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Starkey Halo IQ: Made for iPhone
As phones and other personal electronic devices constantly grow smarter and smarter, Starkey Hearing Technologies kept up with the times – stretching back to the early 2000s with wireless hearing aids. Halo IQ, now using Starkey's Synergy platform and Acuity OS2, is a testament to Starkey's on-going evolution to provide the most advanced and sophisticated technologies to improve lives. Halo IQ is a Made for iPhone hearing aid (also compatible with Android devices). As a Made for iPhone hearing aid, Halo's features are designed to specifically be compatible with and to connect to your smartphone. Together, these two devices bring a new level of accessibility, ease of operation, and clarity in listening.
Halo relies on Starkey's TruLink app for this convenient experience. Updated in August of 2017, the TruLink provides a seamless connection between the phone and the hearing aids. TruLink, a downloadable app for your device, connects to the iPhone (and iPad, iPod touch, etc.) to wirelessly stream phone calls, FaceTime, music, movies, and other media directly from the device to the Halo 2 aids in your ears. Not only does this provide a hands-free experience – it also ensures that we are using the best of newest technology to our advantage. To date, Halo IQ hearing aids connect to the following devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and various Android devices (Google Nexus, select Samsung models, and select HTC models).
Starkey Halo IQ Models
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- 312 RIC
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Starkey Halo IQ Technology Levels
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Introducing the Halo IQ with Synergy Platform
The Synergy platform uses Starkey's Acuity OS2 and promises to deliver a better patient experience through improved sound quality and immersive sound experiences. The Halo IQ improves patient satisfaction by using a number of new features.
Speech Indicators for Memory
In the past, hearing aid wearers with multiple hearing programs have had to remember their programs by number. This could cause confusion and requires the user to recall which number corresponds to which listening environment. With IQ's Speech Indicators for Memory, wearers can tag their programs with descriptive terms like "Kitchen" or "Restaurant".
Acuity Immersion Directionality
Acuity Immersion Directionality recognizes that all noisy situations are not the same. This features helps restore the natural directionality of the pinna and gives a more spatial experience in difficult listening environments.
The Smart VC feature gives Halo wearers the ability to turn up the volume when some of the hearing aids channels are at or close to maximum levels. Many other volume controls (on other systems) will not allow the user to turn up the volume once one channel has achieved it's maximum levels. Smart VC provides that extra level of flexibility that a user may need to hear their best in certain situations.
More Halo Features
Whether you are new to hearing aids or a seasoned wearer, you know that you hear differently in different places. As a hearing aid wearer, you'll find that you make simple adjustments to your hearing aids are you move through different spaces. As you move between loud environments and quite ones, your slight adjustments will be logged in the TruLink control app. With Halo 2' GPS geo-tagging feature, your preferences will be archived with the location saved. When you return to these locations, Halo 2 makes automatic adjustments based on the preferences you made the previous time you were there. This level of seamlessness provides wearers with the experience of natural listening as they move from place to place – hands-free. Halo 2 offers 20 customized and geotagged hearing aid memories for an intuitive, natural listening experience.
Better Listening in Challenging Environments
Halo 2's Acuity Directionality feature helps wearers hear better in challenging noise environments. People with hearing loss know the difficulties of hearing speech and other specific sounds within a noisy environment, with distracting background sounds. Directionality refers to the way in which microphones adjust and focus on the sounds in your environment, mirroring natural hearing. Halo 2's microphones, placed at different locations on the aid, pick up the entire scope of sound in the environment and synchronize to deliver clear sound.With Personalized Control in the TruLink app, wearers of Halo 2 are able to make adjustments to their listening experience. Features such as SoundSpace and Noise Manager allow wearers to change their preferences depending on the environmen
Improved Speech Recognition
Halo 2's connection to your smartphone ensures that your FaceTime and phone conversations will be clear and comfortable. Through wireless connection with the TruLink app, your phone calls are streamed wirelessly to your Halo 2 aids. In addition to this ease of communication, the above Acuity Directionality feature assists with speech sounds. Acuity Directionality has been designed to specifically focus on speech signals wherever they may appear in your environment – even if it's to the side or behind you. Speech Shift assists Acuity Directionality with speech recognition.
Customized Tinnitus Relief
Multiflex Tinnitus Technology is Starkey's answer to the frustrating experience of tinnitus. Tinnitus, “ringing of the ears,” is a condition in which people experience sounds without an external stimulus. It often occurs due to damage to inner ear hair cells after exposure to loud noise, but there are various causes for this condition. Tinnitus happens to occur alongside 80% of hearing loss cases, and is addressed by Halo 2 with Multiflex Tinnitus Technology. Both Halo 2 and TruLink 3.0 include Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, which is fully customizable and adjustable to meet wearer needs.
Feedback occurs when the amplified sounds in your aids are picked up by the microphone and re-amplified, creating a loop. This loop of sound is often unpleasant, and ranges from a buzz to whistle to a screech. Feedback creates an uncomfortable listening experience, and it often occurs when your aids are not fitted properly. Halo 2 is equipped with a Feedback Cancellation feature, which anticipates and eliminates feedback noise before it can affect your listening experience.
Halo 2 hearing aids are constructed with durable materials to protect the sensitive, electronic components from the elements. Moisture, heat, humidity, and debris may all adversely affect the hearing aid's function. Coated in Surface NanoShield, Halo 2 aids repel water, earwax, and other debris to ensure proper aid function and dependability. This is especially useful for people who lead active lifestyles.
Reviews of Starkey Halo
Perhaps the greatest endorsement for Starkey Halo 2 is that it won the 2015 Silver Edison Award in the Science/Medical/Dental category – the company's fourth Edison Award. The Edison Award is a competitive prize that honors new products that innovate the way we live.
Founded in 1967, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an American hearing aid manufacturer based in Minnesota. The company began with a hearing aid repair service called Professional Hearing Aid, owned by Bill Austin. In 1971, Austin purchased Starkey Laboratories, an earmold company from Harold Starkey and merged the two, retaining the name Starkey. In the past few decades, Starkey has devoted its work to research and innovation, introducing a number of industry firsts. As early as 1973, Starkey had introduced an in-the-ear hearing aid with a 90-day trial period – an industry first.
Starkey received major recognition in 1983, when President Ronald Reagan was fitted with Starkey INTRA hearing aids. This recognition shed light on the importance of hearing health and encouraged Americans to seek treatment for hearing loss, while also boosting the hearing aid industry. Starkey began the Starkey Hearing Foundation to further efforts of hearing loss awareness around the world. In the 21st century, Starkey continues to innovate, with features and devices to change the way people hear. Starkey Hearing Technologies introduced SurfLink in 2012, which enables hands-free cell phone conversations, along with a number of other wireless innovations. In 2014, Starkey debuted one of the market's first Made for iPhone hearing aids, the Halo, which would go on to receive an Edison Award. Among other new aids rolled out in the past two years, Starkey has updated the original technologies of the Halo, found in the brand-new Halo 2 Made for iPhone hearing aid.