BELLEVUEB, Wash. – Nuheara announced that it has been named a CES® 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree for HP Hearing PRO self-fitting OTC hearing aids. This year’s CES Innovation Awards program received a record high number of over 2100 submissions. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2023, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV.
The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 28 consumer technology product categories. Those with the highest rating receive the “Best of Innovation” distinction. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.
HP Hearing PRO self-fitting OTC hearing aids include the following clinically validated features:
- 30% improvement in speech in noise with the use of Focus directional microphones
- Self-Fitting with Ear ID proprietary software via the HP Hearing mobile application
- Improved ability to follow conversations and reduce background noise
- Clinically validated, natural sound quality
The HP Hearing PRO self-fitting OTC hearing aids are innovative products that look nothing like a traditional hearing aid. Built to medical device standards and meeting all FDA requirements for safety and efficacy, the HP Hearing PRO features the Ear ID™ self-fitting software and technology powered by Nuheara. The Ear ID™ has been clinically proven to be substantially equivalent to a professionally fit hearing aid. The proprietary Ear ID™ software tests the wearer’s individual hearing thresholds from low frequency to high frequency in each ear, then automatically programs the HP Hearing PRO hearing aids for each ear. This ability for the consumer to self-fit through the HP Hearing application, for iOS and Android platform mobile devices, allow a quick and easy acclimation experience for the consumer. The entire acclimation experiences takes about 10-15 minutes from unboxing through customization of the user’s personalized profile to accommodate their perceived mild to moderate hearing loss.
In addition to the HP Hearing PRO’s capabilities as an OTC hearing aid, this innovative product streams media and phone calls via Bluetooth. The Active Noise Cancellation minimizes background noise for an immersive sound experience when streaming phone calls or music.
Additional features include:
• HP Hearing app for iOS and Android
• Rechargeable built-in Li-ion batteries
• Charge Case for on the go charging
Most importantly, the HP Hearing PRO has been clinically validated through research completed by the National Acoustic Laboratories to provide a 30% speech understanding improvement in the presence of noise using the directional microphone feature called Focus. This is a huge benefit for consumers in restaurants or social situations where background noise makes understanding speech difficult. Now, at the touch of the HP Hearing app, a wearer can switch the directional microphone settings to Focus on sounds towards their front, quickly allowing for immediate improvement in speech understanding.
Commenting on Nuheara’s recognition as a CES Innovation Awards Honoree for the HP Hearing PRO, Co-founder and Managing Director, Justin Miller said: “Nuheara have been attending CES since 2017 and throughout that time have been recognized on numerous occasions with awards that were representative of driving consumerization in hearing. Over these years, CES has certainly helped drive the recent US legislation changes for assessable and affordable over-the-counter hearing aids. As such, I am delighted that the world’s first FDA cleared OTC self-fit hearing aid, HP Hearing PRO by Nuheara, has been recognized with an innovation award.”
US-based Nuheara CEO John R. Luna added: “The HP Hearing PRO self-fitting over-the-counter hearing aids are the only product to have received FDA clearance for the OTC self-fitting classification “QUH” under the rule passed in October 2022. This classification required a 510(k) clearance and a clinical study to prove our substantial equivalence and meets the OTC hearing aid law labeling and intended use guidelines. We are grateful to the Consumer Technology Association and CES for recognizing the innovation and hard work that went into creating this new product. We are excited to bring the HP Hearing PRO to the 38 million US consumers who need an affordable over-the-counter hearing solution.”