Starkey Ignite 20
- Four channel sound processor
- Includes IIC Xino product
- Choice of ITE www.ces
- First time use / budget aid
- Noise reduction
- Feedback cancellation
The Ignite 20 from the US hearing aid manufacturer, Starkey, was launched as a budget or entry level range. It has proved extremely popular since launch and established a reputation for solid technology at a great value for money price.
There are two BTE (behind the ear) product formats and four ITE (in the ear) products, so quite a comprehensive product selection for an entry level range portfolio. As well as the standard or classic formats there are a couple of interesting items. The Ignite Xino is what the manufacturer classifies as an IIC (invisible in the canal). This very small device sits deep within the ear canal and while it may not be suitable for all candidates for some it will provide an extremely discrete hearing system. There is also a very neat mini BTE. Starkey have historically been strong on producing very small hearing aids and this trend has continued within the Ignite 20.
The technology within the Ignite is basically a four channel system and while there are products with considerably more channels, four will provide the hearing aid audiologist some scope to match the product to your loss. Algorithms are relatively basic as one would expect but do include feedback cancellation, noise reduction and directional microphones, so all the fundamental requirements are ticked off.
Within the range some of the models are wireless enabled so can link through to Bluetooth compatible products such as mobile phones, televisions or MP3 players. Appropriate products can be paired with Starkey’s wireless accessory range which includes a streamer, a remote control and a combined system called the Surflink mobile.
If you are either a first time user and new to hearing aids or have quite basic demands, not being exposed to difficult listening environments then the Starkey Ignite 20 could well be the perfect model for you. Having investigated the Ignite 20 should you feel that you require a little bit more sophistication then you could consider the Ignite 30.
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