Every once in awhile a new device system comes along that really catches my attention. The new Oticon Alta is one such a device. The Alta introduces a new approach, for me as an audiologist, to factor in more personal dimensions into each of my hearing aid fittings. I can now offer solutions that are as unique and as individual as each of my patients.
Most people assume that when it comes to sound quality, people with hearing difficulties prefer “louder.” In fact, people with hearing loss, like most people, have a wide range of preferences for what sounds best to them.
The way people experience sound is as individual as a fingerprint. We all have our own hearing preferences. It has to do with how the individual brain ‘hears’. This uniqueness is especially important to people coping with hearing loss. This is one of the reasons why mail order hearing aids with their “one-sound-fits-all” design are so unsatisfying.
My office is one of the, if not the, first hearing care practices in Atlanta to offer the new Oticon Alta, a discreet and modern hearing device that delivers a highly personalized sound experience. Unlike ordinary hearing aids that assume the same setting will work for everyone, Alta works in harmony with the user’s brain so users can differentiate sounds and hear more clearly, even as they move from one difficult listening situation to another.
With Alta, people can join more easily in conversation in noisy situations, such as restaurants, when a number of people are speaking. Alta’s Speech Guard E works like a shield to protect the clarity of speech, even in noisy background environments. Alta’s Spatial Sound Premium technology allows users to hear in 3-D so they can follow conversations that come from different directions and adjusts automatically as they turn from one conversation to another.
During the hearing aid programming I use sound samples and questions about personal preferences to help my patients express their preferences in sound quality and other important considerations such as what sounds are clear and pleasant to them. The powerful sound processing chip at the heart of Alta allows me to deliver a richer, more satisfying sound experience that is custom fit to each individual’s life.
Alta is available in a variety of small and sleek styles to suit individual preferences. With the addition of the integrated Oticon ConnectLine system, Alta users can also connect easily and wirelessly to landline and cell phones, office phones, TVs, music, video chatting and streaming, teleloop systems, FM and more.
For more information about personalized hearing care and the new Oticon Alta, contact me, the Atlanta Hearing Doctor, Dr. Maria Wynens, at 404-252-7528 or visit atlantahearingdoctor.com.
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