Effortless Hearing Now Available through VA and DOD
Starkey adds Evolv AI, the industry’s most innovative line of hearing aids, to government contract
Eden Prairie, Minnesota (November 1, 2021) – Starkey’s latest technology, Evolv AI, is now available through the Veterans Affairs Administration, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. This bold technology is transforming a patient’s relationship with their hearing aids and setting the stage for an entirely new hearing ecosystem that not only emphasizes hearing’s impact on overall health and wellness but creates an effortless user experience.
“As an audiologist, I understand that hearing health care is a top priority for our veterans and their families,” said Starkey Chief Audiology Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing Sara Burdak, Au.D. “Tinnitus and hearing loss are the top two service-related injuries, and it is incumbent upon those of us in the hearing industry to provide our nation’s service members with the latest innovations to improve their quality of life. We are confident Evolv AI will not only treat their hearing loss, but their overall health and wellness.”
Evolv AI is built on Starkey Sound, a ground-breaking technology created by years of refining Starkey’s research and science-based algorithms to power high-fidelity audio, which is modeled after the human auditory system. Like the brain, Starkey Sound is designed to automatically suppress background noise and increase speech audibility and intelligibility with machine learning technology. In fact, every single hour, an Evolv AI hearing device will make 55 million adjustments – automatically.
As the world leader in custom manufacturing, Starkey is also proud to introduce its most comprehensive line of hearing aid options, from the industry’s smallest 2.4 GHz CIC to its most powerful BTE. Evolv AI hearing aids offer a feature that makes it possible to have hands-free conversations with compatible Apple products. With the release of iOS 15.1 and iPad OS 15.1, Apple has added support for bidirectional streaming technology. This 2-Way Audio protocol allows the hearing aid microphone to be used for voice pick-up during calls. This feature is available in iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and later releases. Evolv AI hearing aids can also be used with iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), iPad Air (4th generation), and iPad mini (6th generation). Additional features of Evolv AI include enhancements to Real Ear Measurement, Edge Mode and TeleHear Remote Programming.
“As the only American-owned hearing aid manufacturer, we are proud to offer our service men and women access to the best technology on the market,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “We thank them for their service to our country, and we also thank the hearing healthcare professionals who work tirelessly to help our veterans and troops hear better, so they can live better.”
To assist veterans and current military on their hearing loss journey, Starkey has created a webpage designed to offer helpful resources and information. Please click here to be directed to it. For more information about Starkey, click here.
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Owned by Bill Austin since 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at starkey.com.
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