GN ReSound

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Consumer products

Office:

Aarhus, Copenhagen

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Design Research

GN ReSound and Designit have partnered together to put personalisation and control back in the hands of the users, with the first hearing aid interface for the Apple Watch.

Developing innovative new solutions for hearing loss has been a common goal for Designit and GN ReSound, a global market leader in hearing care solutions, since first working together in 2013. The partnership’s first phase ended with the creation of the next generation of connected hearing technology.

Now GN ReSound has rejoined with Designit to create the first hearing aid interface for the Apple Watch, rethinking the way hearing aids are controlled.

Hearing aid control made simple

Extensive user research and prototyping led to an elegant user interface crafted specifically for the compact face and interactive features of the Apple Watch.
In a close collaboration between Designit and GN ReSound, it was decided to adapt a Simple IA and to refine the app into six main screens to ensure that it had a minimalistic yet visually beautiful navigational concept.

A hearing aid as unique as you are

In addition, GN ReSound and Designit identified three distinct use cases uniquely made possible by the Apple Watch.

  1. Discretion in social settings
  2. Convenience at home
  3. Effortless control on-the-go

However, the ways in which this app can improve the daily experiences of those living with hearing loss are nearly endless.

The easily accessible touchscreen allows users to quickly adjust settings as they move through changing environments, maximising control, comfort and clarity while reducing the stigma and discomfort often associated with traditional hearing aids.
In addition, the app allows users to create ‘smart’, location-aware audio profiles that can be saved and activated by geo-tagging, helping users move seamlessly through their everyday lives without having to manage their hearing aid.

I am so grateful for so much different technology because it has opened up so much for me … if it means I am tied to these gadgets to improve how I’m hearing things, then so be it.

The ReSound Smart application has already been well received by users and critics alike. A frequent user of the app shared his experiences with CNN, eagerly demonstrating how it helps to improve personalisation, control and comfort in his everyday life. And Mike Stern recently featured it as one of his top three picks for apps that exemplify ‘beauty and delight’ – making user interaction with the Apple Watch more interesting, welcoming and fun.

 

Check out the testimonials for yourself and don’t forget to download the app, if you already own a GN ReSound hearing aid device.

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