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May
2018

In Hearing Technology

By Rosie Williams

Oticon releases HearingFitness™ App

On 01, May 2018 | In Hearing Technology | By Rosie Williams

The leading Danish hearing aid technology developer and manufacturer, Oticon is launching a new HearingFitness™ app later this year which is designed to help Oticon Opn wearer’s understand their “hearing fitness” and how their lifestyle & hearing aid usage could be impacting their overall health and wellbeing.

The new app will be available to wearers of the award-winning Oticon Opn™, the first internet-connected hearing aid which utilises the IFTTT (if-this-then-that) service to seamlessly connect a user to a variety of trigger-based services.

How it works

Working similarly to an exercise app, HearingFitness™ tracks the wearer’s hearing aid usage, and provides insights and advice to optimise the users hearing health. The app combines information about sleeping patterns, heart rate, hearing aid usage and local environmental sounds to deliver insights designed to optimise the wearer’s over-all health.

“The HearingFitness™ app is designed to provide Opn™ hearing aid users with advice and encouragement on ways to use their hearing aid more, hear better, and ultimately stay healthy,” says Michael Porsbo. “The first of its kind, this new app provides data-driven hearing care to empower a digital generation of hearing aid wearer’s with insights to enable them to keep their mental faculties sharp and therefore optimize their health.”

 

Hearing & Cognition

This is a really big and important step in the world of wearable hearing technology because it is the first time that lifestyle wellness has been factored into hearing technology. Utilising information about lifestyle to improve hearing health and cognitive well being is what we at Cubex aim to achieve with our cognitive based approach to hearing healthcare. Our hearing health assessments and management programmes like the CALM programme at Cubex incorporates cognition, audiology, lifestyle & mindfulness to improve a patient’s cognitive well-being and hearing health.

Oticon have been pioneering BrainHearing™ Technology in the Oticon Opn™ hearing aid, helping users tackle the variety of everyday listening situations by recognising that we hear with our brains and not our ears. This app goes one step further and looks at the wearer’s overall lifestyle and health, acknowledging how much of an impact this has on their cognitive ability to hear sounds.

The aim of this technology is to improve the users overall hearing health (or Hearing Fitness) and enjoy sound and social interaction, both of which stimulate the brain and decrease the risks of dementia, fatigue, stress and withdrawal, all side effects commonly associated with untreated hearing conditions.

The HearingFitness™ app is due to be released in the second half of 2018, although the Oticon Opn has been available for some time and already goes a long way to help users improve their hearing health.

 

Get in touch

Please get in touch with us if you would like to find out more about how brain hearing and cognition are relevant to your hearing health. Learn more about cognitive based hearing healthcare assessment at Cubex or learn more about lifestyle practices aimed at improving your cognitive wellbeing.

 

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