Beltone was founded on the act of helping a friend to enjoy life more. So begins the story of Beltone, when founder Sam Posen made 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 75 year history:
||Sam Posen makes first hearing aid to help a friend to enjoy life more
||The Beltone company is officially formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Model H hearing aid is introduced
||Start of the exclusive distribution network business model
||Harmony, the world’s smallest hearing aid, is introduced
||The first behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid, Minuet, is introduced
||The first in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid comes to market
Beltone is now represented in 38 countries
||Introduction of digital hearing aids
Industry leader in small completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids
||Beltone is sold to J.W. Childs
||Philips Hearing Technologies is acquired by Beltone
||Beltone is sold to GN Store Nord and continues as an independent brand within the corporate frames of GN
||Launch of EDGE leading the industry into open fitting hearing aids
||Beltone launches Beltone Marq, the world's smallest Receiver-In-Ear hearing instrument at the time
||Beltone Touch introduces Microphone-in-Concha (MIC) technology, setting new standards for natural amplification, wind-noise reduction and minimal size
||Beltone 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.
||Beltone expands on it's industry-leading hearing aid wireless connectivity by introducing Beltone First™, a revolutionary Made for iPhone® hearing aid.
||Beltone launches Beltone Boost™, the first super power hearing aid Made for iPhone®. Beltone First™ receives prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award for Product Design.
||Beltone celebrates it's 75th anniversary by introducing Beltone Legend™, the most comprehensive and personalized hearing aid product line on the market. Beltone also releases the first app that controls hearing aid settings from Apple Watch, the HearPlus app for Apple Watch.