Starkey Hearing Technologies
Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Starkey Hearing Technologies is one of the few American manufacturers of hearing aids. Founded in 1967, Starkey has built their company upon their mission: “Alone we can’t do much. Together, we can change the world.”
Starkey was the first to introduce the in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, fully programmable invisible hearing aid. With data and research compiled by their sister institute Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, Starkey hearing aids are designed to be discreet, flexible, and accessible. The result is innovative hearing aids, which have received accolades. In 2015, Starkey received the Silver Edison Award for the Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid.
Muse: Hearing aids made for life
In spring 2016, Starkey introduced a new family of hearing aids: Muse, Made for Life. Muse hearing aids are wireless and designed to accommodate complex listening environments. Muse hearing aids provide comfort in noise, excellent music listening, clarity with speech, and flexibility in a range of listening environments.
Powered by the new Synergy processing platform, Muse functions at five times the power and speed of previous Starkey hearing aids. In conjunction with the Acuity operating system, Muse hearing aids offer wearers a natural sound in any environment. With high definition audio, Muse enables wearers to experience a range of complex sounds simultaneously. This engages the wearer and allows them to choose the sounds to focus on. With Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift, speech recognition becomes less difficult for people who experience hearing loss.
As a wireless hearing aid, Muse allows wearers to connect to their smartphones and electronic devices for increased accessibility. Through the SurfLink2 app, phone conversations, music, and other media are streamed directly from phones and devices straight to the Muse, eliminating distractions of background noises.
Muse has been designed to accommodate a range of different sounds, giving wearers flexibility as they move through different environments. With some forms of hearing loss, the richness of sound in music may be lost. As such, Muse has been designed with a music memory function for an optimal music listening experience. Muse also offers Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, a sound therapy program to provide relief from the frustrating symptoms of tinnitus.
Halo: Made for iPhone
Starkey’s Halo Made for iPhone was awarded the Silver Edison Award in April 2015. As one of the world’s first hearing aids designed to connect to a smartphone, Halo changed the hearing aid game. By connecting to the TruLink Hearing Control app, Halo wearers may directly stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their iPhones to their hearing aids. Also, by activating the iPhone’s geo-tagging feature, wearer preferences are archived and automatically readjust when wearers return the same location.
Like the Muse, Halo may use the iPhone as an assistive listening device by amplifying certain sounds. This also allows wearers discreet control over the program and volume preferences through the iPhone app. With feedback reduction, noise reduction, and directional microphones, Muse wearers experience a comfortable listening experience without the distractions of whistling and buzzing.
Powered by the BluWave 4.0 operating system, the Z Series offers a Self-Learning feature, which memorizes wearer preferences and makes automatic adjustments from one environment to the next. The Binaural Spatial Mapping and Voice IQ2 features expand the scope of sound in a wearer’s environment, giving them experience of a full spectrum of sounds and speech. With Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, Z Series hearing aids alleviate tinnitus symptoms.
As a wireless hearing aid, Z Series connects to SurfLink2, allowing wearers to stream phone calls, music, and media directly to their hearing aids.
Other Styles & Features
All Starkey hearing aids are fully customizable and are available in the following styles: invisible, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal, behind-the-ear, and in-the-ear. (The Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid is available only in receiver-in-canal and behind-the-ear styles.) For people who experience single-sided deafness, Starkey offers CROS hearing aid models.