Counselling & fitting

An engaging and family-friendly
counselling tool

Your role as hearing care professional is crucial when it comes to finding the right hearing solution for children with hearing loss as well as giving the entire family the support they need. With Oticon Counselling’s intuitive and family-friendly toolbox you can give premium pediatric care and counselling.

At Oticon we acknowledge the intricate and critical responsibilities you have as pediatric audiologists in tying together the right intervention with the practical needs of children with hearing loss and their families. To guide you we have made Pediatric Oticon Counselling – a flexible, interactive toolbox that helps you to build trust and loyalty by facilitating an engaging counselling process with children with hearing loss and their parents.

Intuitive and educational

Oticon Counselling’s intuitive design helps you save precious time for care and counselling. Educational tools make complex information easier to understand, and dialogue tools help you obtain valuable feedback - particularly from younger children - as a basis for individualization.

Engaging and enlightening

Full of child-friendly, easy-to-explain tools - Oticon Counselling engages and motivates children and parents to take responsibility for the hearing loss, and to understand how to work together to achieve the desired results.

Meeting individual needs

Oticon Counselling accommodates the individual needs of two user groups; Adults and Pediatrics. For the pediatric user group, Oticon Counselling allows you to support children primarily aged 4-12 and their parents.

Intuitive and motivating tools

Finding your way round Pediatric Oticon Counselling is very easy and intuitive. With 7 tools to choose from you can create your own agenda and customize consultations to meet the child's and parents' personal needs.

  • The Audiogram - with speech and sound examples

  • The Ear - explains the anatomy of the ear and types of hearing loss

  • Speech in Noise - to emphasize its impact on hearing and understanding

  • Hearing Aid Benefits - for demonstrating the benefits of wearing Oticon Sensei

  • FM Benefits - for demonstrating the benefits of FM in school and at home

  • Daily Care - the do's and don'ts of instrument care

  • Communication Strategies – valuable communication strategies to use in everyday situations

We make hearing aid fittings easier

Child friendly hearing care goes beyond the development of pediatric products and into the realm of fitting software. This is because the fitting protocol for children typically differs from that used with adults.

In a pediatric fitting, audiologists may be working with audiometric data of varying formats, special fitting rationales, different assumptions on how automatic features should be set and a different approach to verification.

To support pediatric audiologists in their daily work, we developed Genie’s pediatric fitting mode.

The pediatric fitting mode in Oticon’s Genie software addresses the needs of children with hearing loss – and the professionals taking care of them.

Give children the opportunity to develop their language

To make it easier to fit children and teens up to the age of 16, we have introduced a more flexible way of handling pediatric default settings in Genie.

Easy-to-use default settings

For children aged 0-3 years, Directionality and Noise Management are set to OFF. For children aged 4-16 years, Directionality and Noise Management are set to ON.

The hearing aids’ push button is disabled for all pediatric fittings – meaning that the volume control is OFF and only one program is prescribed.

These default settings can be easily altered to suit your personal preferences.

Developed through thorough research

DSL v5.0a m[i/o] is the pediatric fitting standard developed at the University of Western Ontario. Supported by years of research evidence and pediatric fitting experience, we believe DSL v5.0a m[i/o] is the most child-friendly fitting rationale available. It keeps speech cues audible and comfortable in all situations to give children every opportunity to develop their language and communication skills.

This latest version of DSL is based on feedback from children and research studies. It supports the potential offered by today’s advanced hearing instruments and helps hearing care professionals fit increasingly younger children.

Child-friendly wireless technology

Stable, reliable wireless programming and fine-tuning.

FittingLINK is Oticon’s wireless programming device for Oticon wireless hearing aids. Simple to set up with our Genie fitting software, FittingLINK is compatible with Oticon Sensei, Oticon Safari and a wide range of other wireless hearing aids.

FittingLINK is worn around the neck during programming. Depending on the child’s age and ability to provide feedback on sound quality, FittingLINK can improve the fitting process by offering a cable free fitting.

FittingLINK provides fast and reliable data connection between your NOAH-enabled PC and the child’s hearing aids. Simply connect FittingLINK to your PC and place the neck loop on the child to start the programming session.

Designed for your workday

FittingLINK and Genie provide you with a variety of tools to guide you through the fitting process. This ensures that you achieve an accurate fit, in line with published best practice guidelines.

Real-ear verification and fine-tuning

Depending on the child’s age or ability to cooperate, you can use FittingLINK for real-ear verification or for fine-tuning during follow-up appointments.

Coupler-based verification

Coupler-based verification is recommended for infants and young children not old enough for real-ear verification.

EasyRECD™ individual ear acoustics

Developed as an option for Oticon Sensei hearing aids, EasyRECD™ allows you to easily account for individual ear acoustics when fitting infants and children, without needing to use separate real-ear equipment. The easyRECD™ also works with FittingLINK providing cable free verification.

A suite of insight-based materials to support you in your practice

Oticon pediatric counselling tools are made to support you in the dialogue with parents, children and relatives. Moreover, we offer plenty of material for parents to children of all ages with hearing loss.

Support parents and children

Trying to determine how well children hear goes far beyond obtaining an audiogram. This selection of counselling tools helps you to identify listening difficulties and address the accommodations that parents need to be aware of.

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