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Oticon Opn

The in-the-ear hearing aid with 360 degree sound - custom built in Australia from components made in the EU

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How your brain makes sense of sound

The hearing process starts when your ears pick up sounds. But the difficult work of hearing takes place in your brain.

When your brain receives sound information from your ears, it performs four cognitive functions to turn sounds into meaning: orient, separate, focus and recognise. This work takes place constantly, very quickly, and all at the same time.

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We hear with our brains

  • Both your ears work together to pick up sounds occurring around you
  • Your brain then makes sense of the sounds by matching them to sounds stored in your memory
  • Inside your ears, these sounds are converted into nerve impulses
  • The nerve impulses travel to your brain and are analysed by different brain centres

When all parts of the hearing process are working, your brain can quickly and easily turn sounds into meaning. Well-fitted hearing aids can support your brain in getting the most out of sounds.

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