The i70 is the mid range level hearing aid in the Starkey Z Series. This range of hearing aids has technology levels to suit every kind of lifestyle and is available in a wide range of fittings.
The select technology in the i70 makes it ideal for a variety of environments such as one to one conversation, social occasions, listening in meetings and restaurants as well as outdoor pursuits.
The styles available include Behind The Ear (BTE) as well as a BTE mini and BTE power plus. This is the most powerful style and is suitable for all levels of hearing loss from moderate to severe. Slightly smaller behind the ear styles include a Receiver In Canal (RIC) as well as a micro RIC with multiflex tinnitus option. These are suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss. These styles are available in different power levels to suit your level of hearing loss.
Both the BTE and RIC styles also have a telecoil and are available in 7 different colours which include black, slate, sterling, bright white with sterling, expresso, bronze and champagne
The Z Series are also available in smaller, in the ear style fittings which are custom made to the contours of your ear to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. They are available in 5 faceplate colours and 4 shell colours. Styles include In The Ear (ITE), which is suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. This fitting is offered with a telecoil as an optional extra.
Smaller still, the In The Canal (ITC) is suitable for moderate to severe hearing loss. This fitting is offered with a telecoil as an optional extra. The smallest in the range, Completely In Canal (CIC), is nearly invisible in the ear canal and is suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
All styles of hearing aid have a memory button and – with the exclusion of the CIC style, all have volume control and directional microphones.
The i70 is equipped with Starkey’s 900 Sync wireless technology which ensures that both hearing aids are always working together, whatever their setting, to give you 3D like sound quality. It also ensures great sound streaming quality in difficult listening situations.
The eight sound imaging channels process and analyse the sounds around to ensure great sound quality whilst the Acoustic Scene Analyser and Audioscape program work together to detect the sound levels in your environment. In the i70 this is set to level two, and can detect speech in quiet environments as well as when there is background noise such as wind or machinery. It can also detect changes in speech volume to give you better hearing clarity.
Spectral IQ uses ISO clear compression to identify high frequency, difficult to hear sounds such as women’s and children’s voices, and replicates them at a lower frequency within your hearing range without sound distortion. The IQ Boost function enables you to actively reduce background noise and turn up speech volume using the Surflink remote control, making it easier to hear conversation in noisy environments.
Starkey has introduced a voice recognition program, the Voice IQ2. This program detects speech sounds and gives better clarity whilst separating it from the background noise. The Acuity Directionality program helps to focus the directional microphones on speech whilst helping to reduce background noise from other areas.
With the Spatial Streaming program both hearing aids will work together seamlessly, giving you the best performance in all settings. They are also equipped with Binaural Spatial Mapping which can assess your environment and make adjustments to the directional microphones to improve speech clarity. This program can also soften the effect of sudden loud noises to ensure hearing comfort.
The Stream Boost program helps to boost the sound when you are using sound streaming. This helps give you clearer hearing in more challenging environments.
The synchronised user controls allow you to make changes to the volume and settings simultaneously whilst the telephone mode makes talking on the phone easier. It does this by turning up the volume on the telephone side whilst turning down the volume in the other hearing aid to reduce background noise in the room.
Starkey’s range of Surflink accessories are fully compatible with the Z Series. These include a remote control which allows you to change the settings and volume quickly and discretely, media streamers which can stream the sound from your music player or TV directly to your hearing aids when you are in range. There is also a mobile phone which streams the caller’s voice directly to your hearing aids.
Other features of the i70 include Starkey’s Purewave Feedback Eliminator which removes the annoying sound of feedback before you can hear it without any sound distortion. If you suffer from tinnitus, the Multiflex Tinnitus feature can be programmed to your exact needs.
The tough Hydrashield 2 nano coating makes sure that your hearing aids stay in great working order as long as possible by repelling earwax and moisture, which can effect the internal workings of the hearing aid.
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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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.
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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.