It is estimated that only 20 percent of people who could benefit from hearing instruments seek help, many often waiting up to ten years from the time they could benefit from hearing amplification. Among those who try hearing instruments for the first time, acceptance can be slow and rejection rates high. Now, a new advanced technology hearing device from Oticon, Inc. shows the potential to deliver immediate benefits and motivate immediate acceptance by people new to hearing amplification.
Results of a multi-center international study with first-time users conducted by researchers at Towson University in Baltimore, MD and Hörzentrum in Oldenburg, Germany suggest that Oticon INTIGA provided first time users with immediate and obvious benefits. The study also showed that although it is widely accepted that people new to hearing devices usually take a longer time to accept amplification, participants in the international study immediately accepted new INTIGA.
The acceptance and potential for long term use of hearing solutions is significant in the treatment of a health condition that can significantly impact quality of life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to increased frustration, fatigue, and social withdrawal and strain personal and professional relationships. Hearing loss can also inhibit an individual’s earning capacity.
Not surprisingly, the way hearing solutions look and feel are important considerations. INTIGA’s ultra-small, organic shape hides well behind the ear and the almost invisible receiver wire and ergonomically shaped speaker ensure fitting comfort and retention throughout the day. The hearing instrument’s surface is smooth and unbroken with invisible microphone openings and no push buttons to attract attention. INTIGA is a wireless hearing instrument with Bluetooth capabilities allowing it to connect wirelessly to cell phones, becoming a virtual hands-free headset.