Muse iQ hearing aids run on the Acuity OS 2 operating system, like their Halo iQ sibling, which means Muse iQ include the same digital signal processing, automatic program changes, and directional hearing features as Halo iQ. The RIC-style Muse iQ with size-312 batteries even looks identical to its Halo iQ counterpart. The most important difference is that Muse iQ comes in a wider range of styles and includes the Synergy® wireless platform instead of made-for iPhone Bluetooth wireless.
The Synergy platform uses Starkey's 900sync technology - a 900 MHz wireless radio - to allow wireless communication with Starkey SurfLink accessories. The Synergy platform and 900sync technology also support wireless CROS functionality, for streaming audio from one hearing aid to another. This lets people with no usable hearing in one ear to hear comfortably from any direction, without craning their neck to favor their better-hearing ear.
Individuals requiring a little more power than the RIC style can choose from two BTE styles. Muse iQ also come as custom in-ear or in-canal styles. Before getting a custom hearing aid, you would need to visit a hearing care professional to have ear impressions taken. The hearing aids would then be made to fit your ears. Smaller, custom hearing aids are more prone to feedback than RIC hearing aids, but Starkey's feedback cancellation, included in every Muse iQ hearing aid, does a good job preventing whistling. Frequency lowering, for shifter high-pitched tones to a lower range, and tinnitus-masking sounds are also included at every performance level. Muse iQ are available at the i1600, i2000, and i2400 performance levels.
- Your main priority is a compact hearing aid with effective feedback (whistling) cancellation.
- The idea of adaptive sound processing specifically dedicated to enhancing the quality of music appeals to you, and you don't need made-for-iPhone wireless connectivity.
- You prefer to buy from an American hearing aid manufacturer.