Starkey Hearing Technologies

Contributed by Mandy Mroz, AuD, director, Healthy Hearing
Starkey Hearing Technologies

Starkey Hearing Technologies is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 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: May 14th, 2018

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. Their philosophy drives them to produce an array of hearing aids to help everyone find devices to suit their needs.

Hearing aids made by Starkey

Starkey has several product families with a variety of technology levels and styles. Their latest products are smartphone compatible and equipped with Acuity Immersion Directionality to improve speech audibility in noisy situations. Muse iQ products are a family of hearing aids featuring wireless capabilities for connecting to other audio devices, as indicated by the “i” in the technology level, available in several price points and styles. The Halo iQ products also have wireless capabilities; these devices are specifically branded as “Made for iPhone.” Starkey is also known for its invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid, called SoundLens Synergy iQ.

Starkey's latest hearing aid models
Model name Styles Price Technology levels
Muse iQ

Micro receiver in the canal (micro-RIC),
Mini behind the ear (mini-BTE),
In the ear (ITE), In the canal (ITC),
Completely in the canal (CIC)

$$$-$$$$ i2400, i2000, i1600,
Halo iQ RIC $$$-$$$$ i2400, i2000, i1600
Synergy iQ
Invisible in the canal (IIC) $$$-$$$$ i2400, 2400, 2000,
Muse micro-RIC, mini-BTE, ITE, ITC, CIC $$-$$$$ Tinnitus
(all levels)
Z series, 3 series,
Wi series,
X series
BTE $$-$$$$ Pediatric
(multiple levels)
Muse micro-RIC $$$-$$$$ Power
(all levels)
Halo 2 RIC $$$-$$$$ Power
(all levels)
Muse micro-RIC, mini-BTE $$$ CROS

Differences between hearing aid models

Starkey offers several technology levels, designated by numbers, for most product families. Your communication needs and lifestyle will dictate which hearing aid technology level is recommended.

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

Starkey Hearing Technologies headquarters, lit up at night.
Starkey's headquarters are located
in Minnesota.
  • i2400 or Premium: This is appropriate for hearing aid wearers with very noisy lifestyles, spending time in environments like crowds, cars and live theater.
  • i2000 or Advanced: This is appropriate for hearing aid wearers with noisy lifestyles, which includes spending time at parties and malls, or working in busy offices.
  • i1600 or Select: This is appropriate for hearing aid wearers with less busy lifestyles, who are mostly in one-on-one communication settings, like meetings, restaurants or worship.
  • i1200 or Low: This level is suited to those who enjoy quiet, predictable lifestyles with few communications demands.
  • i1000 or Basic: These hearing aids are suited for budget-minded wearers with quiet lifestyles and mostly one-on-one conversations in quiet settings. 

Note: An “i” in front of the number indicates a hearing aid with wireless capability. All of the Muse and Halo 2 hearing aids have wireless features. Halo 2 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 all styles of Muse, Halo 2 and Soundlens Synergy hearing aid models. Called Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, the program allows your hearing care professional to personalize a signal that will mask tinnitus. This masking can help you become less distracted by tinnitus and focus on the sounds you want to hear.

Pediatric and power hearing aids

Starkey doesn’t designate a particular hearing aid as their “pediatric” model. Any standard Starkey BTE can be ordered with a pediatric package. This includes services and support tailored for children, such as free earmold remakes for 1 year and special warranty options. A pediatric care kit includes tools for hearing aid maintenance and a children’s hearing handbook.

Starkey offers power hearing aids in the Muse and Halo 2 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 aid innovation. You may come across any of these brand names when you are talking with current Starkey users: 3 series, AMPWi series, X series, Xino, Ignite, S series or Destiny.

Starkey’s hearing aid accessories

In addition to a comprehensive line-up of hearing aids, Starkey has multiple assistive listening devices to help you connect to the world around you. As mentioned above, the TruLink app connects Halo 2 hearing aids to an iPhone or iPad. The SurfLink accessories, like the SurfLink Mobile 2 and SurfLink Media 2, connect any of their wireless hearing aid models to external audio devices like the television, mp3 player or phone. The SurfLink Remote works with any of their wireless hearing aid models.

Starkey also makes specialized earmolds for wearers with unique needs including musicians, newscasters and pilots, as well as custom hearing protection for hunters and industrial applications. Their SoundGear device allows you to hear clearly while still providing protection from harmful loud noises.

Starkey’s humanitarian work

Because Starkey Hearing Technologies takes hearing health seriously, the company is committed the helping underserved people get the hearing technology they need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Through mission trips that include dedicated hearing care professionals and even Starkey’s top-level executives, Starkey Hearing Foundation helps people of all ages with hearing loss in all corners of the globe.

Starkey’s sister companies

Starkey Hearing Technologies owns other hearing aid brands like the retail chains Audibel and NuEar. Audibel products include the Audibel A4i, Audibel A4, Start and Invisibel Synergy. NuEar products include the iNOW, NOW, SDS II, Intro and Miniscopic Synergy. Starkey also produces the MicroTech brand of hearing aids, known for Kinnect 2, Summit, Thrive, Propel and MicroLens Synergy. These brands all carry full product lines that include super power hearing aids and tinnitus solutions. 

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