Sonova: Phonak and Advanced Bionics

Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland, is the leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The Group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and AudioNova. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the Group is currently present in over 100 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees. The R&D team at headquarters in Switzerland comprises more than 200 professionals from various disciplines including engineering, audiology, and psychology. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitation

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment

  • Labs,equipment and testing methods for assessing speech intelligibility and cognitive load in various setups
  • Ultra-low power digital signal processing for various hearing instrument and CI features including speech intelligibility improvement in quiet and adverse listening conditions, automatic identification of listening situations and environments.
  • Psychoacoustics of hearing impairment.


Jana Besser