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Thread: Oticon Opn is now available in three performance levels

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    The R&D has been completed they are just charging more to turn on a button. look at other technologies and see that the prices go down after the first year. Not the we have the capacity built in but we are going to see how much we can get out of the consumer. as for reducing the functions why? leave that part up to the fitter. Getting the best possible hearing (which is not the same for all) is not a luxury item that should be exploited

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustEd View Post
    The R&D has been completed they are just charging more to turn on a button. look at other technologies and see that the prices go down after the first year. Not the we have the capacity built in but we are going to see how much we can get out of the consumer. as for reducing the functions why? leave that part up to the fitter. Getting the best possible hearing (which is not the same for all) is not a luxury item that should be exploited
    This is not about exploitation, it's all about running a for-profit business. The HA market is very small and captured so in order to win more market share and recoup their R&D cost, theyneed to provide options at different price points. It's not just Oticon that's doing it. Almost all vendors seem to have different models and price points.
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    http://www.grandviewresearch.com/ind...ng-aids-market

    The global hearing aids market was valued at USD 4.5 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow with a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period. The high growth is expected on account of increasing deafness resulting from increased noise pollution levels, genetic factors, ear infections, birth complications and other factors. The aging population is at a high risk of suffering from hearing loss. In addition, the rise in demand for technologically advanced and aesthetically appealing miniature devices propels the market growth.
    The WHO estimates suggests that over 5% of the global population, suffers from disabling hearing impairment.

    This does not seem like a small market


    No one claimed that oticon was the only one to do this. When all premium HA's cost the same (approx. $6,000 US) one could only wonder why.

    Contrary to belief (and the lack of insurance coverage) Hearing aids are medical devices.

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    The VA is the largest customer for aids. A couple of years ago, someone pointed to a VA report that disclosed the cost per unit. I think they were paying around $330 per aid. They are set up as a distributor so can install the ROM that sets the level so that's for any level including premium which I image is all they use.

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    A brief treatise on the three levels is found in the OPN Product Guide at https://www.oticon.com/support/downloads/.

    I'm a mid 60s male, soon to get my first pair of hearing aids. My audiologist has recommended Oticon's OPN with performance level 1, which according to her was the most advanced HA available. Apparently, it's about the most expensive. Is there any downside other than cost to having a higher performance level than needed?

    Could anyone compare the OPN 1 to a Widex Beyond 440?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TRY View Post
    I'm a mid 60s male, soon to get my first pair of hearing aids. My audiologist has recommended Oticon's OPN with performance level 1, which according to her was the most advanced HA available. Apparently, it's about the most expensive. Is there any downside other than cost to having a higher performance level than needed?
    This question is loaded because what do you define as "needed"? Do you need just bare bone amplification? Do you need fancy features? Do you need the best performance? Which listening environments do you need your HA to perform in? If you're often in very simple and quiet environments then you probably won't need much fancy noise reduction technology. If you find yourself often enough in noisy and complex listening environments and need to follow conversations amidst all the noise, then you'll probably want better performing HAs. Only you can decide what you want vs what you need. I assume that your audi has already considered your inputs before making you that recommendation for the Opn1. She's not wrong that the Opn1 is probably the most advanced HA out there.

    But to answer your question, I don't see any downside to go for the Opn1 if cost is not a factor, even if it's more than what you need, assuming you know what you need in the first place. Is it worth the money to pay extra for the Opn1? Well, if you're willing to try out all 3, or maybe just the Opn1 and the Opn3, then you can decide for yourself. If the price difference is not a big deal to you and you don't want to bother with the time and effort to try out the different models to decide for yourself, then get the Opn1. I don't think you can go wrong with the Opn1 if price is not a factor.

    There's a post (http://www.hearingaidforums.com/show...453#post147453) from a user (TPChapman) who tried the Opn1 and Opn2 and decided to go with the Opn1 because he thinks the Opn2 is good but a little more muffled compared to the Opn1.

    Then there's another post (http://www.hearingaidforums.com/show...ext-Week/page2) from someone else whose audi told him that it's all marketing fictions and the audi fitted his own mother with just the Opn3 and told this client not to waste his money on the Opn1 or 2. I happen to disagree with this audi's assessment and you can read my reply to it in that thread.
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    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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    I posted this in another thread, but I figure this thread is probably more appropriate for this information, so I'm reposting it here again for reference.

    For folks who don't care to spend time browsing through the OPN materials from the link
    https://www.oticon.com/support/downloads/, I can summarize what I find below on the differences:

    Speech understanding:
    Balancing power effect: Opn1: 100%, Opn2 and 3: 50%
    Max noise removal: Opn1: 9db, Opn2: 5 db, Opn3: 3db
    Spatial Sound LX (sound localization): Opn1: 4 estimators, Opn2 and 3: 2 estimators

    Sound quality:
    Clear Dynamics (expands the dynamic input range, processing sounds up to 113dB SPL, to preserve sound quality even at loud input levels -> provide better sound quality without distortion and artifact at loud input levels, while still keeping the sound quality of soft input levels intact): Opn1 and 2: yes, Opn3: no
    Binaural noise management (optimizes listening in asymmetrical noisy situations): Opn1 and 2: yes, Opn3: no
    Fitting bandwidth: Opn1: 10 KHz, Opn2 and 3: 8 KHz
    Processing channels: Opn1: 64, Opn2 and 3: 48

    Listening comfort:
    Transient Noise Management (Protects against sudden loud sounds with fast recovery to preserve audibility): Opn1: 4 configurations, Opn2 and 3: On/Off

    Personalization and Optimized Fitting:
    YouMatic LX (Accommodates personal listening preferences and sound perceptions in the prescription of gain and automatics): Opn1: 3 configurations, Opn2: 2 configurations, Opn1: 1 configuration.
    Fitting bands (for a precise fit and more fine-tuning options for client fittings): Opn1: 16, Opn2: 14, Opn3: 12
    HA wearer since the 1990's > Rexton Insite+ CIC (2011-2016) > Oticon OPN RITE (2016)

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