wireless Oticon ConnectLine Microphone clips to your conversation partners lapel and picks up his or her voice while filtering out unwanted background sounds. It transmits the audio directly to the ConnectLine Streamer, which you wear on a loop around your neck, and the streamer transmits the unadulterated audio signals directly into your Oticon Agil hearing aids. It can also be adjusted to transmit at frequencies most compatible with the listeners hearing loss profile and hearing aids.Ever since the big hearing aid makers began incorporating communication receivers directly into hearing aids, theres been a not-so-quiet revolution in peoples ability to connect to more of the sounds of the modern world. But strangely enough, its taken some time for the major manufacturers to come up with workable assistive-listening solutions for the most common complaint of hearing-aid wearerscomprehension of speech in noisy surroundings. The ConnectLine Microphone is one approach to the speech-in-noise problem that is small and easy enough to actually be useful in the real world. When you add to the Oticon ConnectLine solutions for your TV, phone and personal listening system, you end up with a complete, end-to-end listening and comprehension system. Oticon has always come up with innovative ideas on hearing aids. Rigging your conversation partner with a microphone and transmitter is not a new idea. But earlier solutions required the conversation partner to wear a microphone hooked up to a sizable transmitter, and the hearing aid wearer had to hang a receiver around their neck with a neckloop that transmitted the audio to the hearing aids telecoils. The whole thing used to be a bit tedious.The small, lightweight ConnectLine Microphone gets the equation right on the transmission end by integrating the transmitter into the microphone and sending wireless signals to the ConnectLine Streamer. Then having the body worn Streamer transmit directly into the Oticon hearing aids (from up to 0.5 meters), rather than depending on a less-than-reliable neckloop plus telecoil combination, gets the equation right on the receiving end. Its not an all-purpose solution to the problem of understanding speech in noiseit would be impossible to dole out microphones to the shifting cast of characters in multiple cocktail-party conversation circles, for instance. And as a pricey add-on to a set of high-end hearing aids that can set you back as much as Rs. 1,40,000 /- (Approximately 3,000 USD) each, the ConnectLine peripherals dont come cheap, but they honestly do point to a future of better hearing connectivity and listening comprehension. Like Oticon, leading manufacturers including Starkey Laboratories, Phonak, ReSound, Siemens and Widex have introduced their own wireless connectivity components for their premium hearing aids.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Widex supper 220 or oticon chili, which one is best for hearing aid for profound hearing loss?
    Widex supper 220 or oticon chili, which one is best for hearing aid for profound hearing loss?

    • ANSWER:
      If both of those aids are appropriate for your type of hearing loss, then it’s really just a matter of personal preference. All of the major hearing aid manufacturers have pretty much equal technology, they just differ on features, warranties, color, etc. Customer service is also something to consider. If you have worn either of those manufacturers in the past, I would recommend sticking to the same one if you liked them, because you could possibly notice the slight differences in their technology. I have had patients notice this in the past.

    About bluetooth streamers : Is there a universal streamer one can use an any make of hearing aid?
    I use Oticon hearing aids and need a sound streamer for TV and mobile phone use. I’m looking for a universal streamer that will work on my aids. Oticon has one but is too expensive.

    • ANSWER:

    Who knows anything about hearing aid feedback?
    Recently got BTE Oticon Safari’s. My right one never gives me feedback, unless I cover it with my hand. However the left one will give feedback even if i touch it slightly to adjust the volume or anything, and sometimes will give feedback just sitting in my ear. What could be some causes and ways to stop this from happening?

    It is also a Power version of the Safari incase that matters at all

    • ANSWER:
      I’m no expert except for the experience of wearing hearing aids myself, though not Safari’s. Can I suggest that you go back to the person who fitted your aids with the problem. It might be that fit of the ear mould isn’t right nor that the aid is correctly programmed or adjusted.

      The only time I had a feedback problem I got new moulds made and this solved it

      Good luck

    trying to compare hearing aids, which do you like better the siemens pro 700 or the oticon?
    trying to choose my first pair of hearing aids, my hearing lose is between mild and moderate
    does anyone have any recommendations between the siemens 700 and oticon dual

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      in my opinion, definitely the Siemens 700 but I go on the site called Advice on Hearing Aids a lot. They cover all the topics on hearing aids and hearing loss and I bet you would find exactly what you are looking for. Check them out and see if that will help

    What is the best way to evaluate the merits of the different hearing aides?
    Every three years i am given one thousand dollars to buy aides..but my old ones are still working.. the sales people always try to have me buy an expensive hearing aides..my ENT doctor told me there was little or no change in my hearing and that all i would end up with a drawer full of aides..is there a place that I can go that don’t have a vested interest in selling me something i don;t need…these sales people are very high pressure and insulting me if i don’t buy their overpriced hearing aides.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to dispense hearing aids. The hearing aid companies generally say that the life of a hearing aid is 3-5 years. And indeed, you’ll be able to renew your warranty for a year or two, depending on the company, but when aids get to a certain age (usually 3 years), the companies won’t allow you to renew the warranty. With new technology and new research that is coming out all the time, the companies keep trying to improve upon hearing aids. That’s not to say that your aids aren’t working as they are. You just may find as they get older, that the times they do go out, they may become more and more expensive to repair and as they age, because of general wear and tear, wax, moisture, etc., they tend to seem to break down more and more often. Also, the newer, digital technology can better deal with noisy environments and are more easily adjustable when your hearing does change. They can really be tailored to your audiogram.

      My suggestion would be to find a place where you have the oppurtunity to trial the aids for a period of time before committing to them fully. The place I used to work, we had a 30 day trial period, in which time we’d make any adjustments we needed to, have followups, and the patient could acclimate to the aids in different sound environments. Go to a place where you can listen to how the different aids sound upfront – different companies, while they do the same thing, sound different. I’d definitely recommend digital technology – Oticon, Resound, Siemens, Phonak are some good names and while they have top-of-the-line digital aids, they also have excellent reasonably priced aids as well. I used to sell tons of the lower end digitals from these companies and they worked beautifully for people.

      Too, go to a clinical audiologist rather than a hearing aid store. Audiologists go to school to learn all about the mechanics of hearing and can work to closely fit you with exactly what you need. And the emphasis is placed more on your hearing, less on the sale. At least, that’s the way it should be. Good luck!