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Popular Starkey Hearing Aid Models

Starkey Hearing Technologies is the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the United States, and indeed, the only major hearing aid manufacturer headquartered in this country. Starkey first opened its doors in Minnesota in the 1960s to make hearing aid earpieces. The company also owned and operated retail hearing aid outlets, and continues to distribute hearing aids today through its own retail chain as well as through independent retailers.

Starkey's American heritage remained a central part of its identity, even as the company grew to become a global business, employing more than 500 people and operating in 100 markets worldwide. United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton wore Starkey hearing aids. So did Mother Teresa, perhaps because another pillar of the Starkey’s history has been a commitment to philanthropic endeavors supporting people living with hearing loss. Since its inception in 1984, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has donated more than 1 million hearing aids to those in need around the world.

Starkey hearing aids boast a range of advanced signal processing technologies, developed and tested in the company's own research center in Berkeley, California and in other US and international facilities. Starkey introduced the world's first completely invisible-in-canal hearing aid, and was among the first to release a made-for-iPhone hearing aid. The current iterations, invisible-style Picasso and made-for iPhone Livio hearing aids are now in their fourth generation.

Like most hearing aid brands, Starkey uses a numbering system to indicate the performance level of its hearing aids. The higher the number, the higher the performance level. The number also represents how many channels or bands of the hearing aid includes. For example, the i1600 performance level includes 16 channels, while the i2000 and i2400 performance levels include 20 and 24 channels, respectively. The number of channels or bands indicates, to some extent, how well the hearing aid can separate and process distinct sounds without causing unwanted side effects. For instance, a multi-channel hearing aid can reduce background noise in certain channels without altering speech sounds present in other channels. While the number of channels a hearing aid has is important, this probably matters less than the types and quality of digital signal processing the hearing aid offers.

Starkey's latest hearing aids are based on the new Thrive operating system, which supports noise cancellation, voice and music enhancement, ear-to-ear wireless communication, and made-for-iPhone connectivity for streaming music and phone calls directly from Apple mobile devices.

A simple, but welcome new feature you will find find across the Livio and Picasso product lines is that the hearing aids announce the name of the listening program using spoken words. It's easy to forget how to use each program when all the hearing aids tell you is "beep" or "beep-beep" as you change from one program to the next. With newer Starkey hearing aids, you would hearing the word “restaurant” if you changed to a program intended for use in restaurants. It’s a nice touch that makes these hearing aids a little easier to use than some others.

In the sections below, you'll find information on Starkey's current and most popular hearing aids models, along with pricing and feature information so you can determine which Starkey hearing aid is appropriate for you. If you're simply looking to get your Starkey hearing aids repaired, or looking for Starkey parts, like wax filters or domes, feel free to give us a call and we'll point you in the right direction. Otherwise, feel free to review the popular models below, and at the top of this page you'll find links to each Starkey hearing aid model, along with prices, features, and online ratings, and more in-depth Starkey reviews on each product page.

Starkey Livio

Built on the all-new Thrive platform, Livio provide better sound quality than any other Starkey hearing aid. "Hearing Reality" technology, introduced now for the first time, provides 50 percent better user satisfaction in noisy listening situations, according to Starkey.

Hearing Reality delivers upgrades in clarity, comfort, and hearing performance from the quietest to the noisiest environments. It's designed to separate different "layers of sound", amplifying sounds that contribute to better understanding in conversation, while preserving peace and quiet for a natural listening experience.

With the Thrive Hearing Control app, you can easily adjust Livio hearing aids from compatible Apple iOS or Android mobile devices. Use the app to adjust the hearing aid volume, personalize your settings, and more.

Add geotags to automatically activate your preferred listening program based on your location. The app uses your smartphone's GPS to detect when you arrive, and automatically switches to the designated program.

Hear phone calls, TV and more directly through your Livio hearing aids using the Thrive app or one of Starkey's easy-to-use accessories. Thanks to new technology in Livio, you can enjoy consistent wireless performance while streaming calls, TV, music or other media from your smartphone or wireless accessories. Made-for-iPhone connectivity means you can stream audio and phone calls from compatible Apple iOS mobile devices directly to your Livio hearing aids. Streaming from an Android mobile device is possible with the Starkey Hearing Technologies Remote Microphone +.

Starkey Livio AI

Hearing aid companies release new products all the time, but truly groundbreaking innovations like Starkey Livio AI come only once in a while. Livio AI blurs the boundaries between hearing aids, wearable health technology, and multifunction consumer audio devices known as hearables. Starkey calls the new Livio AI the world's first Healthable—a multi-purpose device that redefines what a hearing aid can do.

This is the first hearing aid to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence for tracking brain and body health. The Livio AI concept is based on scientifically-sound evidence that healthy hearing contributes to overall brain and body health. These hearing aids don't just help you hear better. They aim to help you live better.

Starkey's goal is to make it easy for you to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness. Thanks to three-dimensional motion sensors integrated into the hearing aids, Livio AI can detect movement, enabling them to function as an activity tracker. They can count your steps, recognize gestures that control the hearing aids, and even detect if the wearer falls.

Combined with the Starkey Thrive Hearing Control app, you track brain and body wellness scores and set goals to improve your activity. The Thrive app scores derives your scores from your physical activity throughout the day, how long you wear your hearing aids each day, and how much time you spend actively engaged in conversation.

Livio AI works with all the same wireless accessories and offers the same Bluetooth functionality as the standard Livio AI, but with the added benefit of the AI features.

Starkey Picasso

Built on the Synergy sound processing platform, Starkey Picasso hearing aids feature high-end sound processing and Bluetooth® wireless in a discreet and comfortable custom fit. The Picasso product line continues Starkey's long standing reputation for building incredibly small hearing aids, and packing more technology into them than competitors seem to manage.

Every major hearing aid manufacturer now offers Bluetooth wireless hearing aids in behind-the-ear styles. Manufacturers also offer custom in-ear wireless hearing aids, but many of these product lines exclude wireless functionality from hearing aids any smaller than an ITE (in-the-ear) or ITC (in-the-canal) style. That's because wireless radio components and the batteries needed to power them are a lot easier to fit into large hearing aids.

Starkey Picasso come in five styles, offering Bluetooth wireless in sizes from in-the-ear all the way down invisible-style hearing aids. This isn't the first time Starkey has delivered wireless connectivity in the very smallest custom hearing aids. It is the first time the company has offered Bluetooth wireless at every performance level in invisible hearing aids.

With Picasso Bluetooth® hearing aids, you'll enjoy amazing comfort and performance, plus full compatibility with Starkey's SurfLink® wireless accessories.

Buy if:
  • You want invisible-style Bluetooth hearing aids for streaming audio from wireless accessories.
  • Small size and industry-leading feedback cancellation top your priority list.
  • You're looking for hearing aids with dedicated sound processing especially for music.

Starkey Hearing Aid Reviews

Below you’ll see our 10 most recent and real Starkey hearing aid reviews and complaints, on all the latest models such as Livio, Livio AI, Picasso.

Any time you read a customer review on Starkey hearing aids, its important to note that a significant factor contributing to the customer`s review is the skill of the hearing provider who fit their hearing aids. For more information on this, we`d encourage you to check out our YouTube video: Do Hearing Aid Reviews Matter?

Product reviewed: Starkey Livio 1600

VERIFIED BUYER | Cranberry Township, PA ?

I just recently purchased my first pair of hearing aids and have been wearing them now for less than a month. They are Starkey Livio 1600 rechargeable hearing aids, which I purchased frommy provider in Cranberry Twp., PA. I was quite surprised how comfortable they are and have been quite easy to get used to. They connect up with my iPhone, for easy and clear phone conversations. I can listen to my music, directly from my phone while I'm out walking. The sound quality is good, they are comfortable and quite reliable! I think the best part is no batteries to fiddle with, instead I just place them in the charger each evening and they are ready to go in the morning!

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Product reviewed: Starkey Livio 1600

VERIFIED BUYER | Marlborough, MA ?

Sound quality is great.. background noise is easily cut down. Television and phone are clearer. I'm looking forward to learning more about the thrive hearing control app.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Picasso i2400

Very pleased. Bought these b/c I'd seen that they were considered probably the best invisible hearing aids on the market and I am not disappointed. Crystal clear hearing, 100% hidden, only thing needs improving is super short battery life of 2 days. And Bluetooth would be nice.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Picasso i2400

The old SoundLens Synergy IQ is great. You can still get them from Starkey but apparently not from Zip. Officially the Picasso IIC is the replacement. I'd prefer to go with a known quantity, the Synergy. But about occlusion, you get that because you didn't get a good, deep, ear canal impression. Getting that kind of impression is super difficult as it takes more skill and has more risk (touching the ear drum and freaking the patient out).

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Product reviewed: Starkey Picasso i2400

5 stars for being the most invisible hearing aid I tried, but 3 stars for the following reasons.
-Occlusion. Terrible, never could get used to these hearing aids, I always feel plugged up. Better than others, yes, but still an issue that seems I cannot resolve through programming, remodeling, or any other way. The only way I find relief is by pulling them out slightly, but then they are visible, whistling, and not sitting properly.
-Lack of app compatibility. I would think that all hearing aids today could be controlled from an APP discreetly but I have found much to my disappointment that these cannot. Yes they have an app that is available but it is no what I would consider to be modern or seeming very tech forward.
-Lack of Bluetooth direct to hearing aids. Another big tradeoff I made with choosing the IIC invisibles is NO bluetooth. I don't want to wear a dongle to hear phones through my hearing aids.

Sigh..maybe next time I buy hearing aids they will meet all my requirements.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Livio 2400

VERIFIED BUYER | palm desert, CA ?

My biggest complaint is that the hearing aids do not keep the sound levels. I have to constantly set the hearing aids on its charger, then recalibrate via iPhone, Accessibility, Hearing Devices, then make sure they both are listed (left/right) and adjust the Microphone Level. This goes on several times during the day.

May hearing aid person says it's not the fault of the hearing aid, but rather an Apple problem. I don't buy that. Why can Starkey not get together with Apple, since they know of the problem? These here, all of the sudden are dead on one side or the other.

Then there is the malfunctioning of either side when I listen to a Video. The sound comes in either on the left, or on the right, or not at all. Also, Phone calls are a pain! The sound sound does NOT come in on BOTH ears! IT HAPPENS ALL OF THE TIME!!! I wished I had chosen the battery operated hearing aids. At least they work all day, until the battery gets low.

Bottom line: I have to make do with these hearing aids until Jaunuary 2022, when I can buy new ones with the help of our insurance. SO NO, I AM NOT SATISFIED.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Picasso i1600

Good value for the money. Most comfortable inner ear device that I have tried and the least noticeable. Still not hearing perfectly but it has improved to I would estimate hearing 90% of speech clearly as compared to without aids maybe 30%. Drastic improvement in my quality of life and ability to interact and not WITHDRAW myself from every social activity.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Livio AI 2000

VERIFIED BUYER | Winston Salem, NC ?

So far, I am very pleased with my new hearing aids. The sound quality is very good and they are a considerable improvement over my old hearing aids. I really appreciate being able to listen to my TV and phone through the hearing aids. On the negative side, I find it more difficult to insert them in my ears than my old pair of behind the ear aids. It may be that the tube is shorter, but my audiologist said that if he lengthened the tubes, the hearing aid microphone would be behind my ear, rather than on top of it. I also thing the fear lock tube is too short, so I fear losing the aids. I do wish I could compare the model I purchased with the next higher priced model. If it were better, I would certainly spend the extra money. Have you considered allowing a customer pay only for the higher priced model, but testing two models in the audiologist's office to decide which to buy? Is there some way to do that?

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Product reviewed: Starkey Livio AI 2000


The sound quality is okay but the constant feedback overwhelms the benefit of the sound quality. The devices do not stay in place easily and have required constant manipulation to keep them properly placed in the ear canal. Further, the devices have poor compatibility for anyone wearing eyeglasses.

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Product reviewed: Starkey Livio 2000

VERIFIED BUYER | los angeles, CA ?

I have been deaf in my left ear for over 30 years. My Starkey hearing aid has changed my life. The sound quality is amazing and I honestly forget i"m wearing it. The app connection to my IOS makes customizing it for my surroundings easy. Could not have chosen a better hearing aid.

Great sound


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Starkey Hearing Aid Prices

Authorized online Starkey retailers do not post prices online. For this reason, it can be hard to find a pricelist for Starkey hearing aids on the internet. However, you can always call us at 800-731-6794 and we will be happy to let you know our prices. As a rule of thumb, your cost for Starkey hearing aids will usually be 20-30% below usual retail prices when purchased through ZipHearing, and our prices for Starkey start at $999 per hearing device.

The final price of your Starkey hearing aids through ZipHearing is shown below. When purchased from other retailers, your final price will vary based on style chosen, warranty, length of service plan, terms of the trial period, and more.

If you find an online seller who is posting Starkey prices on their website, there is a very good chance that the retailer is not an authorized Starkey retailer, and you should proceed with caution before purchasing from that retailer.

How much do Starkey hearing aids cost?

From most retailers, Starkey hearing aids start at $1000 each, and go up to $3000+.

Starkey hearing aid apps & accessories

Have you ever thought about controlling your hearing aids from your smartphone? If so, check out some of the Starkey apps below. Be sure to check compatibility of these apps with your phone or tablet, because some apps are built exclusively for iOS devices, others for Android devices, and the functionality that you get from these apps may vary depending on the type of phone or tablet you use. In addition, sometimes apps may be built exclusively for iPhones (for example), and may not work on iPads. So it`s very important to check compatibility of your devices before selecting your hearing aids based on the apps available from Starkey.

You should also consider some of Starkey`s accessories, such as TV streamers and remote microphones. Again, it is important to do your due diligence as far as compatibility. Not all Starkey hearing aids will work with all of the below Starkey accessories. To find compatibility information, find the Starkey hearing aid on our site that you are looking for, then scroll down and you will see a section on the product page which reviews this information.

If you need Starkey supplies, such as domes, filters, or cleaning tools, we recommend contacting the local Starkey provider who sold you your hearing aids. You may also sometimes find these parts relatively inexpensive on sites like Amazing and eBay. For accessories, we do not recommend buying them on sites like Amazon or eBay, as that is not an approved sales channel for most major manufacturers, and sellers on those sites are likely not authorized Starkey retailers. You can also of course always buy these accessories from the local hearing provider which sold you your Starkey hearing aids.

Please note: We are only able to sell accessories & parts of supplies to customers who have purchased hearing aids through ZipHearing.

Starkey Hearing Technologies Remote Mic +: $299

Starkey Hearing Technologies Remote Microphone + is designed to stream audio from different audio sources directly to your 2.4 GHz wireless hearing aids. When worn by a distant speaker in noisy environments, the Remote Mic + functions as an assistive listening device. The Remote Mic + can also interface with Bluetooth audio sources for streaming music and hands-free phone calls, loop systems and FM systems. You can stream audio from nearly any device that has a headphone output, since the Remote Microphone + has an audio input jack.

Starkey Hearing Technologies Remote: $179

Starkey's Remote includes updated features so patients can control memory and volume, mute their hearing aids and turn other special features on and off.

Starkey Hearing Technologies TV Streamer: $319

Starkey Hearing Technologies TV is designed to stream audio from electronic audio sources directly to your 2.4GHz wireless hearing aids. It offers excellent sound quality, is easy to use and supports both analog and digital input sources. The TV device can be successfully connected to many electronic audio sources, including televisions, computers, MP3 players, DVD players and cable boxes. The TV device can concurrently stream audio to an unlimited number of users, allowing them to share the same listening experience.

Surflink Media 2: $349

Starkey’s SurfLink® Media 2 streamer is a set-and-forget wireless transmitter for your TV and other audio sources. Setup is as easy as it gets. Just plug it into your TV or stereo and you’re done. You don’t need an app. You don’t need another accessory. You don’t even need to pair the SurfLink Media 2 with your hearing aids. The operation is just as straightforward. Media 2 streams directly to your hearing aids when you are in range. If you have more than one SurfLink device, you can transition from one to another simply by moving from room to room. This TV streamer supports simultaneous connection to multiple pairs of hearing aids, so friends and family can enjoy the show with you. One thing people invariably love about using TV streamers like Media 2, is the ability to control the volume of the TV independently, so everyone can listen comfortably.

Surflink Mini Mobile: $199

SurfLink Mini Mobile is a small and simple cell phone streaming solution. Simply pair any Bluetooth-ready mobile device to the Mini Mobile to stream phone calls, music, and more right to your hearing aids.

Surflink Remote Mic 2: $249

The SurfLink Remote Microphone 2 is designed to stream audio directly to your 900 MHz wireless hearing aids. This discreet, lightweight microphone can be worn by a conversation partner to aid in one-on-one conversations or settings with multiple speakers. SurfLink Remote Microphone 2 has two different modes of operation, known as "Focus" or "Surround". When clipped vertically to a speaker's clothing, the Focus mode, with directional microphones, activates to reduct background noise. This is useful for listening to a single speaker when background noise is present. When placed horizontally (on its clip), Remote Microphone 2 switches to Surround mode to receive sound from all directions. This is useful for listening to multiple nearby speakers in quiet environments.

Surflink Mobile 2: $599

True hands-free cell phone conversations are here, thanks to Starkey's SurfLink Mobile 2 with JustTalk™. This multi-purpose accessory a mobile phone transmitter, remote microphone, media streamer and hearing aid remote all rolled into one. SurfLink Mobile 2 enables hands-free mobile phone conversations by turning 900 MHz wireless hearing aids into a wireless headset. Your hear the caller in both ears, through your hearing aids, and the caller hears you through the microphones in your hearing aids. As an audio streamer, SurfLink Mobile can receive input from Bluetooth devices (with the optional Mini Mobile adapter), wired input through the micro-USB jack, or through its own built-in microphones. The microphones have two modes: "Surround" for receiving sounds from all directions in a quiet environment, and "Focus" for hearing one person's voice in noisy environments.

Surflink Remote: $199

SurfLink® Remote allows for easy and discreet adjustments to your hearing aids. With its long-life battery, your SurfLink Remote is always on and ready to work with your hearing aids. This handy remote allows you to adjust volume, change memory modes and more.

Li-ion Charger (included)

The Synergy charger is designed to give your Starkey rechargeable hearing aids a quick and long-lasting charge. Starkey’s custom rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries last 20% longer and are 30% smaller than other types of rechargeable batteries. Now you can enjoy all-day hearing performance even from the tiniest hearing aids. Using the Synergy charger is as easy as it gets. Just slide your hearing aids into the charging slots where the charging contacts are located. LED lights will let you know the hearing aids have started charging. In less than three and a half hours, your hearing aids will be ready to go—and keep on going for more than 30 hours. The charger has enough reserve to provide additional charging without plugging it into the wall, so you can use it on the go or in places without electricity.

TruLink Hearing Control App

With TruLink and Starkey's Made-for-iPhone hearing aids, you can enjoy a more complete and convenient listening experience than ever before. That’s because TruLink seamlessly connects your hearing aids to your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®—so you can easily stream phone calls, music, FaceTime®, videos and more directly to your ears with pristine sound quality. What you can do with TruLink Hearing Control app: Control the volume of your hearing aids and switch between listening programs. Find a lost or misplaced hearing aid. Record, play back and email live sound sources. Use your smartphone as a remote microphone. These are great features, but some of the best are what you won't have to do, thanks to the app. For example, you can tie programs to specific locations, so you won't have to manually change the program anymore in those locations. Let's say you want a certain program to kick in automatically when you walk into the local coffee shop. The app can do that. Other examples? The app adapts automatically when you travel in a car and allows Siri® to read emails and texts to you through your hearing aids.

Thrive Hearing Control App

The Thrive Hearing Control app is an innovative app that lets users track their body activity and brain health with sensor-enabled hearing aids. You can set daily health goals and monitor your progress via the what the app calls a Body Score, Brain Score and a combined Thrive Wellness Score. The Body Score is a combination of activity, steps and overall movement. The Brain score includes hours of daily hearing aid use, social engagement, and time spent in active listening. It's designed to reflect the important connection between hearing and cognitive health.Thrive Hearing Control app also offers a wide range of practical features for personalized control of your hearing aids. The app lets you adjust the volume of your hearing aids, switch between listening programs, and make adjustments in different listening situations. You can even use it to request program adjustments from your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, without taking a trip to the clinic. Even more great features of the Thrive Hearing Control app: Real-time language translation - Help locating lost or misplaced hearing aids - Geo-tagging for location based automatic program changes - Pristine audio streaming of any music or media played through your iOS device - Adaptive Car Mode, designed to automatically reduce annoying sounds to give you a more pleasant driving experience - Control of wireless hearing aid accessories.

T2 Remote App

The T2 Remote application takes advantage of a new breakthrough technology from Starkey that allows users to control their hearing aids with a simple touch on their iPhone or iPod touch. This avoids the need for any additional hardware. T2 in the hearing aids will discreetly and instantly classify the tone signal from the iPhone or iPod touch and automatically adjust itself to the desired setting.

Mini Turbo Charger: $139

The Mini Turbor Charger is designed to be a mobile charging option, which can be plugged into a wall, or used on-the-go with an on-board battery that will recharge a pair of hearing aids up to four times. The Mini Turbo Charger provides 3.5 hrs of use in just seven minutes!

Table Microphone: $469

The Table Microphone makes it easier to enjoy group settings like family gatherings or noisy restaurants. Eight built-in microphones detect the primary speaker’s voice and stream it directly to Starkey Livio hearing aids.

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