Starkey was founded when William Austin purchased a small earmold company, Starkey Laboratories, in 1971 from Harold Starkey. Starkey’s headquarters are in Minnesota, United States. Starkey developed the first “invisible-in-the-canal” hearing aid, the SoundLens, and is acknowledged as one of the leading manufacturers of custom hearing aids.
What we like about Starkey is the amazingly small hearing aids that they can manufacture. When you want the smallest possible hearing aid that fits deep inside the ear canal, Starkey offers a product called SoundLens. Whenever we order one and it arrives at the office, we are surprised at how tiny they can be. The best part about these hearing aids is that they often leave enough room to add a sizeable vent so the user does not feel as plugged up by them as they would from some of the other hearing aid manufacturers. If you are looking for a tiny hearing aid, this is the choice for you.
Starkey’s newest premium hearing aid, the Livio AI, is the first hearing aid to monitor the user’s health, with the ability to detect if the user has fallen and send an alert to a contact person, and the upcoming ability to detect heart rate information.
For iPhone users, the Livio AI can transcribe conversations in real time and even translate between different languages.
Aside from hearing aids, Starkey also offers custom options for hearing protection, swimmers’ and sleeper earmolds, and custom earmolds for music listening and specialty listening needs.