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Supporting the transition to combined technologies

It can be challenging to find the right balance when you fit a hearing aid to support a cochlear implant. In a bimodal fitting, one ear is stimulated electrically and the other acoustically. These two different types of stimulation require a flexible fitting approach which is available with Oticon Genie fitting software.

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Who will benefit?

More and more patients are choosing to be fitted with a CI and many of them wear a hearing aid in the non-implanted ear to get the most out of their residual hearing. All patients with residual hearing in the non-implanted ear can be considered bimodal candidates.

Dynamo is an ideal partner for ANY cochlear implant

Oticon Dynamo is an ideal hearing aid for bimodal fittings. With a flexible fitting platform Dynamo can be easily programmed to complement ANY cochlear implant. Oticon Dynamo’s personalised fitting tool, YouMatic, allows you to offer a listening experience customised to your patient’s personal sound preferences. This approach can improve your patient’s level of satisfaction and his or her acceptance of a hearing device.

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The research behind Dynamo

Developed by experts at Boys Town National Research Hospital

Oticon’s Genie fitting software now features a simple flowchart to guide you in programming a hearing aid to work with a CI, as well as a fitting panel that allows you to perform a quick and easy bimodal fitting.

The bimodal flowchart in Genie is developed by experts at Boys Town National Research Hospital and combines the very latest research with a practical clinical approach. With a few simple steps, the flowchart guides you through balancing loudness and shaping the frequency response. The aim is to provide your patient with the best possible acoustic settings in Dynamo when fitting an implanted patient.

The bimodal fitting flowchart considers the following fitting approaches, all of which incorporate Loudness Balancing:

  • Wideband fitting

  • Use of frequency lowering

  • Restricted bandwidth fitting

 

Learn more about the bimobal flowchart and panel

See the interactive flowchart

 

Easy fitting tools for a better match

The new fitting panel in Oticon Genie enables you to precisely meet the needs and preferences of your patients by offering dedicated handles to easily follow any recommended fitting approach. The handles allow you to quickly and easily implement fine tuning suggestions from the bimodal fitting flowchart and are accessible in the two complementary tools: Bimodal Fitting and Speech Rescue.

Giving kids the best start in life

For children with severe to profound hearing loss, bimodal fitting early in life has been shown to improve language acquisition. Acoustic and electric stimulation combined can potentially benefit children in their musical, speech and language development and thus affect the child’s future academic and social success.

Our new bimodal fitting flowchart and tools are also available for our Sensei Super Power paediatric hearing aids, opening up the world of bimodal benefits for children too.

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How can your patients benefit from improved bimodal hearing?

Optimised bimodal hearing maximises the effectiveness of a CI while unlocking the full potential of a supporting hearing aid in the non-implanted ear.

  • Key benefits of bimodal hearing include:

  • Optimised sound and music experience with both acoustic and electric stimulation

  • Higher quality of life in social activities

  • Improved ability to hear speech in noise

  • Better sound localisation skills

  • Greater ease of listening

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