Starkey hearing aids was established in 1971 after the merger
between Starkey (producing ear molds at the time) and Professional
Hearing Aid Service that used to fix and maintain hearing aids mainly
on the US.
Starkey is on the front line of hearing aids companies in terms of technology innovation.
Note: this page covers the most common Starkey hearing aids. For the full list, visit this page.
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 ‘Halo’ (a receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid).
AMP. Once it's in
As I just mentioned, it’s an invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid.
This hearing aid tries to answer the challenge of discretion that many 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 the 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.
On top of all these, interestingly enough, you can adjust it using an iPhone app.
The second IIC hearing 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. 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.
It’s the latest innovation from Starkey, a receiver in the canal hearing aid. The great innovation is not in the style or the technology of the hearing aid itself (which is in the front line), but in the connectivity.
This hearing aid is made for iPhones, iPad and ipod. The hearing aid is streaming all the media from these devices straight into your hearing aid (phone calls, music, face time, etc.). If you download the hearing aid special app – TruLink, you can enjoy many features like: using your iPhone as a microphone to transmit the conversation straight into your hearing aid.
The app allows your iphone to remember places you visit and automatically adjust your hearing aid to your preferences of hearing in these specific locations. It also enables you to get your phone calls by one touch on the iPhone screen, stream it wirelessly into your hearing aid. In addition, you can use the iPhone as a remote control for the hearing aid.
These two series are Starkey’s leading hearing aid families. They 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.
They also carry the message of Starkey’s wireless, which enables few helpful features:
- Have direct media content stream
- Coordination between the two hearing aids in terms of directionality
You can have these devices in three quality grades which differ in channels count, in the extent of coordination between the ears and in the level of noise filtering.
The 3 Series has some features which make it slightly better than the Wi.
Starkey’s intermediate 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 you won’t have 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 and it can also be wireless – Xino wireless.
The basic/mid-range is nmed Ignite:
If you need an advanced digital hearing aid within a 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.