Starkey Hearing Aids
Starkey Hearing Technologies: Company Overview
Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded in 1967 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and is one of the few American manufacturer of hearing aids. With their mission, “Alone we can’t do much. Together, we can change the world,” Starkey has introduced many firsts to 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.
With research and data from the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, Starkey designs cutting edge technology, some of which have been well-recognized within the industry. 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.
Muse: Made for Life
Muse is the newest hearing aid from Starkey: a family of wireless hearing aids made for the sounds of life. Muse is equipped to analyze and balance 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 brand-new Synergy processing platform in conjunction with Acuity OS, Muse operates at five times the power of previous Starkey hearing aids. Designed to anticipate and adapt to new sounds, Muse hearing provide wearers with a natural and seamless listening experience. By increasing speed between transitions of sounds, Muse also helps wearers better situate themselves in their surroundings.
In addition to new features, Muse hearing aids are equipped with features to address issues commonly experienced by those with hearing loss: difficulty with speech recognition, the distraction of background noise, and feedback from amplified sounds. To address speech intelligibility, Muse is equipped with Speech Shift and Acuity Directionality, which allows wearers to easily identify and isolate speakers’ voices in conversations – especially when there are multiple speakers. Through wireless connectivity, Muse hearing aids allow wearers to stream phone calls directly to their hearing aids, making conversations much more accessible.
Wireless connection with the Muse also makes other sounds in your life accessible. Through the SurfLink Mobile 2 app, Muse connects to home entertainment systems, music, and other media, delivering sound directly to your ears. For those who need an extra boost in noisier environments, the SurfLink app may activate a smartphone’s microphone to become an assistive listening device.
While most traditional hearing aids are designed to address sound amplification and speech clarification, Muse takes the sounds of life on step further with a music memory function. This allows musicians and music lovers to experience the full range of sound in music, with high-definition. Muse’s sound comfort technology eliminates sound distortion and provides a natural experience for loud and soft sounds alike. For those who suffer from the sounds of tinnitus, Muse provides comfort with Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Therapy technology.
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.
Halo 2: Made for iPhone
Starkey’s Halo 2 is the second generation of its groundbreaking Made for iPhone hearing aid, which received the Silver Edison Award in April 2015. Halo 2 connects to your iPhone through the downloadable TruLink Hearing Control app. This wireless connection allows Halo 2 wearers to stream phone calls, music, and other media directly from their iPhones to their hearing aids.
To provide those with hearing loss with further accessibility, Halo 2 uses the iPhone’s geo-tagging feature, which archives user preferences in specific locations and makes automatic adjustments when they return the same space. Halo 2 also uses the iPhone’s microphone to provide an extra boost of amplified sound for those who need it.
Halo 2 offers features to address noise reduction, speech recognition, and feedback elimination. Halo 2’s directional microphones help to situate wearers within their environment and allow them to focus on the sounds they want to hear. Halo 2 eliminates whistling and buzzing, and assists wearers to hear comfortably in noisy situations, delivering a pristine quality of sound. For those who suffer tinnitus, Halo 2 offers therapy with Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Therapy technology. Starkey’s Halo Made for iPhone hearing aid is customizable and available in receiver-in-canal (RIC) and behind-the-ear (BTE) styles.
For more information on Starkey’s full line of products, contact us at Sound Hearing Group in Sun City.