Empower teens to be who they want to be
During the teen years, our ability to communicate effectively, socialise and process new information means the difference between getting by and being able to fulfil our potential.This is why it is essential that we support teens with hearing loss in their educational and social needs so that they may progress to become happy, self-reliant adults who take ownership of their hearing loss.
A teen’s life is about multitasking in social situations or in the classroom. They must navigate these comprise complex listening environments and make sense of the sounds around them in order to concentrate on what is important.
Such concentration can require high levels of listening effort, and may cause them to experience fatigue. The cumulative affect of this fatigue can impact on their ability to keep up in class and also affect their participation in social activities.
Teenage auditory systems are still developing
In the teen brain the functional organisation of nerve cells and their connections continues. The integration of auditory and visual sensory input is not yet optimised, which is essential for effective communication, classroom performance and socialising. For teens with hearing loss, the challenges can be more profound.
Oticon aims to maximise resources for greater performance and satisfaction
At Oticon, our long term intent is to develop high performance solutions that take fatigue out of listening. Our aim is to free up the teen user’s mental energy to allow them to participate in the life they want to live.
We also recognise that desirable design plays a crucial role in getting teens to wear their devices all day in order to maximise benefits and satisfaction. Similarly, it is vital that they have the opportunity to connect to the same technology as their peers.