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.