Oticon OWN Custom – In the Ear – Hearing Aid Review
Oticon OWN has been one of the most successful hearing aid launches in years and Oticon’s new OWN line packs that same technology in an In-the-Ear form factor. Enabling users to receive exceptional hearing in all situations especially in background noise.
5 Styles, 5 Colours and 5 Technology Levels.
Oticon have released their new custom model in:
- 5 Styles – IIC, CIC, ITC, ITE (Half Shell) & ITE (Full Shell)
- 5 Technology Levels – OWN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- 5 Colours – Beige, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown & Black
Whether you’re looking at getting something that matches your skin tone or something which looks like an earbud. There’s a colour for you.
iPhone and Android Connectivity
Streaming capabilities are available in larger ITC and ITE models with enough space for the Bluetooth radio. Like many other modern hearing aids, are Made For iPhone (MFi) meaning they directly connect to and stream from almost any iPhone or iOS device (iPhone 6s and newer). With these hearing aids, you’re able to have completely hands-free calling with two way streaming. For users with iPhone 10 and newer, this means your hearing aids act just like earbuds, streaming phone calls to your ears and delivering the sound of your voice over the phone.
Although Oticon larger OWN hearing aids are able to stream from the latest Android phones (Samsung Galaxy S20/S21), I have found connectivity with older devices hit or miss. Unfortunately, due to the current limitations of Bluetooth Low Energy, More can’t directly connect to all Bluetooth devices. So if connectivity and streaming are a priority for you, consider picking up a ConnectClip or looking into the Phonak Lumity or Paradise Range.
For Android users and older iPhone users, always remember to keep your phone (iPhone or Android) close, as it uses the microphone in the phone to pick up your voice during phone calls.
Most Reliable App – Oticon ON App – Hearing aid controls
From my experience, the Oticon ON app has been the most reliable and responsive app on the market. They connect immediately on almost any phone and gives you the ability to control numerous settings. From volume controls to program switching, from battery percentages to equaliser settings, each adjustment is snappy and accurate.
To find out if your Phone is compatible with the Oticon ON app, click HERE
For a full tutorial on how to use the Oticon ON app.
For streaming to any other Bluetooth connected device (eg. older iPhone/Android or laptop), you can use the ConnectClip. The ConnectClip allows for truly hands-free calling, using its built-in microphone for phone calls. Making taking phone calls much more convenient and carefree.
Battery Life and Battery Types
One of the limitations of the OWN line of custom hearing aids is they don’t provide a rechargeable option. All models only come in battery-operated models (size: 10 & 312). If you were looking for something invisible, without batteries you may consider a different brand or even Lyric.
In summary, if you’re looking for an In-the-Ear style hearing aid with one of the best speech understanding in background noise, you won’t go wrong with an Oticon OWN hearing aid.
How to Choose the Best Hearing Aid for You
The best hearing aid for you is the one that not only meets your unique hearing loss requirements but also suits your lifestyle, personal preferences and budget. Whether you want your hearing aids to be invisible or discreet, are looking for instruments that are easy to use or maintain, or those that have the maximum speech clarity, it all comes down to what’s best for YOU and your individual hearing needs. Therefore, deciding which hearing aid is most appropriate for you will be based on a variety of clinical and personal factors.