Siemens prepares public listing of audiology business
However, the audiology business has a special position within the company. Both its technology and its consumer-oriented market access limit synergy potentials with other Siemens businesses. In addition, anticipated technological developments at Siemens Audiology differ greatly from those of the company and its healthcare activities. This applies particularly to growth fields like implants and the link to consumer electronics.
Siemens Audiology has more than 4,000 employees and a worldwide presence. Key locations are Singapore, Erlangen (Germany), Piscataway (New Jersey / U.S.), Kanagawa (Greater Tokyo / Japan), Crawley (UK) and Saint Denis (Greater Paris /France). As a medium-sized enterprise, the business is the only manufacturer focusing exclusively on the development and production of hearing aids (pure play).
Siemens has been active in the audiology field for more than 100 years. In 1913, the company brought to market the first industrially produced hearing aid, the Esha Phonophor. In the late 1950s, Siemens presented the first behind-the-ear device, in 1966 the first in-the-ear device and in 1997 the first digital hearing system.
In 2004, Siemens was the first producer to introduce hearing aids utilizing radio technology to synchronize operation between the left and right ears. In 2012, Siemens was awarded the German Future Prize by the Federal President of Germany for developing a binaural hearing system that enables hearing aids in both ears to communicate.
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