Oticon’s history dates back to 1904. The company was founded by Hans Demant, whose wife struggled with hearing loss. Oticon is headquartered in Denmark, just outside of Copenhagen, and has more than 3,000 employees in branches across the globe. Oticon’s BrainHearing™ technology allows you to hear better with less effort. Popular products include the Opn line (Opn 1 and 2) Alta2 Pro, Nera2 Pro, Ria2 Pro, Dynamo and Sensei.
Phonak, founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1947, employs more than 4,200 people in multiple locations worldwide. The company is a pioneer in hearing loss solutions, developing the first hearing aid to take advantage of Bluetooth® technology in 2003 and the first extended-wear hearing aid (Lyric) in 2011. Its Hear the World initiative, launched in 2006, aims to create global awareness of hearing loss and promote solutions for individuals across the planet. Featured products include the Audeo, Virto and Bolero.
GN ReSound is a Danish manufacturer with headquarters in Ballerup. Founded in 1943, the company currently has 4,100 employees worldwide, and its products are available in more than 80 countries. ReSound was the first to offer Wide Dynamic Range Compression and Digital Feedback Suppression, innovations in sound processing that have led to reduced distortion and better sound quality. Its product lineup includes the LiNX, LiNX 2, LiNX 3D and ENZO.
Widex was founded in Denmark in 1956 and is still owned and operated by relatives of the original founders. It employs more than 4,000 people worldwide and sells product in more than 100 countries. Widex created the world’s first digital in-the-ear hearing aid and remains on the forefront of technology with breakthroughs in wireless connectivity. Products include the UNIQUE and SUPER.
Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded in 1967 by William Austin, who believed in the concept of bringing people together to change the world. It is based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and is the only American-owned major hearing aid manufacturer in the world. Starkey employs 5,000 people and has 21 locations in 18 countries. The Starkey Hearing Foundation donates a portion of all proceeds to help those in need across the globe to receive hearing assistance. Its lineup includes the Z Series and Halo.