Sivantos Group has a proud history of entrepreneurship, courage, scientific curiosity and the will to help others. It’s a story of adventurous people, great ideas, failure, and refusing to accept failure that eventually led to becoming successful in helping millions of people live better lives.
In fact, dedication to helping improve the daily lives of the hard of hearing has long been a tradition for our company. Do you want to know how we got here?
Let’s go back in time.
The 2010s is a decade of significant milestones and transformation. Retailer HearUSA joins the group and soon establishes HearCanada. audibene, an online hearing care portal in four European countries also becomes a part of the group, to only mention the first joiners.
Siemens sell their business unit “Siemens Audiology Solutions” and make “Sivantos” happen. And a new premium brand, called Signia, starts convincing the markets.
The early 2000s is the era to concentrate on traditional strengths.
And to improve internal processes. Most important focus: innovative products.
Following decades of gradual improvements, a new era in hearing aid technology begins in 1997. The world’s first completely digital hearing aid with two microphones is launched and called Prisma.
The Unity System is introduced in 1996, and allows hearing care professionals to measure and adjust these instruments.
This decade is one of acquisitions: With Rexton and Audio Service, Sivantos Group significantly expands its product range.
We start serving markets in Asia and become the global market leader.
This is a decade of economic awakening as we begin to capture the markets in Europe and North America.
A&M joins today’s Sivantos Group.
New designs capture the market. It was in 1966 when Siemens succeeded in placing a hearing aid inside the ear.
A huge advantage in the view of many wearers, as this type of hearing aid is even less visible.
Siemens launches the first hearing aids developed and produced in Erlangen, Germany, in 1951: The Phonophor Alpha. From then on, the number of hearing aids produced in Erlangen, climbs steeply.
The audiology division grows rapidly, introducing a number of new technologies. And a new design is introduced: The Behind The Ear instrument.
At the end of World War II almost all the plants in Berlin are destroyed or severely damaged. Siemens-Reiniger-Werke, based in Erlangen, becomes the branch of the company specializing in medical technology.
They take over the audiological business in 1945 for a restart, nearly from scratch. But it does not take long to get the business back up and running.
In the 1930s many people with hearing loss still have to be convinced of the benefits of electric hearing aids. Alongside advertising and partnerships with ear specialists, a salesperson’s training is key.
Hearing aid salesmen are predecessors of today’s audiologists, advising people with impaired hearing on how to choose the best model, explaining how to use it, and helping them get used to the device.
After the huge success of the first Phonophor models, Siemens & Halske expand hearing aid production activities at Berlin’s Wernerwerk plant.
New materials and designs make the Phonophor lighter and more compact while advances in technology improve performance and sound quality.
The first Siemens hearing aids serial production starts in Berlin: the Esha-Phonophor. The first word is pronounced “es-ha” and mirrors the German pronunciation of S&H.
S&H is the common abbreviation of the two founders Siemens and Halske. 100 years later, the device is to be seen in the medical museum in Erlangen, Germany – and still works!
As first steps in the development of electric hearing aids, Reiniger, Gebbert & Schall, a predecessor of Sivantos Group, begins building electric audio-meters.
These produced a ringing sound by means of a special hammer that set magnetic coils in motion.
Werner von Siemens knows: “Every day is a new discovery.”
Lucky us! Since he made a pivotal discovery.
It is in 1878, when Werner von Siemens builds a telephone with a horseshoe magnet, considerably improving the device’s voice quality. This leads to the discovery that the hard of hearing understand the person they are talking to much better if voice signals are amplified through electrical means.
Historcal pictures provided by Sivantos Group and Siemens Healthineers MedArchiv