Oticon Chili

– Based on Insights, Designed to Enable People with Moderately-severe to Profound Hearing Loss to Meet Everyday Challenges

Smørum, 12.10.2010 - To build the next generation of super power instruments, Oticon called upon the company’s considerable experience developing innovative solutions for power users and the extensive resources of the world renowned Eriksholm Research Centre. The result is new Oticon Chili, an innovation in super power instruments that combines groundbreaking new approaches in audiology, connectivity and reliability.

Much more than super-powered, Chili meets the particular needs of people with moderately-severe to profound hearing loss with advanced capabilities that empower users to interact more naturally and participate more actively in all that life has in store. Chili is designed to improve intelligibility more than other super power solutions by enhancing audibility and managing speech and noise signals to preserve signal fidelity vital for speech understanding for those with more severe hearing loss.

A New Way to Solve a Well Known Challenge

Helping power users to hear speech better is not enough. Oticon researchers looked beyond the need for amplification to better understand the real life challenges and the impact of severe hearing loss on personal connections and social interactions.

Research showed that the ability to understand speech is essential for a super power user. Helping users to not just distinguish but to make sense of the sounds – clear, undistorted speech – is the challenge addressed with Chili’s new Speech Guard. The unique amplification technique helps to maximize audibility and speech recognition without the jumble and distortion power users can encounter with even the most advanced hearing aids available today.

Speech Guard provides a clear and natural signal, reducing the distortion and increasing the ability to follow conversations, even in more complex environments where noise or more voices are competing for attention.

People with moderately-severe to profound hearing loss also have greater difficulty selecting and following a particular speaker. Chili’s Spatial Noise Management system automatically turns up speech on the side where it needs to be louder while attenuating noise on the opposite side to improve listening effort. 

Connecting to Modern Communication Devices

Chili’s embedded wireless connectivity capabilities offer a unique and intuitive hearing solution that allows users to switch seamlessly between entertainment and communication devices using the Streamer remote control device. With the Streamer, Chili becomes a hands-free headset for mobile phones and MP3 players. With the addition of the ConnectLine system, users can channel sound directly from the TV, landline telephone or music player with just the touch of a button.  Connect+ adds Power Bass and Music Widening for a richer, more open listening experience.

Style, Quality and Reliability to Count On

Chili combines attractive and discreet design with high performance and reliability. The new hearing instrument’s stylish, cosmetic design incorporates fast control features for instant muting, volume adjustment and program selection. 

Engineered to the highest endurance specifications, Chili is designed inside and out with double protection against damage from moisture, sweat, dirt and shocks. The unique shock-absorbing construction of Chili’s electronic components prevents breakage should the hearing instruments be dropped or fall off the ear. The high-tech water repellent coating keeps out moisture and dirt and the battery door is secured against water and sweat. Inside, Chili’s electronic parts are permanently sealed with a deep coating that repels water, moisture and dirt.
Oticon has long recognized the need for powerful solutions that address the special needs of people with severe-to-profound hearing loss.  As innovations in technology and audiology continue to expand possibilities for all people with hearing loss, Oticon will be at the forefront of developing hearing solutions that bring the benefits of those advances to people with extreme hearing loss. 

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