The Starkey Z i30 is the second entry level hearing aid in the Starkey Z Series. More powerful than the i20, this technology level is ideal for those who need a hearing aid to help them at home, work, and in quiet social gatherings. Benefiting from Starkey’s 900 Sync technology, these wireless hearing aids always work together to create a three dimensional sound quality. The i30 is available in a range of different colours and styles, making it easier to find the right model for you. The larger, more powerful models include Behind The Ear styles as well as a BTE mini and BTE power plus. These are suitable for all levels of hearing loss from moderate to severe. The slightly smaller Receiver In Canal (RIC) model is also available as well as a micro RIC with the multiflex tinnitus program as an optional extra. These styles are ideal for mild to moderate hearing loss. All these models have a telecoil and are available in 7 different colours which include black, slate, sterling, bright white with sterling, expresso, bronze and champagne.
The smaller, more discrete styles in the z series include In The Ear (ITE), which is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss and In The Canal (ITC) which is suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss. Both of these models can be fitted with a telecoil as an optional extra.
The smallest style in the range is Completely In Canal (CIC), this is nearly invisible in the ear canal and is suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. This is the only fitting not to come with a volume control and directional microphones. These styles are available in 5 faceplate colours and 4 shell colours.
All of the smaller hearing aids are custom made and moulded to fit the contours of your ear to ensure a comfortable fit.
Despite being one of the cheaper hearing aids in the Z series the i30 still benefits from the latest technology to give you the best possible listening experience. This includes 6 channels to analyse and process each sound to give you great sound quality.
The Acoustic Scene Analyser and Audioscapes programmes are set at level 2. This is more powerful than the i20 model and detects wind noise and quieter environments, helping you to hear clearer speech in different environments.
The Spectral IQ ISO clear compression program is able to recognise high frequency sounds outside of your hearing range, such as children’s voices. It then replicates the sound at a lower, easier to hear frequency without sound distortion.
Acuity Directionality works with the Speech ID program to separate speech from background noise and work out the direction that the speech is coming from. It then focuses the directional microphones in that area so that you get better clarity of speech in noise.
Spatial streaming makes sure that your hearing aids are always working together and always on the right setting for the environment. The Stream Boost function allows you to boost audio streaming in more challenging environments, cutting down on background noise.
The Synchronised User Controls allow you to change the settings, such as the volume or the memory program, on both hearing aids at the same time. The binaural telephone mode is designed to make listening on the telephone easier. It will turn up the volume to clarify speech on the ‘phone side whilst turning down the volume of the other hearing aid, reducing distractions in the room.
The range of Surflink accessories allow you to stream sound directly from your TV or music player using the media streamer. There is also a mobile telephone for streaming voice calls and the remote control, which allows you to quickly and discretely change your hearing aid settings.
As well as memory programs to save your favourite settings, the feedback eliminator will remove the whistle or buzz of feedback before you know it’s there. For those who suffer from tinnitus, Starkey’s Multiflex Tinnitus Technology can be tailored to suit your needs and relieve your symptoms.
The Hydrashield2 is a tough nano coating which repels moisture and ear wax from your hearing aid, making sure it is working at its best for longer.
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If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?
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.