I just called the (“useless”) Oticon Connectivity Helpline It was a waste of time, to say the least.
I have suddenly developed connectivity issues with my Oticon Opn 1’s. They have been disconnecting from the app, and they suddenly were not recognized by my phone’s Bluetooth. I deleted everything–the hearing aids, the ConnectClip, and the Oticon On app, and then reinstalled everything. I did several soft reboots on my phone. It took about 25 tries for my phone’s Bluetooth to recognize both hearing aids and to connect. One hearing aid would connect, and then the other wouldn’t. I finally got them paired with the phone. I also re-paired the ConnectClip. But now, getting the aids to pair to the app is a different story. The app will not recognize both aids–only one. I use an Android phone that had no problems connecting up until today, so I’m pretty sure it’s not my phone.
The supposed technical services rep asked a bunch of scripted questions, and then wanted to blame this on the ConnectClip, even though I told him that the Clip is working fine and that it’s connecting the hearing aids themselves that is the problem because of what seems like an unstable Bluetooth connection in the hearing aids. I told him I’ve read online that others have had connectivity issues with the Opn1 hearing aids staying connected to their Android phones and to the app, and he wouldn’t acknowledge that anyone else has complained. Really? Go to the Google Play Store and see how many people have said they’ve had problems with Android connectivity and the app.
The technical support rep’s response? “Go back to your audiologist.” I told him that yes, I would–I would likely return these high-end devices for a refund since they aren’t even 3 months old. Why pay premium prices when the tech support can’t even help you with a basic connectivity issue?
Is this lack of response to customer concerns specific to Oticon, or are the other top hearing aid manufacturers the same way? Customer service, responsiveness, and product durability and reliability are key to my loyalty as a customer. Has anyone else had similar issues? Thanks.