Starkey hearing aids
Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American privately owned hearing aid manufacturer. Despite having only 4% of the global hearing aid market in 2019, it had more than 5,000 employees in 24 facilities, serving more than 100 markets worldwide. The company is also the only American-owned global hearing aid manufacturer.
Starkey runs a philanthropic foundation called the Starkey Hearing Foundation whose mission is to give the gift of hearing to those in need, thereby empowering them to achieve their potential.
Starkey’s website states that its position is to deliver the best hearing experience possible to people with hearing loss. They claim to do this through product innovation and a passionate team. Like us, Starkey feels that hearing well is the key to health, happiness, and a fulfilling life. They make the point that hearing is essential to the human experience stating that “As a world leader in the manufacturing and delivering of advanced hearing solutions, we go to work each day to ensure every person on the planet has the opportunity to hear their very best”.
Sound processing technology developed by Starkey has resulted in them offering hearing devices that they say automatically and instantaneously adjusts to help wearers in the most challenging listening situations. Key features include using noise suppression to help hear speech comfortably in environments that are busy and noisy, superior clarity and quality of sound, particularly when transitioning between different environments (making listening more natural), as well as clear and crisp streaming of phone calls and music directly to your hearing aids.
In 2018, the company introduced the world’s first hearing aid with embedded sensors and artificial intelligence – the Livio AI 2400. This was the first hearing device to provide features traditionally seen only in consumer electronics such as ‘fitness trackers’. The Livio AI’s features include the ability to track your physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use. In addition to this, language translation in real time, fall detection and alerts, tap control, and other features. In July 2020 they released the new Livio AI Edge, providing instantaneous adjustments for the most challenging listening situations. They were also the first manufacturer to offer a fully rechargeable custom, in-the-ear hearing aid solution.
The Starkey Thrive Hearing Care mobile app is available to help wearers maintain control and independence. You can share information like physical activity, hearing aid usage, social engagement and more, with people you choose. You can also link up to 3 people to be automatically contacted should you suffer a fall. Along with piece of mind, the app enables follow-up consultations and remote hearing aid adjustments to be provided outside the clinic. Professionally speaking, the team at A Better Ear have found the set-up of the Thrive hearing Care app to be comparatively easy for those wearers who do not find installing and managing software on a mobile device second nature.
As you would expect from a world class product, Starkey has a full range of hearing aids including behind-the-ear, receiver-in-the-canal, and custom styles. Features available with the Starkey range include built-in artificial intelligence and 3D sensors, fall detection and brain and body fitness tracking capabilities, easy volume and program controls. Multiple customisable hearing programs are available including the ability to create custom programs including geotagged programs like, “coffee shop” or “home.” There is also Edge Mode which conducts an AI-based analysis of the environment and makes smart and immediate adjustments. Add to this the standard 3 year manufactures warranty, Bluetooth connectivity, 2.4 GHz Li-ion rechargeable custom hearing aids, tinnitus relief, excellent water and dust protection (IP rating 68) and telecoil, and you have an extremely progressive and well-rounded product range.
In Australia, Starkey hearing aids are prescribed through independent clinics like A Better Ear. They are also sold through a chain of stores owned by Starkey, called ‘iHear’.
Consult your private health insurance to see if your child is eligible for a rebate. Talk to your family doctor to find out if Medicare rebates are available.
“Today at our Scrabble club, I found the extraneous noise from other players much reduced, thank you.” – Mike, Thornlands QLD 4164