Phonak announced it has been named a two-time CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for ‘Accessibility’ with Phonak Audéo Marvel and ‘3D Printing’ with Phonak Virto B-Titanium. The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together media, exhibitors, and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019.
Announced last month, Phonak Audéo Marvel is said to be “the world’s first and only universal Bluetooth hearing aid to fully support direct stereo audio streaming from Android™ as well as iOS™ phones.” Because Marvel hearing aids utilize Bluetooth® Classic, they connect to Android, iPhone®, and other Bluetooth devices, helping to allow hearing aid wearers to experience clear, rich sound and stream music, phone calls, video, and more to both ears in full stereo.
In addition, Phonak Marvel hearing aids are rechargeable, giving wearers a full day of hearing, including streaming, on a single charge. With Marvel, Phonak introduces a full suite of smart apps designed to enhance the user experience. This includes allowing wearers to have their hearing aids adjusted remotely in an online session in real-time, removing barriers to distance and potentially leading to better patient outcomes.
The Phonak Virto B-Titanium is said to be “the world’s first 3D-printed titanium hearing aid designed and engineered with ultimate discretion in mind.” The shell is made of medical grade titanium and a thinner shell helps give 3D modelers more “real estate” for electrical components and venting. It also helps enable a deeper placement in the ear canal.
“The CES Innovation Awards are a benchmark in consumer innovation and marketplace technology,” said Thomas Lang, senior vice president. “Our entire team is honored to have Phonak’s industry-leading hearing aids recognized for excellence in both Accessibility and 3D Printing. These award-winning hearing solutions continue to illustrate Phonak’s boundless commitment to helping people live a life with no limitations.”
Phonak Audéo Marvel and Phonak Virto B-Titanium will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at the upcoming CES 2019.
An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers, and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering, and how the products compare with competition.