SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY — Oticon’s Opn hearing aid has been named a 2017 Edison Awards Finalist in the Health & Wellness category. As a finalist, the Oticon Opn will receive either a gold, silver or bronze award, which will be announced at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City on April 20, 2017.
According to the company, the Opn is the world’s first “internet connected hearing aid”, which uses IFTTT-enabled services to communicate with connected devices, such as door bells, smoke alarms, etc.
Oticon Opn: Hearing Aid Meets Internet of Things
By being able to connect and interact with the internet, the Opn can be programmed to communicate directly with smart devices using the Oticon ON App. This allows for, as an example, the hearing aid to be programmed to alert caregivers or loved ones that an elderly patient’s battery is low.
“We are honored to have Opn recognized among a stellar group of innovations that represent excellence in product development, human-centered design and innovation. It is especially gratifying to be recognized with an award named in honor of Thomas Edison, a man who experienced hearing loss at an early age. Edison’s inventions revolutionized everyday life and showed that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to achieve, contribute and, quite possibly, change the world.” –Oticon President, Gary Rosenblum
Earlier this year, Oticon received two CES Innovation Awards for its Opn hearing aid. Other hearing aid honorees, at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, included products from Signia and GN ReSound.
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“We are honored that Oticon Opn has been selected for two global awards from a competitive arena that includes hundreds of cutting-edge products from leading US and international companies,” said Rosenblum. “Opn is making a real difference to the lives of people, young and old, who suffer from hearing loss. With our newly expanded Opn family, we continue to build on paradigm-shifting innovation at the core of Opn to bring the open sound experience to even more people with hearing loss.”