I must begin by saying that the fun part with Starkey is that unlike other hearing aids companies, Starkey doesn’t confuse you with numerous devices and variants, different one from another only by small nuance, making hard for you to tell which is which (even as an audiologist, especially if you deal with other brands too).
Note: This page covers all the hearing aids. For something more condense, visit the main, updated page here.
Starkey hearing aids were established on 1971 after a merge between Starkey (producing ear molds at the time) and Professional Hearing Aid Service that used to fix and maintain hearing aids mainly on the united states.
Starkey is on the front line of hearing aids companies in terms of technological innovation.
Starkey got a flagship series supporting all sizes and with some quality levels, and an economical series for all sizes and few quality levels. In addition, they got three unique and innovative devices (each on its field). This is really as simple as it gets, comparing with other companies.
I’ll start with the most innovative devices. There are three models here, each for a different reason. These are the ‘AMP’ and the ‘Soundlens’ (both invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids) and the Wi (a receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid).
As I just mentioned, it’s an invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid.
It’s the latest innovation from Starkey and it tries to answer the challenge of discretion that many users are interested in. It’s an IIC device that doesn't require taking an ear impression. This feature also meets the challenge of matching speed - you can leave the clinic with the device in your ear right after the first session.
The device can serve you well if you purchase a hearing aid for the first time and you are interested in hearing improvement at a reasonable price, without the environment noticing.
You turn the device on and off and control its volume with a small magnetic stick you bring close to it. The AMP is a digital hearing aid, but it is not equipped with the most advanced digital technologies. Its best aspect is its visibility (or rather, invisibility...). In addition, you get a fair price and ease of adjustment, which makes it ideal if you are still concerned about using a device for the first time.
And, interestingly enough, you can adjust it using an iPhone app.
The second IIC hearing aid, next to the AMP. This one requires an ear impression to fit it to your ear and technology wise, it is more advanced comparing to the AMP and It is priced accordingly.
You could say that the Soundlens is aiming for people with some hearing aids’ mileage or if you are willing to go on the adventure of fitting a hearing aid right on your first device.
This hearing aid is Starkey’s most advanced Receiver-In-The-Canal (RIC or RITC) hearing aid. It got all the cutting edge technologies Starkey can offer, like noise-filtering, directionality, media content support, connectivity between your right and left hearing aids and more.
You can have the Wi in three quality grades which differ in channels count, in the extent of coordination between the ears and in the level of noise filtering.
A new generation of devices. It supports all Starkey wireless features and other goodies that Starkey got on their Wi hearing aids.
These are the additions on this series:
- New volume control button.
- New receiver (the sound output).
- New tube, in case you use a mini behind-the-ear model.
- Some under-the-hood algorithm updates. It supposed to give you better sound quality.
To my opinion, not a far reaching change, at least for the average user. It is sort of an improved version of the Wi.
Starkey’s leading hearing aids series. You can have it in all sizes, from IIC to Power BTE and it comes on three quality levels. The X-series got (almost) all the goodies Starkey can offer. It doesn’t reach the Wi level, though, mainly because it hasn’t got the wireless ability Wi got. It prevents it from having media stream and connectivity between your two hearing aids.
X-series also got a miniature Receiver-in-the-canal version (Mini RIC) named Xino.
If you need an advanced digital hearing aid within limited budget, that’s a valid option. With Ignite you get noise filtering, feedback cancellation, directionality and more. You can have the Ignite on all possible sizes and with two quality levels.
Two earlier hearing aids series, running on previous technologies (and naturally were out on the market before other series). You can find it on all sizes and it is a sane option, price wise, if you want a decent digital hearing aid.
Advanced system for noise filtering and speech emphasis. It runs noise filtering on every channel. According to Starkey, this technology, combined with the advanced directionality system enables reduced listening effort, that is, you get tired less in the effort to follow and understand what people say.
A system that can detect high frequencies and shift them to low frequencies. It is specially designed for high-tone hearing loss, with low frequencies relatively reserved. In this manner, spectral cues are saved and the information isn’t lost. It eventually makes it easier to understand the original signal.
On this technology, your acoustic surrounding is sampled, analyzed and maped so you can have better noise filtering and directionally coordinated between your ears.
Extra strong noise filter. You can manually enable it by a remote control if you find yourself in a noisy environment.
An auto learning system. The device learns your preferences in terms of volume for each plan you use. Whenever you increase or decrease the volume, you actually show your hearing aid what volume you want to use on a given scenario. After a while, the hearing aid adjusts its volume according to your needs, saving you the trouble of increasing and decreasing the volume every so often.
A technology that allows you to change the volume or program on one device and changes will happen immediately on the second device too.
A series of accessories, including a remote controller to change your preferences. It is programmable and it allows your audiologist to adjust your hearing aid when you are free of wires. The highlight is a media streamer for media content, which does not require additional hardware or a special match. It identifies any Wi device and streams the media directly to it.
An advanced system to prevent feedback noises
An advanced directionality system
Enables the two devices to function differently, the one on the phone side in ‘phone mode’ and the other device stays in normal operational mode.
An advanced coating that allows better protection over time from moist and secretion.
One of Starkey’s main prides, a system that enables measurement of the device’s amplification while in your ear, to ensure a precise fit. Meaning, during the adjustment, your own ear measurements are taken into account to allow maximum adjustment to your specific hearing impairment.
Voice indicating system, which replaces the previous beeps system, alerting about battery status, program use, etc. You can choose a language and male or female voice, according to your preferences …
- Ronald Reagan wore a Starkey.
- On 1993, they invented the first CIC hearing aid - the Tympanette.
And here is Starkey hearing aids web site.