Starkey Hearing Technologies

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Starkey Hearing Technologies

Starkey Hearing Technologies is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., and has a global presence in more than 18 countries. They understand hearing is an important part of connecting with the world.

This content was last reviewed on: October 28th, 2015

Starkey Hearing Technologies is much more than just the hearing technology they develop, they are in the business of helping people reconnect and change their lives. Because of their philosophy, they offer an extensive array of hearing aids to help every individual find a device to suit their needs.

Hearing aids produced by Starkey

Starkey has several product families available in a variety of technology levels and styles. Their Z series products are a family of wireless hearing aids, as indicated by the “i” in the technology level, available at several different price points and styles. The Halo products are wireless hearing aids specifically branded as “Made for iPhone.”  Starkey’s invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid, called SoundLens 2, is not available with wireless features, as the deep positioning negates the need for most wireless applications and it is often too small to accommodate the extra circuitry. 

Starkey's latest hearing aid models
Model name Styles Cost Technology levels
Z series Receiver in the canal (RIC), Behind the ear (BTE),
In the ear (ITE), In the canal (ITC),
Completely in the canal (CIC)
$$-$$$$ i110, i90, i70, i30, i20
Halo RIC, BTE $$$-$$$$ i110, i90, i70
SoundLens2 Invisible in the canal (IIC) $$$-$$$$ 110, 90, 70
Z series RIC $$-$$$$ Tinnitus (all levels)
Xino RIC $$-$$$$ Tinnitus (90,30)
Z series, 3 series,
Wi series,
X series
BTE $$-$$$$ Pediatric (all levels)
Z series BTE, RIC $$-$$$$ Power (all levels)
Halo RIC $$$-$$$$ Power (all levels)

Differences between hearing aid models

Starkey offers several technology levels for most hearing aid models, which are designated by numbers. The activities, or lifestyle, of the person with hearing loss will dictate which hearing aid technology level is recommended for each individual.

Here’s how Starkey describes the technology levels for their Z series hearing aids:

Z-series line-up of styles
Starkey offers a wide range of technology
levels for each style of hearing aid.
  • 110 or Premium: This is appropriate for hearing aid users with very noisy lifestyles, spending time in environments like crowds, cars and live theater.
  • 90 or Advanced: This is appropriate for hearing aid users with noisy lifestyles, which includes spending time at parties and malls, or working in busy offices.
  • 70 or Select: This is appropriate for hearing aid users with less busy lifestyles, who are mostly in one-on-one communication settings, like meetings, restaurants or worship.
  • 30 or Basic: This is appropriate for hearing aid users who have a quiet lifestyle and only need to communicate at home in one-on-one conversations
  • 20 or Economy: This is appropriate for hearing aid users who have a very sedentary lifestyle. These hearing aids are not designed to handle very complex listening situations.

Note, if there is an “i” in front of the number, it indicates a hearing aid with wireless capability. All of the Z series and Halo hearing aids have wireless features. Halo is specifically marketed as a hearing aid that integrates with Apple’s iPhone and iPad using the TruLink app.

Tinnitus feature in Starkey hearing aids

Starkey offers a tinnitus solution in two hearing aid models, the Z series and Xino. Both are offered in the RIC style only. Called Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, the program allows your hearing care professional to personalize a signal that will mask tinnitus to help the patient focus on the sounds he or she wants to hear.

Pediatric and power hearing aids

Starkey doesn’t designate a particular hearing aid as their “pediatric” model. Any hearing aid model recommended by a hearing healthcare professional for a child can be ordered with a pediatric package. The pediatric package includes services and support tailored for children, such as one year of free earmold remakes and special warranty options.

Starkey offers power hearing aids in the Z series and Halo models. They come in the same technology level options available for non-power hearing aids in those models.

Other hearing aids made by Starkey

Starkey has a rich legacy of hearing aids out on the market. You may come across any of these brand names when you are talking with current Starkey users: 3 series, Wi series, X series, Ignite, S series or Destiny. Talk to a hearing care professional if you want to learn more about any model of Starkey hearing aids.

Starkey’s hearing aid accessories

In addition to a comprehensive line-up of hearing aids, Starkey has multiple assistive listening devices to better connect the user to their lifestyle. As mentioned above, the TruLink app connects Halo hearing aids to an iPhone or iPad. The SurfLink accessories, like the Surflink Mobile 2 and Surflink Media, connect the Z series hearing aids to external auditory signals like the television, mp3 player or phone. The Surflink Remote works with any of their wireless hearing aid models. Starkey also makes customized earmolds for specific users, like musicians, newscasters and pilots, as well as custom hearing protection for hunters and industrial applications. The SoundGear device is a hearing protection device that allows the wearer to hear clearly while still providing protection loud noises.

A short history of Starkey 

Starkey Hearing Technologies headquarters, lit up at night.
Starkey's headquarters are
located in Minnesota.

For nearly 50 years, Starkey has been providing individuals with hearing loss solutions. With a rich history, the company has marked several milestones:

  • 1967 – Bill Austin started Professional Hearing Aid Service, a hearing aid repair office.
  • 1971 – Bill Austin purchased Starkey Laboratories, merging the two companies.
  • 1973 – Starkey introduced the industry’s first 1-year, worry-free warranty
  • 1983 – President Ronald Reagan is publicly fitted with Starkey hearing aids, promoting hearing aids to the general public and increasing sales across the industry
  • 1989 – Starkey purchased Nu-Ear Electronics and Omni Hearing Systems
  • 1999 – Starkey introduced their first digital hearing aids
  • 2000 – The Audibel brand was created
  • 2010 – Starkey introduced the first invisible-in-the-ear product, the SoundLens
  • 2014 – Starkey released Halo, their first “Made-for-iPhone” hearing aid. 

Starkey’s humanitarian work

Because Starkey Hearing Technologies takes hearing health seriously, the company is committed the helping individuals get the hearing technology they need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This foundation seeks to bring hearing care and devices to underdeveloped parts of the world. Through mission trips, Starkey Hearing Foundation is able to provide individuals in all corners of the globe with the hearing health and technology they need and aren’t able to receive.

Starkey’s sister companies

Starkey Hearing Technologies also owns other brands, most notably the retail chains Audibel and NuEar. Audibel products include the Audibel A3i, Audibel A2, Start, Anthem XT and Invisibel. NuEar products include the iSDS, Imagine 2, SDS II, Intro and Miniscopic. Starkey also produces the MicroTech brand of hearing aids, known for Kinnect, Focus, Thrive, Propel and MicroLens. These brands all carry full product lines that include super power hearing aids and tinnitus solutions. 

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