Oticon Nera Pro Review
Introduction to the Nera Pro
The foundation of any hearing aid is it’s processing platform- just like with computers. The Nera Pro is built on the Inium platform, which is Oticon’s best platform right now, and is the same platform that their premier hearing aid, the Alta Pro is built on. The Nera & Alta are mid-level and premium level hearing aids (respectively), and are the only two Oticon hearing aid product lines using this platform. All other Oticon hearing aids are built on the Rise 2 platform, which debuted in 2011. This makes the Nera Pro special, as it’s the first mid-level hearing aid built on the best platform Oticon has to offer. What does all of this mean for you? It means state of the art hearing technology at more affordable “mid-level” prices. It means the Nera Pro is the best mid-level hearing aid Oticon has ever put out.
The Nera Pro was released at the end of 2013 and has been met with praise and overwhelmingly positive reviews from consumers and providers alike. A brochure for the product can be downloaded here. There are many things to like about this hearing aid. First of all, let’s get the standard stuff out of the way. The Nera Pro is available in 7 different colors, and in a range of styles from behind the ear to completely in the canal. It’s an 8 channel hearing aid with room for 3 programs.
The Nera Pro has essentially 3 features that set it apart from lower technology levels. First and most notably, Spatial Sound Advanced, which enables you to better hear where sounds are coming from by preserving the difference in sound between the ears. Second, Youmatic, which allows your hearing provider to more precisely fine-tune your hearing aids to your preferences- it means a more customizable hearing aid. Lastly, the Nera Pro benefits from the new Inium Feedback Shield, which is their newest feedback cancellation technology (to prevent hearing aids from whistling). The Nera Pro is durable too, the RITE and BTE hearing aids in the line are IP57 classified to prevent water, dust and debris from getting inside.
While the Nera Pro is a great hearing aid, it’s worth noting that if you believe you have an exceptionally hard time hearing in background noise, you may benefit more from the Alta Pro, which is a bit better in that regard. In addition, the Alta Pro also has room for 5 programs vs the Nera Pro’s 3. The Nera Pro works with all of Oticon’s ConnectLine accessories, which means you can easily transmit TV, phone calls, music, and more directly to your hearing aids.
So the bottom line is, the Nera Pro can be thought of as a cheaper alternative to the Alta & Alta Pro, which have both received fantastic feedback from wearers. If you are considering an Oticon product I would try the Nera Pro first, as it’s a very good hearing aid and if you are happy with it, you can save quiet a bit of money, as the Alta Pro hearing aids typically goes for over $3,000 each (retail), while the Nera Pro can be found for around $1,900-$2,500 each.
Is the Nera Pro a good value?
If you’ve been quoted over $3500 for a pair of Oticon Nera Pros, we think you should look elsewhere. There are other comparable name brand hearing aids on the market that can be purchased for much less. If you’d like a guide to help you find a comparable hearing aid, or a hearing aid that will work well for you, be sure to check out our 3-part Guide to Buying Hearing Aids.
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