GN Hearing announced the launch of ReSound Omnia – a new hearing aid platform that will “set a new standard in hearing technology and improve how people interact with the world around them.” According to the company, ReSound Omnia provides “significantly better hearing in noisy environments than any previous ReSound hearing aid.”
Despite advances in hearing aid technology over the last 10 years, hearing speech in noisy environments is still a challenge for people with hearing loss, GN said. In fact, 80% of people who wear hearing aids describe hearing in noise as a key challenge.1 To address this, ReSound OMNIA has been engineered to sound natural while still delivering 150% improvement in speech understanding compared to current hearing aids.2* In a clinical study, 20% of respondents had issues with the sound of their own voice when wearing hearing aids.3 ReSound OMNIA also addresses this challenge by “enhancing the user’s perception of ‘own voice’, so it sounds natural which contributes to higher satisfaction, leading to improved retention of hearing aids.”
For additional sound performance and comfort, ReSound introduces Check My Fit, a “new, first-of-its-kind feature” in the ReSound Smart3D App. It gives users guidance to wear their hearing aids correctly via an ear selfie. Wearing hearing aids incorrectly can result in up to 11dB of sound escaping the ear, reducing the ability to hear considerably.4 Check My Fit also works with other ReSound hearing aids to help people enjoy sound fully without unnecessary trips to the audiologist.
“At GN Hearing, we know that hearing in noise and hearing aid comfort are both critically important to hearing aid users,” said GN Hearing CEO, Gitte Aabo. “The new ReSound Omnia hearing aids show what we can achieve when we put the needs of each individual user at the center of our design process. We address the difficult challenges such as speech understanding in noise so that they can enjoy every conversational nuance.”
Whether users choose to stream phone calls or music to their ears, they can “connect naturally and hear it all with the highest quality through ReSound Omnia’s enhanced connectivity.” Users can enjoy hands-free phone calls at the touch of a button with iPhone and iPad**, and direct streaming from Android smartphones.
The new ReSound Omnia hearing aids will be rolled out globally starting with the US and Canada on August 25, 2022, along with the equivalent Beltone Achieve line-up, in the Receiver-in-Ear (RIE) style. The ReSound Omnia hearing aids are available in eight colors and in both a rechargeable and non-rechargeable models. Also available from August 25 2022, are GN Hearing’s recently launched Custom made by ReSound hearing aids in a Completely-in- Canal (CIC) style.
GN will host a teleconference at 15:30 (3:30 PM) CEST, August 16, 2022. Please visit www.gn.com/investor to access the teleconference. Presentation material will be available on the website approximately one hour prior to the teleconference.
* The 150% increase represents a 4.3db increase compared to legacy ReSound hearing aids.
**ReSound OMNIA hands-free calls are compatible with iPhone 11 or later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), iPad Air (4th generation), and iPad mini (6th generation) or later, with software updates iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 or later.
- Picou EM. MarkeTrak 10 (MT10) survey results demonstrate high satisfaction with and benefits from hearing aids. Seminars in Hearing. 2020;41(01):021-036.
- Jespersen et al (2022).
- Bennett et al (2020).
- Yang et al (2022).
Source: GN Hearing
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