Nov 2018 Associated Press
Phonak Audéo Marvel has been recognised as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for Accessibility. It is the world’s first and only universal Bluetooth hearing aid to fully support direct stereo audio streaming from Android™ as well as iOS™ phones. This provides direct streaming access to the 86% of worldwide smartphone owners who utilise Android. Because Marvel hearing aids utilise Bluetooth® Classic, they connect to Android, iPhone®, and billions of other Bluetooth devices – allowing 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 enhance accessibility because they are rechargeable, giving wearers a full day of hearing, including streaming, on a single charge. With Marvel, Phonak introduces of 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 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, making it 15x stronger, 50% thinner, and up to 26% smaller compared to standard acrylic shells. A thinner shell gives 3D modelers more real estate for electrical components and venting. It also enables a deeper placement in the ear canal, resulting in a virtually invisible fit.
“The CES Innovation Awards are a benchmark in consumer innovation and marketplace technology,” said Thomas Lang, Senior Vice President. “Our entire team is honoured to have Phonak’s industry-leading hearing aids recognised 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.”