Oticon Hearing Aids

Interested in an Oticon hearing device? Hearing Associates in Mason City will help you chose the right hearing aid to fit your needs.

With Oticon you can choose the hearing aid color, style and technology that makes you stand out against the crowd. They automatically adapt to your listening environment, and they're designed with customizable sound features to ensure you communicate freely and interact naturally. 


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Now, the Oticon Opn portfolio expands with more styles and new features in three performance levels to cover hearing losses from mild to severe-to-profound. The award-winning Oticon Opn captured two CES 2017 awards; 'Tech for a Better World' and 'Wearable Technologies'

Opn – Rediscover the Sounds of Your Life
The first-ever hearing aid to connect to the Internet, the Opn uses BrainHearing technology to make listening easier on the brain. Wearers report 30% improved speech understanding, 20% reduced listening effort and 20% better recall of conversations.

Distinct features include:

  • The Velox platform uses extremely fast and precise technology to analyze sounds in differing soundscapes. With faster sound processing and a 64 frequency channel resolution, this tiny chip is a technological powerhouse.
  • TwinLink™ wireless technology ensures a natural listening experience.
  • The OpenSound Navigator™ reacts to sound 100+ times per second to remove noise between words. The Opn connects directly to the Internet through the If This Then That (IFTTT) service. With it, you can control everyday devices, like thermostats and doorbells, right from your hearing aids.
  • Tinnitus SoundSupport relieves sounds for tinnitus and provides relief that may help decrease the annoyance of tinnitus. The relief sounds can be customized to each unique need and preference. The integrated sound generator is available in all Oticon Opn styles and performance levels.
  • Feedback shield LX offers fast and effective feedback management. It instantly suppresses feedback to protect the listener from unwanted whistling and squealing, without compromising audibility or sound quality.
  • Speech Rescue™ LX provides access to inaudible high-frequency sounds. Speech Rescue LX may improve speech intelligibility when severe-to-profound hearing loss is present in the high frequencies.

Explore more possibilities with the Oticon ON app for your iPhone.

miniRITE-T - Sleek and Discreet
The miniRite-T features a telecoil and double push button for easy volume and program control. The fully featured solution includes Tinnitus SoundSupport, Speech Rescue LX, DSL, and TwinLink for 2.4 GHz wireless technology and Made for iPhone® functionality.

Oticon Opn™ is Now Rechargeable
Opn’s miniRITE is also rechargeable. Its hybrid battery design allows you to use either a rechargeable or a standard battery.

Dynamo - Slim and Powerful
With Dynamo your brain has access to the full spectrum of sounds and lets you capture more speech details.  Dynamo is as reliable and powerful. 

Alta2 and Alta2 Pro Ti - Ultimate Performance
The Alta2 hearing aid features Oticon’s new BrainHearing™ technology. This feature allows the user to experience optimized sound with less fatigue. With several different styles and colors, Alta can fit any lifestyle.

Nera2 and Nera2 Pro Ti -Reliably Exceptional
The most advanced mid-level hearing device, Nera2 blends the natural way your brain and ears work together into one cohesive device with BrainHearing™ technology. It works smarter so you don’t need to.

Ria2 and Ria Pro Ti - Redefining Hearing
Combining enhanced performance and outstanding quality, Ria2 delivers all you need at an affordable price. You’ll be able to understand conversations and everyday sounds more clearly than ever before.



At Hearing Associates, our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions about Oticon hearing aids. Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa.

As hearing aid technology continues to evolve, choosing the right style of hearing aid may become more challenging. At Hearing Associates, located in Mason City, the surrounding areas in northern Iowa, and Albert Lea, Minnesota, we understand that each person experiences hearing loss differently. We offer a wide variety of hearing aid styles, to meet your unique needs. Our expert staff uses the results of your hearing tests as well as your lifestyle needs, budget concerns and any cosmetic considerations you may have to help you choose the best hearing aid for you.

Because every hearing aid style is not suitable for every person, we carry a variety of hearing aids, each style with its own advantages and limitations.

Hearing aid styles differ by size, placement, features and the degree to which they amplify sound:

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Completely-in-the-canal style hearing aids (CIC): The smallest and most discreet.
These fit completely in the canal and are made to fit your ears. There is a clear nylon post to help with insertion and removal. They are powered with a #10 hearing aid battery.

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In-the-Canal style hearing aids (ITC): Larger than the CIC devices.
These fit within the ear canal and are custom-made. They are powered by a #312 or #10 hearing aid battery.

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In-the-Ear style hearing aids (ITE): Fit in the "bowl" of the ear.
Made to fit your ears, the lightweight and compact size makes these instruments comfortable and easy to manage. They are powered by a #13 or #312 battery.

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Receiver-In-The-Ear (RITE): Similar to conventional BTE devices.
These types of hearing aids are much smaller, and more discreet than the BTE style. A very small tube leads to the ear canal making this option much more cosmetically appealing while offering superior sound quality.

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Behind-the-Ear style hearing aids (BTE): Largest modern hearing aid. The processing components are housed in a case that fits behind the ear. Sounds enter the instrument, are amplified, and travel through a tube that is contoured over the top of the listener's ear and into an earmold inside the ear. BTEs are durable, easy to handle and maintain, and can be easily adapted for use with the wide variety of assistive listening devices.

lyricHave you heard the buzz about the newer hearing aid called the Lyric Extended Wear Device? Are you in Mason City or the surrounding area and looking for a Lyric hearing aid provider?

Hearing Associates, with locations throughout northern Iowa, is a Lyric-trained provider. That means our audiologists have received extensive training on programming and inserting the device.

This extended-wear hearing aid has received much acclaim because it is unlike any of its predecessors.

How is it different?

  • It’s invisible. So small that it fits entirely inside your ear canal, the Lyric is the most discreet hearing aid on the market.
  • The Lyric is comfortable and simple to use. Once placed, it remains in your ear for up to four months at a time, allowing you to hear 24-hours-a-day/7-days-a-week.
  • There are no batteries to change and no maintenance is required.
  • It offers amazing, natural sound quality. Because it is designed to work with your ear’s anatomy, using your outer ear to direct sound into your canal, this hearing aid delivers exceptional sound quality.

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How is it placed?

  • Our specially trained audiologist places the hearing aid in the ear canal, without the need for surgery or anesthetic. Once properly placed and comfortable, we will program the device to meet your specific needs.
  • After placement, we will instruct you how to adjust the settings and volume.
  • These hearing aids can be worn for up to four months. When they need to be replaced, you simply schedule a visit at our main office in Mason City or in one of other practices throughout northern Iowa.

Do you have questions about the Lyric hearing aids? Schedule an appointment today to find out if you’re a candidate for these revolutionary devices.

The hearing aids of today are small, easy to use, and improve the user’s natural quality of life. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. The first hearing devices of the 1600s and 1700s were large and bulky. Shaped like large horns (or “ear trumpets”), they would funnel sound into the ear canal from the wide end to the narrow end, which was placed into the ear.

The Evolution of Hearing Devices and Styles

1800-1900: A Great Improvement

During the late Renaissance and Victorian periods, etiquette was everything, and these large devices were deemed to be socially unacceptable. With the advent of Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, hearing aids became more available for the general population, and they also became less cumbersome. Bell’s carbon transmission technology enabled the production of smaller, electronic devices. These were worn around the neck, and included a battery. Although similar models of hearing aids were worn up until the 1990s, they continued to get smaller and smaller in size.

1800-1900: A Great Improvement

1900-1990: Miniaturization

The progression of hearing aid technology was truly put in motion by the advent of Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. Hearing aids became a widely available resource, and since large, bulky hearing devices were deemed a social embarrassment, Bell’s technology enabled the production of smaller, electronic devices.  Battery miniaturization enabled hearing aids to be pocket- or purse-sized.

Present-Day Hearing Aids


Present-Day Hearing Aids

In the 20th century, new digitalized technology provided opportunities for further research about hearing loss, as well as hearing aid design and device options for the wearer. Digital circuitry and programming allowed sound to be amplified and adjusted as needed. Into the 21st century, hearing aids are nearly the size of your fingertip, are often the color of natural skin, and are self-adjusting devices, so that the wearer can focus less on adjustment and more on everyday living.

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Hearing aid technology has changed dramatically in recent years. Digital hearing aid technology offers more variety, in style, size and capabilities. Each type of hearing aid has its own advantages and limitations. At Hearing Associates, we carry a variety of hearing aids, from simple to advanced, to accommodate all of our patients in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Mason City, and the surrounding communities in northern Iowa.

We understand that selecting the right hearing aid can be overwhelming. Our experienced audiologists will help you choose the best device for you, based on the results of your hearing tests as well as the shape of your ear, your lifestyle and your unique listening challenges. We carry instruments from some of the leading manufacturers in the industry: 


  • Oticon – From the OPN, the newest, most powerful device from Oticon to the affordable high-performance of the Ria2, Oticon offers a wide range of hearing aids, with a variety of flexible fitting and style options, enabling us to meet your every need.
  • Phonak– The new B Series of hearing aids from Phonak feature discreet, modern design and cover a broad range of hearing levels, providing great sound support – even in the most challenging listening situations. The Nadia product family is basic and available in behind-the-ear and receiver-in-canal models, and will suit those with severe to profound hearing loss.
  • Lyric – The new Lyric hearing aids feature extended wear technology that is virtually invisible. Our trained audiologists will place the devices inside your ears, where they can remain for up to 120 days, at which time they are removed and replaced with new devices. Designed for those with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss, Lyric devices offer premium, natural sound quality. Candidacy for these hearing aids is based on hearing loss, size and shape ofear as well as lifestyle and hearing needs.
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  • Widex – Offering behind-the-ear and in-the-ear hearing aids, Widex brings wearers 60 years of hearing innovation. Hear more of the important sound details around you, and easily decipher conversations and softer sounds.
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  • ReSound – With a deep understanding of hearing aid wearers and audiology, ReSound boasts innovative hearing solutions. Their discreet and powerful hearing aids, like LINK and ENZO, make hearing effortless. ReSound has numerous wireless accessories and other hearing devices that enable wearers to better connect and interact, even in challenging listening situations.
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  • Unitron – The company has a unique philosophy: they never lose sight of the human side of hearing loss. As a global business with a local feel, Unitron has paired with leading audiologists to develop state-of-the-art hearing aids. Which style is best for you? Choose from behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, and wireless accessories.
  • Starkey – Find the right hearing aid for you with Starkey. Their nearly invisible hearing devices guarantee discretion and comfort. Connect directly to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch via the TruLink Hearing Control app.
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  • Siemens – Enjoy better hearing with a unique hearing aid solution from Siemens. The new Siemens hearing aid brand offers innovative Bluetooth and wireless accessories. Plus provides lines for children and teens, too.
  • BAHA (Cochlear & Sophono) – Bone anchored hearing aids (BAHAs) are surgically implanted. These devices use your natural ability to create sound to detour around the damaged outer and middle ear, and then send clear and crisp sounds directly to your inner ear through the skull (or bone conduction). Cochlear hearing implants have helped over 450,000 people hear through innovative technology that fits your lifestyle. Sophono provides leading bone conduction hearing devices with the smallest implant and processor.

At Hearing Associates, we offer hearing solutions to fit your needs, from hearing evaluations, to balance testing, to hearing aid prescription, fittings and maintenance to ongoing consultation, we’re with you, every step of the way.

Schedule an appointment at our main office in Mason City, or our other locations in northern Iowa or Albert Lea, Minnesota.