Starkey S Series iQ
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Laboratories recently announced the
release of S Series iQ hearing aids featuring Voice iQ, including the Starkey S Series iQ OtoLens which the
company claims is the world's first invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) device that completely hides in the second bend
of the ear. Voice iQ is a new processing technology from Starkey that supposedly improves audio quality between
individual syllables of speech.
Voice iQ uses a two-part
algorithm – dynamic voice identification paired with a spectral noise control that calculates appropriate gain
on a per channel basis. The result is unprecedented sound quality, ease of listening and intelligibility of
speech in noise. Coupled with InVision Directionality, which boasts the highest diffuse field DI scores and
lowest operational noise floor available, Voice iQ is proven to preserve speech understanding in noise. The
system classifies inputs every six milliseconds and adapts every 20 milliseconds, to diminish noise between
Starkey S Series iQ has also
been proven to reduce listening effort. During clinical trials, experienced users found a significant
improvement in their ability to communicate with greatly reduced cognitive fatigue compared to their own hearing
iQ, featuring Voice iQ, a new
noise reduction and speech preservation system. Developed over 3 years at the Starkey Hearing Research Center in
Berkeley, Calif, Voice iQ is noise reducing technology that reduces noise between syllables of speech—helping to overcome one of the most
common complaints of hearing aid wearers.
“Voice iQ truly takes hearing
aid technology to a new level,” said Jerry Ruzicka, president of Starkey. “We have spent three years developing
a way to address speech understanding in noise and S Series iQ does it better than any other technology out
there. We are doing for the problem of hearing in noise what we have already done to eliminate
Voice iQ uses a two-part
algorithm—dynamic voice identification paired with a spectral noise control that calculates appropriate gain on
a per channel basis, which improves sound quality, ease of listening, and intelligibility of speech in noise. Coupled with InVision Directionality, with
high diffuse field DI scores and low operational noise floor. S Series iQ is
available in all hearing aid styles including the new mini featuring Sweep technology. Sweep Technology gives
patients the ability to change the volume and memory settings on their hearing aids with the sweep or touch of a
finger. The device has 60dB of maximum gain.
Inspired by the same award-winning language as the company's BTE and receiver-in-canal (RIC), mini can be fit with
or open with thin tubing.
As with all of the company's standard products, mini includes
Advanced HydraShield, a proprietary moisture and
corrosion protection system, and T2 Remote, giving patients the ability to adjust hearing aid volume or memories
with a touch-tone phone.
- PureWave Feedback Eliminator features up to 25dB of
added stable gain and a faster response to more complex feedback
- Sweep Technology on the BTE and mini offer patients a
way to change volume and settings on their
- Starkey says
its Comfort Fit process guarantees a perfect custom hearing aid fit.
- T2 Remote
allows patients to control their hearing aids using any cell or touch-tone
- Live Real Ear
Measurement allows a hearing professional to see the hearing aid output in a patient’s ear in real
ear allowing for a precise fitting the first
- Offers a broad RIC family, with receivers ranging from
40 dB gain to the 71 dB gain AbsolutePower (AP).
Telehealth with Starkey On Demand.
The company reports that practitioners can now provide the benefits of telehealth and
elevate their interaction with patients through Starkey’s On Demand options. T2 On Demand allows a hearing care
professional to make common, standard adjustments to a patient’s hearing aids over the phone. Using touch-tone
(DTMF) response to unlock and adjust the aids remotely is convenient for the patient and allows the provider to
have more control. In addition, the company continues to offer Audiology On Demand, immediate, real-time assistance
during difficult fittings. Part of the company's Inspire software, Audiology On Demand gives a provider instant
access to a Starkey professional who can remotely connect to the fitting computer to provide suggestions
Starkey S Series iQ OtoLens
An invisible-in-the-canal (IIC)
hearing aid, is a custom-molded hearing aid built using the company's Comfort Fit process and lives in the second bend of the ear, meaning that
it is 100% invisible with minimal occlusion, the company says. OtoLens features the same technology and
digital signal processing as Starkey’s leading product family, S Series iQ, and provides 35dB of gain which
allows professionals to fit patients with moderate to severe hearing loss.
OtoLens takes advantage of
Voice iQ, and the device also includes other S Series iQ features. OtoLens features T2 Remote enabling patients
to adjust their IIC’s volume or memory. Patients can change its size 10 battery on their own, without needing
additional tools or visits to their hearing care professional.