Okay, but the figures you showed were hardly from an independent source. If you look at the UK version of the Starkey web site, they claim “Starkey Laboratories, the world’s largest manufacturer of hearing instruments…” So I guess it depends who you believe, and how you arrive at the numbers.
I didn’t know you were not American, so my apologies for my quip about your spelling. Although I’m sure you can appreciate the irony in spelling intelligence wrong, in that context. And I’m sure even those who speak English as a second language can use a browser with a spell checker.
Let’s face it, Starkey is in 24 countries, and employs over 4,000 people. I don’t think its global market share is going to negatively impact their R&D budget. Frankly, I’ve not seen much that can go toe to toe with their nFusion technology.
In terms of innovation Starkey invented the world’s first canal aid. They also were first to integrate nano and digital technology in a hearing aid.
But we can argue which is better all day long. I used to work for a company in the UK that carried all the major brands, so I have played with a lot of different hearing aids. I think that in terms of recommendations, this brand should be on any short list for a potential hearing aid user. It is an extremely high quality American product, from a strong American company.