Starkey Hearing Aids
Founded in 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American manufacturer of hearing aids, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Committed to the art and science of hearing, Starkey’s mission is: “Alone we can’t do much. Together, we can change the world.” Starkey has a long history in innovation: they were 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 their sister research institute, Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley to compile data and feedback to further the development of their hearing technologies. The result: Starkey hearing aids are discreet, accessible, and flexible.
Starkey’s innovation has been well-recognized with a Silver Edison Award in 2015 for the Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid, and previous awards for SoundLens, AMP, and Xino Tinnitus products.
In line with their mission to change the world through hearing technology, 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. Starkey has also supported veterans stateside: with 60% of veterans returning from combat zones experiencing some degree of hearing loss, Starkey offering resources and hearing aids through VA benefits for veterans.
Introducing Muse – Hearing Aids Made for Life
Starkey’s latest offering is the Muse Made for Life hearing aid. Muse is a family of wireless hearing aids made 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. Muse hearing aids are powered by the new Synergy processing platform, which has five times the power of previous Starkey platforms. With the addition of the Acuity operating system, Muse hearing aids capture the subtleties of sound in any environment, while offering wearers a personalized listening experience.
Muse hearing aids are wireless and provide a high-definition audio experience for wearers. With the capability to process multiple sounds simultaneously, Muse hearing aids give wearers a rich audio experience. In terms of features, Muse hearing aids address issues commonly experienced by people who experience hearing loss. With speech recognition as one of the greatest challenges, Muse hearing aids feature Acuity Directionality and Speech Shift, to clarify and protect speech in challenging noise environments. Additionally, with Muse’s ability to connect wirelessly to smartphones, wearers experience phone conversations with unfettered sound quality, preserving speech.
Muse’s wireless connectibility allows wearers to stream sounds from home entertainment systems, music, and other media directly to their hearing aids. With the simple app, SurfLink Mobile 2 app and other SurfLink accessories, Muse wearers experience a world of accessibility and clarity of sound. The SurfLink app 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.
In addition to these features, Muse hearing aids have been designed to anticipate and adapt to new sounds. This increase in speed between transitions in sonic landscapes assists the brain’s recognition of new sounds. For musicians and music lovers, Muse is equipped with a music memory function to facilitate a high-definition, refined listening experience. For a comfortable listening experience, Muse’s sound comfort technology eliminates sound distortion and provides a natural experience for loud and soft sounds alike. For hearing aid wearers 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. Muse models include a micro receiver-in-canal style, equipped with a telecoil, and a small, slim mini behind-the-ear model. For people who experience single-sided deafness, Starkey offers the Muse CROS.
Halo Made for iPhone
In April 2015, Starkey’s Halo Made for iPhone was awarded the Silver Edison Award. Halo is one of the world’s first hearing aids designed specifically to connect wearers to their smartphones, opening up a world of accessibility. With the downloadable TruLink Hearing Control app, Halo wearers are able to directly stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their iPhones to their 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 will automatically readjust hearing aid preferences for a truly seamless and natural listening experience.
For Halo hearing aid wearers who need an extra boost in challenging noise situations, the iPhone may be used as an assistive listening device. Using the iPhone’s microphone, wearers receive amplified sounds streamed directly to their Halo hearing aids. TruLink gives Halo wearers a degree of discretion, as they may control volumes and program settings directly on their iPhones without having to touch the hearing aids.
Halo is designed with feedback reduction, noise reduction, and directional microphones with give wearers the most comfortable listening experience. The Halo hearing aid eliminates whistling and buzzing, and assists wearers to hear comfortably in noisy situations, delivering a pristine quality of sound. Starkey’s Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid is customizable and available in receiver-in-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear (BTE) styles.
Powered by a new operating system, BluWave 4.0, the Z Series emphasizes speech recognition in noisy listening environments and 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 the following new and improved features:
Binaural Spatial Mapping and Voice IQ2: By simulating binaural hearing, wearers experience the full spectrum of sounds in their surrounding environments. Voice IQ2 focuses on managing noise in the environment, and enhances and preserves speech.
Multiflex Tinnitus Technology: On receiver-in-canal Z Series hearing aids, the Multiflex Tinnitus Technology alleviates hearing aid wearers of symptoms of tinnitus using a wireless binaural system. This improves the wearer’s listening experience as well as offers relief from the frustrations of tinnitus.
HydraShield2: All Z Series hearing aids are nano-coated in HydraShield2, which protects the device from the elements, dust, debris, wax and oils.
Through the SurfLink Mobile 2 app, Z Series hearing aids are able to connect wirelessly to smartphones, giving wearers the option to stream phone calls, music, and media directly to their hearing aids. Additionally, 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.
Other Styles and Features
Available in a wide range of features and styles, Starkey hearing aids are all fully customizable to wearer preferences. They 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.)
Coated in HydraShield2, Starkey hearing aids are sturdy and resilient against dust, water, sweat, earwax, and oils. Additionally, Starkey offers invisible in-the-ear amplifiers for new comers to hearing devices.
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