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Our fast changing industry

There is no better time to be part of the incredibly exciting world of hearing care and Amplifon. There is innovation, ambition and opportunity in every corner of the world and an ever-expanding pool of customers. And by leveraging constantly transforming technology, we as market leaders are committed to make it possible for everyone to hear the crackle of a fire and the laugh of a child.
Our fast changing industry

Ending the taboo

Just like sight-loss, hearing difficulties are a part of life. In fact 1 in 10 people will experience problems within their lifetime. Despite that, it takes on average 7 years for a person experiencing hearing loss to seek help or advice. That’s 7 years missing out on the snaps, crunches and pings of everyday life, and 7 years of slow untreated decline. This isn’t good enough, and it’s why as a company we’re constantly developing new ways of communicating with customers, unique assessment and solution protocols and offering new cutting-edge technologies.

Rapidly developing technology

From the hearing horn to cell regeneration research, hearing enhancement technology has been around a long time and will be for a long time to come. Discover the past and the exciting future of hearing aids with our interactive timeline.
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  • 1800s

    The early hearing aids

    The early hearing aids
    Hearing loss has always been around and even in the 1800s simple hearing aids were in use. Hearing horns were used to capture and direct more sound into the ear canal early this century, but by the 1890s the first electronic hearing aids were born. Inspired by the telephone, these used a portable carbon transmitter to amplify weak sound signals.
  • 1920s

    The vacuum tube hearing aids

    The vacuum tube hearing aids
    In the 1920s naval engineers invented the vacuum-tube hearing aids, which used a telephone transmitter to convert sound into electrical signals. It was more portable than carbon hearing aids, but still required two large batteries.
  • 1950s

    The transistor system hearing aids

    The transistor system hearing aids
    Bell Laboratories, Raytheon, Zenith and Texas Instruments were all in the race to incorporate new smaller, more efficient transistor systems into their hearing aids in the 1950s. Battery technology also significantly improved to allow for far smaller devices.
  • 1970s

    The microprocessor hearing aids

    The microprocessor hearing aids
    The invention of the microprocessor meant that hearing aids could be much smaller and more powerful. Many of the aids launched after 1977 combined both digital and analogue circuitry, and that freed up designers to create much more wearable technology.
  • 1980s-1990s

    The digital hearing aids

    The digital hearing aids
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips were invented in 1982 and were quickly picked up by the hearing care industry. Although the sound amplification technology was better, it did mean a step backwards in terms of size and usability of the aids. However by the mid 1990s, the first fully digital behind-the-ear hearing aid was launched and it was capable of computing 40 million instructions per second.
  • 2000

    The micro digital hearing aids

    The micro digital hearing aids
    This decade saw the rise of a new style of devices – the Open Fit and or Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aids. These new micro digital hearing aids combined improved sound quality with comfort, and provided a discrete solution for a wider range of hearing loss than ever before. Connectivity also became possible during this period with the introduction of the first Bluetooth enabled hearing aid accessories.
  • Today

    The invisible, adaptive and connected hearing aids

    The invisible, adaptive and connected hearing aids
    Hearing aid technology is now in rapid advancement. New smart digital hearing aids are able to analyze the wearer’s environment and make automatic adjustments to maximise performance; all whilst remaining completely unseen inside the ear canal. Connectivity has also improved exponentially. Hearing devices can now communicate directly with smartphones, meaning users are able to stream music, television, phone calls etc. directly into their ears simply using their hearing aid.
  • Tomorrow

    The smart device

    The smart device
    Over the coming years we will see the evolution of hearing aids into truly smart devices. This new generation of hearing devices will harness the evolving technology built into smart phones, and offer new possibilities. Users will be able to directly interact with their devices and access new features through mobile apps. Artificial intelligence will allow smart phones to automatically communicate with the devices in order to maximize listening in all sound situations.
  • The future

    The blended experience

    The blended experience
    As hearing technologies evolve, so will the customer experience. Advancements in connectivity and smart technologies will extend to the fitting and fine-tuning of hearing devices, creating a truly 360° experience. Mobile apps will open the door to virtual consultations where the customization of settings can occur remotely with users communicating with their Hearing Care Professionals through their smart devices. Blending a superior in store experience with accessible virtual care will deliver a comprehensive and flexible service completely customized for the user.
  • Beyond

    Completely invisible, integrated solutions

    Completely invisible, integrated solutions
    The future of hearing technology is invisibility. Tiny self contained, fully connected devices will eliminate the need for batteries and will be worn completely differently from the hearing aids we know today. It’s likely that these devices will be integrated into a total wearable-technology solution, providing extended health and wellbeing features and a virtual link to the Hearing Care Professional.
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A growing and evolving market

Hearing health is a fascinating and growing market in which to build a stimulating career. Not only will you develop expert skills, you’ll also help people rediscover the joy of listening. To make the biggest impact, it’s essential to understand the factors that will affect the future of the market. As the leader, we strive to predict, anticipate and influence changes in customer trends, offering the most advanced solutions to fulfill their evolving needs.
Global demographic statistics in hearing care .A career at Amplifon means being part of a growing and emerging market in hearing care

How Amplifon fits in

As the only global business purely focused on Hearing Care services, Amplifon is in a unique position in the industry. We concentrate all our resources on improving our service, expertise and technology for the benefit of our customers and our people.
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