- Incorporates Inium quad-core chip
- Advanced algo combination
- Wireless enable with Oticon’s ConnectLine
- Choice of product formats
- Personalised hearing from Oticon
- Wide range of colour options
The Alta offering from Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon is an evolution of their technology using the new Inium chip platform. The positioning of the Alta and its higher tech sister the Alta Pro is to replace the Oticon Agil. Oticon are enthusiastic over the new chip and what it can deliver, stating that it is their best ever size to performance ratio, the most powerful signal processor that they have ever made (although ironically it uses less power than its predecessor) and it has significant algorithm workspace to allow “a range of new personal parameters”! To add even more marketing zing to the new chip, Oticon have labelled it a quad-core platform, which we cannot begin to explain. However, it is clearly the basis for this new technology and keeps Oticon at the forefront of the hearing aid technology revolution.
The Alta is offered in a good selection of product formats with no less than four In-The-Ear solutions and a similar number of Behind-The-Ear variants. The BTEs include a stylish RIC (receiver-in-the-canal) although the design hasn’t been pushed as much as Oticon have done in the past or other manufacturers are doing today. A nice colour palette is available so there is still the opportunity to spec the product hwo you would choose it to appear and even the completely-in-the-canal products are available in four tones. In a strange way from the outside the Alta almost feels traditional and perhaps that is what Oticon are trying to achieve with this mainstream product.
Inside there are an impressive list of algorithms that can be structured to deliver the sound quality that you desire across a range of challenging environments. Although not as high tech at the Alta Pro judging by the algo list one can still be confident of an excellent result for all but the most discerning user. Should you be considering the Alta Pro and assuming you are vaguely mindful of your pocket, we could suggest that you start with the Alta and only if you discover its limitations seek to upgrade to the Pro version. We imagine that correctly set up the Oticon Alta will satisfy the majority of users.
The Alta is a wireless compatible system using Oticon’s ConnectLine accessories which has been extended to include Office Phones, Teleloop and FM systems. With the increasing penetration of Bluetooth technology across household www.ces it may well be that you can use your Alta in conjunction with a number of day to day sound systems and get the clarity you want at the volume you need with complete discretion and not disturbing others around you. Investigate Alta’s wireless compatibility when you are discussing options with your Hearing Aid Audiologist.
With plenty of product choice we strongly recommend that you consider Oticon’s latest offering and while like us you may not fully understand the impact of a quad-core chip platform you may well enjoy the sound experience of this high quality hearing aid.
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