Starkey Hearing Aids
Founded in 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American manufacturer of hearing aids, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Starkey was the first company to introduce the in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, fully programmable invisible hearing aid. Based in strong research and forward-thinking, Starkey works with Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley to compile data and feedback to further the development of their hearing technologies. Committed to their mission to change the world with hearing aids, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has donated more than 1 million hearing aids worldwide to many developing countries – one hearing aid donated for each hearing aid purchased. Starkey is just one of the digital hearing aids brands that we provide at our St Louis hearing aid centers.
Muse Hearing Aids – Made for Life
Velox is Oticon’s latest processing platform, an ultra-fast and precise system. Velox equips Oticon hearing aids with a 64-band frequency resolution, which gives wearers clearer sound quality and assists the brain’s hearing process. Wearers report 20% reduction in listening effort in noisy environments and 20% more capacity to remember in challenging noise situations. With clearer sound signals, the brain no longer struggles to make sense of muddled sounds. This also helps with speech recognition, as Velox wearers report 30% better speech understanding and clarity in noise.
Muse is Starkey’s newest family of hearing aids, designed for complex listening environments, giving 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 Synergy Processing Platform, Muse hearing aids offer five times the power of previous Starkey hearing aids. With a high-definition audio experience, Muse hearing aids are able to process multiple sounds simultaneously. Features such as Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift empower the Muse with the ability to clarify and protect speech in challenging noise environments.
Muse offers wearers wireless connectivity, allowing them to stream music, phone calls, media, and audio from home entertainment systems directly to their hearing aids. Muse connects to these devices via the SurfLink Mobile 2 app, which also functions as an assistive listening device for wearers who need an extra boost in particularly difficult noise environments. By using the smartphone’s microphone as an amplifier, wearers need to simply place their phones near the noise source and experience amplified sound.
Muse hearing aids anticipate and adapt to new sounds, and increase speed between transitions in sonic landscapes. Unlike traditional hearing aids which focus solely on speech recognition, Muse has special features designed for musicians and music lovers. For those who suffer from tinnitus, Muse is equipped with Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, a sound therapy program to provide relief from the frustrating symptoms of tinnitus.
Muse hearing aids are available in a number of standard and customizable styles: completely-in-canal, in-the-canal, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, and behind-the-ear. The micro receiver-in-canal style is equipped with a telecoil. For those who experience single-sided deafness, Starkey offers the Muse CROS. Let’s take a more in-depth look:
The Muse™ is Starkey’s latest wireless hearing solution with using their all new Synergy® platform. Synergy is set apart in hearing aids by being the only platform to feature quad-core twin compressor technology. Synergy, in combination with their new hearing aid management system, Acuity OS, enables speech and sounds like music to be processed differently and uniquely for the first time ever. Delivering advancing speech audibility and listening enjoyment of music in all environments.
Synergy also incorporates 900sync Technology, their patient preferred wireless technology, delivering a pristine audio experience.
The Muse range is available in three levels of hearing device technology ranging from the Premium level to the Standard level:
The Premium is called the i2400 range
The Advanced is called the i2000 range
The Standard is called the i1600 range
Let’s Talk Styles
The Muse range of hearing aids comes in a variety of hearing device styles/models. The following are the models available at launch.
Starkey Muse BTE
Wireless BTE device, powerful but discreet traditional type BTE hearing aid. With rocker switch and telecoil (size 312 battery)
Starkey Muse Micro RIC
Wireless RIC (receiver-in-canal) device, small, ultra discreet but powerful hearing solution. With push button and multiflex tinnitus therapy (size 312 battery)
Starkey Muse CIC
Wireless CIC (completely-in-canal) device, small, ultra discreet but powerful hearing solution with optional telecoil depending on the size of the canal (Size 10/312 battery)
Starkey Muse ITC
Wireless ITC (in-the-canal) device, small, ultra discreet but powerful hearing solution, with telecoil (Size 312 battery)
Starkey Muse ITE
Wireless ITE (in-the-ear) device, powerful custom hearing solution with telecoil (Size 13 battery)
Halo 2 – Made for iPhone
Halo 2 is one of the world’s first hearing aids designed specifically to connect wearers to the iPhone, opening up a world of accessibility. For this innovation, Starkey was awarded the Silver Edison Award in 2015.
The Halo 2 connects to the iPhone through the downloadable TruLink Hearing Control app. This allows Halo 2 wearers to directly stream phone calls, music, and other media from iPhones to their hearing aids. TruLink also activates iPhone’s geo-tagging feature, which archives wearer hearing preferences in different spaces and makes automatic adjustments when wearers return to saved locations.
If Halo 2 wearers need an extra boost in challenging noise environments, the iPhone’s microphone may be activated to receive sounds that are then streamed directly to their Halo 2 hearing aids.
With excellent feedback cancellation, noise reduction, and directional microphones, Halo 2 provides wearers with a comfortable and natural listening experience. The Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aid is customizable and available in receiver-in-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear (BTE) styles.
Starkey was the very first hearing aid manufacturer to introduce the new Invisible Hearing Aid types several years ago with the SoundLens. They have just updated the technology introducing the SoundLens Synergy. For the first time ever, Starkey has introduced an invisible hearing aid that is wireless.
The original SoundLens hearing devices were very well received, for the first time there was truly an invisible digital hearing aid. However, there were limitations on the technology within the devices, their size precluded the inclusion of wireless features. For people who wanted discretion, they were the ideal solution.
However, with continued research and development, Starkey has managed to remove those limitations. They can now offer the same discreet hearing solution without constraints. Let’s take a look at the new range of SoundLens and what is on offer.
Starkey SoundLens Synergy
The SoundLens Synergy range is Starkey’s latest and most-advanced invisible hearing aids. As with their predecessors, they will rest deep in your ear canal, so only you know they’re there. SoundLens Synergy hearing devices may be small, but Starkey has packed them with all of their leading technology.
For the first time, Starkey SoundLens devices are now available in both wireless and non-wireless options. At the heart of SoundLens is Starkey’s new Synergy platform with twin compressor technology and a high-definition operating system called Acuity OS. The operating system is responsible for running all of the functions of the hearing aid.
Connect To Your World
Wireless connectivity delivers real benefits for people with hearing loss, it gives you the ability to connect to all of the devices you use every day. The introduction of wireless to the SounLens allows you to connect to your mobile phone or any of the Starkey Wireless Accessory products even while wearing the most discreet hearing aids available.
The Soundlens is available in three levels of technology ranging from premium to standard and they are.
The Premium i2400 (wireless and non-wireless)
The Advanced i2000 (non-wireless)
The Standard i1600 (non-wireless)
Let’s Talk About the Styles
In the premium range the devices come in two styles, but just in the premium range. The lower technology levels have no wireless option.
Starkey SoundLens Wireless
Wireless (invisible-in-canal) device, only available in the premium range i2400
Starkey SoundLens Non-Wireless
non-wireless (completely-in-canal) available in all tech levels
Other Features and Styles
Starkey also offers a number of hearing aids, such as the Z Series. Z Series hearing aids are equipped with a Self-Learning feature, which memorizes wearer preferences and make automatic adjustments from one environment to the next. These are also equipped with wireless connectivity through the SurfLink Mobile 2 app. Starkey hearing aids are all fully customizable and are available in the following styles: invisible, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal, behind-the-ear, and in-the-ear.