Oticon Opn miniRITE Is Now Rechargeable

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Oticon Opn™ miniRITE Is Now Rechargeable!

Somerset, NJ
4 April 2017

Two New Opn Styles, Power Options and Tinnitus SoundSupport™ Bring Open Sound Experience to Even More People.

Oticon continues to build on the success of the award-winning Oticon Opn™ to bring the paradigm shifting benefits of the open sound experience to even more people – including those who want the convenience of rechargeable batteries. Oticon Opn™ miniRITE hearing aids will now be available as a rechargeable hearing solution that can be charged overnight for sufficient power to last throughout the day. All Oticon Opn miniRITE hearing aids sold since the introduction last year and going forward can be retrofitted to be rechargeable.

Oticon further expands the Opn family with the introduction of two new Opn styles and the integration of Tinnitus SoundSupport™ and Speech Rescue™ LX into all Opn styles and performance levels. The new small, discreet miniRITE-T and the powerful BTE 13 PP give people with mild to severe-to-profound hearing loss access to Opn’s revolutionary open sound experience. Even more benefits are available to Opn users with the addition of two proven features, Tinnitus SoundSupport™ and Speech Rescue™ LX. The newly added features offer customizable relief sounds for tinnitus suffers and improved clarity and speech understanding for people with high frequency hearing loss.

“The expanded Opn family will enable more people with hearing loss to communicate and stay socially active, with less listening effort and more ability to remember what is being said,” says Donald J. Schum, Ph.D., Vice President for Audiology. “Opn gives users advantages that even the most sophisticated hearing solutions of today can’t deliver – the ability to handle noisy environments with multiple speakers and to connect their hearing aids to the Internet. Add to that the ease and convenience of the Opn miniRITE rechargeable solution and we make Opn a practical and welcome solution for people who also want the convenience of rechargeable batteries.”

All-day Power

With the easy-to-use charger, Opn miniRITE can now be powered throughout the day by simply placing the hearing aids in the charger overnight. The rechargeable solution give users maximum flexibility to interchange the rechargeable 312 batteries with disposable batteries if the user forgets to recharge the hearing aids overnight. It is estimated that one pair of environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries can save approximately 150-200 disposable batteries per year.

More Styles to Fit More Patients

The sleek and discreet miniRITE-T features a telecoil and double pushbutton for easy volume and program control. The powerful and compact BTE13 PP fits hearing losses up to 105 dB SPL to benefit people with severe-to-profound hearing loss. The plus power solution features a telecoil, a tactile double pushbutton for easy volume and program control and a two-color LED indicator to monitor hearing aid status for both users and caregivers. The fully featured hearing aids include Tinnitus SoundSupport, Speech Rescue LX, DSL, and TwinLink™ with 2.4GHz wireless technology for direct streaming to iPhone® and audio devices.*

Tinnitus Relief Sounds

Oticon Opn now combines the BrainHearing™ benefits of a balanced and rich sound experience that doesn’t overload the brain and a powerful solution for tinnitus relief. Tinnitus SoundSupport™ allows hearing care professionals to address the needs of people who experience both hearing loss and tinnitus with a wide range of customizable relief sounds including broadband and ocean-like sounds. The Oticon ON App gives users the flexibility to easily adjust relief sounds to meet their individual needs and preferences with just the tap of a finger.

Open Sound with High-Frequency Audibility

Speech Rescue LX works together with OpenSound Navigator™ and Speech Guard LX to improve clarity and speech understanding for people with high frequency hearing loss. The three-step “copy and keep” methodology rescues speech cues that might otherwise be lost and brings them back into the audible frequency range. Speech Rescue LX then transmits the temporal cues of high-frequency speech and, at the same time, “protects” lower frequency speech sounds to achieve frequency lowering with minimal distortion.

More Styles, More Features, More Opportunity

The Opn miniRite hearing aid is now available as a rechargeable hearing solution. Hearing care professionals can turn any Opn miniRite hearing aid into a rechargeable solution by simply exchanging the battery drawer. The popular miniRITE, new miniRITE-T and powerful BTE 13 PP and newest Tinnitus SoundSupport and Speech Rescue LX features are available in all Opn performance levels.

A new firmware package 4 with the newest features, including Speech Rescue and Tinnitus SoundSupport, will be made available through the Oticon Firmware Updater in Genie 2. The newest firmware package enables hearing care professionals to continue to add improved and new features, as they become available, to Oticon Opn hearing aids regardless of style or performance level.

With the rechargeable miniRITE and more styles and exciting features for adults and teens, Oticon Opn continues to expand the ability of hearing care professionals to open up a world of sound for more people. For more information on the newly expanded Oticon Opn family, visit www.Oticon.com/Opn.

  • Oticon Opn is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone5c, iPhone 5, 9.7 -inch iPad Pro, 12.9- inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air (4th generation), iPad mini 4,iPad mini 3, IPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th and 6th generation). Devices must be running iOS 9.3 or later. Please visit www.oticon.com for more details.

Brochure:
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#2

Thanks - I called and the expected availability is late June 2017 for new or to retrofit existing HAs.

No cost information is yet available to retrofit or for the charging device.

This will fix one of the two downsides with my OPN’s (the other is no Android streaming yet).


#3

Is June for the rechargeable aids?

My audiologist said the Power version will be available late April as I am going to try them. But maybe they have changed the date for release. I’ll confirm soon once he is back from America as he will have more information about it then.


#4

I wonder if they’re adopting the ZPower rechargeable battery system or something similar to that of their own for the rechargeable option here?

Although Oticon hasn’t published their rechargeable retrofitting price yet, I wonder if anybody knows how much the Zpower retrofitting system price is? I assume that the Oticon price should be in the neighborhood of the ZPower price.

It’s also interesting that with all these new announcements, there’s no mention at all about when the long-awaited supposedly-Q1’17-release ConnectClip option is going to be available. I suspect that the silence implies that it’s going to be a long delay instead of being imminently available. Very disappointing that they not only not have this option up front, but now even the promised release is going to be delayed by quite a bit, it seems.


#5

End of June was Oticons estimated availability for the rechargeable HA or retro fit.


#6

Very cool…are they much bigger?


#7

https://www.google.ru/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiH9LSTwJnTAhWMbxQKHZBpCwYQFgg6MAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.demant.com%2F~%2Fmedia%2Fdemant%2Fmain%2Fmedia%20documents%2Finvestor%20relations%2Faudiologynow%202017%20management%20presentation.pdf%3Fla%3Den&usg=AFQjCNE8r4i1PCGdF1Fy7-QC0N1khMEPTw&bvm=bv.152174688,d.d24

on page 20 is a size comparison. And on page 15 there are Opn’s in ZPower charger…


#8

Thanks for sharing. Great link!

So it IS confirmed that the rechargeable option is the ZPower solution. Does anyone know how much they cost as a third party add on?


#9

thanks Russiandeaf!


#10

Wow 2 billion dollar operating profit for William Demant…that’s serious muscle!


#11

AusMatt and Volusiano, you are welcome!


#12

DKK-Danish krona, 1 $ = 7.0056 DKK


#13

Thanks for the update and share!


#14

I asked my audi and it looks like the new OPN firmware update that has Speech Rescue LX and Tinnitus Support will be available by the end of June. I will have a July appointment to have it installed on my OPNs and will try out Speech Rescue for sure afterward.


#15

Volusiano - do you know if the recharge retrofit is available now, at the end of June or even later?


#16

Sorry I didn’t get to talk to my audi directly, only through her office manager trying to schedule my appointment. But for sure I’ll ask her about the recharge retrofit (and its cost) when I see her for my appointment. It’d be something I’d be interested in as well if the price is right.

I’m hearing from another thread for the Signia Pure Primax that their ZPower system (which Oticon is using as well) costs $300 for a pair of batteries plus the charging set. And replacement batteries cost $50/pair and they last about one year. If the pricing is the same for the OPN then I may consider it. The only thing I heard that I don’t like is that there’s no warranty at all for replacement batteries, not even for a month or two. But that’s not related to the OPN retrofit. I’ll ask my audi for sure about the warranty situation for the ZPower and its replacement batteries as offered by Oticon.


#17

I’d like to know how much streaming these kits can last a day until they go empty. If these rechargables can only last a day with minimum streaming they are kinda useless on holidays… I’d like to go nerd every now and then and nearly stream the whole day, if that is not possible then I don’t need them.


#18

PowerOne 312 batteries are spec’ed at 180mAH capacity. The ZPower 312 batteries are spec’ed at 32mAH capacity. If you do the math, if you’re using PowerOne batteries and they last you 6 days, then the ZPower batteries can last you 1 day. If you stream a lot and your PowerOne batteries only last 5 days on average, the ZPower may not last a full day for you. On the ZPower website FAQ page, however, they claim that their batteries can last all day even with power hungry features like Bluetooth streaming. But the math may or may not support it depending on how many days your regular batteries last for your HAs.

But you can always take your HAs out and top them off if you’re at home while on holidays in between shows. They claim a 2-4 hour charging time. So even if you pop them in the charger mid-day for only about an hour or even half hour, it’ll probably be enough to extend you through the rest of the day.


#19

With the price of throw always why bother with rechargeables?


#20

True. Currently I use Costco batteries at about $0.18 per battery. Double that for a pair, multiply by 365, and divide by 5 because the pair lasts me for about 5 days, and I’m looking at the yearly cost of $26, compared to the yearly replacement cost of $50 for a pair of the rechargeable.

Even if you use PowerOne instead of Costco batteries (at around $0.25 per battery), the math still comes out to $37 for me only (vs $50 for the rechargeable).

I think you just convinced me to stick with disposable batteries, Doc Jake!