Starkey history

Evolv AI hearing aids with NEW badge
2022
Starkey continues to refine our Evolv AI hearing aids making them more comfortable, more wearable, and more effortless. We improved connection with more Android connectivity than ever before, and our best Starkey Sound™ quality allows patients to seamlessly experience and enjoy their favorite TV shows, music, and conversations.
Starkey History 2021 - Evolv AI hearing aids
2021
Effortless hearing, selection and connection is no longer a hope. Introducing Evolv AI — a complete style portfolio with the world’s most innovative hearing aids including our most advanced Starkey Sound™, integrated sensors that seamlessly connect, adapt with your patients’ lives, and provide fall detection at all tiers along with many other ease-of-use features. When it comes to better hearing innovation, expect effortless.
Starkey History 2020 - Man wearing glasses and a hearing aid
2020
Re-imagining a better hearing experience, we launch Livio Edge AI, delivering the most advanced AI engine possible in modern hearing aids with the world’s first 2.4 GHz custom rechargeable hearing aids. The breakthrough of the Edge Mode feature provides instant adjustments for challenging listening situations with just a double tap. We also introduced Thrive Care (rebranded to Hear Share in 2023), the world’s first app that lets caregivers see health information shared by Livio Edge AI hearing aid wearers.
Starkey History 2018 - Livio AI hearing aids
2018
We lead off by launching a best-in-class hearing aid, Muse iQ Rechargeable, which not only leads the industry in battery life and ease of use but also is the smallest rechargeable on the market. The next big thing for Starkey: Livio AI is launched with smart phone connectivity and superior performance in noise. The world’s first hearing aid with integrated motion sensors to track activity, provide fall detection, and near real-time language translation changes the game for professionals and patients. The fourth Hearing Innovation Expo pushes professionals to Be Bold in their business, markets, and the hearing industry.
Starkey History 2017 - Muse iQ hearing aids
2017
With pristine audio and exceptional listening clarity, our Muse iQ product family helps make speech sound more natural and easier to hear in every listening environment.
Starkey History 2016 - Man wearing glasses being fit with a hearing aid
2016
Muse, Halo 2, and SoundLens Synergy launch with our all new Synergy platform. Synergy is the only platform to feature quad core twin compressor technology, and the first to provide supreme precision for audibility and the ultimate optimization for listening enjoyment. The all new SurfLink Remote Microphone is also released, adding to the family of SurfLink accessories.
Starkey History 2014 - Halo Made for iPhone hearing aids and TruLink app
2014
Halo, our Made for iPhone® hearing aid launched, providing a new option for hearing aid wearers to stay connected. Halo, paired with our TruLink app allows for seamless connection between hearing aids and iPhone, iPad® and iPod® touch — so phone calls, music, videos and more can stream directly into your ears with pristine sound quality.
Starkey History 2013 - Xino Tinnitus logo
2013
In January we launch Xino Tinnitus with Multiflex Tinnitus Technology to help people suffering from constant "ringing" in their ears find relief. We also launched 3 Series custom wireless hearing aids, providing a small option powered by our BluWave 3.0 operating system that is designed to maximize performance in even the most challenging listening environments.
Starkey History 2012 - Entrance to William F. Austin Education Center in Eden Prairie, MN
2012
We change our corporate name from Starkey Laboratories, Inc. to Starkey Hearing Technologies. We launch Wi Series custom products, expanding our wireless capabilities for even more people.
Starkey History 2011 - AMP, personal audio amplifier
2011
We launch both AMP, the invisible hearing aid for people who aren't ready for a hearing aid, and X Series, our most comprehensive line of traditional digital hearing aids ever.
Starkey History 2010 - Wi Series hearing aids
2010
A number of exciting products launch, including Wi Series, our advanced wireless hearing aids that also enable wearers to stream stereo sound directly from their TVs or radios to their hearing aids without any body-worn relay devices; the S Series iQ line, featuring Voice iQ, a new noise management and speech preservation system that takes on the issue of hearing in noise; SoundLens, the world's first custom invisible-in-the-canal hearing aid; and Starkey Pediatrics, which offers Nickelodeon® characters on earmolds and hearing aid materials.
Starkey History 2009 - S Series hearing aids
2009
Starkey launches S Series with Drive Architecture, the revolutionary new line of hearing aids using multi-core, open architecture technology. S Series builds on already best-in-class features with a new feedback eliminator, noise system and telephone solution in addition to the T², which lets patients use their touch-tone phone as a remote control.
Starkey History 2008 - Zon hearing aids
2008
Starkey launches BluWave Signal Processing (SP), which is similar to the operating system on a computer. In addition, Starkey launches the industry's most award-winning hearing aid, Zōn, powered by BluWave SP and encompassing the most advanced features available.
Starkey History 2007 - Woman and child on a beach under an umbrella
2007
Starkey launches the Destiny 1600 model including a full line of open fit solutions enabling you to experience the most natural sound quality the industry has to offer.
Starkey History 2006 - nFusion Technology and Destiny hearing aids
2006
Starkey redefines the hearing solutions industry by introducing nFusion Technology with the release of its Destiny series hearing aids coupled with Inspire OS fitting software. Destiny is the first hearing aid to utilize both nano and digital technology.
Starkey History 2004 - Elton John helps raise money
2004
Elton John's appearance and support of the 2004 "So The World May Hear" Awards Gala helps the Starkey Hearing Foundation raise a record $2.7 million during the event. Construction begins on the new William F. Austin Center. On December 13, 2004, the Starkey Hearing Research Center opens.
Starkey History 2003 - Genesis 4 release
2003
Building on a continued commitment of patient-focused research and development, Starkey releases Genesis 4. Featuring an exclusive sound environment called Precision Audio Imaging, Axent II, Sequel, Endeavour and the newest member of the family, Arista, offer hearing impaired users superior levels of audibility, high fidelity and hearing comfort.
Starkey History 2002 - Starkey Select Network
2002
The Starkey Select Network is established. Industry leading hearing professionals team with Starkey to offer a unique blend of technology and patient care. Each affiliated practice shares a commitment to providing the most appropriate hearing solutions while providing "Better Hearing with a Human Touch."
Starkey History 2001 - Axent hearing instruments
2001
Starkey introduces the Genesis digital product family. Genesis quickly becomes the industry's most comprehensive product line with Axent hearing instruments becoming the benchmark for advanced digital technology.
Starkey History 1999 - Cetera and Aries digital hearing systems
1999
Starkey enters the digital age with the release of the Cetera and Aries digital hearing systems. Both instruments take a research-based approach to amplification.
Starkey History 1996 - Sequel Custom Programmable instruments
1996
Starkey releases Sequel Custom Programmable instruments. Building upon the success of the Sequel Series, Sequel Programmables greatly reduce distortion and offer advanced compression technology. The new Professional Fitting System is also released to allow for quick, accurate and easy instrument programming.
Starkey History 1995 - ISO 9001 certification logo
1995
Starkey headquarters receives ISO 9001 certification, meeting the most comprehensive quality standards for manufacturing, operations and documentation. To ensure compliance, the British Standards Institute annually audits Starkey's quality system. Starkey Germany, Canada, UK, France and Italy have also received ISO certification.
Starkey History 1993 - Tympanette hearing aid
1993
The Tympanette is introduced, as Starkey designs a new instrument to fit entirely in the ear canal, providing enhanced cosmetic and acoustic benefits. Today, the Tympanette is the industry's smallest and most popular completely-in-the-canal instrument.
Starkey History 1989 - Hearing aids
1989
Starkey purchases Omni Hearing Systems and Nu-Ear Electronics.
Starkey History 1986 - Starkey logo
1986
Starkey releases the CE-7 series and the Earborne Headset, the world's first custom headset. Earborne incorporates a custom molded earpiece and a lightweight microphone.
Starkey History 1984 - Starkey Hearing Foundation employees on a mission
1984
The Starkey Hearing Foundation officially begins.
Starkey History 1983 - President Ronald Reagan gets fitted with Starkey hearing aids
1983
President Ronald Reagan gets fitted with Starkey INTRA hearing aids. The President's fitting encourages a wider acceptance of hearing aids among the general public, resulting in increased sales throughout the industry.
Starkey History 1982 - Starkey employees gathering hearing aid parts
1982
Starkey releases the CE-5 series, the industry's first canal hearing aids.
Starkey History 1979 - Starkey employees building hearing aids
1979
Austin decides outstanding patient service necessitates state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. This philosophy leads to the development of the CHAT hearing aid tester, the Tinnitus Research Audiometer and the Digital Drain Meter.
Starkey History 1978 - Hearing aid batteries
1978
The Starkey Fund is developed as a battery recycling program. Dispensers would send used batteries to Starkey for credit donated for helping needy people receive hearing assistance. The program evolves into the Starkey Hearing Foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization.
Starkey History 1977 - Photo of William F. Austin
1977
Austin feels that the hearing aid industry could benefit from an image-enhancing, professional auditory educational package for consumers. In response, he creates the CARE program, a comprehensive series of booklets and videos that promote the benefits of improved hearing.
Starkey History 1976 - Starkey Labs, Inc. logo
1976
Starkey opens its first subsidiary in Manchester, England. Over the next five years, Starkey opens facilities in Toronto, Canada; Glencoe, Minnesota; Hamburg, Germany and Paris, France.
Starkey History 1975 - Starkey building in Eden Prairie, MN
1975
With custom hearing aid production growing so dramatically, Starkey outgrows its original facility and purchases a new building in nearby Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Starkey History 1973 - Custom in-the-ear hearing aids
1973
Starkey releases the CE-1, a custom in-the-ear hearing aid with an industry first 90-day trial period and 1-year "Worry Free" warranty. Starkey releases variations of the first CE in the following years. Soon after, Starkey becomes the world's leading manufacturer of custom hearing instruments.
Starkey History 1967 - Starkey Laboratories building in St. Louis Park, MN
1967
William Austin starts Professional Hearing Aid Service, an all-make hearing instrument repair service in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The company offers fixed repair charges — an industry first.
Starkey History 1971 - Starkey employees building hearing aids
1971
Austin purchases Starkey Laboratories, a small earmold company, from Harold Starkey. Austin merges Professional and Starkey, retaining the Starkey name.