Ponto Pro scores best in
Over the last year, bone anchored hearing systems have developed considerably. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Rigshospitalet initiated and conducted a comparison study of Cochlear's BP100 and Oticon Medical's Ponto Pro. Compared to the BP100, Ponto Pro excelled on a number of key parameters, including speech intelligibility and ease of use. Out of 12 test persons new to bone anchored devices, 8 declared a preference for Ponto Pro.
8 out of 12 preferred Ponto Pro
12 people had bone anchored devices fitted to their abutment for the first time. They were then asked to test two devices - the BP100 and Ponto Pro - in random order for an average of 34 days in their daily environment. At the end of both test periods, eight of the 12 test persons declared a preference for Ponto Pro.
Significantly better ratings of speech perception
Based upon trials in daily environments, the test persons rated Ponto Pro significantly better than the BP100 when conversing with one person in a car and when listening to the TV or radio.
Easier to use
In terms of handling, the test persons found changing the battery and adjusting the controls significantly easier with Ponto Pro than with the BP100.
About the study
12 first-time users of bone anchored hearing systems tested, in random order, Cochlear's BP100 and Oticon Medical's Ponto Pro sound processors. The test persons rated the sound processors at the end of each test period. The test persons tested each device for an average of 34 days in their daily environment. The sound processors were fitted according to the manufactures' fitting guidelines, and no fine tuning was performed. The test persons rated the sound processors at the end of each test period.
The study was initiated and conducted by Steen Østergaard Olsen, Henrik Glad and Lars Holme Nielsen, Research Laboratory, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. The study was conducted with no outside funding or grants.
For the full presentation on the BP100/ Ponto Pro comparison, visit www.dtas.info. (Click on ‘Årsmøde 2010’ and follow the link to ‘Bone anchored hearing instruments’).