Cochlear implant + hearing aid

The importance of hearing with both ears

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Do you feel that your hearing aids are no longer enough?

For some people a cochlear implant on one ear and a hearing aid on the other ear could be an effective solution. This is known as a bimodal solution1. Hearing with both ears is important as it helps speech understanding in noise and lets you know where sound is coming from. 

Can two different hearing solutions complement each other?

The two solutions in a bimodal setup complement each other and together they may improve your overall hearing performance2,3. The cochlear implant provides clarity while the hearing aid provides loudness and sound depth.


The perfect match

If you have a Neuro 2 cochlear implant, or are considering getting one, you may be able to support your hearing by combining Neuro 2 with an Oticon hearing aid on the other ear. Oticon and Oticon Medical are part of the Demant Group – one of the world’s leading hearing healthcare companies. This shared background gives you access to one of the world’s strongest research and development teams. It also creates the perfect match of devices for a bimodal solution. 

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Two ways of hearing - one focus on the brain

Oticon Medical and Oticon devices are both designed to provide clean speech with minimal distortion using the principles of BrainHearing™.

What does BrainHearing mean to you?
BrainHearing recognizes that listening and speech understanding actually take place in the brain4. That is why our cochlear implant system and hearing aids are designed with the goal in mind to support the brain’s natural ways of making sense of sound. 

Designed for clean speech in both ears
Even though a Neuro 2 cochlear implant and an Oticon hearing aid use different ways of transmitting sound signals to the brain, they are both designed to help you perceive speech more clearly. This can also make it easier for your brain to decode what is being said, even in noisy environments5,6,7


What Oticon hearing aid works best for you and your Neuro 2?

With a Neuro 2 sound processor, there are several Oticon hearing aid options available to support your hearing - all of them are designed according to the principles of BrainHearing™.


Neuro 2 and Oticon Xceed

Oticon Xceed* is the world’s most powerful hearing aid. It may give you access to important speech details and uses the latest technology to allow better speech recognition8. Oticon Xceed is a member of the Oticon Opn family and is designed to offer access to speech for even the most challenging hearing loss. 

Learn more about Oticon Xceed 


Neuro 2 and Oticon Dynamo

The Oticon Dynamo** gives the brain access to the fuller spectrum of sounds and lets you capture more speech details thanks to the BrainHearing principles. This hearing aid covers the majority of users’ need for power and gain. Together with Neuro 2, Oticon Dynamo offers a dedicated bimodal connectivity solution that lets you connect all Bluetooth devices virtually to both your Oticon Dynamo and your Neuro 2.

Learn more about Oticon Dynamo 


* Oticon Xceed Play™ is the paediatric counterpart to Oticon Xceed
**Oticon Sensei™ SP is the paediatric counterpart to Oticon Dynamo



What is the best solution for you?

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Matching style

The award-winning Neuro 2 is the smallest behind-the-ear cochlear sound processor. It comes in a range of colours that perfectly match Oticon hearing aid colours for an elegant bimodal look. 


Connect and enjoy sound on both sides

With both Oticon Xceed and Oticon Dynamo in combination with Neuro 2 , you can use various solutions to connect to your digital world. Imagine being able to connect to different devices during your day such as answering a call on the phone, video chatting or just watch TV.

Oticon Xceed offers direct Bluetooth streaming from external devices to Xceed, and bimodal streaming with the Neuro 2 using loop technology. With a Bluetooth neck loop system and T-coil technology in both the hearing aid and CI, each device receives individually the same input. 

If you use Oticon Dynamo with your Neuro 2, you can control both devices using the Oticon Medical Streamer XM . You can also use your smartphone as your personal remote via the ON app.


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Would you like to know more?

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