- Tristate noise management
- Binaural feedback cancellation system
- Multiband adaptive directionality
- Award winning design
- Wireless enabled
- Four programs
In common with a number of other hearing aid manufacturers, Oticon launched the Intiga at multiple technology levels. There is a great deal of sense to this practise as at its simplest it requires the development of a single chip platform and hardware, coupled with a single marketing strategy. The products are then differentiated by having more or less features and functions enabled within what is fundamentally the same hearing system. To further differentiate the various technology levels a number of manufacturers limit the product availability on the lowest levels and Oticon followed this with the Intiga.
The Intiga 8 is the mid range of the three Intiga levels but it is the first level at which the full product portfolio is available, so effectively it is also the entry level for the Intiga in-the-ear products. The products are the a stylish receiver in the canal aid and a very small discreet canal aid that Oticon label as "Invisible In The Ear" – a bold claim but it certainly is a tiny product.
Whether you select the behind the ear product or the in the canal aid, they are both heavily loaded with a wide variety of sound processing algorithms to deliver great sound quality. The positioning statement from Oticon is that this product range is designed for mild to moderate hearing loss and specifically aimed at the first time user but we think that even experienced aid wearers will find considerable benefit from the higher technology Intiga products.
With 8 channels and Multiband Adaptive Directionality, as well as a host of other functions and features, the Intiga sits well against other manufacturers’ products. Wireless is used in a variety of ways, including ear to ear communication and links to other compatible devices.
The design of the Intiga has won a number of Danish awards. The BTE unit can be up to ten different colours and even the canal aid can be selected with five different shades – a real extravagance for an invisible device!
In summary, in the Intiga, Oticon have produced a very able product portfolio and the only aspect that we would challenge is its positioning as a device for first time users. We believe that it is certainly good enough for people with or without previous hearing aid experience.