Oticon Xceed 1
Oticon Xceed 1 Hearing Aid review
The new Oticon Xceed is an excellent solution for those with a severe-to-profound hearing loss. It is powered by Oticon’s fastest and most advanced platform, the new Velox S™. Compared to their previous generation of powerful hearing aids it provides better speech clarity with less listening effort in noisy environments. Overall, I have received great feedback from my patients who have been very happy and more confident with this product. Firstly, the new Xceed product avoids old-school directional technology and provides the new Oticon open sound experience for the first time ever. By analysing the environment 100 times per second in 360º it aims to:
• Improve speech clarity.
• Reduced listening effort.
• Improve outcomes in noisy environments.
For audiologists these severe-to-profound cases can be the most difficult. One reason is Feedback (whistling noise) limiting the amount of gain that can be prescribed. Oticon Xceed has a new feedback management system (OpenSound Optimizer) which has been excellent at significantly reducing potential feedback. This in turn can allow for more gain and improved speech clarity for clients lacking optimal gain. The hearing aid is currently the world’s most powerful hearing aid providing the highest gain and output in the industry: 146 dB SPL MPO and 87 dB full-on gain. In combination, these features give the audiologist substantial flexibility when programming these aids.
Finally, the new essentials for hearing aid technology are present such as Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone App control. The product provides high-quality streaming of sound to both ears with a user-friendly App. Most importantly, the smartphone app allows for after-care service by their hearing care professionals from anywhere in the world. This saves going to a clinic when unable to do so or emergency situations.
The new Oticon Xceed completes a competitive hearing aid portfolio that comes highly recommended to trial.
Reviewed by: Marcus Zavou, Audiologist, Melbourne Australia
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.