Truth About Manufacturers

Before you invest in hearing aids, get to know the six major hearing aid manufacturers in the world.


  • Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Minnesota.
  • Owns the Audibel, MicroTech and NuEar hearing aid brands.
  • Industry leader in hearing aid noise reduction.
  • Created the industry’s first in-canal hearing aid.
  • Starkey Hearing Foundation annually fits more than 100,000 children and adults in need with hearing aids.

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  • Founded as Danavox in 1943.
  • Headquartered in Denmark.
  • Owns the Interton hearing aid brand.
  • Introduced the first commercially available hearing aid to use digital sound processing.
  • Created the first open-ear style hearing aid.
  • Introduced LiNX, the first-ever hearing aid made for iPhone, iPad and iPod, in 2013.

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  • Multi-faceted, German-based technology company.
  • Began serial production of hearing instruments in 1913.
  • Owns the Rexton hearing aid brand.
  • Manufactures the Miracle Ear brand for the retail chain.
  • Spearheaded Bluetooth integration in hearing aids.
  • Created the first-ever waterproof, dustproof and shockproof digital hearing aid.

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  • Founded in 1956.
  • Headquartered in Denmark.
  • Created the world’s first fully digital in-the-ear hearing aid.
  • Developed the first-ever hearing aid for babies.

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  • Founded in 1904.
  • Owns the Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations hearing aid brands.

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  • Founded in 1947.
  • Headquartered in Switzerland.
  • Owns the Lyric, Phonak and Unitron hearing aid brands.
  • Acquired cochlear implant developer Advanced Bionics in 2009.
  • Owns the Connect Hearing retail chain.

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Small manufacturers

If you choose not to purchase hearing aids from one of the six major manufacturers in favor of a small company, it is important to thoroughly research and understand its history and reputation. Not all information on smaller companies may be readily available.

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