Through the annual Hearing Technology Innovator Awards™, HHTM will honor technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry.
The 2020 awards were conferred in the following six categories:
- Hearing Aids
- Personal Listening Devices
- Assistive Technology and Software
- Auditory Implants
No technology has greater potential to improve the lives of people with hearing loss than hearing aids. Hearing aid technology has progressed at dizzying speed since the introduction of ear-level digital hearing instruments in 1996.
This award is presented to the developer of the device or innovation representing the greatest advance in professionally-fit hearing aid technology in the past year.
Personal Listening Devices
Personal listening devices encompass a broad range of non-prescriptive technologies designed to amplify sounds for people with hearing loss. These include personal amplifiers, over-the counter (OTC) or direct-to-consumer (DTC) hearing devices, hearables and other wearable listening systems.
This award recognizes personal listening devices that deliver the greatest value to people with hearing loss.
Assistive Technology and Software
The award for Assistive Technologies and Software recognizes products and services designed to enhance accessibility for people with hearing loss. Technology in this category includes smartphone apps, captioning technology, tele-audiology software and more.
The award for the Equipment category recognizes clinical technologies used by professionals that elevate the level of care for people with hearing loss. This would include new and improved diagnostic, verification, validation and habilitation technology.
The potential of implantable devices for habilitation of hearing loss is immense. This award recognizes the most significant advancements in auditory implant technology, including percutaneous and transcutaneous bone conduction aids, and cochlear implants.
This category recognizes innovations surrounding telecare delivery that enhances the experience for the professional and/or the consumer.
Voting and Awards
Following closure of the submission period, nominees were put up for a public vote in September. More than 15,000 votes were cast in total. Submissions receiving the most votes in each category were declared winners.
The overall “Innovator of the Year” winner was determined by an independent panel of highly qualified judges, which decided, among the 6 category winners, the submission most deserving of recognition based upon the following criteria:
- Innovation – Technology that represents novel thinking in addressing habilitation of acquired hearing loss, its treatment and delivery.
- Effectiveness – Technological advances that best address limitations of previous generations of technology
- Efficiency – Advances that best close the distance between hearing care and the end-user
- Utility – Innovation that promotes greater ease of use by the end-user and/or practitioner
Category winners and the “Innovation of the Year” award winner were announced during the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) virtual conference, AuDacity 2020, which took place on October 16-17, 2020.
Through the awards program, over $4,000 was raised for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).