Starkey Halo IQ

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“Halo IQ, Starkey’s newest Made for iPhone® hearing aids help you stay connected to the people and things you love most. With our easy-to-use TruLink™ Hearing Control app, Halo 2 is engineered to work specifically with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch® and Apple Watch®. And with new processing power in Halo IQ, you’ll experience music in a whole new way with pure, refined sound quality.”

STARKEY HALO IQ (Premium hearing aid – RIC style)

Alternative: Starkey Halo IQ i1600: Less expensive version.

 

Our Verdict:

An interesting alternative – have a look at the trulink app.
In today’s competitive market, you should be able to negotiate a free trial on all hearing aids. Just ask.

 

PRICE TO PAY:  Around £3400 to £4000 for a pair

 


APPEARANCE AND FEEL:

(the weight, size, shape, how well it fits ergonomically to the ear; the thickness and flexibility of the wire; the shell construction, quality, finish, IP properties, construction of buttons / switches / battery compartment)

3 STARS

A large shell, relatively.

 


SOUND PRODUCTION:

(tested for how natural sounds are; how owner’s voice sounds; quality of classical and popular amplified music; naturalness of everyday quiet sounds such as indicator click, and loud sounds such as toilet flush, wind)

4 STARS

Because of limited outlets offering this, it might not be getting the chance it deserves. As we use independent audiologists, we can say we have tested this – it’s comparable to the LiNX Quattro.

 


BACKGROUND NOISE PERFORMANCE:

(how well the instrument appears to cope with the suppression of background noises, such as party speech babble, traffic noise, loud wind noise, car engine sound)

4 STARS

Seems good, but a little erratic in high noise environments?

 


EASE OF PROGRAMMING:

(from the audiologist perspective – how easy and user-friendly the programming software is: this can affect the quality of the results for the end-user)

4 STARS

Surprisingly nice when you get your hands on it.

 


MAINTENANCE & RUNNING COSTS:

(cost of out-of-warranty repairs, cost of shell repairs, spare parts, ease of procuring replacement parts, consumables such as domes, wax guards, receiver wires; shell integrity when put under stress)

2 STARS

Parts are expensive.

 


OTHER COMMENT:

If you are testing ‘made for iPhone’ aids, this should be considered.

stk24 STARS

 

For App fans

Review by AJ (August 2018)