Oticon Acto Pro
- Wireless options
- Mini BTE using RITE sound delivery
- Highly discrete ITE formats
- Uses Oticon’s RISE2 chip platform
- Multiband Adapative Directionality
- Compatible with ConnectLine
The Acto Pro is produced by Oticon which is one of the world leading Danish hearing aid manufacturers, so it comes from a professional organisation with a long history of excellence within the world of audiology. It is clearly closely related to its sister product the Oticon Acto with which is shares both name and a number of technical features. However while the Acto is positioned as an entry level product the increase in specification of the Acto Pro places it firmly as a mid range product with some really quite impressive features at what we feel is very reasonable value.
The choice of product style is a strange compromise between the seemingly endless list associated with some models and the single product formats of other brands. It is not unknown for a product to be offered in up to ten different forms but the Acto comes in just two BTE (behind the ear) sizes and two ITE (in the ear) sizes. Oticon have clearly chosen the mainstream product formats so there is a very neat mini BTE and they have opted for the smaller canal versions of the ITE, so although there may be a limited choice it should suffice for most consumers.
Inside the Acto Pro is an eight channel RISE2 sound processor, an evolution of Oticon’s original RISE system. With eight channels, the hearing aid audiologist should be able to match the Acto Pro’s output to closely fit your specific needs. There are www.ces with more channels but for a mid-range product this is more than satisfactory.
Oticon have constructed the Acto Pro’s algorithm suite to be firmly geared to assist with the most difficult and most demanded aspect of hearing loss, namely the understanding of speech in the presence of noise. Algorithms rarely work in isolation but the one that produces the greatest benefit for speech in noise is directionality – i.e. focusing the hearing aid on the sound and amplifying that over and above the surrounding noise. They have used Multiband Adapative Directionality to provide the optimal polar plot for the combination of speech and noise present. This feature shapes the hearing aid’s directional microphones and should enhance speech understanding. They combine this algorithm with Tristate Noise Management which will further assist the listener by lowering the level of the noise element. This is an impressive technology suite for a mid-range product.
Whereas “wireless” hearing aid used to be reserved for only the most expensive systems this is now found throughout the price bands, so it is no surprise that Oticon have made wireless an option for the Acto Pro. This can be used to coordinate the response of two hearing aids to ensure that they work together to produce the best possible result as well as communication with other wireless enabled accessories and household systems.
The R&D race continues apace within the hearing aid world and as exclusive technology drifts down through the price, good quality, highly technical; bargains are to be found and we think that the Acto Pro is one of these.
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