Comedian Steve Day talks about the impact Starkey Hearing Aids have had on his life and how the new Evolv AI hearing aids are helping him to hear better than ever.
In this, a blog written exclusively for Starkey, Steve Day one of the UK’s only deaf comedians experienced hearing loss when he was 18 years old, which is now severe-to-profound.
1 -The Sound Quality
First of all, the sound quality of Starkey Evolv AI is absolutely spot on, and there's no substitute for it.The difference with Starkey Evolv AI is the sound quality, it is clearer and softer. The clarity in the sounds is perfect.The old hearing aids were fantastic, but they did not have the richness of sound. The Starkey Evolv AI hearing aids have a more mellifluous and enveloping sound, it is not harsh. Sometimes hearing aids can be a little bit harsh, robotic and clinical but the new Starkey Evolv AI manages not to have any of the common issues that hearing aids wearers to face in day-to-day life.
2- Gaining Confidence & Mental Health
Having confidence in my hearing is absolutely massive. I used to shy away from things before and I have done that for a long time in my life, not taking part in fear that I would not hear something important in the conversation and then I would look like an idiot. This has been the story of my life for a long time before using Starkey hearing aids and I do not want anybody to do that. It is not necessary that you should do that, because if you start to withdraw from socialising, that is a slippery slope in terms of your mental health. All sorts of mental health problems are caused by isolation. Now with the Starkey Evolv AI hearing aids, I am confident and able to take part and socialise again with my family and friends.
Connectivity is very important in this modern time. People have probably not used the phone, not called their loved ones because they thought they just could not cope with it. Having hearing aids gives them a window back into that world. There are other things, they connect online with an app, and play music when driving in the car via phone. All digital content is available, all music, audiobooks, podcasts, all that wealth of stuff that previously people with hearing difficulty would find quite difficult. It's just a way back in, a doorway into all that sound, I had that in my previous Starkey hearing aids, and these just make it even better. I never thought that I would be able to call people without having to worry too much. Now with Starkey Evolv AI hearing aids, I can do without a problem. In a phone call, people's voice sounds clear and not like a phone voice. In the past, I have had to make phone calls and it's been very difficult mainly in call centres - it's been an absolute nightmare. Now with work, especially since the pandemic more gigs and events I do are online Zoom Skype or Microsoft Teams, and this connectivity is going to make that so much easier to have something reliable that I can just click, and I am on something. It is absolutely brilliant, the world is going that way anyway, more and more stuff sensibly will take place online and now I'm not excluded.
4- Rechargeable Function
I love the rechargeable function of my hearing aids, and I no longer worry about running out of batteries or fiddling with keeping a new battery in my hearing aids. Any hearing aid wearer will tell you that batteries are a complete and utter pain, either every pair of trousers has got batteries in the pocket, or you have got none, or they always run out of batteries when there are no shops open. Plus, batteries are an absolute nightmare, and they are expensive as well if you add them all up over a year, not having to go to shops and get batteries- that is going to be fantastic.
Evolv AI hearing aids boast our best-ever Starkey Sound™, with over 55 million automatic adjustments an hour. Our always-on, always automatic approach delivers realistic and genuine sound quality in every listening environment. The full Evolv AI range is smartphone-connected and can be rechargeable or battery-powered, depending on your preference.