"Receiving this award once again is truly a special honor. It shows that the researchers and developers at Siemens continue to demonstrate a pioneering spirit in a wide variety of fields," commented Klaus Helmrich, Chief Technology Officer and head of global research at Siemens AG. "This underscores our view that innovations are vital for the future business of our company."
Eight years ago, a Siemens research team for the first time successfully connected two hearing aids in the left and right ears via what was at the time the world´s smallest radio system. This achievement represented a major breakthrough in hearing aid technology, because, similar to vision, a spatial impression can only occur if the interplay between both ears is taken into account. The radio link enables both hearing systems to communicate with each other and provides for continuous coordination. "The hearing aids exchange large quantities of data, recalculate that data, and adjust to the specific hearing situation - synchronously and fully automatically," explained Dr. Torsten Niederdränk, audiology expert in global research at Siemens AG. This binaural technology provides for harmonious sound and helps the hearing impaired to follow a specific conversation even in larger gatherings.
German President Roman Herzog established the German Future Prize in 1997. Since then, the prize has been a symbol of the scientific performance and innovative strength of Germany. In selecting a winner, the jury takes a wide variety of important criteria into account, including research performance as well as the patentability and marketability of the development.
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