Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded as Professional Hearing Aid Services in 1963. In 1970, Founder and CEO William F. Austin bought Starkey Labs, introducing the first Starkey custom in-the-ear hearing aid the following year. Headquartered near Minneapolis, Minnesota, the American-owned global hearing aid manufacturer serves more than 100 markets worldwide. Starkey hearing aid prices cost about $1,500 to $3,100 per unit.
Founded in 1984, the Starkey Hearing Foundation and its thousands of volunteers have provided free hearing care services to more than 1.5 million people in need in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Starkey Hearing Aid Recycling program donates many of the hearing aids used in international missions.
Starkey developed a smart, healthy hearing aid that utilizes integrated sensors and artificial intelligence (AI). It was the first device to track physical activity and cognitive health measured by hearing aid use in social situations.
The dual-radio wireless platform utilizes 2.4GHz radio for streaming phone calls, music, media, apps, and connecting with various devices, including TV and Amazon Alexa. This technology also incorporates near-field magnetic induction technology for authentic ear-to-ear communication and binaural noise reduction.
The Thrive virtual assistant, built on the intelligence of Google Assistant, enables users to activate features by double-tapping their hearing aid. Only the user hears the assistant’s voice, at a level tuned to their specific hearing loss. Microphones in the hearing aid enable voice-to-text transcription and translation into 27 languages.
Utilizing 3-D sensors, Starkey released the first hearing aid that can detect when a user falls. Its built-in auto alert feature automatically sends an alert message to as many as three pre-selected friends or family members when you fall.
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