Knowles discusses emerging trends that will reshape consumers’ expectations of hearing health technology at AudiologyNOW!

Knowles hits industry milestone, reinforcing global leadership by shipping more than 10 million MEMS microphones for hearing health devices.

Knowles, the global actor in hearing health solutions, is discussing emerging trends that will reshape consumers’ expectations of hearing health technology, with customers, partners and analysts at AudiologyNOW! in Phoenix.

As baby boomers age, they are increasingly looking for hearing health solutions with greater connectivity, improved aesthetics, superior sound quality, and advanced software features,” said Gordon Walker, president, acoustics and hearing health, Knowles Corporation. “Our industry-wide partnerships combined with our consumer electronics insight allow us to identify trends and enable solutions that improve the way consumers interact with technology.

Miniaturization, smartphone connectivity and improved sound quality are expected to be among the strongest trends as consumers look for hearing instruments with new features and capabilities. To enable these new features, while maintaining comfort and discretion, manufacturers are looking to small and high performance audio solutions, such as MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) microphones.

Knowles Ships More Than 10 Million MEMS Microphones to Hearing Health Market
Leading hearing instrument companies continue to adopt Knowles MEMS microphones into their flagship products to enable the smallest form factors and ensure quality, performance, and reliability. Knowles is the only specialty transducer supplier to have dedicated engineering and R&D resources solely focused on development and implementation of MEMS for hearing instruments.

Receiver-in-canal hearing aids continue to be popular with consumers due to their minimal size, discrete appearance, and relative comfort,” said Walker. “Knowles MEMS technology enables some of the leading designs in this popular hearing instrument category, and reaching this industry milestone is the result of our unique insight and strong customer partnerships.

The hearing health industry began to design in MEMS microphones in 2010, and as the industry’s most advanced supplier, Knowles continues to see aggressive adoption due to increased customer demand and continuous advancement.
Knowles’ market leading microphone and receiver technology has enabled unrivaled innovations in hearing health for 70 years. For more information on Knowles hearing health products, visit

About Knowles Corporation
Knowles Corporation is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, audio processing, and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace, and industrial markets. Knowles uses its leading position in MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) microphones and strong capabilities in and audio processing technologies to optimize audio systems and improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets, hearables and wearables. Knowles is also the leader in acoustics components used in hearing aids and has a strong position in high end oscillators (timing devices) and capacitors. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, proprietary manufacturing techniques, rigorous testing and global scale, enables it to deliver innovative solutions that optimize the user experience. Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has nearly 12,000 employees in 15 countries around the world. For more information, visit