Oticon, out Somerset, New Jersey, last week released a new set of hearing products, including two new lines of hearing aids and a system to wirelessly listen to music, television, or speak over the phone with much ease. The ConnectLine wireless system features Bluetooth connectivity to send digital audio straight to the hearing aids, be it coming from a television or a phone plugged into the transmitter box.
ConnectLine is the only system that connects wirelessly and seamlessly to TV and landline phones enabling effortless transitions between functions with just the push of a button on the hearing instruments’ companion device, Streamer. The new “plug and play” ConnectLine TV Adaptor and ConnectLine Phone Adaptor complement and optimize the wireless capabilities of Oticon’s premium RISE-based Dual and Epoq hearing solutions.
The small and attractive ConnectLine TV Adaptor connects to the audio output of any TV. It has a range of up to 30 feet and runs on its own power supply. Users enjoy high quality audio streaming binaurally through their hearing instruments – listening at their own preferred volume and without the latency delay experienced with off-the-shelf Bluetooth transmitters. There is no need to recharge the ConnectLine TV Adaptor and there are no additional gadgets or loop installations required. After an initial pairing with the Streamer device, the ConnectLine connects automatically whenever the Streamer is activated.
ConnectLine Phone Adaptor turns any landline phone into a cordless Bluetooth phone. The ConnectLine Phone Adaptor can be especially beneficial for seniors who want to continue using their current landline phone. Users simply press the phone button on the Streamer to pick-up or end the call. The ConnectLine Phone Adaptor does not interfere with the ability of other household members to use the landline phone as usual. Users can connect to a landline or cell phone with the same Streamer. The Streamer pairs with up to eight devices.
The Mini Power BTE significantly expands fitting potential for moderately to severely hearing impaired people with a range of small, robust, 13 Battery solutions. Available across the company’s Epoq, Vigo and Hit product families. The compact mini power solutions feature FM compatibility, long battery life and an array of features and price points.
The Epoq XW, W and V Mini Power BTE Power solutions feature advanced wireless capabilities and extended 10 kHz bandwidth for enhanced performance in the most difficult listening situations. The state-of-the-art Spatial Sound compression system helps to maintain the naturally occurring interaural difference between the signals arriving at the two ears, a key to a user’s ability to localize sound.
With the addition of the Bluetooth Streamer, Epoq Power solutions connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled communication and entertainment devices including landline and cell phones, televisions, MP3 players, personal computers, laptops and radios. Sound is streamed wirelessly from the Bluetooth devices to the user’s hearing devices.
This two-ear advantage is further enhanced with the new ConnectLine™ Phone Adapter that makes any landline phone Bluetooth-compatible. The ConnectLine™ TV Adapter allows users to understand television at a volume that works for them anywhere in the room without disturbing other viewers.
Vigo Pro and Vigo Mini Power BTEs deliver an unsurpassed combination of style, features and performance in a mid-priced hearing solution. The Hit Pro and Hit Mini Power BTEs offer cost-conscious users who require higher amplification straightforward solutions that combine design, size, performance, handling capabilities and value.
The new Mini Power BTEs are fully compatible with a range of FM solutions including the sleek Amigo R12 FM receiver, the Oticon FM 9 adapter and the slim DAI adapter AP 900.
The compact mini power solutions feature a 13 battery for longer battery life and comfort without compromising the hearing solution’s sleek, aesthetic appeal.
The Hit family’s two product lines, Hit and Hit Pro, round off Oticon’s portfolio of modern, discreet and great sounding hearing solutions based on the company’s industry-leading RISE platform. With a selection of features normally found in far more expensive hearing devices, Hit and Hit Pro are solid choices for new and experienced users looking for high quality entry-level hearing solutions.
Hit and Hit Pro give hearing care professionals reliable and affordable hearing solutions with all of the model choices needed to fit mild to severe-to-profound hearing losses up to 105 dB HL. The sophisticated RISE platform gives Hit and Hit Pro the highest bandwidth (8kHz) of any entry-level hearing device, for unmatched sound quality as well as such highly desired features as outcome based automatic decision making, adaptive directionality, noise management and dynamic feedback cancellation.
Both Hit and Hit Pro offer the largest selection of styles of any entry level hearing instrument – from tiny RITE and CIC to Power BTE hearing aids with size 312 and 13 battery options. Open fittings are available as RITE style or as Corda 2 thintube adaptors. Available in ten vibrant colors for BTE and RITE, Hit is available beginning April 1.