Creating solutions for people with disabilities drives the mission of Able Planet, headquartered in Wheat Ridge, CO. Able Planet is no stranger to awards, having captured the Innovator of the Year Award for Best in Business 2004, and 20 awards from consecutive annual Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) since 2006. Able Planet received mention again for its innovations at the CES 2010 Show held January 7 – 10 in Las Vegas, NV.
Specializing in technology for those with hearing impairments, Able Planet has developed patent-pending technologies, unique for enhancing sound quality and speech clarity. Linx Audio “creates high frequency harmonics” that increase the perception of loudness without increasing the volume. For those with age-related hearing loss, for example, high pitched tones, such as “f,” “s,” and “th” are more difficult to perceive. This technology filters undesirable sounds and reduces distortion while enabling users to participate in some of their favorite activities. The award winning technologies are integrated in products that include headphones, headsets, hearing aids and listening devices.
One of this year’s innovations honorees in the Health and Wellness category, Linx Microphones, uses Able Planet’s patented innovative technology, Harmonic Enrichment, to enhance speech intelligibility.
With nearly 20 products to offer, priced from $299.99 to $29.99, Able Planet offers an option for a variety of people. Among the most popular products are the mid-priced True Fidelity series of headphones, which give the person with hearing challenges the opportunity to enjoy every day activities, such as watching television, while not disturbing a companion with excessive volume.
Able Planet appointed Christopher Schweitzer, Ph.D. to the role of Chief Audiology Officer in November 2009. Dr. Schweitzer was Co-Founder of Audiologic, Inc, the Boulder, CO company that developed one of the first commercial hearing aids. He also serves as Chairman and Senior Audiologist of Family Hearing Centers of Colorado located throughout metro Denver.
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