Starkey Muse IQ-R Rechargeable Hearing Aids | Hearing Aid Review



in this video I'm talking about the Starkey Muse IQ rechargeable hearing aids coming up hi guys cliff Olson doctor of Audiology and founder of applied hearing solutions in anthem Arizona and on this channel I cover a bunch of hearing related information to help make you a better informed consumer so if you're into that consider hitting the subscribe button earlier this year Starkey releases new muse IQ lithium rechargeable hearing aid and unfortunately I wasn't able to get my hands on a pair of these devices until now so I wasn't able to include them in my favorite rechargeable hearing aids of 2018 but since I've gotten a pair I figured I would let you know what I thought so let's get into the pros and pro number one is that it has lithium batteries lithium batteries are capable of providing a really quick charge for a lot of battery life and in the case of the muse IQ rechargeable hearing aids you're able to get 30 hours of battery life even while streaming and you can get all of this and only three-and-a-half hours worth of charge time and even if you only have a few minutes to pop your hearing aids in the charger it will give you hours worth of battery life Pro number two is the charger case and there are two distinct things about the charger case that I really like first and foremost it comes with a desiccant brick area this is basically really important when you put your hearing aids inside of the charger and you close the lid you want to be able to remove the moisture from the hearing aids on previous generations of rechargeable technology with Starkey they didn't have a way to actually use a desiccant with their rechargeable devices now they have it now I love it one of the other things that I really like about the charger case is that it acts like a travel charger as well so if you are going on a long road trip or you're gone for the weekend you don't need to bring all the cables you can just bring the kit with you and it actually has an indicator for how much battery life it has stored up inside of it you can see the four green lights which means that this case is fully charged right now and when it's fully charged you can actually get three complete recharges of your hearing aids for number three is that the muse IQ rechargeable hearing aids turn on immediately after you remove them from the case this is something that not all rechargeable hearing aids do and it's really nice to be able to just pull them out of the case without having to find a push button to turn them on which can be a really big problem for someone who has finger dexterity issues or for someone who has a visual impairment Pro number four is that they have a telecoil and day by day more and more facilities are becoming looped which means that you can use a telecoil inside of a hearing aid to wirelessly pull sound from whatever venue that you're in you typically find loop facilities in churches or movie theaters and what you want to look for is a sign like this if you see a sign like that and you have a telecoil inside of your hearing aid then you can pull the sound directly into your hearing aid so you can hear in that facility much better alright that's it for the pros now let's get into the cons and con number one is that you can't interchange disposable batteries with these hearing aids while it is no secret that I love lithium battery technology you do give up a little bit of control when you go with lithium batteries the really nice thing about the Z power Muse technology is that you could use disposable batteries interchangeably if you needed them con number two is that while it does have compatibility with the Cross which is great I'm just not a huge fan of the Starkey cross I haven't had the best of luck with Starkey cross devices in the past and while it's nice to have a rechargeable cross transmitter there are other companies out there who have been doing cross for much longer and who also have a rechargeable cross transmitter and the third and final con is that it doesn't have direct Bluetooth compatibility with a smart phone having impressive battery life while streaming is definitely made easier when you're not using bluetooth it would have been more impressive to me if they would have made the halo line of devices rechargeable but using the 900 megahertz signal with the Muse technology and using the Bluetooth Low Energy in the halo technology continued to be mutually exclusive in general the Starkey Muse IQ rechargeable devices are on par with the non-rechargeable version of the muse IQs the IQ line of devices have some improvements over the original muse is called acuity immersion which is supposed to give you back some original directionality that is lost by putting the device behind your ear so when you restore that you get a little bit additional benefit in a noisy situation and it's supposed to improve your natural listening experience as well if you would like to learn a little bit more about acuity immersion they have a really nice white paper that's pretty easy to understand and I will go ahead and link that in the description below if you want to check it out just remember it does not matter how good the Meuse IQ rechargeable hearing aids are or how good any hearing aid is for that matter unless you've had real ear measurement performed on them now if you don't know what real ear measures are I highly recommend you watch my video that I will link in the card up here because it is the only way to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed correctly to your hearing loss prescription and there is no way that you should ever purchase hearing aids unless you've had real ear measurement performed overall my hat goes off the Starkey is they continue to push the envelope in the development of new hearing aid technology rechargeable is definitely the way of the future and they are staying in the conversation with the creation of the Meuse IQ lithium rechargeable hearing aids that's it for this video if you have any questions leave them in the comments section below if you like the video please share it and if you want to see other videos just like this one go ahead and hit that subscribe button I'll see you next time

10 Comments

  1. Steven S said:

    I love your videos — this one is my favorite because I've been wearing my Starkey Muse IQ i2000 hearing aids for 4 months now! I agree that not having the bluetooth technology built in sucks. Instead of buying a $245 bluetooth transmitter, I purchased from Amazon an $18 bluetooth headset so that I can listen to my music app on my smartphone while working out at the gym. Previously, I had to remove the hearing aids to then insert my music buds but that's a pain. Now, I just pop my "Princess Leia" headset over my hearing aids, listen to the Muse say "telephone" from a memory setting, and then start my music app on my phone and begin my workout. Don't worry, I still remove my hearing aids prior to the sauna, pool, and showering. 🙂

    June 26, 2019
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  2. Samantha Simpson said:

    Hi I am hoping to find out more reviews on Starkey's NuEar Power Plus and the Intro ones as I have severe hearing loss. Are those hearing aids worth it? Hope to hear from you soon.

    June 26, 2019
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  3. Ron Henning said:

    Are the MuseiQ able to stream music from an Android phone? I am trying to decide between these and the new Phonak M aids which I believe can stream from an android phone using blutooth. It looks to me like the Muse have the ability to use more programs and have 24 channels as oposed to 20 for the Phonak. Does that mean I could get better sound from the Muse?

    June 26, 2019
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  4. Sindi C said:

    What are telecoils?

    June 26, 2019
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  5. Sharon Marie said:

    Hello and thank you for helping with the Starkey. My husband has a set and the charger. His charger started to have a red light on the right when hearing aids are in the charger. I noticed that when I moved the right hearing aid to the left port the left port led turns red as well. His hearing center didn't know what this meant so they will call me back when they figure it out. Do you know about this? Sharon

    June 26, 2019
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  6. Northern Homestead said:

    Thank you for all the great information you are providing. As a newbie in the hearing aid world, this has been great. I just got my first muse hearing aids and trying to get used to them. I went with Starkey because my local audiologist likes to work with them and has the best personal experience with them. That being said, I do wonder if in my onesided hearing loss case a different hearing aid would be a better option. She is willing to order for me whatever I would want, but how does one know what I want? You say Starkey it is not the best for Cross, so you probably have one in mind that is better. Would you care to share? Thank you!

    June 26, 2019
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  7. Carlos Benjamin said:

    Why would you want to swap out the lithium’s for a non-rechargeable battery? Unless there’s some amazing advantage, I can’t see why you’d ever want that.

    June 26, 2019
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  8. Mahmoud Kharsa said:

    Hello Doctor, I heard that Starkey HAs are the most expensive in terms of value for money. Can you provide any insight about that, thank you.

    June 26, 2019
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  9. Faith Lizyness said:

    Is there a reveiew for the Starkey Halo IQ? Love this channel!

    June 26, 2019
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  10. Sun Yata said:

    Hi Doctor Cliff, I'm into Music production and I have hearing loss, I've read these Aids are the best ones for music production and music listening.. is this true in your opinion? Thank you.

    June 26, 2019
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