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Hearing Aid Tech Update: New Oticon Hearing Aids Made For iPhone (MFI)

Hearing Aid Tech

Rather than needing a device to connect your hearing aids to your iPhone, you can utilize Oticon’s hearing aids which are Made For iPhone (MFI) connectivity.

As Oticon is one of the many hearing aid brands we carry at Hearing & Balance Doctors, we can tell you all about the exciting changes Oticon has made and how it can help you connect more fully with the world around you.

Which Oticon Hearing Aids Are Made For iPhone

If you check with Oticon, it states that any of their hearing aids with 2.4 GHz Bluetooth can connect with your phone. However, just because there is Bluetooth syncing available, it does not mean that style of hearing aid is MFI.

For example, the Oticon Siya line has 2.4 GHz Bluetooth, but it requires an accessory to connect with your phone. The only line from Oticon that is truly MFI is the Opn series of hearing aids.

Oticon Opn

Oticon Opn

Premier hearing aids from Oticon, the Opn hearing aids series can work with iPhones running the iOS 10.3 or better. A few of the other engaging features of the Opn are:

  • IFTTT – With the IFTTT (If This Then That) tech in the Opn hearing aids, you can use the internet to connect your hearing aids to smart devices in your home such as the lighting system, home alarm system, a smart thermostat, and more.
  • ON App – You can use the ON app on your smartphone to control your hearing aids without needing to reach up and adjust your hearing aids by hand.
  • HearingFitness – Tech which tracks how long your hearing aids are worn and provides encouragement and advice on how to use your hearing aids optimally.
  • Tinnitus SoundSupport – To help alleviate tinnitus symptoms, you can use the Tinnitus SoundSupport built into the Opn hearing aids, allowing you to turn your hearing aids into sound generators and emit soothing background noise.
  • Rechargeable – Instead of changing out your hearing aid batteries every few days, Opn offers rechargeable hearing aids which allow you to use hearing aid batteries as a backup in case you forget to charge.
  • 360 hearing range – While many hearing aids only allow you to hear in the direction the microphone is facing, the Opn hearing aids allow for a natural, 360-degree hearing range.

The only potential drawback to the Opn hearing aids is that only the Behind-The-Ear (BTE) or Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) styles are MFI, which means they are going to be visible to others. While Opn has In-The-Ear styles of hearing aids, they require the Oticon ConnectClip to sync with your phone.

How To Determine What Hearing Aids Are Right For You

Just because a set of hearing aids has fancy tech doesn’t mean they are the right ones for you. While we love that Oticon and other hearing aid manufacturers are continually innovating, the right hearing aids for you are the ones which suit your level of hearing loss.

To discover what level of hearing loss you have, you can come into our hearing clinic for a hearing evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, one of our doctors of audiology can help you decide what style and brand of hearing aids are right for your lifestyle and hearing needs.

If you would like to test Oticon hearing aids or any of our other hearing services, contact us for an appointment today to work with one of our excellent doctors of audiology.

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