Starkey Releases New Halo BTE
Starkey Hearing Technologies has just announced the release of a new BTE style hearing aid to the Halo (Made for iPhone) product family. For those of you familiar with the Starkey Halo, you’re probably aware that up until now the Halo was available in 2 styles- the RIC and RIC AP (absolute power version). The new BTE Halo will be called the BTE 13 (13 refers to the battery size), and just like the current RIC Halos, the BTE 13 will be available in the i70, i90, and i110 performance levels.
The BTE 13 can be worn either as a thin-tubed BTE or as a standard BTE with an earhook and custom earmold. How you choose to wear it will depend on your hearing loss. If you have a severe to profound loss, you will want to utilize the earhook and custom earmold option, which will provide more power. Either way it’s worn, the BTE 13 does appear to be a slightly longer (taller) hearing aid than the RIC, though the width or thickness of the aid appears to the be the same as the RIC.
At the heart of the Halo BTE 13 is Starkey’s new BluWave® 4.0 operating system, which improves audibility, comfort, and sound quality. Like all Halo hearing aids, the BTE 13 can be controlled using Starkey’s TruLink™ Hearing Control app. With this release, Starkey has updated that app to include new features that enhance streaming and hearing in noise with the touch of a button.
Aside from the above-mentioned changes, the BTE 13 has a few unique features which set it apart from the RIC styles.
What Makes the BTE 13 Different?
Onboard user controls: One of the more frequent complaints I hear of the Halo is its lack of onboard controls. That means that when you don’t have your iPhone with you, you’re basically stuck with the settings of the aids and can’t adjust them. Personally, I am never without my iPhone so this wouldn’t be a big deal to me- and it’s not to a lot of people, but it is a complaint I’ve heard a number of times. The BTE 13 addresses this by having an onboard control that can be programmed by your hearing provider so you can adjust the program of your hearing aids even when you don’t have your iPhone handy.
Improved battery life: Thanks to the significantly less drain of the BTE 13, batteries will last as much as 4 days longer than the RIC style.
Added gain in the low frequencies (when worn in standard BTE style): If you have a severe to profound hearing loss and the RIC AP Halo was not strong enough for you in the lows, you might give the BTE 13 a shot, as the fitting range has been expanded by 5db in the low frequencies.
Because the BTE 13 is so new, we don’t have any reviews on this hearing aid yet. If you have any experience with this aid, please post a comment below!
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