GN Hearing, Phonak, Starkey, and Oticon bound for Las Vegas as honoured stars of technology design



State-of-the-art hearing aids from three global manufacturers have won their producers the prestigious right to show off their products at next year's Consumer Electronics Show as CES Innovation Awards Honorees.

GN Hearing, Phonak, and Starkey—respectively for the ReSound LiNX Quattro, Audéo Marvel, and Livio AI hearing aids—were singled out for exceptional design in the accessibility category. In the Tech for a Better World category, Oticon was named an Honoree in for its Kaizn personal AI assistant.

And the Oticon Kaizn tool, which uses artificial intelligence to learn from users' listening preferences, habits, and environments, scooped a 2019 CES Best of Innovation Award in the Software and Mobile Apps category.

Phonak doubled up by also being named an Honoree in the 3D printing category for its Virto B-Titanium hearing aid.

The accolades were announced at an invite-only technology event, CES Unveiled, held in New York to provide technology movers and shakers with a sneak preview of products and trends expected at the CES 2019 show set for January 8 to 11, 2019 in Vegas. Honorees were named across 28 technology categories, and products were judged for design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with competition.

CES is owned and created by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which represents the $377 billion US consumer technology industry, provider of some 15 million jobs at more than 2,200 firms, 80% of which are small businesses and start-ups.

Celebrating Starkey's fourth time as a CES Innovation Awards Honoree, company President Brandon Sawalich said: "Livio AI is the best-sounding hearing aid we've ever made."

Thomas Lang, Senior Vice President of Phonak hailed his team's double triumph. “These award-winning hearing solutions continue to illustrate Phonak’s boundless commitment to helping people live a life with no limitations,” he said.

Meanwhile, GN Hearing's Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Helen Ljungdahl, declared: "We are honored to receive an honoree status with the prestigious CES Innovation Awards. Innovation is part of our DNA at GN Hearing."

“Oticon is a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in the audiology sector,” says Oticon Product Manager, Michael Porsbo. “With Kaizn™, we tap the full potential of data-driven personalized hearing care, using a combination of real-time local data, aggregated ‘big’ data and artificial intelligence to deliver a best sound experience.”

Source: Globe Newswire; CTA