Starkey Ignite 30
- Six channel sound processing
- Four memory programmes
- Wireless option on some models
- Available as very discrete IIC Xino
- Tone and voice indicator
- Selection of styles and colours
The US hearing aid manufacturer, Starkey, has pitched the Ignite series as its value for money or entry level series. However, within the Ignite there are two technology levels, the standard Ignite 20 and the higher specification Ignite 30. Both systems incorporate some impressive sound processing and are good quality aids delivering significant benefit to those suffering an appropriate loss but how does the technical spec of the higher ranked Ignite 30 stack up?
At its heart is a six channel sound processing chip. Over the recent years there has been an ever increasing number of channels offered by the manufacturers in their race to be considered as technically superior. Six channels is not now in the upper flight but in reality six channels across a standard bandwidth will provide your hearing aid audiologist adequate resources to match the Ignite 30 to your specific loss. Next for the sound processing algorithms.
The Ignite 30 does tick all the fundamental sound processing algorithms without straying into the high tech world of the super-advanced systems. It has noise management, feedback cancellation and directional microphones – all of a standard specification. In addition it has tone and voice indicators to lift it above the basic model Ignite. So in conjunction with six channels and four programmes, one should have a reasonable degree of benefit.
The Ignite 30, in some of its models, is wireless enabled to provide direct communication with suitable paired products. The advantage of this feature is increasing as more and more of our household items are now Bluetooth. Starkey’s range of wireless accessories include:
Surflink Streamer – A streamer for use with MP3 / Television / Radio/
Surflink Remote Control – A remote control with 3 modes
Surflink Mobile – A combination remote control / streamer / mobile transmitter
Wireless used to be associated with the upper echelons of hearing aid manufacturer but that it is now available within the Ignite 30 shows that behind its entry level positioning is some quite impressive sound processing capability.
The Ignite 30 is offered in a range of different product styles from a selection of BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids through a comprehensive ITE (in the ear) suite and finally if you have a suitable ear canal it can be manufactured as an IIC (invisible in the canal) product that Starkey label the Ignite Xino.
If you are considering changing your hearing aid and you have quite limited requirements – i.e. most of your listening is in relatively quiet environments or you are about to become a first time hearing user, then the Starkey Ignite 30 should be consider as a viable option. Discuss its specification and performance further with your hearing aid audiologist.
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