The S Series IQ range of hearing aids were launched in 2010 and at this time were the top level of technology available from Starkey. The ‘IQ’ refers to what was then Starkeys new noise reduction feature which is now a standard in most of their hearing aids. The S Series is available in 4 levels of technology IQ 11, IQ9, IQ7 and S Series 5, of which the IQ11 is the top level.
The S Series is available in the following styles
BTE – (Behind the Ear)
RIC – (Receiver in Canal)
CIC – (Completely in Canal)
ITC – (In the Canal)
ITE – (In the Ear)
IIC – (Invisibe in Canal) (Not available on S Series 5)
The IIC style is also known as the S Series IQ Otolens which is a tiny device that fits deep in the ear canal. If you are interested in this kind of hearing aid then you may want to look at Starkeys new Soundlens range.
The S Series also features Starkeys Hydrashield. This makes your hearing aids resistant to a range of substances such as sweat, wax or water, helping to prolong the life of the hearing aid.
In conclusion the Starkey S Series was their best technology until 2012 when it was replaced by the X Series which offers new features and added wireless capability. The S Series comes in a wide range of styles and offers a good range of features although this range is not compatible with Starkeys wireless accessories. If you are interested in this kind of hearing aid but would like more up to date technology then you may want to try the Starkey X Series.
The third level of technology in this range and has now been replaced by the X Series 70 which offers new features and added wireless capability
Lacks some of the features available on the IQ11 and has fewer channels but is still a very good hearing aid. It comes in a wide range of styles to suit individual requirements. Superseded by X Series