Phonak announced it has won two international Red Dot Awards for excellence in product design for its Virto Black hearing aid and Roger On remote microphone. Virto Black, the “first custom-made, Bluetooth-connected in-the-ear hearing aid shaped like a modern hearable,” received the “Red Dot: Best of the Best,” which is awarded for groundbreaking design and is the highest award in the competition, according to Phonak.

In January 2020, Virto Black made its debut at CES 2020 in Las Vegas and was also voted “Best of the Best” by the editors of Engadget in the Accessible Tech category.

Phonak Virto Black

“This news reinforces our commitment to continue finding innovative and world-class solutions for our consumers,” said Jon Billings, Vice President of Phonak Marketing. “Especially during this time where masks are required, it’s harder for anyone to hear clearly, let alone patients with hearing loss who depend even more on reading lips. Virto Black’s in-the-ear design doesn’t interfere with the typical ear-loop mask and our new Roger On accessory will help amplify sound for hearing aid wearers over distance. Paired together, they will no doubt be a game-changer for our consumers.”

Debuting in Summer 2021, Phonak Roger On received the “Red Dot” award for its high design quality. Teenagers and adults who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants can still struggle to understand and communicate in noisy situations and over distance. The new Roger On remote microphone will feature enhanced technology and an improved pointing mode that allows the user to zoom in on a speaker by simply pointing, making it easier to have meaningful conversations, according to Phonak.

Both Virto Black and Roger On will be celebrated at the Red Dot Design Week, June 21-25, 2021. They will also be included in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and on their online exhibition. For more information, please visit:

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Source: Phonak

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