Getting it right for hearing
Getting it right for hearing

How fantastic to see a company that is focused on developing ground-breaking phone solutions for people with hearing loss be included on a list of the UK’s Top 20 digital innovators.

Goshawk Communications made it on to the exclusive list for its work to develop the Goshawk Speech Platform, a software solution that transforms sound frequencies on telecoms and IP networks to match the hearing profile of the individual user.

Ideas for Ears has been working with Goshawk Communications to co-ordinate, manage and independently monitor the volunteers involved in trials of the technology.

The trials have so far focused on use with mobile phones and feedback suggests it has exciting break-through potential. The technology is aimed at enhancing the clarity of speech so that phone users who have hearing loss can hear conversation with greater ease and comfort. It could also appeal to those with no hearing loss who like the idea of receiving enhanced sound.

Further trialling is now underway and Goshawk Communications anticipates that the Goshawk Speech Platform could be ready for commercial roll-out across mobile phone networks in 2017.

The Top 20 Digital Innovators list is compiled by City A.M. and international law firm Bird & Bird, with support from digital association Digital Catapult, tech PR agency Hotwire PR and information platform Springwise.  It celebrates and showcases 20 of the most innovative young digital-0led companies today.

Matthew Turner, CEO of Goshawk Communications, commented: “We are delighted to have this level of recognition. It has taken many years of hard work and commitment, not to mention financial risk, to get to this stage.

“The Goshawk Speech Platform is a powerful modern-day solution that aims to make voice calls more accessible to more people. It applies the rationale of hearing aid technology, whereby sound is adjusted and modified to reflect the specific hearing need of the user. This is done as the sound travels across the telecom or IP network.

“There is enormous complexity in what we are doing but the end result will be a solution that is simple and elegant for people to use.”

You can find out more about the Top 20 digital innovators at http://www.cityam.com/digital-innovators and http://www.cityam.com/251879/its-time-take-notice-coming-healthtech-revolution

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