The Starkey X Series is their new technology range and has replaced the previous S Series of hearing aids. The X Series incorporates the different styles and technologies and is available in 3 levels of technology 110, 90 and 70, of which 90 is the second level.
The Wi series is the wireless option within this range and at this level is known as the i90. Along with having the same features as other models in this range, the Wi is compatible with the Surflink range of wireless accessories. You can control the essential features of your hearing aid with the Surflink remote control. The Media Streamer allows you to have the stream the sound from your TV, radio or MP3 directly into your hearing aids as if you were wearing headphones. The Surflink mobile combines both of the previous devices together and also gives you hands free wireless connection to your mobile phone all in one.
The Wi is available as an RIC (Receiver in Canal), CIC (Completely in Canal), ITC (In The Canal) or ITE (In The ear) so there is a range of styles to suit almost any preference.
Also available in the X Series 90 is the Xino. This is the new mini RIC (Receiver In Canal) from Starkey. It is a tiny discreet device that offers the same features as the other models but is not compatible with the wireless accessories.
The 3 Series is the newest addition to this range. It is very similar to the Wi series in that it offers the same features and is also wireless compatible. The main difference is the new design which makes this hearing aid much more user friendly. It has a new switch design which makes it easier to control things like volume and setting options and also features Snap Fit for easier receiver connection. The 3 Series 90 is available as either a Mini BTE (Behind The Ear) or an RIC (Receiver in Canal).
The X Series 90 (i90 for Wi) comes with a wide range of excellent features which includes 12 sound processing channels which allows your hearing aids to be more specifically programmed to deal with your individual hearing needs. The 90 also has 3 levels of personalisation allowing you to customise the preferences to your own requirements.
The Voice iQ2 feature has increased the noise reduction capability in these hearing aids. Although it does not have the maximum strength of the Starkey X Series i110, the 90 has an 8dB noise reduction strength. These hearing aids also have Audioscape which recognises the patterns of noise in different environments and will adjust your hearing aids accordingly. The 90 offers 3 adaptation levels to automatically switch the hearing aids to your preferred settings. Starkey’s Feedback Eliminator is designed to help get rid of any unwanted and annoying whistling noises that may occur, maintaining listening comfort.
Like the other models in this range, the X Series 90 also features Starkeys Hydrashield. This makes your hearing aids more resistant to substances such as sweat, wax or water, helping to prolong the life of the hearing aid.
The X Series 90 (i90 for Wi) is the second level of technology available from Starkey and comes in a range of styles to suit your individual needs. Whether you are looking for something simple and discreet or with wireless compatibility there is something in this range to suit almost everyone. If you are interested in this type of hearing aid but would like to take full advantage of the features available then you may want to try the X Series 110 (i110). However if you are on a budget then you may wish to try the Starkey X Series i70.
Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry.
He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers.
He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.
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If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:
Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.
Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.
Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.
Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.
Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.
For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up.
For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.
One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.
Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.
Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.
For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.
The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.
However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.
People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.
There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.
Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.
Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.
The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.
Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.
Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.
As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.