Today ReSound have been awarded a 2020 BIG Innovation Award winner, for our groundbreaking connectivity and streaming technology, allowing people using Android devices to stream directly with Bluetooth Low Energy to their hearing aids for the first time. The annual BIG Innovation Award recognizes organizations, products, and people that are bringing new ideas to life in innovative ways. GN Hearing received the award for our constant innovation in order to improve the experiences and lives of others.
Today, GN Hearing has been recognized for the September 2019 introduction of the world’s first hearing aids capable of directly streaming audio from millions of smartphones and devices that run on the Android operating system*, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which was developed during a collaboration with Google and Cochlear. Together, the companies were able to develop Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA), a new hearing aid specification designed to assist Android users living with hearing loss.
GN was the first company to offer hearing aids with direct streaming using BLE to Android and iOS devices. This is especially important, as 75% of the world’s smartphone users are Android users. Since hearing loss affects over 466 million people worldwide, ReSound were able to bridge the gap between Android users that live with hearing loss through this technological breakthrough.
“Innovation has become a major theme for organizations across virtually all industries and this year’s winners are a testament to the creativity, passion and perseverance of individuals worldwide,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Operating Officer of the Business Intelligence Group.
The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. The programs are judged by business executives with deep experience and knowledge. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.
We are proud to see ReSound recognised by BIG Innovation Awards 2020, as we continue to challenge ourselves to develop innovative solutions that suit our users’ needs and empower them, ensuring people can live life to the fullest.