Signia (formerly Siemens Hearing Instruments) has been manufacturing high-quality hearing instruments for over 130 years. Signia’s robust research and development efforts have produced some of the most innovative breakthroughs in hearing aid technology and design, such as the Styletto, the first slim receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid.
Founded in 1904, Oticon has a record of continuously improving upon hearing instrument technology. In 1996, Oticon released the programmable DigiFocus, the first fully digital hearing device. Recently, it debuted the Opn – the first hearing aid to communicate with and control other wireless devices in the home.
Phonak, established in 1950, is one of the largest manufacturers of hearing instruments, with distribution in more than 100 countries. In 1970, Phonak created the world’s first behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, and its most recent products include Bluetooth-enabled rechargeable devices that connect to smartphones and electronic devices.
Since 1943, ReSound has been a leader in hearing instrument technology, and in recent years, the company has received several awards for its designs and technology. Its current product line includes invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing instruments smaller than a fingertip, and a range of devices available in custom colors.
Founded in 1956, Widex has grown to a multinational corporation, with 4,000 employees worldwide. In 2010, Widex produced the first hearing device specifically for infants. In addition to providing solutions for moderate to profound unilateral and bilateral hearing loss, Widex makes devices that alleviate symptoms of tinnitus.
Starkey Hearing Technologies, established in the late 1960s, saw demand for its products increase exponentially in 1983, when it outfitted then-President Ronald Reagan with in-the-canal (ITC) hearing devices. Starkey now employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. Its most recent innovation, the Livio AI, is the first hearing device that tracks body and brain health.