Starkey® Germany, a division of hearing technology company Starkey Hearing Technologies, will showcase the Halo® 2, SoundLens® Synergy®, and Muse™ hearing aids and offer an exclusive first look at its new Acuity™ Immersion technology at the 2017 International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA 2017) October 18-20 in Nürnberg, Germany, Starkey announced.
At the congress, Starkey’s Germany team will offer an exclusive preview of the Acuity Immersion technology integrated into Starkey’s new iQ hearing aids, scheduled to launch in February 2018. The company will also introduce Achin Bhowmik, PhD, chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering, Starkey Hearing Technologies. Other highlights include two exclusive lectures by Jason Galster, PhD, senior manager of audiology research, Starkey Hearing Technologies.
“Starkey has been a world leader in custom hearing aid technology for years with the most recent Muse hearing aids becoming one of the most popular product lines in Germany and SoundLens Synergy becoming our most popular invisible product,” said Starkey Hearing Technologies Director of European Operations, Thorsten Quaas. “The Muse hearing aid line provides customers with the highest quality of hearing technology and the personalization only Starkey custom-fit products can offer. We are excited to see the incredible advancements of both technologies in the new IQ versions come 2018.”
New Features with Acuity Immersion Technology, Inspired by Virtual Reality Research
Built with Starkey Hearing Technologies’ Synergy platform and Acuity OS 2 operating system, the new iQ technologies will include the following new features:
- Acuity Immersion – Designed to leverage microphone placement to aid with high-frequency information for improved sound quality and sense of spatial awareness, the company says this technology has the potential to help patients relearn key acoustic brain cues to support clear speech, a sense of presence, and spatial attention for vital connection to their environment.
- Acuity Immersion Directionality – Designed to restore front-to-back cues for a more natural, safer listening experience.
- Speech Indicators for Memory – Provides descriptive names for memory environments rather than numeric indicators.
- Smart VC – Allows for an increase in gain in all channels not already at maximum, to give wearers a desired increase in loudness when needed.
“As part of our commitment to lead the world in hearing innovation, we are excited to share the results of our collaboration with the world’s top researchers in today’s most advanced technologies at EUHA 2017,” said Starkey Hearing Technologies President Brandon Sawalich. “By working closely with leading researchers in the fields of neuroscience, virtual reality, audiology, and signal processing to integrate advancements into our award-winning products, this technology enables us to provide patients with new levels of presence, clarity, and personalization previously unattainable with traditional hearing devices.”
Starkey Audiology Research Shines with Talks on Cognition and Digital Noise Reduction
On October 19 and 20, Galster will give two special lectures relating to Starkey Hearing Technologies’ research efforts in cognition and hearing loss, digital noise reduction technology, and patient experiences. Topics include:
- Oct. 19 at 11:00 a.m. (GMT+2) – “Searching for specificity in cognitive screeners: MoCA vs. PNT”
- Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m. (GMT+2) – “Does noise tolerance predict patient preference for digital noise reduction?”