Starkey Laboratories originated in 1967 when William Austin founded Professional Hearing Aid Service, an all-make hearing instrument repair service in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Today, Starkey Laboratories is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing instruments with 38 facilities in 23 countries.
As a world leader in hearing innovation, Starkey has helped millions of patients experience more with never-before-seen hearing aid technologies.
It was Starkey that first made hearing aids virtually feedback-free: so they don’t whistle when you hug someone, buzz when you touch your hair, or shriek when you put on a hat.
It was Starkey that created the industry’s first in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, digital and fully programmable invisible hearing aid, bringing the world smaller, more discreet hearing solutions.
It was Starkey that first utilised nanotechnology in hearing aids, brought touch technology to hearing aids, made hearing aids waterproof, and began tackling the biggest challenge wearers have historically faced — hearing in noise.
The mission of Bernafon is to enable people with hearing loss to be able to communicate again without limitations. Starting in Switzerland, Bernafon has over 70 years experience developing and engineering hearing aids.
Bernafon introduced the world’s first digitally programmable hearing aid in 1988. This began a revolution of hearing systems with bernafon leading the hearing aid industry. Bernafon continue to create hearing systems in a full array of styles, colours and options which can be simply operated with optional remote controls and linked to other communication devices via Bluetooth®technology.
With digital signal processing, the constant decrease in size, as well as creative and innovative programming has led to much more complex systems with an increase in customer experience.
Oticons motto of “People first” perfectly sums up their aim, not just to improve people’s hearing but improve their lives with it. Oticon is driven by its dedication to doing things better and its innovative culture is geared to meeting the needs of a changing world. With powerful insight from people through user-tests, interviews and research, Oticon work towards their goal of making products which best fit the user.
Founded in 1904 by Hans Demant, whose wife was hearing impaired, Oticon are one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aids in the world. Oticon is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with branches all over the world.
Founded in Switzerland in 1947, Phonak set out with a mission to provide cutting edge hearing solutions, to those suffering with hearing loss and impairment. For over 70 years, they have dedicated time researching into how they can produce and develop products that, “change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally.”
Phonak is a global provider of hearing solutions and is represented in over 100 countries. On average, three Phonak hearing aids are fitted every minute!