Siemens Aquaris Selected as CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree

  Siemens Aquaris Selected as CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering
  Awards Honoree

  World’s first digital waterproof hearing aid was chosen for Accessible and
                    Universal Design Technologies category

2013 International CES

Business Wire

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- January 7, 2013

Today, Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc. announced that the waterproof
Aquaris® hearing aid was named an International Consumer Electronics Show
(CES) Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Honoree. A preeminent panel of
independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the media
determined that the Aquaris merited recognition for outstanding design and
engineering. The award provides recognition for Siemens product innovations,
which are a result of Agenda 2013, a global initiative to further strengthen
the innovative power and competitiveness of the Siemens Healthcare Sector.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Consumer Electronics Association and
proud of this recognition for Aquaris,” said Scott Davis, CEO, Siemens Hearing
Instruments. “In the past, hearing aid wearers had to limit their activities,
fearing the effects of water, sweat, dust and moisture. Aquaris removes these
limitations, allowing wearers to lead active lifestyles without worrying about
damaging their hearing aids. We feel that people shouldn’t have to compromise
their lifestyle choices based on their hearing aid technology.”

The Aquaris housing is made from one solid piece, and it features a watertight
microphone membrane and a sealed battery compartment. With its ergonomic
shape, and a non-slip, textured surface that is also dustproof and
shock-resistant, Aquaris is one of the most full-featured hearing aids

Aquaris is powered by the new Micon™ platform, which is Siemens’ latest
iteration of the company’s BestSound® Technology. The Micon processor expands
Siemens’ hearing technology to 48 channels, extends the frequency range to
12,000 Hz, and features a combination of industry-leading features, including
optimized directionality and noise reduction, optional frequency compression,
fast and smart feedback cancellation, and automatic situation detection of six
sound environment profiles in one universal program. The result for the wearer
is exceptional clarity and sound comfort, with a personalized listening

Siemens Aquaris was featured at the 2013 International CES press event in Las
Vegas on Sunday, January 6 and will be on display at The CES Innovations
Showcase from January 8-11 at The Venetian, booth 70425. An online press kit
is available by visiting

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 program is
a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's
innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in
four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and
People Development.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the
healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory
diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers
its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from
a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to
treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common
diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more
cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and
operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector
posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For
further information please visit:


Media Relations:
Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, PA
Mark Palacio, (610) 448-3497
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