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Facett wins 2018 Good Design Awards and CSIRO Design Innovation Award

On Thursday 17th of March, Facett received the 2018 Australian Good Design Award® of the Year at a ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House. It was also awarded Best in Class for Product Design (Medical and Scientific) and Social Innovation, as well as the CSIRO Design Innovation award.

The judges commented, “Facett has incredible potential to make a very positive impact on people’s lives. The use of rechargeable batteries and magnetic coupling is highly innovative. The stunning jewel-like design does well to remove the stigma of hearing aids by drawing parallels to jewellery and wearable art.”

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Facett: a modular hearing aid system wins multiple iAwards

Blamey Saunders hears was named winner of 3 prestigious awards for our digital hearing health system ‘IHearyou®’ and ‘Facett™’: the first modular self-fit hearing aid, at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards—the nation’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.

IHearYou and Facett received the: Community Services award; Research and Development Innovation of the Year award; and the Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year award.

Facett wins Gold at the Melbourne Design Awards

The Melbourne Design Awards program provides marketplace recognition across an extensive range of categories and celebrates the creativity and courage of those who are leading the way.

Dr Saunders named Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year

Elaine has received the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year award, in recognition of her work to make high performance hearing technology as accessible and affordable as possible.

The ATSE Clunies Ross Awards have been awarded since 1991 and are considered the top honours for Australian scientists and innovators. Past winners include: Ian Frazer, Fiona Wood, Alan Finkel, Barry Marshall, bionic ear pioneer Graeme Clark, and our own Professor Peter Blamey.

Watch the video to see why Elaine was chosen to be the Clunies Ross Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dr Elaine Saunders honoured with Paul Harris Fellowship

Rotary International named Dr Saunders a Paul Harris Fellow. She received this great honour in recognition of her extraordinary services to Rotary and the wider community. The motto of Rotary is ‘To Serve’.

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Blamey Saunders wins top Cool Company awards

Anthill Magazine cool company award

In recognition of being “trend-setters in attitude and actions”, Blamey Saunders was recently named the Overall Winner of Anthill Magazine’s Cool Company awards, beating 5,000 nominees. We also received the ‘Social Capitalist’ award in recognition of our determination to keep doing things differently; to serve the community and to improve the lives of people with hearing difficulties in a better, smarter and much more affordable way.

Inaugural Good Design award for Social Innovation

The IHearYou® System was the overall winner of Good Design Australia’s inaugural Social Innovation Design Award. On accepting the award, Prof Blamey said

IHearYou is a system of hearing aids and online services designed to put you in control of your hearing.

It is designed to disrupt the hearing aid industry and help redress the inequalities that arise from hearing problems in our society.

You no longer need to put up with people who mumble, or a spouse that complains that the TV is too loud. You no longer need to be the only person in the room that doesn’t get the joke, or who struggles in background noise.

Now you can test your hearing online at home, receive expert advice, purchase hearing aids, and set them up just the way you want them anywhere and any time. And even better than that, IHearYou is less than half the cost of comparable products and services.

That’s great design!

Our winning entry in the 2015 Good Design awards

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Blamey Saunders hears thanks Leah Heiss, Planet Innovation, SRX Global, Hearing Lab Technologies, Commercialisation Australia, and the Victorian Government for their assistance in designing the IHearYou System and bringing it to market.

Dr Saunders named one of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence

Dr Elaine Saunders has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015. Dr Saunders has been recognised in the Innovation category for her contribution to hearing aid development, research and education.

Dr Saunders receives 2015 Women In Leadership award

On Friday 22 May 2015, Dr Saunders was awarded the 2015 Inaugural Women In Leadership award by the BioMelbourne Network. The award recognises her leadership expertise, the contributions she’s made to the industry, her role as mentor, and the strategic risks she's taken to pursue her goals. Elaine was unable to accept the award in person as she's currently promoting Sound of Silence in the UK, before she heads to Brazil to speak at the International Rotary Convention.


Participants in Australian Government R&D Initiative.

Blamey Saunders hears are proud to be supported by a Commercialisation Australia grant to improve and broaden our IHearYou® design and development. This project will enhance our IHearYou® system and produce a product that enables people to buy hearing aids online and adjust them on mobile, Mac and PC devices. We are committed to improved hearing aid usability and reduced costs for Australia.

Blamey Saunders hears wins Prime Award

“Recognising true excellence within the Australian Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry.”


Dr Elaine Saunders wins Melbourne Award

“Dr Elaine Saunders is a pioneering audiologist and scientist dedicated to improving the lives of those with hearing loss. Based in Melbourne, Dr Saunders led the development and commercialisation of the first fully integrated self-fit hearing aid, based on Bionic Ear amplification technology.”


Ears to Hear

“Top award goes to bionic ear professor, Peter Blamey who is both a hearing loss expert and an innovator in artificial hearing.”