Contributed by , director of Healthy Hearing, and Paul Dybala, president of Healthy Hearing


Oticon is a hearing aid manufacturer with a global presence that prides itself on focusing on its customers. With world headquarters in Denmark, Oticon operates in the United States out of its central office in Somerset, New Jersey. Oticon is owned by the parent company, William Demant Holdings.

This content was last reviewed on: September 29th, 2015

At Oticon, people come first. This is more than just a tagline – it’s a reminder of how important hearing is to quality of life. Because hearing is so important to connecting as individuals, Oticon focuses on innovative, high-end technology to help these relationships form. Oticon offers a wide variety of hearing health products, starting with hearing devices.

Hearing aids made by Oticon

There are many hearing aid models made by Oticon. Released in the spring of 2015, their latest lines of hearing aids are called the Alta2, Ria2 and Nera2. Each of these models may be upgraded to include a tinnitus feature, which is indicated by appending the name with “Ti” (e.g., “Alta2 Ti”). Other brands associated with Oticon are their power hearing aids, Chili, and their pediatric hearing aids, Sensei and Safari.

Oticon's latest hearing aid models
Model name Cost Technology Styles available


$$$$ Best

Receiver in the ear (RITE), Mini RITE,
Behind the ear (BTE), Mini BTE, In the ear (ITE),
In the canal (ITC), Completely in the canal (CIC),
Invisible in the canal (IIC)

Nera2 $$$ Better
Ria2 $$ Good
RITE, Mini RITE, BTE, Mini BTE, 
Alta2 Pro Ti $$$$ Tinnitus RITE, Mini RITE, BTE
Nera2 Pro Ti $$$ Tinnitus RITE, Mini RITE, BTE
Ria2 Pro Ti $$ Tinnitus RITE, Mini RITE, BTE
Sensei $$$$ Pediatric BTE
Safari SP $$$$ Pediatric BTE
Chili $$$ Super power BTE

Differences between hearing aid models

Oticon organizes their hearing aid models into levels of technology according to what the patient needs for their lifestyle. All of the technologies are available in an wide array of hearing aid styles and colors.

  • The “best” or top-of-the-line hearing aids are those with features to meet the needs of patients with the most active lifestyles or the most complicated hearing loss configurations. For example, the Alta2 has the greatest ability to configure levels of sound at different frequencies.

  • The “better” or middle-of-the-line hearing aids are meant for individuals who are less active or have easier hearing losses to fit. For example, the Nera2 has a narrower band of frequencies that can be configured at different levels.

  • The “good” hearing aids are the most basic in their offerings. The Ria2 would be most appropriate for someone who isn’t very active (and doesn’t want to be more active) and also has a hearing loss that is easier to fit.

Best, better and good are also correlated to the pricing of the hearing aids. The best hearing aids have the most features and therefore the highest price tag.

Oticon’s tinnitus feature

The tinnitus feature, which includes ocean sounds, can be added to any of level of technology listed in the table above. This is consistent with Oticon’s philosophy of personalization; the company strives to provide flexibility for the practitioner to fit the patient with the appropriate technology and features for their lifestyle and specific hearing needs.  

Pediatric and super power hearing aids

The pediatric hearing aid models are only available in BTE styles. This is common to all manufacturers, as children grow and change too quickly to make ITE hearing aids practical. Oticon offers two pediatric hearing aid models. The Sensei is designed for children with mild, moderate or severe hearing loss and the Safari SP (SP = super power) is designed for children with severe or profound hearing loss.

Oticon also makes a super power hearing aid model for adults, called Chili. The super power hearing aids are also only available in the BTE style, as these need the most power to operate and the larger battery size will only fit in the larger, behind the ear casing.

Other hearing aids made by Oticon

In your research on hearing aids, you may find these legacy hearing aid models made by Oticon: Alta, Nera, Ria, Intiga, Agil or Ino. Oticon typically releases new hearing aid models each year. Talk to your hearing care professional if you want to compare features between legacy and current hearing aid models.  

Assistive listening devices made by Oticon

The Connectline and Streamer Pro accessories are pictured
Every wireless hearing aid made by
Oticon is compatible with their ALDs.

In addition to a strong line-up of hearing devices, Oticon offers other assistive technology to help people better connect with the world around them. The Connectline and Streamer Pro are assistive listening devices that wirelessly connect an individual’s hearing aids with multiple other sound sources, such as television, mobile phones, computers, MP3 players and personal microphones. The Connectline accessories are compatible with every wireless hearing aid in Oticon’s portfolio.

Oticon also produces a personal FM system, the Amigo, which can provide direct audio input from a microphone worn by any speaker: teacher, spouse, business colleague or dinner companion. The Amigo FM system is compatible with all current models and styles of hearing aids produced by Oticon. Your local hearing care professional can help you determine what configuration will be needed to connect your hearing aids with Amigo.

A brief history of Oticon

Oticon boasts an extensive array of hearing health technology -- thanks to the company’s rich history and background. The following dates mark a significant time in history for Oticon:

  • 1904 – The company is established in Denmark by Hans Demant, fueled by his desire to help treat his wife’s hearing loss.  

  • 1910 – When Hans passed away, his son William took over and began to develop the vision for the company we currently know.

  • 1940 – William Demant manufactures the first Danish-made hearing device, known as the Acousticus.

  • 1946 – The hearing aid company officially took on the name “Oticon,” loosely based on the Greek words for “ear” (oti) and “with” (con).

  • 1977 – Oticon introduces first discreet, in-the-ear hearing devices.

  • 1996 – Oticon releases first fully-digital hearing aids, called DigiFocus.

  • 2010 – Oticon launches Epoq, their first hearing aids with wireless binaural capability.

Oticon gives back to the community

The Oticon Hearing Foundation is another way Oticon puts people first. This charitable organization strives to support non-profit humanitarian initiatives to assist people with little or no access to hearing technology treatment. To that end, Oticon Hearing Foundation funds yearly global missions to help individuals across the world receive the hearing healthcare they need. They also run a recycling program that reconditions donated hearing aids and sends them to select locations in need of hearing health technology.

Oticon’s sister companies

William Demant Holdings, the parent company of Oticon, also operates hearing device companies Bernafon, Sonic Innovations and Oticon Medical. Bernafon offers a variety of hearing aid brands, including the Juna, Carista and Inizia. Sonic Innovations also has a wide offering of hearing devices, including Celebrate, Journey, Bliss, Charm, Pep and Flip. Oticon Medical is a leading manufacturer in bone-anchored hearing systems (BAHS), which is a surgically-implanted hearing loss treatment.

Find a provider of Oticon hearing aids

The Healthy Hearing directory is filled with hearing healthcare providers who have a wealth of experience fitting hearing solutions from Oticon. The information here is correct to the best of our knowledge; a hearing care professional will have the most up-to-date knowledge on the products available from Oticon. To find a location near you, search with either your zip code or city and state in the “Find a professional” menu at the top of this page.

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