Starkey's History
2016 Muse, Halo 2, and SoundLens Synergy launched 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 was also released, adding to the family of SurfLink accessories.
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.
2013 In January we launched Xino™ Tinnitus with Multiflex Tinnitus Technology to help people suffering from constant "ringing" in their ears find relief. Also in 2013, 3 Series™ custom wireless hearing aids were launched, 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.--
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2002 The Starkey Hearing Alliance 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1989 Starkey purchases Omni Hearing Systems and Nu-Ear Electronics.
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.
1984 The Starkey Hearing Foundation officially begins.
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.
1982 Starkey releases the CE-5 series, the industry's first canal 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.
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.
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 promotes the benefits of improved hearing.
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.
1975 With custom hearing aid production growing so dramatically, Starkey outgrows its original facility and purchases a new building in nearby Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
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.
1971 Austin purchases Starkey Laboratories, a small earmold company, from Harold Starkey. Austin merges Professional and Starkey, retaining the Starkey name.
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.

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Starkey Hearing Technologies is a world leader in the design, development and distribution of comprehensive hearing solutions. We believe in using superior hearing technology as a means to something even greater — creating meaningful connections between people and their worlds.

With 21 facilities in more than 100 markets around the globe, Starkey Hearing Technologies is an industry leader in hearing instrument manufacturing. We create top quality diagnostic equipment, hearing protection products, wireless technology and unique hearing solutions for every environment.