Oticon announced that users of Oticon hearing aids built on the Polaris platform technology will now be able to enjoy hands-free communication using iPhone and iPad*. In addition to streaming audio from iPhone and iPad, the Oticon More family can be used as a wireless headset so that users can speak hands-free on calls.

“At Oticon, we are committed to groundbreaking research and innovation that enables us to provide life-changing technology for people with hearing loss,” said Rekha Stenberg Grover, senior vice president, Oticon Brand. “We continuously look to introduce new ways to use modern technology to enhance the user’s experience of hearing aids, especially when it helps improve the ability to communicate. The addition of 2-way audio for iPhone and iPad complements the existing life-changing technology in our latest hearing aids so that our users can enjoy the superior sound quality from Oticon with added convenience. This is yet another reason for hearing care professionals to offer their patients Oticon hearing aids.”

The 2-way hands-free communication will be made available for existing Oticon More hearing aids via a firmware update made by the hearing care professional. The 2-way hands-free communication will be made available in the US on February 24, with the upcoming Oticon new product launch.

* Bi-directional streaming for certified Made for iPhone hearing devices is available with iPhone 11 or later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and 4th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and 2nd generation), iPad Air (4th generation), and iPad mini (6th generation), with software updates iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 or later.

Source: Oticon