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Oticon through the years

Oticon was founded in 1904 when Hans Demant began importing hearing aids to Denmark.  Demant’s wife suffered from hearing loss and he was determined to help her and others with hearing loss. Hans died in 1910 and his son (William) took over the business.  In the 1920s, William acquired exclusive distribution for Acousticon hearing aids for the Nordic Region.
In the 1940s, World War II made it difficult to locate and acquire supplies.  Therefore, William began producing his own hearing instruments. In 1946, the “Oticon TA” was the first Danish hearing aid produced.

Going global

In the 1960s and 1970s, Oticon experienced significant growth and subsequently moved its offices to a larger location in Copenhagen, while opening a production facility in Thisted, Denmark.  Also during that time, sister companies were established in Holland, the USA, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, France and New Zealand. Oticon opened its own independent research centre, Eriksholm, in Denmark at the end of the 1970s.

Ongoing innovation

Technological advances during the last two decades have enabled Oticon to introduce a number of groundbreaking products. MultiFocus was released in 1991 as the world’s first fully automatic hearing aid. In 1997, DigiFocus made its entrance as the first digital ear-level hearing instrument. This revolutionary device won a European design prize. The next technical milestone was the introduction of Adapto in 2001, followed by the introduction of Syncro in 2004 - incorporating Artificial Intelligence into a hearing aid. Syncro earned the European Information Society Technology 1st Grand Prize.

Delta made its debut in 2006, with a revolutionary concept and design that changed the face of hearing aid design. In 2007, Epoq – Oticon’s most sophisticated product ever – was introduced, allowing true binaural hearing aid fittings, and multiple benefits via Streamer.

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