Oticon Canada

Oticon Canada

October 26, 2009 10:00 ET

Oticon Canada: Hands-Free, Hassle-Free Solution for Hearing Impaired Drivers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) -

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As Premier McGuinty's implementation of the cell phone ban takes effect today, so do concerns surrounding connectivity and the latest accessories that will equip drivers to remain hands-free and ticket-free. For many, a Bluetooth headset will be at the top of the shopping list this week as consumers prepare to equip themselves with the necessary devices to avoid the potential $500 ticket that can now be issued for talking, texting, typing or dialing while driving.

With 1 in 10 Canadians suffering from a hearing loss(1), choosing the most appropriate connectivity solution can pose itself as a daunting challenge. Oticon's Streamer is a wireless connectivity solution that converts hearing aid devices into wireless instruments allowing for a hands-free experience while driving.

The Streamer, a sleek neck worn device that resembles a small MP3 player, allows for wireless connectivity to various mediums including mobile phones, MP3 players and TVs. In accompaniment with Bluetooth technology, the Streamer converts hearing aids into wireless headsets allowing the user to control multiple devices with ease of use. Incoming call notification is transmitted directly through the user's hearing devices and with the simple press of a button on the Streamer; they can pick up, transfer or end the call while driving. This Streamer allows for higher speech intelligibility, a more natural sound quality and acts as a remote for volume control. This solution is a first for the industry as it provides a giant leap forward for those suffering from a hearing loss to attain a modern lifestyle through means of connectivity.

About Oticon

Oticon is one of the most innovative hearing aid manufacturers in the world. With over 100 years of experience, Oticon is a company of firsts spearheading a number of technological breakthroughs in hearing aid history. They have made a significant difference in the lives of those with a hearing loss. Examples include designing the first ear-level digital hearing aid, the first voice-activated hearing instrument, the first "fashion" conscious hearing aid and the first device to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-enabled equipment. The company's latest achievement, the ConnectLine system of solutions, offers the industry the most advanced microchip platform pioneering a new dimension in hearing care: wireless connectivity. Oticon the only manufacturer with its own independent research centre ensuring that the needs of users are always put first when developing new solutions.

(1) Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006

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Contact Information

  • Oticon Canada
    Krystin Lee
    Public Relations & Corporate Communications Coordinator
    1.800.263.8700 ext. 5311
    Oticon Canada
    Christine Callaghan, M.Cl.Sc., REG CASLPO
    Audiology Supervisor
    1-800-263-8700 ext. 5361