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Micromold, New Algorithm and More Affordable Model Greatly Increase Delta's Fitting Range

Award-Winning Design Now Available to Four Out of Five Users

February 12, 2007 - Somerset, New Jersey - Leading hearing aid manufacturer Oticon, Inc. has introduced a groundbreaking hearing device designed to change forever the perception of hearing aids. Called Oticon Delta, the miniature hearing device with its trendy triangular shape and stylish colors is aimed at boosting speech understanding in difficult listening situations for people with all configurations of hearing loss up to 80 dB flat.

The Delta XR extended range enables hearing care professionals to fit both high frequency losses - often found with first time users - and more traditional flat broadband hearing losses. Delta XR is available in three models, including a new lower price Delta 4000, making Delta's fashionable good looks and cutting-edge functionality an option for more people than ever before.

Oticon recognized that designing a hearing instrument that appealed to people's desire for attractive, high-tech solutions would was only a first step in gaining acceptance. "This is definitely not your grandfather's hearing aid!" says Peer Lauritsen, President of Oticon, Inc. "For the first time we have a hearing device that combines cutting edge hearing aid technology with contemporary design to attract image-conscious users. With the expanded range, hearing care professionals are able to fit more than 80 percent of their patients with a hearing device that users want and can continue to wear, even if their hearing loss progresses."

RITE for All
The proprietary receiver-in-the-ear technology (RITE) enables Delta XR to combine the cosmetic advantages of in-the-ear instruments with the technological possibilities of behind-the-ear devices. The expanded line includes a Delta XR Micro Mold, for hearing losses that extend across the entire frequency range. The Micro Mold sets a new standard in aesthetics for custom molds. Micro Mold, together with the Delta XR Open Dome and Plus Dome, allows patients to choose an attractive, cosmetic solution regardless of their degree of hearing loss.

"2 in 1" Fitting Flexibility
Delta XR's two differentiated fitting strategies enable hearing care professionals to fit both high frequency and broadband hearing losses, up to 80dB flat, with the same instrument. The fitting strategy for high frequency losses, the "clarity approach", is designed to deliver the best speech understanding in noise without side effects, benefiting new users with limited tolerance for amplification. Delta XR's broadband fitting strategy features proprietary Voice Aligned Compression to enable hearing care professionals to provide customized sound schemes across the entire frequency range, benefiting people with flat or sloping hearing loss as well as more experienced users.

New Price Option
The new lower priced Delta XR 4000 rounds off the extended product range, providing excellent all around performance including Artificial Intelligence-enabled automatics and advanced functionality such as noise reduction, directionality and feedback cancellation. With the new Delta XR 4000, users don't have to sacrifice style because of price.

Looks Too Good to Be Invisible
Delta XR's fashionable good looks have earned it a number of prestigious national and international awards including the International CES Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Award, the Red Dot Award and the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. The award-winning device comes in seventeen color styles - from popular "Cabernet Red" and "Samoa Blue" to the exotic "Wildlife" (leopard) and "Diamond Black" - giving Delta XR a sleek and sexy styling that appeals to a new generation of hearing aid users. With Delta XR's modular set up, changing the look of the instruments to suit each user's style sense is quick and easy.

About Oticon
Delta XR is the latest invention from Oticon, one of the most innovative hearing instrument manufacturers on the market. With over 100 years of experience, Oticon looks back on a number of technological breakthroughs in hearing aid history that have made a significant difference for people with hearing loss. Oticon is the only manufacturer with its own research center ensuring that the needs of hearing aid users are always put first when developing new hearing solutions.

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