About Starkey Hearing Technologies

Helping people hear - it's the reason we're here

Starkey 50 Years of Innovation Logo

Celebrating 50 years of innovation

Fifty years in the making

Take a trip back in time and learn about Starkey's historic milestones

'60s

1964-1967

 

William F. Austin opened a retail business, Professional Hearing Aid Services, in South Dakota.

William F. Austin opened a retail business, Professional Hearing Aid Services, in South Dakota

1963

 

Harold Starkey opened Starkey Labs in Maple Plain, Minnesota.

Harold Starkey opened Starkey Labs in Maple Plains, MN.

1967

 

William F. Austin moved Professional Hearing Aid Services from South Dakota into the basement of his Hopkins, Minnesota home. He began to market his repair service to dealers everywhere.

'70s

1970

 

In August of 1970, William F. Austin bought Starkey Labs from Harold Starkey in Minnesota for $13,000.

William F. Austin bought Starkey Labs from Harold Starkey
Starkey introduced the first Starkey custom ITE

1971

 

On January 1, 1971, Starkey introduced the first Starkey custom In-The-Ear (ITE) Custom Master. No longer solely focused on repair and earmolds, William F. Austin introduced Custom Master as a "product worthy of your consideration."

Starkey introduced the first 30-day, free trial

1973

 

Starkey introduced the first 30-day, free trial and the first one-year, Worry-Free Warranty.™

1973

 

Starkey introduced CE-1 Custom.

Starkey introduced CE-1 Custom

1975

 

Starkey introduces the world's first directional custom ITE hearing aids.

tarkey introduces the world’s first directional custom ITE hearing aid

1974-1975

 

William F. Austin extends his standard 30-day trial to 60 days, and then adds 30 more days for shipping; this revolutionary 90-day trial period shocks the industry.

William F. Austin extends his standard 30-day trial to 60 days

"President Reagan was fit on September 7, 1983. In no time, we were buried in orders. We had hearing aids stacked to the ceiling."- William F. Austin

President Reagan was fit on September 7, 1983
'80s
President Reagan Nancy Reagan William Austin

1983

 

President Ronald Reagan was fit with a pair of Starkey Intra hearing aids — the first canal instruments. With this public announcement, sales rose across the country, and helped reduce some of the stigma associated with hearing aids.

President Ronald Reagan was fit with a pair of Starkey Intra hearing aids

1984

 

Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded.

Starkey Hearing Foundation

1989

 

Starkey purchased Omni Hearing Systems and NuEar Electronics.

NuEar

1977-present

 

Starkey Hearing Technologies opened foreign subsidiaries in 16 countries, and we continue to grow to this day.

22 facilities and 100+ markets worldwide
'90s

1992

 

Starkey made news again with the Tympanette,® the first hearing aids to fit entirely in the canal.

Tympanette® the first hearing aid to fit entirely in the canal
Resolution I and Resolution II are released

1994

 

Resolution I and Resolution II are released. This programmable product line could be updated by wire or cable to update the performance of the instrument while being worn. They also included both digital and analog circuitry.

1995

 

Mother Theresa was fit with Starkey hearing aids.

Mother Theresa was fit with Starkey hearing aids

1996

 

Sequel custom programmable instruments greatly reduced distortion and offered advanced compression technology.

1997

 

Starkey Hearing Foundation embarked on its first international mission to El Salvador.

Starkey Hearing Foundation mission
'00s

2000

 

Starkey continued to grow a strong network of independent hearing professionals with the formation of Audibel.

Audibel
Fundraising gala for Starkey Hearing Foundation

2001

 

The first fundraising gala for Starkey Hearing Foundation was held.

William F. Austin with President Bush and President Clinton

2001

 

A decade of innovation began with the Genesis™ digital product family.

Starkey Genesis

2003

 

The Starkey Hearing Alliance Network was formed, offering training and technology for preferred providers.

2004

 

To advance the science of hearing, the Starkey Hearing Research Center opened in Berkeley, California.

Starkey Hearing Research Center

2006

 

Destiny™ hearing aids are the first to utilize both nano and digital technology.

Starkey Destiny

2008

 

Zōn™ launched with its revolutionary Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) design.

Starkey Zon RIC
'10s

2010

 

SoundLens were the industry's first Invisible-In-The-Canal (IIC) hearing aids. The marriage of 3D shell design and printing with smaller components allowed IIC fittings down to the second bend of the ear canal.

2011

 

Wi Series® hearing aids, Starkey's first wireless product line, allowed users to wirelessly stream sound with no body-worn relay device.

2012

 

Starkey Hearing Technologies created their own Hearing Innovation Expo for scientists, visionaries and hearing professionals. Hosted every two years, this event continues to feature trailblazing keynote speakers.

 Brandon Sawalich and George W Bush Bill Clinton, Carli Fiorina, George W Bush, Ben Affleck, Earvin Magic Johnson

2013

 

3 Series™ enabled hands-free cell phone conversations.

2014

 

Halo™ with Made for iPhone® technology creates seamless streaming with iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch® and Apple Watch.®

2015

 

Z Series™ launched with a full line of hearing solutions that provide advanced wireless performance and unmatched sound quality.

2016

 

Muse™ is released and provided the latest wireless hearing solution with 900 MHz technology - powered by Starkey's all new Synergy® platform.

Halo™ 2 hit the market - the latest release of Made for iPhone hearing aids, powered by Starkey's all-new Synergy platform.

2017 and beyond
Turning research into reality

Over 5,000 employees
in 22 facilities
Conducting
business in
more than 100 markets worldwide
Network of over 5,000 hearing care professionals
100+ current
R&D
projects
826 international patents
Award-winning research

"Alone we can't do much.
Together we can change the world."- William F. Austin

Starkey - Hear Better Live Better