Starkey Hearing Aid Reviews

Starkey Hearing Aid Reviews

Starkey Hearing Technologies was founded as Professional Hearing Aid Services in 1963. In 1970, Founder and CEO William F. Austin bought Starkey Labs, introducing the first Starkey custom in-the-ear hearing aid the following year. Headquartered near Minneapolis, Minnesota, the American-owned global hearing aid manufacturer serves more than 100 markets worldwide. Starkey hearing aid prices cost about $1,500 to $3,100 per unit. 

Starkey Innovations

Founded in 1984, the Starkey Hearing Foundation and its thousands of volunteers have provided free hearing care services to more than 1.5 million people in need in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Starkey Hearing Aid Recycling program donates many of the hearing aids used in international missions.

Starkey developed a smart, healthy hearing aid that utilizes integrated sensors and artificial intelligence (AI). It was the first device to track physical activity and cognitive health measured by hearing aid use in social situations.

The dual-radio wireless platform utilizes 2.4GHz radio for streaming phone calls, music, media, apps, and connecting with various devices, including TV and Amazon Alexa. This technology also incorporates near-field magnetic induction technology for authentic ear-to-ear communication and binaural noise reduction.

Types of Hearing Aids

Starkey offers several different models and basic types for mild to profound hearing loss, single-sided hearing loss, and children

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)

This type of hearing aid has largely replaced in-the-ear (ITE) models. A smaller speaker located directly in your ear canal enables sound to travel a shorter distance from the speaker through your ear canal and eardrum. This results in clearer and more intact sound, while the larger distance between the receiver and microphone leads to less feedback. Appropriate for mild to severe hearing loss.

Completely-in-Canal (CIC)

These small and discreet hearing aids are inserted in your ear canal, making it difficult for other people to see you’re wearing a device. CIC hearing aids are typically equipped with a small handle or cord that aids in removal. Appropriate for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

This traditional device consists of a small, hard-plastic case worn behind the ear connected to a customized plastic ear mold that fits inside your outer ear. Appropriate for moderate to severe hearing loss.

Starkey Custom-Made Solutions

In-the-Canal (ITC)

This type of hearing aid fits in the ear canal with a smaller portion visible in your outer ear. Appropriate for moderate to mildly severe hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

These hearing aids are encased in custom-made hard plastic cases that sit in your outer ear. They are relatively small and discreet, but large enough to accommodate advanced features such as ear-to-ear communication. Appropriate for moderate to severe hearing loss.

(Nearly) Invisible in the Canal (IIC)

This type of hearing aid must be positioned by a hearing care professional deeper in your ear canal near the eardrum. Although Starkey calls this device invisible, another company offers the only 100% invisible hearing aid.

Starkey Hearing Technology

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Rechargeable solutions
  • Telecoil options
  • Remote control
  • Wireless clip-on microphone
  • Digital feedback reduction
  • Noise reduction
  • Wind control
  • Speech enhancement
  • Geared to music listening
  • Tinnitus masking

Notable Features

The Thrive virtual assistant, built on the intelligence of Google Assistant, enables users to activate features by double-tapping their hearing aid. Only the user hears the assistant’s voice, at a level tuned to their specific hearing loss. Microphones in the hearing aid enable voice-to-text transcription and translation into 27 languages.

Utilizing 3-D sensors, Starkey released the first hearing aid that can detect when a user falls. Its built-in auto alert feature automatically sends an alert message to as many as three pre-selected friends or family members when you fall.

Select Accessories

Thrive App

This app provides hearing aid users with access to two main dashboards: one that focuses on body health and a second on brain health. The body health feature is tracked by the sensors in the hearing aid, while AI algorithms track brain health. The brain health dashboard records how often hearing aids are worn, engagement while wearing the hearing aid, and active listening, which assesses use in different types of environments.

Wireless mics

The Remote Microphone + makes it easy to stream from a variety of audio sources and enables two hearing aid models to connect to Amazon Alexa. The Mini Remote Microphone makes it easy to have one-on-one conversations in noisy environments and can be used as a TV streamer when placed near the sound source.

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