Do you have an award-winning hearing device?
The next time you put your hearing devices on, take a moment and think of all the creativity, design and technology that went into making it. Today’s hearing aids are so advanced, in some models the microphone, receiver and wireless technology fit almost invisibly in the ear canal and can be controlled with your smartphone.
And, while hearing manufacturers’ ultimate satisfaction is helping people hear better, they don’t mind being recognized for their efforts. Here are some of the industry’s latest award winners.
2012 Danish Design Award
Oticon captured the top prize in both the Industrial Design business-to-consumer category and the People’s Choice Award for its Intiga hearing device, which is designed to appeal to first-time users. Intiga was created to meet the needs of individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss who are looking for a discreet hearing solution.
The Danish Design Award is presented annually to companies which have created aesthetic, innovative, user-friendly, responsible and durable products.
Oticon is the world’s second largest hearing aid manufacturer and is represented in more than 20 countries. The company headquarters is located in Denmark, just outside of Copenhagen, and was founded in 1904.
Siemens binax Smart Hearing Aids
2015 Gold Edison Award
Siemens binax Smart Hearing Aids won a 2015 Gold Edison Award in the Hearing section of the Science/Medical/Dental category for their ability to outperform normal hearing in noisy environments such as crowded restaurants and social gatherings. The devices “zoom in” on speech while quieting background noise and can be controlled with iPhone© or Android™ devices.
The Edison Awards, named after inventor Thomas Edison, is an annual competition that honors excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation.
Siemens Hearing Instruments, now Sivantos, Inc., is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing aids. They were founded in 1847; their global headquarters are located in Singapore.
Starkey Halo™ Hearing Aid
2015 Silver Edison Award
Starkey Hearing Technologies won a silver award in the Hearing section in the Science/Medical/Dental category at the Edison Awards ceremony in New York for its Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid. Halo works with smartphones and provides remote control functionality, memory geotagging, direct streaming of calls, music and other media. It is compatible with Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and select Android devices.
Starkey also won a Tekne award in the healthcare category for the Halo hearing aid in 2014 from the Minnesota High Tech Association. The Tekne Awards honor companies and individuals who have played a significant role in developing new technologies which positively impact people’s lives.
Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded in 1967. Their corporate headquarters are located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
2015 Red Dot Award
Beltone won a 2015 Red Dot Award for Product Design for its Beltone Boost, an acknowledgement that the design creates a comfortable hearing aid which helps wearers overcome significant challenges. The Boost also works with Made for iPhone integrations so wearers can control the devices using their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch without an adapter or intermediary device.
The Red Dot Award was created by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the most respected design award competitions in the world. More than 17,000 products compete for recognition in three categories: Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept.
Beltone is an international hearing aid brand that is distributed all over the world. It was founded in the 1930s and is located in Glenview, Illinois.