Phonak celebrates 70 years of hearing innovation and technological leadership
“Today, the Sonova Group is known around the world for delivering the broadest range of innovative hearing care solutions in the industry,” said Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova. “This leading market position did not come about by accident. It’s the result of seven decades of constantly pushing the limits of technology to better serve the needs of our customers. The Sonova Open Door Day is an opportunity to showcase our past achievements and look forward to shaping an even brighter future. From state-of-the-art hearing aids and cochlear implants to wireless communications solutions, Sonova and Phonak have been setting the standards for quality and pace of innovation in hearing care since 1947 – and we will continue to do so starting with the next 70 years.”
A legacy of innovation
Sonova’s roots lie in the foundation of Phonak. In 1947, Chuck Yeager was the first to break the sound barrier with his rocket aircraft Bell X-1. In that same year, AG für Elektroakustik was founded to help people with hearing loss breaking their own “barrier to sound”. In 1965, Ernst Rihs acquired a majority shareholding in the company and renamed it Phonak AG. Rihs was soon joined by Beda Diethelm and his two sons, Andy and Hans-Ueli Rihs, who all became equal shareholders.
For 70 years, Sonova and Phonak dedicated efforts to bringing together the world’s most talented group of people and the strongest brands to break down the barriers to treat hearing loss. The numerous achievements include among many others the Phonak Alpina (its first portable hearing aid) in 1950, the Phonak Claro (the first digital hearing aid of the Group) or Neptune by Advanced Bionics (the world’s first waterproof, swimmable sound processor for cochlear implant recipients) in 2011. The 2016 launch of Phonak Audéo B-R, the company’s first mainstream lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid, and the Unitron Moxi Now, the world’s smallest receiver-in-canal hearing aid in its class, are examples of Sonova’s more recent innovations, with many more groundbreaking technologies expected later in 2017 and beyond.
Sonova, along with its brand Phonak, is celebrating 70 years of changing lives and breaking barriers with the Open Door Day on June 24. Please click here https://www.phonak.com/com/en/press.html to read Phonak’s announcement.
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Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland, is the leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The Group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and AudioNova. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry - from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the Group is currently present in over 100 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees. Sonova generated sales of CHF 2.4 billion in the financial year 2016/17 and a net profit of CHF 356 million. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.
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