Hearing Technology Innovator Awards

The voting period for the 2022 Hearing Technology Innovator Awards is now CLOSED. Winners will be announced in October, stay tuned for further details

Through the annual Hearing Technology Innovator Awards™, HHTM honors technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry.  

Now in its 3rd year, the 2022 awards will be conferred in the following eight categories:  

  1. Hearing Aids
  2. Personal Listening Devices
  3. Assistive Technology and Software
  4. Service Delivery
  5. Equipment
  6. Auditory Implants
  7. Hearing Conservation
  8. Therapeutics

Hearing aids

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 improve the listening experience for people with hearing loss. 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.  


Auditory Implants

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.


Service Delivery

This category recognizes the most significant advancements in the delivery of hearing healthcare – from telehealth and remote care, to clinical products and more.


Hearing Conservation

This category recognizes innovations in conserving hearing health. From acoustic applications to electronic and software-based solutions.



This category recognizes innovative therapeutic applications currently under development to help preserve and/or treat hearing loss.  


Voting and Awards


Following closure of the submission period, nominees will be put up for a public vote in September. Voting will be open for a 2-week period and submissions receiving the most votes within each subcategory will be declared winners.   

The overall “Innovator of the Year” winner will be determined by an international panel of highly qualified judges, which will decide from among the 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

Winners will be announced in October. Category winners will be recognized and the Innovator of the Year award winner will be announced during the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), AuDacity 2022 conference, which will take place in Grapevine, Texas on October 20-23, 2022.  


Past Awards


Winners of the 2021 awards:



Winners of the inaugural, 2020 Hearing Technology Innovator Awards: