Celebrating 50 years of innovation
Fifty years in the making
Take a trip back in time and learn about Starkey's historic milestones
William F. Austin opened a retail business, Professional Hearing Aid Services, in South Dakota.
Harold Starkey opened Starkey Labs in Maple Plain, Minnesota.
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.
In August of 1970, William F. Austin bought Starkey Labs from Harold Starkey in Minnesota for $13,000.
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 and the first one-year, Worry-Free Warranty.™
Starkey introduced CE-1 Custom.
Starkey introduces the world's first directional custom ITE hearing aids.
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.
"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 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.
Starkey Hearing Foundation was founded.
Starkey purchased Omni Hearing Systems and NuEar Electronics.
Starkey Hearing Technologies opened foreign subsidiaries in 16 countries, and we continue to grow to this day.
Starkey made news again with the Tympanette,® the first hearing aids to fit entirely in the canal.
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.
Mother Theresa was fit with Starkey hearing aids.
Sequel custom programmable instruments greatly reduced distortion and offered advanced compression technology.
Starkey Hearing Foundation embarked on its first international mission to El Salvador.
Starkey continued to grow a strong network of independent hearing professionals with the formation of Audibel.
The first fundraising gala for Starkey Hearing Foundation was held.
A decade of innovation began with the Genesis™ digital product family.
The Starkey Hearing Alliance Network was formed, offering training and technology for preferred providers.
To advance the science of hearing, the Starkey Hearing Research Center opened in Berkeley, California.
Destiny™ hearing aids are the first to utilize both nano and digital technology.
Zōn™ launched with its revolutionary Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) design.
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.
Wi Series® hearing aids, Starkey's first wireless product line, allowed users to wirelessly stream sound with no body-worn relay device.
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.
3 Series™ enabled hands-free cell phone conversations.
Halo™ with Made for iPhone® technology creates seamless streaming with iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch® and Apple Watch.®
Z Series™ launched with a full line of hearing solutions that provide advanced wireless performance and unmatched sound quality.
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
more than 100 markets worldwide
"Alone we can't do much.
Together we can change the world."- William F. Austin