Starkey Hearing Technologies is excited to announce the release of Halo, our Made for iPhone Hearing Aid. Halo offers proven best-in-class hearing aid features for feedback reduction, adaptive noise management, frequency lowering (when needed) and directionality. But that is just the start! Halo is compatible with Apple products including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, which eliminates the need for “dedicated” remote controls to adjust hearing aid gain or program settings. Also, no additional hardware or accessories are needed for streaming phone calls, music, video or media directly to a user’s hearing aids.
Halo works seamlessly with the TruLink hearing control app to provide unparalleled optimization and personalization for a wide variety of sound environments. In combination with the TruLink app, Halo devices function as high-fidelity wireless stereo headphones connecting directly to sounds the listener wants to hear. With Halo and TruLink, hearing aid users have access to the more than 1 million apps that are currently available on iTunes, connecting to anything with audio or visual inputs like music, movies, games and FaceTime.
Using the SoundSpace feature in the TruLink Hearing Control App, users can simultaneously adjust 64 hearing aid parameters in real-time with a virtually infinite number of unique settings to match their individual listening preference. This provides patients the ability to fine tune to the “real world” with much greater precision and range than any other device on the market. Wearers can access up to 20 unique programmable memories to match the most demanding of patient lifestyles. These may be accessed manually or “geotagged” using iPhone’s integrated GPS system to automatically change settings when the patient is in that environment. TruLink also has an adaptive car mode that optimizes the settings for the best performance in this demanding environment; the system engages adaptively when the Halo user is in a car traveling more than 10 miles an hour.
Dave Fabry, Ph.D., is Vice President of Audiology and Professional Relations at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in audiology from the University of Minnesota. His professional experience includes positions as a Research Audiologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Chief of Audiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Vice President of Professional Relations and Education for Phonak Hearing Systems. He was Chief of Audiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Fabry is also a prolific writer, having served as an Associate Editor for Ear and Hearing, Editor of American Journal of Audiology, Associate Editor for Audiology Online and Editor of Audiology Today. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Fabry has presented widely in the U.S. and internationally and has served as a board member and president of the American Academy of Audiology, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.