The only American Owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer in the world, Starkey was founded in 1967 and has taken the hearing aid world by storm by consistently producing the smallest, high-quality hearing aids. The Invisible-in-the-canal SoundLens IIC hearing aid is a product of great design and excellent hearing technology which many Hearing Sense clients enjoy using. We fit many of these hearing devices and have consistently found the handcrafted shells to be the smallest on the market.
Starkey is very focused on evidence-based practice. What this means is that they rarely release a product or new feature that hasn’t been clinically tested and proven to make a difference.
Starkey has recently released a brand new range of hearing devices based on cutting-edge research in virtual reality, advanced neuroscience, and signal processing. This is very exciting times.
Their new hearing device is the Livio AI, which is the world’s first hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence.
The Livio AI is compatible with the “Thrive Hearing Control App” which allows users to use their mobile phone to make customised programs in their hearing aids which are geo-tagged based on their phone GPS. This means when you walk into your favourite coffee shop, your hearing aid will automatically change programs to what you like best. It also means you can find your hearing aid if you lose it.
You can answer phone calls or use your phone as a remote control for your hearing aids. Even more amazing is the ability to use your app to translate or convert voice to text so if you are having trouble talking to someone with a thick accent or talking another language – you can have it appear on your phone.
It also uses Alexa to provide you with information in your ear. So imagine you are watching a movie and think “Oh what was that movie Harrison Ford acted in about planes”, and through tour hearing aid – Alexa will give you the answer! It can also measure brain and body activity including a step tracker and Fall Alert detection system which will text a nominated family member if you fall.
The Livio hearing aids use “Hearing Reality” technology which works by helping manage the layers of sound using real-world signals and mimicking the natural process for reducing unwanted sound and augmenting wanted ones to help make hearing effortless. This means greater speech clarity in noisy environments.
The Livio hearing aids come in receiver-in the ear and behind-the-ear technology, as well as with a rechargeable option.
The tiny Soundlens is a very small invisible-in-the-canal hearing aids which amazingly enough can connect wirelessly to phones even though they are still super tiny. This has been extremely popular amongst our Adelaide clients who want an invisible solution and either go for a Soundlens or Lyric.
Starkey is also committed to charity and has an organization called Starkey Hearing Foundation which was founded in 1984. The underlying philosophy is “Alone we can’t do much. But, together we can change the world.” The foundation has distributed nearly 500 000 hearing aids around the world to people in need. We think this is fantastic.
Starkey have also bought some independent clinics to form part of their retail chain throughout Australia called iHear clinics. Their manufacturing branch is based in Alexandria, Sydney.
To try a tiny Starkey hearing aid, simply call us on 8331 8047 or book online.
The Starkey website is www.starkey.com