According to Phonak, Staefa, Switzerland, the Audéo B-R was the first-ever hearing aid to feature a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery providing 24 hours of hearing. The fast 30-minute charging option gives 6 hours of immediate use. Audéo B-R was selected from over 5,500 entries to receive the coveted seal of design excellence in the category of product by a high-profile jury made up of independent experts from all over the world.
“It’s a great honor to receive the iF DESIGN AWARD recognition,” said Thomas Lang, Senior Vice President of Phonak Marketing. “The award underlines our efforts to pair the highest standards in hearing performance, ease of use and innovation with outstanding design to help people with hearing loss live better lives .”
The iF jury also honored the smart charging options the Audéo B-R comes with, including a power pack that provides power for 7 full charges for two hearing aids—ideal for short trips where no power source is available, says the company. In addition, Phonak offers a compact mini charger giving users full flexibility.
MarkeTrak 9 research revealed that rechargeable batteries and rechargeable hearing aids are sought-after features for hearing aid non-users are seeking amplification.