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Innovation milestones

The continuous development and manufacture of innovative hearing solutions has been contributing towards helping millions of people with their hearing for many decades. Since the foundation of "AG für Elektroakustik" in 1947, the Sonova Group has sustainably acquired further shares in the market and has added value for all stakeholders.

This was made possible through the constant further development of the innovative product and brand portfolio, as well as the continuous professionalization of the distribution network. In addition to the brand Phonak, Sonova now provides its clients with the most comprehensive and high-quality range of hearing systems in the industry through its brands Unitron and Hansaton.

The continuous expansion of the leading market position is supported by the rapid growth of an international and professional service network of hearing aid specialists under the umbrella of the AudioNova Group. In the field of hearing implants, the range has been expanded to include cochlear implants through the acquisition of Advanced Bionics in 2009. Sonova Holding AG split off from Phonak Holding AG on August 01 2007 and is now the only global concern that brings together such comprehensive technological know-how on hearing aids and hearing implants under one umbrella.


Sonova unveils revolutionary Made For All (MFA) 2.4 GHz wireless chip SWORD™ (Sonova Wireless One Radio Digital). The new chip enables direct connectivity to any cell phone* as well as ear-to-ear communication using only one single radio technology.

Phonak launches Audéo™ B-Direct, the first product to make use of Sonova’s revolutionary SWORD™ chip and wireless radio technology. Audéo B-Direct delivers excellent sound quality thanks for the proven Belong platform and AutoSense OS™.

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


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***.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Phonak Alpina: the first portable hearing aid


*      with Bluetooth® 4.2 wireless technology and most older Bluetooth phones
**    Moxi Now is the smallest wireless RIC in the world based on exterior dimensions compared to other products in its class.
***  The Naída Link hearing aid is compatible with Naída CI Q70 and Q90 sound processors. Not yet available in all regions.
**** Not approved for pediatric use in the United States.