Founded in 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American manufacturer of hearing aids, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Starkey is committed to helping people achieve better hearing. Through the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, the company utilizes data and feedback to develop innovative products. As a leader in the hearing aid industry, Starkey was the first company to introduce the in-canal hearing aid and the first custom, fully programmable invisible hearing aid. The Starkey Hearing Foundation has donated hearing aids worldwide to developing countries – 1 million and counting.
Awarded the Silver Edison Award in April 2016, the Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid was designed to connect hearing aid wearers to their smartphones. Through the TruLink Hearing Control app, Halo wearers are exposed to a world of accessibility. Now, wearers may directly stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their iPhones to their Halo hearing aids. The TruLink app utilizes the iPhone’s geo-tagging feature to archive wearer preferences in different spaces. It will automatically adjust to those preferences when wearers return to the same location. The Halo also gives wearers the option of discretion, by controlling volume and program features through their iPhones. The iPhone may also be used as an assistive listening device for particularly challenging situations, by activating the iPhone’s microphone and streaming amplified sounds directly to Halo hearing aids.
Muse is the latest offering from Starkey, featuring their new Synergy platform and new operating system Acuity OS. With the Acuity OS, Muse hearing aids enable people to hear all the subtleties of life. As such, the Muse family of hearing aids has been dubbed “Made for Life.” Muse hearing aids are wireless and provide a high-definition audio experience for wearers. The new Muse offers improved phone conversations, wireless connectivity with the SurfLink app, a music memory for high-definition music listening, Multiflex Tinnitus Technology for tinnitus relief, and improved speech recognition. The Muse family of hearing aids has the capability to process multiple sounds simultaneously. Muse hearing aids are available in standard and custom styles, with a micro receiver-in-canal model equipped with a telecoil, and a small, slim mini behind-the-ear model. The Muse is also available for single-sided deafness, with the Muse CROS. All Muse hearing aids are coated with Surface Nanoshield, to protect them from moisture and earwax.
Starkey’s Z Series hearing aids feature the BluWave 4.0 operating system, which gives wearers a natural listening experience. There is emphasis on speech recognition features in the Z Series, especially in noisy environments. The Z Series also provides a comfortable listening experience by softening loud noises and eliminating the whistling and buzzing of feedback. Z Series hearing aids are equipped to connect wirelessly to smartphones through the SurfLink Mobile, Media, and Remote apps. Z Series hearing aids are covered in HydraShield to protect them from water, dust, earwax, and oils. This family of hearing aids is available in behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, completely-in-canal, and invisible-in-canal styles.