- Full range of products
- Suitable for mild, moderate, severe and even profound loss
- Multiple choice of colours and shades
- Speech Guard sound processing
- Spatial 2.0 directionality
The Agil and its sister product range the Agil Pro are mid range products from Oticon, which is one of the big three Danish hearing aid manufacturers.
Oticon’s positioning of this product is very much geared towards speech in noise; the perennial problem for the hearing aid user. Their particular twist is that the Agil can save you energy. While it is well known to be tiring having to concentrate hard on speech in background noise, to take the Agil’s ability to be classified as an energy saver shows some lateral thinking form the Oticon marketing department. So what are the mechanics behind this hearing aid?
The two algorithms that Oticon place at the heart of the Agil are Speech Guard and Spatial Sound 2.0. These two work in combination to make the speech element distinguishable from background noise enabling the user’s brain to make the speech intelligible.
Speech Guard is a relatively complex sound processing algorithm focusing on what Oticon calls the subtle characteristics of speech such as tonality, pitch and the way that certain syllables are stressed.
Spatial 2.0 is a directional system that alters the hearing aid polar plot based upon the input of the sound environment. Directional systems like these are quite prevalent amongst hearing aids and can certainly produce a significant benefit to the hearing aid wearer.
The Agil is available in a wide selection of product format from very small CIC (completely in the canal) hearing aids to larger and more powerful Power BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids. In total there are 13 different product types. The BTE ranges are offered in up to seven colour options and four shades are offered for the ITE devices. So plenty to choose from and the opportunity to customise your hearing to suit your style.