History of Siemens hearing aids

Siemens hearing technology has been helping the world to hear – for more than 130 years.

We have shown a particularly high level of commitment in the field of audiology. With one major goal: We would like to contribute our solutions to better hearing and increase the quality of life for people with hearing impairments. That was the case back in the times of Werner von Siemens, and it is still the case today.

1878 Telephone receiver with substantially improved transmission quality
People with hearing impairments were able to understand a conversation better over this telephone developed by Werner von Siemens.

1902 Electric hearing testers
Siemens (or rather the predecessing company Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall) makes audiometry electric.

1911 First steps in the development of electrical hearing aids
Louis Weber (Siemens&Halske) starts the development of the first Siemens device for hearing impaired.

1913 Esha-Phonophor
First serial production of hearing aids.

1951 Phonophor Alpha
First pocket-sized hearing aid.

1959 Auriculette 326
First behind-the-ear hearing aid.

1966 Siretta 339
First in-the-ear hearing aid.

1987 Telos
First remote control in the world of hearing technology.

1997 Prisma
Digital hearing aid featuring two microphones.

2002 Triano
World’s first hearing aid with three microphones.

2004 Acuris™
World’s first hearing aid featuring a wireless radio technology, e2e wireless™ – the smallest wireless system in the world, developed by Siemens.

2005 iScan™
World’s first in-office digital ear impression scanner.

2006 Centra
Trainable hearing aid.

2008 Tek™
A revolutionary wireless enhancement system, connecting hearing aid wearers to all favourite audio devices.

2010 BestSound™ Technology
A new chapter in hearing aid technology.

2011 Aquaris™
World’s first digital waterproof hearing aid.

2012 Deutscher Zukunftspreis
German President Joachim Gauck presented the team of researchers from the University of Oldenburg and Siemens the prestigious “Deutscher Zukunftspreis“ (German Future Award) for their development of binaural hearing aid technology.

2014 binax™
The new generation of BestSound Technology – clinically proven* to outperform normal hearing in challenging environments.

*Two independent clinical studies have shown that Siemens hearing instruments with binaural processing provide better than normal hearing capabilities in certain demanding listening environments.

2015 Binaural OneMic directionality
A world’s first: The pioneering binaural OneMic directionality enables binaural directionality in custom hearing aids with one microphone such as CICs.

2016 Introducing Signia
In January 2016, Sivantos Group opened the next chapter in their company’s history, introducing its new brand: Signia. Signia stands for hearing innovations that centre on the customer’s needs and deliver the highest level of quality and satisfaction.