In this blog, we’ll be reviewing the Oticon Own hearing aid, with consideration to factors such as its fit, functionality, and sound quality. This will hopefully provide you with some initial information on the new product to help you decide if it’s right for you. Let’s dive into it.
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The Oticon Own is a new in-the-ear style of hearing aid. It is unique because it is the world’s first in-ear hearing aid technology with an onboard Deep Neural Network (DNN) that is programmed to work more like our brain. The Oticon Own can mimic our brain because it learns through experience.
Oticon Own is trained with 12 million real-life sounds and scenes to provide the best hearing tool for its users. The proprietary DNN technology recognizes a wealth of sounds, their details, and how they are heard naturally. The Oticon Own focuses on presenting sound into your ears in a way that makes it easy for the brain to interpret it. Though the Oticon Own is a new device for hearing, it is only for individuals who want in-the-ear devices. A vast majority of hearing aid users wear behind-the-ear style devices; therefore, the Oticon Own won’t replace today’s most popular behind-the-ear hearing aids, like the Phonak Lumity, but will simply create more hearing aid solutions.
As mentioned above, the Oticon Own provides users in-the-ear hearing aids with a Deep Neural Network (DNN). The general idea of DNN is that it is a type of artificial intelligence that mimics how the brain learns from repeated exposure to an acoustic environment. This feature strengthens the hearing aids decision-making based on previously encountered situations. This new hearing device uses DNN technology to balance and prioritize the sounds that are important to you while also helping to support your brain.
Some hearing aids are big, clunky, and just not aesthetically pleasing. The Own hearing aids are miniaturized hearing technology, which make a more discreet in-the-ear hearing aid for its users, joining other hearing aids like the Eargo and the Starkey Picasso IIC. The new hearing aid is custom-made to fit your ear shape. It gives its users five different colors for maximum discretion, comfort, and style.
The Oticon Own hearing aid also prioritized connectivity, as they can seamlessly connect to your favorite devices. Direct streaming is now possible with the Oticon Own for both Apple and Android products and even certain televisions. In addition, because of the Bluetooth capability of the Oticon Own, you can have effective, discreet control over the hearing aid right from your fingertips, thanks to the Oticon ON app.
The Oticon Own has many similar features to that of the Oticon More. Both hearing aids have similar features. The main difference is the style between the devices. Because the Oticon Own is a new release, it has an improved music program, and improvements to the DNN to help reduce listening effort and improve speech understanding.
Oticon Own Review
The Oticon Own takes a significant stride in discreet hearing aid technology without sacrificing any essential functions of the hearing aids that came before it. It offers its users reliable, comfortable, custom-made hearing aids that give them more freedom to enjoy the lifestyle they want, making it one of the best in-the-ear hearing aids on the market.
In terms of tinnitus sound therapy features, the Own has basic customization through the software, as well as app adjustments, unlike more advanced features in other hearing aids we’ve reviewed for tinnitus.
The Oticon Own is available in five different styles and colors, each having price points specific to the user. The DNN feature is only available on the Oticon Own 1, 2, or 3. The hands-free communication is available with iPhone 11 or later running iOS 15.2 or later and iPad running iPadOS® 15.2 or later. Finally, 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy Technology is introduced from the Oticon Own ITC style upwards, making the Oticon Own ITC “the smallest, fully featured ITE hearing aid in the Oticon portfolio.”
If the Oticon Own doesn’t sound right for you. Check out our previous blog review on five different types of Bluetooth hearing aids!
Curious how we compare? Read this review of Treble Health to see what others are saying.