Beltone makes high quality hearing care available to more people. We do this by developing technically optimal hearing solutions without ever losing focus on the individual’s needs. We are proud to provide the hearing impaired with the best hearing care available, from products to counseling to service. It is Beltone’s belief that no individual should be denied the possibility of an improved life with better hearing.
To achieve this, Beltone bases its operations on a set of well-defined guiding principles:
* Beltone is founded on care
* The individual plays a role in everything Beltone does
* Beltone clearly communicates the benefits of its solutions
* The Hearing Care Professional is the key link between Beltone and the hearing-impaired person.
At Beltone we believe that Everybody has the right to good hearing.
Beltone was founded on the act of helping a friend to enjoy life more. So begins the story of Beltone, when founder Sam Posen makes a hearing aid for a friend. This was in the 1930’s and we are still busy adding new chapters to the story.
This timeline shows the major corporate and product events of Beltone’s more than 70 years of history:
1930s Sam Posen makes first hearing aid to help a friend to enjoy life more
1940 The Beltone company is officially formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA The Model H hearing aid is introduced
1942 Start of the exclusive distribution network business model
1945 Harmony, the world’s smallest hearing aid, is introduced
1958 The first behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, Minuet, is introduced
1961 The first in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid comes to market Beltone is now represented in 38 countries
1990s Introduction of digital hearing aids Industry leader in small completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids
1997 Beltone is sold to J.W. Childs 1999 Philips Hearing Technologies is acquired by Beltone
2000 Beltone is sold to GN Store Nord and continues as an independent brand within the corporate frames of GN ReSound
2004Launch of EDGE leading the industry into open fitting hearing aids
2007Beltone launches Beltone Marq, the world's smallest Receiver-In-Ear hearing instrument at the time
2009Beltone Touch introduces Microphone-in-Concha (MIC) technology, setting new standards for natural amplification, wind-noise reduction and minimal size
2010Beltone introduces Beltone True, featuring the world's smallest Receiver-in-the-ear and the industry's first 2.4 GHz wireless technology for its Direct Line of wireless hearing instrument accessories
2013Beltone expands on it's industry-leading hearing aid wireless connectivity by introducing Beltone First™, a revolutionary Made for iPhone® hearing aid
2014 Beltone launches Beltone Boost™, the first super power hearing aid Made for iPhone®. Beltone First™ receives prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award for Product Design
2015Beltone celebrates its 75th anniversary by introducing Beltone Legend™, the most comprehensive and personalized hearing aid product line on the market. Beltone releases the first app that controls hearing aid settings from Apple Watch, the HearPlus app for Apple Watch.Beltone introduces Beltone Ally™ hearing aids, the first basic full family solution to use industry leading 2.4 GHz direct wireless technology and advanced sound processing features