Although I can hear most speech sounds, because some of them are missing, my brain has to fill in the gaps to make sense of what I hear. This is very tiring work. Oticon seems to understand this. They have designed the Agil to provide the hearing aid user with the "energy of understanding". Here's a quote from their website that explains this concept:
The link between understanding and energy
Oticon Agil is designed to help you expend less energy in every situation. We know that different settings ask more of us than others. A dinner party or chatting with a friend in a busy café are just two instances where listening can prove challenging. But it’s not only trying to grasp the properties of sound that can be taxing. In a busy environment, the effort required to listen can leave you with very little to actually enjoy the moment. Oticon Agil changes all that.
Oticon Agil helps you save energy
Oticon Agil preserves the natural dynamics of sounds and gives your brain more of the sounds it can recognise and process. It does this by sending sounds to your brain in the way it learned to process them. That takes the hard work out of making sense of sounds and following what is going on. It means you can now not only keep up, but contribute and participate actively in conversations with less effort. And that is the energy of understanding.
I am hoping that this is not a gimmick, but is something I will actually experience. Often I have been so fatigued after work I can barely drive home. Once there I've fallen into a deep sleep. I also suffer from headaches. I am hoping that wearing my Oticon Agil Pros will relieve my fatigue and prevent many of my headaches.
Update: My friend Liz has written a post about this one and she expands on what I was trying to convey here very succinctly. Please take a look. You will find it here.