About Us - Anniversary

70 years of Hearing Innovation

Since 1947, we’ve been bringing together the most talented people and the strongest brands to break down the barriers in people’s lives. We are not only celebrating seven decades of major breakthroughs in hearing innovation but also 70 years of dedication towards a brighter future – made possible by our employees’ unique spirit and commitment. They are the motor of innovation, steady growth and help fulfilling our vision by breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Stacey Rich

I get to make a difference in children’s lives.

Stacey Rich, Pediatric Audiology Manager at Phonak, and her team are at the cutting edge when it comes to developing hearing aids for children.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Stacey are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Martin Walther

Being present when a patient gets to hear again makes my job so rewarding.

Martin Walther, VP Global Marketing at Advanced Bionics, makes sure that customer needs are always taken into account – because the rewards are many.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Martin are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Sandra Müller

I like putting a smile on people’s faces every day.

For Sandra Müller, Assistant Staff Restaurant Manager at Sonova, no challenge is ever too big, and no task is ever too small – she’s always willing to offer a helping hand.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Sandra are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Domenico Quattrone

Making people happy makes my job very fulfilling.

Domenico Quattrone, Manager Electronic Assembly at Sonova, and his team ensure that our hearing devices incorporate the most innovative technology.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Domenico are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Philipp Schneider

I use technology to improve people’s lives.

Philipp Schneider, Director eSolutions Development at Sonova, and his team are dedicated to working with the latest technologies to change people’s lives (for the better).

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Philipp are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Anna Biggins

Providing the best hearing solutions to people around the world is my passion.

Anna Biggins, Clinical Trainer ITE at Phonak, gets to have many positive experiences in her job, including working on a Hear the World project in India.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Anna are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Vijayakumar Subramaniam

I like providing variety on the menu.

Vijayakumar Subramaniam, cook at the Sonova headquarters, loves surprising people with his creative flair.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Vijayakumar are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Matthias Rohner

Having such a meaningful job is extremely motivating.

Matthias Rohner, CRM Business Manager at Sonova, loves being able to come up with new ways of making life better for our customers.

The unique spirit and dedication of people like Matthias are behind the driving force of innovation at Sonova. They help us fulfill our vision of breaking barriers to create a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.


How our employees live the Sonova spirit

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1947 – the year the sound barrier was broken twice

70 years ago our company broke through the barrier of hearing loss. The sound barrier was also broken by Chuck Yeager with his rocket aircraft Bell X-1. He did this with two broken ribs he had suffered after falling from a horse. It is this very attitude that makes Chuck Yeager a special man: never giving up, always striving to achieve his goal, and thus finally succeeding. Breaking the sound barrier was – and still is – more than just a “sonic boom”. It’s a metaphor for challenging the status quo and revving the engines for a better future.

Sonova Open Day – 24. June 2017

Sonova Open Day

24. June 2017

As part of our celebration of Sonova’s 70th anniversary, we opened the doors of our headquaters in Stäfa. It was a great opportunity to gain an insight into our company, the world’s leading provider of innovative hearing solutions, and all of its brands and divisions. During a tour visitors were able to delve into the world of hearing and learn more about Sonova and its people.


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2017

Phonak is unveiling its smallest custom device it has ever produced ‒ the Virto™ B-Titanium, a tiny custom hearing instrument manufactured from titanium.

2016

Phonak launches next generation platform Belong including Audéo B-R the first mainstream lithium-ion rechargeable hearing aid. Unitron announces the release of Moxi™ Now, the world’s smallest wireless RIC hearing aid**. AB and Phonak offer the Naída™ Link, the first hearing aid specifically designed to work with a cochlear implant system***.

2015

Unitron showcases North, its ground-breaking new sound processing platform. Concurrent with the North launch, Unitron introduces a new generation of its popular RIC Moxi hearing instruments, which are fully integrated with Unitron’s industry-leading Flex:trial and Flex:upgrade program.

2014

Phonak Venture product and technology platform: The new chip technology of the Venture platform offers twice the processing power while reducing battery consumption up to 30%. Phonak Audéo V is the first product family available on the new platform.

2013

Roger by Phonak is the new digital wireless standard that replaces FM as the best-performing hearing system for understanding speech in noise and over distance. The dedicated pediatric Phonak Sky Q family and an expanded range of wireless solutions, including the new Roger technology, support children every step of the way. The innovation DNA of Advanced Bionics & Phonak have merged together for the introduction of Naída CI Q70, the world’s most advanced sound processor.

2012

Phonak Quest platform: unique Binaural VoiceStream Technology gives hearing aid users the ability to hear and understand in even more challenging listening situations

2011

Phonak nano: the smallest customized in-the-ear hearing aid Era platform by Unitron: 65 nanometer chip technology offers double the processing speed, capacity and memory, and led to incredible breakthroughs in delivering high-fidelity sound and automatic performance. Neptune by Advanced Bionics: the first waterproof, swimmable sound processor for cochlear implant recipients

2010

ClearVoice* by Advanced Bionics: the first sound processing technology for cochlear implant recipients clinically proven to deliver superior speech understanding in noise Phonak Lyric: the "contact lens for the ear" that can be worn 24/7 and sits invisible for up to four months in the ear canal

2009

Phonak Spice platform: 16 million transistors packed in 65 nanometer chip technology offer the fastest processing speed with over 200 million operations per second and the largest memory, guaranteeing maximum performance and simple usability and making hearing possible in situations where it was impossible to hear in the past. SmartFocus by Unitron: the first significant, clinically proven speech-in-noise advancement since directional microphones

2007

Phonak CORE platform: enables wireless connection of hearing aids to a wide range of multimedia devices Naída UltraPower by Phonak: hearing aid for profound hearing loss with the revolutionary SoundRecover technology which extends hearing by restoring high-frequency sounds that would otherwise be inaudible.

2006

Unitron’s AntiShock: the first technology capable of identifying and instantaneously controlling sudden impulse noises, without distorting speech or environmental sounds

2005

Savia by Phonak: the first software-based hearing aid, based on the PALIO platform PALIO platform: a freely-programmable DSP platform which opens up the future for software-based hearing systems

2003

Perseo by Phonak: the first personalized hearing aid that adapts intelligently to situation-specific hearing preferences

2002

Supero by Phonak: the first digital hearing aid specifically developed for people with significant hearing loss

2000

MLx by Phonak: the first generic miniaturized ear-level receiver. It established a de-facto worldwide standard in FM technology.

1999

Claro by Phonak: the first fully digital hearing aid with revolutionary signal processing

1996

MicroLink by Phonak: the first miniaturized ear-level FM receiver. It allows students with hearing loss to hear the teacher well in a child-friendly way.

1994

AudioZoom by Phonak: innovative multi-microphone technology that revolutionizes the hearing aid technology

1992

PICS by Phonak: the first digital programmable hearing aid with an analogue signal processor

1978

Super-Front PP-C by Phonak: the first behind-the-ear hearing aid that delivers the same performance as a portable hearing aid

1950

Phonak Alpina: the first portable hearing aid