Starkey Hearing Aids
Founded in 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American manufacturer of hearing aids. Starkey’s mission is: “Alone we can’t do much. Together, we can change the world.” Starkey was the first company to introduce the in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, fully programmable invisible hearing aid. Starkey works with sister research institute, Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, to compile data and feedback to further the development of their hearing technologies.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation has donated more than 1 million hearing aids worldwide to different countries – one for each hearing aid purchased. The Starkey Hearing Foundation has fitted hearing aids for free for people who are hard of hearing in countries such as Vietnam, Mozambique, Malawi, and Mexico.
Introducing Muse – Hearing Aids Made for Life
Starkey’s latest offering is the Muse Made for Life, a family of wireless hearing aids made for complex listening environments. Muse hearing aids gives wearers clarity and comfort in noise, high-quality music listening, improved speech recognition, and an ultra-high definition audio experience for every situation.
Powered by the new Synergy processing platform, Muse has five times the power of previous Starkey platforms. With the capability to process multiple sounds simultaneously, Muse hearing aids address issues commonly experienced by people who experience hearing loss. Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift clarify and protect speech in challenging noise environments. With wireless connectivity to smartphones, wearers may stream phone calls, music, and other media directly to the Muse.
Muse hearing aids anticipate and adapt to new sounds, which assists the brain’s function in the auditory process. With several music memory functions, musicians and music lovers experience a high-definition, refined listening experience. Muse offers wearers sound comfort technology for a natural experience for loud and soft sounds alike. Muse hearing aids are also equipped with Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, to provide relief from the frustrating symptoms of tinnitus.
Muse hearing aids are available in the following customizable styles: completely-in-canal, in-the-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, and behind-the-ear. For people who experience single-sided deafness, Starkey offers the Muse CROS.
Halo 2 Made for iPhone
The original Halo Made for iPhone was awarded the Silver Edison Award in April 2015. Starkey now offers an updated version, the Halo 2. The Halo family is one of the world’s first smart hearing aids, which are designed specifically to connect wearers to their smartphones.
Halo 2 connects through the downloadable TruLink Hearing Control app, which allows for direct streaming of phone calls, music, and other media from iPhones to hearing aids. TruLink also offers the option to activate the iPhone’s geo-tagging feature, which will archive wearer hearing preferences in different spaces. When wearers return to the same location, the Halo 2 automatically adjusts hearing aid preferences.
To address the different aspects of hearing loss, Halo 2 offers features such as feedback reduction, noise reduction, and directional microphones. The Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aid is available in receiver-in-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear (BTE) styles.
Starkey’s Z Series hearing aids provide wearers a comfortable listening experiences in diverse environments. Equipped with a Self-Learning feature, Z Series hearing aids memorize wearer preferences and make automatic adjustments from one environment to the next.
Z Series offers features such as Binaural Mapping and Voice IQ2, to enhance and preserve speech. Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Technology alleviates the symptoms of tinnitus (in the receiver-in-canal model). Like other Starkey models, the Z Series is a wireless hearing aid which connects to smartphones and other electronic devices through SurfLink Mobile 2 app. SurfLink turns Z Series hearing aids into a hands-free cell phone transmitter that is a hearing aid remote and assistive listening device rolled into one.
Z Series hearing aids are available in invisible, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal, behind-the-ear, and in-the-ear styles.