Starkey’s Evolv AI and SoundGear’s Phantom Win Hearing Technology Innovator Awards

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (November 9, 2022) – Starkey’s Evolv AI hearing aids and SoundGear’s Phantom hearing protection have each earned first place in their respective categories in the third annual Hearing Technology Innovator Awards. Evolv AI won the Custom Hearing Aids category, and Phantom secured first place in the Hearing Conservation category. Through this annual international awards program, the hearing loss trade publication Hearing Health & Technology Matters recognizes technological innovation and achievement in the hearing industry. Winners were decided through a public online voting process, during which thousands of votes were cast.

“At Starkey, we are revolutionizing hearing healthcare and making the impossible possible through innovative technology,” said Starkey President and CEO, Brandon Sawalich. “I’d like to send my sincere thanks to the many, many patients and hearing healthcare providers who took the time to give Starkey a vote of confidence in this awards competition. This recognition illustrates the trusting partnerships we have developed across the hearing industry over more than 50 years. Together, we will lead hearing healthcare into the next decade and beyond.”

Starkey’s Evolv AI set 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. The hearing aids are 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. Evolv AI’s always on and always automatic approach delivers realistic and genuine sound quality in every environment, without the need to do anything extra.

SoundGear’s Phantom represents the latest advancements in hearing protection. Custom-molded to the ear, Phantom offers a personalized fit that protects your hearing from loud noises like gunshots, engines, and power tools, while simultaneously enhancing environmental awareness. Made by Starkey, SoundGear devices feature advanced digital technology capable of enhancing sound eight times over traditional hearing protection products. That same technology detects loud impulse noises as they happen, instantly and automatically suppressing them to protect your hearing.

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About Starkey
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 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 is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at

About SoundGear
Founded in 2010, SoundGear represents the latest advancements in hearing protection. Designed with expert hunters and shooters in mind, SoundGear engineers products that provide 100% digital sound enhancement to deliver superior environmental awareness, while still protecting your hearing. SoundGear products are manufactured by Starkey, a global leader in hearing technology and premier provider in hearing healthcare headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Learn more at

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