- Wide variety of product formats to choose from
- Can assist with up to severe loss
- RISE 2 processing platform
- ConnectLine wireless streamer
- Multiple choice of colours and styles
The Oticon Acto was first launched in October 2010 and unlike more recent launches is available in a very wide variety of product formats. It has a full suite of five in the ear products from Completely In The Canal (CIC) through to Full Shell In The Ear (ITE). Its Behind The Ear options range from a Mini Receiver In The Ear (RITE) through to a Power Behind The Ear (BTE), so there really should be a product format to suit every requirement.
Oticon’s marketing pitch states that the Acto uses the RISE 2 platform, Binaural Synchronisation, Binaural Coordination, Binaural Dynamic Feedback, Cancellation 2 (DFC2), DecisionMaker2, Multiband Adaptive Directionality and TriState Noise Management. These are algorithms and processing platforms that are found in considerably more advanced and expensive products, so one can be confident that the Acto has the foundations to deliver great sound and great benefit.
It is now commonplace amongst hearing aids but the Oticon Acto is a wireless system that can connect to a wide variety of compatible household devices and Oticon’s range of wireless accessories. They have a very well designed, easy to use streamer that can provide operational and connection control at the touch of a button. If you have difficulty with household necessities such as the television or phone, you should definitely further investigate Oticon’s ConnectLine which Oticon states "restores the full benefits of modern communication and entertainment technology to people with hearing loss" – we would tend to agree.
In summary the Oticon Acto is not the most sophisticated family of hearing aids but it certainly contains a reasonable collection of functions and features to assist with the majority of hearing losses. It is not positioned as such but we think that this would be a great first time product and provide real value for money hearing.