Starkey Genesis AI

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What we love about Genesis AI

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Stream music, phone calls and more, directly from your Genesis AI hearing aids to your iPhone or iPad. Genesis AI also offers Bluetooth connectivity with 35+ Android devices.

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Starkey Genesis AI is powered by the longest lasting rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the industry. Simply set your hearing aids in their charger at night, and you'll wake up to fully-powered devices in the morning.

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The processor is the brain of the hearing aid, and Starkey says this new processor is the industry's smallest and most advanced, with a unique on-board Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator engine that mimics the cerebral cortex of the human brain.

How to get Starkey Genesis AI locally and save

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2Schedule your consultation

At your convenience, call your local ZipHearing provider and schedule your hearing aid consultation. You'll discuss hearing aid options, and if you want, place an order.

3Hear better

Just days after your consultation, pick up your custom-ordered hearing aids and get them programmed to your unique hearing profile. If you don't love them, return them for a 100% refund.

Included with your purchase

Local Care Included

Don’t settle for less- or “remote support.” To get the best performance out of your hearing aids you need local care. It’s why Starkey recommends it, right on their website. Your purchase includes 1 year of unlimited appointments with your local ZipHearing provider. After your first year of ownership, additional appointments with your local ZipHearing provider are (at the most) $65 each.

45 Day Risk-Free Trial

Wear your hearing aids for 45 days. If they don’t change your life, simply bring them back to your local ZipHearing provider and we’ll issue a 100% refund. No restocking fees. No fine print.

3 Year Warranty

Your purchase includes a manufacturer’s 3 year warranty covering repairs, and loss and damage. If a hearing aid is lost or damaged beyond repair during the warranty period, your ZipHearing provider can file what is called a “Loss and Damage Claim” for you, and a new device will be issued, subject to a deductible payable to your hearing provider of $350/aid.

Supplies

Cleaning and maintenance supplies like domes and wax filters are included with your order, and your hearing provider will show you how to use them. If your hearing aids take disposable batteries, we’ll include a year's supply. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, we’ll include a charger.

Financing Available

We offer 12 month interest-free financing through CareCredit. We also offer payment plans of up to 60 months, though interest does apply. Setting up your financing takes just minutes, and a ZipHearing team member will help you through the process.

How Genesis AI fits

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45 Day Risk-Free Trial
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45 Day Risk-Free Trial

Wear your hearing aids for 45 days. If they don’t change your life, simply bring them back to your local ZipHearing provider and we’ll issue a 100% refund. No restocking fees. No fine print.

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Financing Available

We offer 12 month interest-free financing through CareCredit. We also offer payment plans of up to 60 months, though interest does apply. Setting up your financing takes just minutes, and a ZipHearing team member will help you through the process.

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Local Care Included
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Local Care Included

Don’t settle for less- or “remote support.” To get the best performance out of your hearing aids you need local care. It’s why Starkey recommends it, right on their website. Your purchase includes 1 year of unlimited appointments with your local ZipHearing provider. After your first year of ownership, additional appointments with your local ZipHearing provider are (at the most) $65 each.

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3 Year Warranty
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3 Year Warranty

Your purchase includes a manufacturer’s 3 year warranty covering repairs, and loss and damage. If a hearing aid is lost or damaged beyond repair during the warranty period, your ZipHearing provider can file what is called a “Loss and Damage Claim” for you, and a new device will be issued, subject to a deductible payable to your hearing provider of $350/aid.

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Supplies
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Supplies

Cleaning and maintenance supplies like domes and wax filters are included with your order, and your hearing provider will show you how to use them. If your hearing aids take disposable batteries, we’ll include a year's supply. If your hearing aids are rechargeable, we’ll include a charger.

Written by:Jeff Hall, Hearing Aid Specialist
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Jeff Hall

President at ZipHearing

Jeff is a California licensed hearing aid dispenser and the President of ZipHearing one of the largest hearing aid suppliers in the country. Read More
Medically reviewed by:Brad Ingrao, Doctor of Audiology
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Brad Ingrao

Editor & Doctor of Audiology

Brad Ingrao, Au.D. has been in clinical practice since 1992 in a variety of settings including academia, private practice, educational audiology, the VA, and the hearing aid industry.Read More
Updated:Feb 16, 2024
Starkey Genesis AI

The sound barrier has been broken

Released by Starkey on March 28, 2023, Genesis AI is Starkey’s newest, most complete line of hearing aids suitable for all hearing losses.

Genesis AI is most well-known for being Starkey’s first hearing aid powered by their newest Neuro Processor chip, which has a unique on-board Deep Neural Network (DNN), which mimics the cerebral cortex of the human brain.

Starkey's Achin Bhowmik, Ph.D., had this to say at Genesis AI's unveiling- “Genesis AI’s improved performance levels are unlike anything else in the industry.“

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Starkey Genesis AI at a glance

AI-driven pros and cons of Starkey Genesis AI, based on (27) written reviews and (2) video reviews

Utilizing Chat-GPT 4, we've curated valuable product insights from the user reviews on this page. This is a summary of firsthand experiences from verified Starkey Genesis AI users.

Pros

  • Exceptional Sound Quality: Across the board, users laud the hearing aids for their superior sound quality, which includes enhanced clarity, the ability to discern subtle sounds, and improved hearing capabilities in various environments.
  • Optimal Comfort and Customization: The comfort and fit of the hearing aids receive high marks, with particular appreciation for custom-molded options and designs that accommodate specific hearing needs, ensuring all-day comfort.
  • Advanced Technological Features: Users are impressed with the array of advanced features, such as AI-driven adjustments, rechargeable batteries, health and fall monitoring, and programs tailored for different environments, which collectively contribute to a more personalized and efficient hearing experience.
  • Seamless Connectivity and Intuitive Controls: The ease of connectivity with smartphones, tablets, and other devices, including through Bluetooth, is highly valued. The intuitive controls, both on the devices and through the MyStarkey app, facilitate straightforward adjustments and customization.
  • Long Battery Life: The long-lasting battery life of the rechargeable models stands out, with users appreciating the reliability of the hearing aids even during extended use, such as long flights or throughout busy days.
  • Versatile Environmental Adaptability: The hearing aids are praised for their ability to adapt to various listening environments through specialized programs, significantly enhancing the user's ability to hear clearly in settings such as restaurants, outdoors, and crowded areas.

Cons

  • Bluetooth Connectivity Challenges: Users experience frustrations with Bluetooth connectivity, particularly when streaming music or attempting to use the hearing aids hands-free with Android devices. Issues also arise when switching between multiple devices, adding to the inconvenience.
  • Suboptimal Audio Quality for Streaming: The audio quality when streaming music is reported to be less than satisfactory by some users, with descriptions of the sound being thin or washed out, indicating a potential area for improvement in multimedia use.
  • Material and Design Shortcomings: Specific feedback points to the material and design of the domes not being optimal for some users, leading to discomfort or the need for regular readjustment to maintain a proper fit in the ear canal.
  • Limited Volume Control for Calls: Users have identified issues with the volume controls for phone calls and notifications, particularly in noisy environments. The inability to raise the volume sufficiently remains a concern for effective communication.

Sales popularity of Genesis AI vs.

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Relative sales popularity of Starkey models over time, based on our internal sales data. Updated weekly. Click on a model name to remove/bring back it from the chart comparsion

Sales stats for Genesis AI

Based on our internal sales data. Updated daily.

BOUGHT BY 98.5%of our customers who've bought Starkey in the last 90 days
RETURNED BY 20.1% of customers during their 45 day trial period for a 100% refund
ZipHearing Return PolicyWe think you'll love your new hearing aids. But if you don't, return them for a 100% refund within 45 days. No restocking fees, no fine print.

Your savings through ZipHearing

Based on retail pricing figures from HearingTracker.com.

Average retail
OUR PRICE FOR
STARKEY GENESIS AI IS
40% less
than the national average price
ZipHearing Price

Starkey's product naming convention

Starkey
Brand
Genesis AI
Model
24
Tech level
RIC
Style
R T
Rechargeable w/ T-coil

Genesis AI tech levels our customers buy

Based on internal sales data. Updated daily.

Hearing Aids prices range72.1%
Hearing Aids prices range72.1%
Tech level% of sales
Genesis AI 2472.1%
Genesis AI 2017.7%
Genesis AI 169.1%
Genesis AI 121.1%

Starkey Genesis AI models

Sorted by popularity. Based on our internal sales data. Updated daily.

Starkey Genesis AI comes in 9 different models, shown below. When purchasing through ZipHearing, the model you select doesn't affect the final price you pay — the technology level does; such as the Genesis AI 24, 20, 16 or 12. The majority of ZipHearing customers buy the Starkey Genesis AI mRIC R model (shown in position 1 below), with the 24 technology level.

RATING1
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mRIC R

Mini receiver-in-canal style with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

50.9%
of our customers choose this model
14.7%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING2
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RIC RT

Receiver-in-canal style with a a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and telecoil.

27.6%
of our customers choose this model
20.4%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING3
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ITC R

In-the-canal style with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery

7.5%
of our customers choose this model
25%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING4
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IIC NW

Invisible-in-canal style with a size 10 battery. Non-wireless.

5.9%
of our customers choose this model
40.9%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING5
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CIC

Completely-in-canal style with a size 312 battery

3.5%
of our customers choose this model
23.1%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING6
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CROS RIC

Receiver-in-canal style CROS transmitter with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

2.4%
of our customers choose this model
22.2%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING7
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RIC 312

Receiver-in-canal style with a size 312 battery

2.4%
of our customers choose this model
22.2%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING8
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CIC NW

Completely-canal with a size 10 battery. Non-wireless.

2.1%
of our customers choose this model
62.5%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund
RATING9
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ITE R

In-the-ear style with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

0%
of our customers choose this model
0%
of our customers returned this model for a full refund

Starkey Genesis AI 24 vs 20 & more

This is a heavily abbreviated chart designed to focus only on the key differences between models. Features that exist across all technology are not listed below unless they`re necessary to provide context for other features listed. Swipe right to see more features, tap on a feature to read its description.

Model12162024
Sales popularity1.1%9.1%17.7%72.1%
Return rateN/A29.4%15.2%20.4%
Tech levelLowMidAdvancedPremium
Channels12162024
Speech in Noise Reduction8dB8dB10dB22dB
Wind Noise Reduction10dB10dB19dB35dB
Transient Noise Reduction6dB6dB9dB15dB
Machine Noise Reduction7dB7dB12dB22dB
Edge Mode
Edge Mode: My Starkey app access
Assistant
Transcribe
Edge Mode: Tap Control
Translate
Voice AI

*some features may not apply to all models on this page

For a more detailed comparison, see Starkey`s feature matrix

Starkey Genesis AI reviews

The video and/or written reviews below are from real ZipHearing customers who bought and wear Starkey Genesis AI hearing aids. Every ZipHearing customer is invited to create written and video reviews and is compensated up to $235 for doing so. We ask our customers to provide unbiased reviews highlighting both the pros and the cons of their hearing aids. We hope you find these firsthand experiences of Starkey Genesis AI helpful!
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My experience has been quite positive

Review by: Nick from NJ
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 RIC RT
Bought: Apr 2023

What’s up folks, my name is Nick, and I am back for another review with ZipHearing. Before we jump into our review today there are a re a few things we want to make very transparent. I am a current ZipHearing customer and I bought my Phonak Lumity 90s through ZipHearing and saved about $1500 compared to what my audiologist was trying to sell me them for, so that is superb. You can see my video review on those Phonak Lumity 90s, right here. After doing that video review for the Phonak Lumity 90s, ZipHearing was quite pleased with how it went so they gave me the opportunity to make some more reviews for them. Recently they offered to send me out the brand new Starkey Genesis AI 24s and they wanted me to do a review, I could not refuse, so, here we are. So the way that this review process works is they send me the hearing aids, and they set up a consultation with a hearing specialist local to my area. I go in I pick up the hearing aids from the hearing specialist, and the hearing specialist does a fairly basic fitting to my ears that includes a physical fit to make sure that they are, you know that the receivers are the right length, that they’re the right receivers, but that also incorporates a programming based off of my current audiogram. Once that fitting process is complete I use the review hearing aids and only the review hearing aids during the review period. I use the knowledge and the experience I have to make certain determinations and make certain judgements and opinions on these hearing aids and then I make a video and tell you guys all about it. ZipHearing does not have any sort of input as to my opinions and my thoughts so everything I’m gonna say in this video is 100% the way I feel and the way I experience these hearing aids. Additionally and this is particularly for this video and this set of hearing aids, a relationship between you and your hearing specialist or audiologist is going to be crucial when using these hearing aids, and we will dive into that and talk about that later in the video. Plus, don’t tell anybody but I have a secret tip at the end of the video, shhh. Before we really get rolling I do want to do a brief history on my hearing loss. I was diagnosed with a sensorineural hearing loss that is fairly mild, however my biggest issue is hearing people in loud noisy busy environments. I work in schools and as we all kinda known schools are just one loud busy noisy environment so hearing the person that I’m trying to communicate with is crucial and without the hearing aids it would be nearly impossible to do so. So after being diagnosed I started looking into different hearing aids and different companies and really settled on the price and the support given to me by ZipHearing and I went along with it, I bought my Phonak Lumity 90s, they’ve been great, so now, you know what, let’s dive into it, let’s get to the meat and potatoes of this video, let’s start talking about the Starkey Genesis AI 24 hearing aids. The Starkey Genesis AI line of hearing aids comes in four technology tiers, 12 being the lowest, 16, 20, and 24 being the most premium, the highest level of technology and that is what we were supplied with to review. Right off the bat we’re going to start talking about some general specs for these hearing aids. They do utilize a Bluetooth connection for iPhones it’s the mFI or Made for iPhone standard, however that does not mean they can only connect to an iPhone right, they have support for over 35 different Android devices as well. The new Starkey Genesis AI hearing aids are also powered by the longest lasting lithium-ion battery in the industry. Furthermore the hearing aids come with a Neuro Processor inside of them, which acts as their AI, or artificial intelligence. They call it the deep neural network. And what this deep neural network does is it is designed to mimic the cerebral cortex of the human brain, in doing so it is able to identify the difference between noise that is undesired vs audio signal that is desired, and it is able to separate them and kind of reduce the noise and increase the desired sound signal. These hearing aids come in a variety of colors which can be found on ZipHearing’s website right here. So let’s talk about what you get when you order a pair of Starkey Genesis AIs. I’m gonna put some pictures up on the screen while I’m talking to show you what comes with the Genesis AIs, you can see that there is a charger, there is a charging cable, and the hearing aids themselves. These are the graphite grey color, one of my favorites I love that gun metal, that sort of metallic look, it’s one of my favorite colors. You can also see that there is a charger and there is also a charging cable. Each hearing aid has two buttons on it to control presets, volume levels, answer calls, end calls, and there’s also a not to secret tap feature that can enabled through your hearing specialist. So let’s talk about the hearing aids themselves, right I have these here, physically they look very similar to other hearing aids, they’re sort of the same size, they’re sort of generally the same shape. These look at little bit more ergonomic so let’s show you an example here, they’re a little more curved, they have a little bit more body to them, however the thing that I was surprised with was that these actually feel a little bit lighter than some of the other hearing aids that I’ve tried. They’re a little bit more comfortable when they’re sitting on your ears. You don’t really ever get the sense that something is there, that something is weighing your ears down. They’re very comfortable, they’re very ergonomic and they feel very organic. As far as chargers go this is one of my favorites. This is the basic Starlink charger that will come with your Starkey Genesis AIs and what’s cool about this is there’s the charger and there is a USB-C cable so if your cable ever gets lost or broken you can just replace it with a whole new cable and you do not have to buy an entirely new charger. Second really great thing about these is this has a lid. One of my favorite things on chargers is the lid. Being a pet owner, it prevents a lot of dog hair from entering into the charger area. Furthermore this has a nice little area for your domes and magnetic charging ports for the hearing aids themselves which give it a nice secure fit while you’re charging. Since we’re on the topic of accessories and items that come with your hearing aids, there are also additional premium purchases you can make to get different accessories for these hearing aids. So we already talked about the Starlink charger, this is included with your purchase, however if you want to upgrade there is a Starlink premium mini charger which is actually the same shape and size of this, same features, however it has a battery built in, so here’s a perfect example, if you are going away for the weekend or you’re going on a short trip and you don’t really want to bring a charging cable and a charging brick with you, you can charge this guy up and use it every night to charge your hearing aids without having to plug it in while your charging them, because the built-in battery holds a charge and then distributes the charge to your hearing aids. Starkey also makes some custom chargers for different types of hearing aids like the in-the-ear molded kind of ones, I don’t have experience with that, but here’s some pictures. They make a TV streamer which allows you to stream the sound from your TV via bluetooth into your hearing aids. They also make a mini remote microphone which can be used in louder environments to hear the person you’re talking to. You just take that device and the person clips it onto their shirt or they hold it and then they can actually speak into the microphone and that will get beamed into your hearing aids. There’s also the remote microphone which I think is just a slightly larger more powerful version of the mini remote. They’ve also taken that idea to a whole different level and made the table microphone which can be used in conferences or meetings or any place where you need multiple sources of audio to be put into one device and pumped into your ears. Finally there’s also a remote however it’s probably not something you’re gonna need because you do have access to the wonderful MyStarkey app. While we’re on that subject let’s talk about this app, it is great. It is clean, it is intuitive it is user friendly, I love it, I love it, it’s so so well designed and it was well-built and it’s very responsive. I’m gonna post some screenshots of the app and talk about some of the different features and the different pages available to you within the MyStarkey app. First is your kind of home screen right this is when you open the app this is the first thing you’re gonna see, it has a couple different buttons for you to press, it has a volume slider to adjust the volume of the hearing aids, there’s some tabs on the bottom, it’s a nice color, the battery indicators are up top, there’s a microphone button that you can use to activate the live listen which is on your phone. It doesn’t feel clunky, there’s not too many options, there’s just everything you need right there. If you click into the programs button you can select the different programs that are available to you, you and your hearing specialist can make custom presets for your hearing aids. So for me as you can see here I have a couple different presets that I like to jump in between. I asked specifically for a restaurant mode which I use in more than just restaurants. It’s actually really helpful in those loud noisy environments to kind of reduce the background noise and increase the focus noise. There’s also a music app, I play guitar, I sing, I listen to music, and this allows a little bit more audio data to come into my ears where it’s not really shifting the frequencies too much, it’s allowing that natural sound to come in. You could also make some custom presets of your own through the app. There’s a health tab on the bottom which allows the hearing aids to keep track of your steps, your standing and your exercise, don’t judge me as you can see, I didn’t do too much that day. Additionally the learn tab is a really nice spot for you to click into and learn more about your hearing aids. So this will be a place where you can go to maybe get some questions answered without having to call someone or drive somewhere, you can just click into the learn tab. Finally in terms of the tabs, the last one is the more tab, and this kind of has your basic info, your account info, the app settings, some security settings, a help center, there’s also telehear which is like a telemed visit with your hearing specialist where they can make changes remotely. Now here’s the best thing about this app and here’s what I think the strongest point is for these hearing aids, and it’s something called Edge Mode. Edge Mode is basically your ability to click that button and activate the AI that is in the hearing aids. Realistically I think that Edge Mode is so good it should just by default be turned on, for example, today I was driving my car and I was going somewhere doing some errands and I have roof racks on my car and they make a lot of noise while I’m driving because of it turning up the wind, so I get a lot of white noise. This white noise can be a little bit annoying at times especially if I’m trying to hear music or I’m trying to listen to a passenger. So when I started the drive I did not have Edge Mode on, however when I got to a traffic light, I pulled my app out, I clicked the Edge Mode button and all of the sudden all that white noise was gone, I couldn’t hear the wind turbulence from the roof racks, I couldn’t hear the wind noise from outside the car, all I could really hear was the sound inside my vehicle without much distraction. So pressing that Edge Mode button is really gonna display the capability of these hearing aids. What do I like about these hearing aids so far? Number 1, edge mode, I think that’s the best thing about these hearing aids. Number 2, the charger, the charging system, the premium accessories, these are all extremely valuable things that I would 100 percent purchase. The comfort, I think they are a little bit lighter than your average hearing aid, they kinda just disappear while you’re wearing them, and that’s really the ultimate goal right you don’t wanna be constantly reminded that you have hearing aids on, you just want them to work and not feel like they exist. The app, I can’t say enough about this app, it was really well-designed, really well-built and very user friendly. The battery life, oh my gosh the battery life, 50+ hours of battery life. I would use these hearing aids all day from 7 oclock in the morning to 11, midnight at night and take them out of my ears and I’ve barely put a dent in the battery life, I’m talking more than 50 percent remaining battery life, way more, and that’s with quite a bit of streaming from my phone into the hearing aids throughout the day. One last very very strong positive note for these hearing aids is that they actually talk to you. So instead of clicking the buttons or making changes in the app and having maybe a system of beeps or a high beep and a low beep, or two beeps, or three beeps, these hearing aids tell you what’s going on, so if you adjust the hearing aid volume down, it will actually say “softer”. If you adjust the volume level up, it will say “louder”, if you go to the default setting it will say “default volume.” So that confusion of I dunno if I’m plus 1 or minus 2 or if I’m at my zero level for the volume, that all goes away because as soon as you click a button it will tell you exactly what you just did, and for some people, in fact I’m gonna say most people, that’s super convenient. In working with your hearing specialist you can actually set up tap controls for these hearing aids. So instead of when you get a phone call pressing the button to make the phone call you can maybe do a double tap and that will pick up your phone call and end your phone call. Why do I think that’s helpful? First of all, it’s a very cool feature. Second, these hearing aids the buttons are a little stiff, they’re a little tough to press and if you have any sort of muscle or tendon or control issues with your hands and your fingers that might be an issue, but if you can double tap your ears, that problem is solved. Now not everything can be sunshine and rainbows when it comes to technology and devices and things we use on a daily basis, it’s time to talk about the things that might need a little work. The first thing was right out of the box, after them being programmed for my audiogram and fit to my ears, I noticed that these hearing aids are quite powerful, and they are really good at picking up certain things, almost to a point where it’s a con. Particularly with human speech, the plosives or the p, p, popping noises with the letter P and the S noises were like an ice pick in my ears, they were very intense to the point where I told my hearing specialist that if this was going to continue to be the case, I was gonna have a very hard time enjoying these hearing aids. So my hearing specialist made a very quick change through the computer system and that issue was gone, which leads me to my next point and what I talked about at the beginning about having that relationship with your hearing specialist, I feel that these hearing aids are going to need quite a bit of interaction and customization between the user and the hearing specialist in order to dial them in to perfection. I have no doubts that these hearing aids are fantastic and they’re great and they’re very high quality, but they just need a little bit more time and customization to get to that level. Something else that I wasn’t quite a huge fan of was the material of the domes. For me and my ears they had a little bit of a hard time sticking to the inside of the ear canal, so I did find that they did kind of back out a little bit throughout the day and I would have to keep pushing them in. One more con and it’s kind of ridiculous, I wish the edge mode was the default mode for these. Why? Because as the default mode, there’s a little bit of white noise, you hear a little bit of that “shhh” throughout the day, but in edge mode, that all goes away, so please make edge mode the default. In terms of bluetooth connectivity right we talked about the mFI for Made for iPhone Bluetooth standard. While this standard is the easiest and most user friendly connection you could possibly have between a hearing aid and a phone, it does have it’s downsides. This type of connection is primarily established between one device and one set of hearing aids. So if you were trying to jump between an iPhone, an iPad, a mac book, and maybe an Apple watch, you’re gonna have a hard time, because you need to connect it to one device, disconnect it from that device, connect it to the other device, and then if you want to switch back, you have to do that whole process again right, disconnect, connect, disconnect. Devices that don’t use that mFI might have the ability to have multiple sources of Bluetooth per hearing aids. For example my Phonaks have the ability to connect 8 different devices, so I can seamlessly jump between my phone, my iPad, my computer and my watch, without having to disconnect and reconnect anything, but as I mentioned that mFI connection is probably the most stable, the quickest and the easiest to setup, you don’t have to go through the Bluetooth settings, you go through your accessibility settings on your phone, you click connect and you are done, everything is setup. And finally for those of you that are concerned about the quality of audio streaming from the device to the head phones, right either the phone, the ipad, the computer, whatever, it leaves something to be desired, it was kind of tinny and washed out, so far it has been the least pleasing streaming quality out of the few hearing aids that I’ve tried, so I would love for that to be improved upon in a newer version. So overall my experience with the Starkey Genesis AI 24s has been quite positive. I think they are well designed, they look great, they feel great, they sound great, the app is fantastic, I do think that in order to get the most out of these hearing aids you are going to have to make multiple visits to your hearing specialist in order to personalize them and customize them to your liking. Yes are there some downsides, of course, the streaming quality is not excellent, it’s just okay, the mFI or Made for iPhone Bluetooth standard while not to my liking might very well be to your liking because of how simple and easy it is to establish a connection, maintain a connection and stream audio and make changes from your device to your hearing aids. So now it’s time for that secret tip, remember that mFI connection we talked about? That actually allows you to enable the active or live listening through your device, so that remote mic we talked about as an accessory earlier, your phone just became that, you can activate live listen hand someone your phone, or put it on the table, and it will act as a microphone and send that bluetooth signal into your ears. You can also use it to hear when people are saying bad things about you. So if you leave a room and you think someones about to say something not so nice just leave your phone and then you’ll hear it from wherever you are. Yes that was kind of a joke but also kind of true, don't intentionally use live listen to spy on people or be a creep and hear conversations you shouldn’t. With that being said, thank you guys so much for watching the video, I personally had a really positive and beneficial experience with these Starkey Genesis AI 24s and I hope that this video helped answer any questions or maybe gave you some information you didn’t previously have, and like I said earlier right, ZipHearing is the place to get your hearing aids. Why? Because of the customer support and the amazing prices they have on these devices. I was not exaggerating earlier, I saved over $1500 when I purchased my Phonak Lumity 90s through ZipHearing. So please if you have any further questions or if you want to leave a comment on the video, or if you want to press that like button, or you know what, if you could even subscribe to this channel, we’re gonna have a bunch more of these videos coming out for different companies and different devices and different experiences so stay tuned, we’ve got some cool stuff coming, make sure you check out other reviews on our site and on our Youtube, and finally thank you thank you thank you. Guys take care, have a great rest of your day and I’ll see you soon.

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I really like them

Review by: Al from CA
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 mRIC R
Bought: Nov 2023

Hi my name is Al H. I have acoustic neuroma tumor on this side, and hearing loss on the high end on this side. I went on YouTube and saw a bunch of videos and liked the Starkeys, the AI, the way they fit, saw it on the ZipHearing website and this is, I got a custom one on this side hearing and a regular one on this side. So the custom one is because of the acoustic neuroma tumor, they fit it, I have no hearing on the high end, just low end, and also got a rechargeable case, that's got a fits perfectly for my, locks right in, works really good. ZipHearing gave me a professional in my area, did the hearing tests, found out that I have very low hearing on this side just the low end so they gave me the total enclosed hearing aid on that side, I've got it for a year so I go back to him, he set me up so I run and jog and took away the noise from the wind with my dog, also have a custom one for hearing music in my car because I've got a very good sound system in it and another custom one for hearing my television at home, and then they did a custom one for jogging and running. So I really like the ZipHearing for that part, they gave me a discount for it, the Starkey hearing aids are great, the AI is perfect, the app works really well so I'm really happy with them. Little expensive but you know for the quality you get with them it's pretty nice, especially the size, they're really tiny so I really like them, you can't hardly see them behind your head. So my thoughts are they are very good quality, very good service from ZipHearing and I really appreciate the website that they had for it. Thank you

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Written Reviews

Review by Linda on May 05, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 mRIC R
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Richardson, TX

Starkey Genesis AI

The hearing aids are very comfortable and the sound quality is amazing. After wearing hearing aids for over 15 years I actually hear everything that is being said clearly. The price is the only con but you can’t really put a price on being able to hear.
Review by Nick on Apr 28, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 RIC RT
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Tenefly, NJ
2 graphite starkey genesis hearing aids standing up aside the standard starkey charger

Will be worth the time

When I received my Genesis AI hearing aids and put them in my ears at the fitting, I was impressed with how powerful they were. These really did a great job at amplifying the surrounding sounds and pumping them into my ears. These were so powerful, in fact, that the plosives and “s” sounds from speech were overwhelming. However, that was an easy fix for my hearing specialist. He made a modification in his software and the problem was solved! I was also able to work with the specialist and make some custom programs (presets) to use in the new MyStarkey app. I need to emphasize this, this app is incredible! Very simple to use, and highly intuitive.

I love the charger that these hearing aids came with! It has a closing lid and uses magnets to hold the aids in place while charging. I also heard there is an upgraded charger that has an internal battery for charging on-the-go, which is a huge perk for me.

I was not a huge fan of the audio quality when streaming music, it was terribly thin-sounding and very washed out. However, the MFI bluetooth connection made the setup and pairing process a breeze! A few taps on the iPhone screen and I was fully connected and ready to go.

I feel like I will need to make a few more trips to my specialist to truly dial in my perfect settings and preferences, but it will 100 percent be worth the time and effort.
Review by David on Jul 22, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 ITC R
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Santa Fe, NM

Starkey Genesis 24

I have been an occasional hearing aid wearer for about seven years, wearing them primarily for television and social events. I recently had my original aids recalibrated and saw that it was obvious that my overall hearing had degraded substantially. Because of that realization, I made two decisions. The first was to become a full time wearer and the second was to upgrade my technology. I had heard about the brand new Genesis and decided to give the latest and greatest a try. My first attempt, as usual, was the RIC style. Unfortunately, Starkey sent me the miniRics instead and after using them for a bit, decided I wanted the full size. Grant at ZipHearing and Starkey both reacted very quickly after I called to inform them of the error, and I received the correct ones in just a couple of days. After some further wearing, I was having a bit of trouble with my constant on-off of my eyeglasses and thus decided on trying the custom molded ITE style. The reason I mention this is that Starkey and my Audi did a great job and the fit and comfort of these is exemplary. I will not go into the technical details about the Genesis, as there is plenty of information about that on the Web. Speaking from my experience with the Genesis, it is difficult to imagine anything better for voice cognizance improvement (within today's technology) than the Genesis. They are a huge leap forward from my original NuEar (Starkey) aids, with better clarity and control. I do not know if they are in anyway "self-learning" (or maybe it's just my brain) but they seem to get better the longer I wear them. The Genesis do have extra do-dads (fall and health monitor), which I don't care about, but may be important to some. The sound quality between the RICs and the ITEs is similar, with the only difference I could perceive due to form factor. The app is straightforward and easy to use and I had no issues at all pairing with my Samsung Android phone. All in all, I am very impressed with these hearing aids and excited to be wearing them full time now.
Review by Art on Jun 21, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 mRIC R(Beige)
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Longmont, CO
two Genesis ai mRIC 24 hearing aids in beige laying flat on a table side by side

I am very impressed

The sound quality is wonderful quiet calm, and works perfect I am very impressed and thank you for the good provider you hooke us up with. I would have no trouble recommending this hearing aid to anybody. Please feel free to use me as a reference, I also love the way the app works.
Review by Reba on May 27, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 RIC RT(Caramel)
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Pittsburgh, PA
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close up of the right Genesis AI in dark brown color blending in well with users hair color

Starkey Genesis AI

Excellent sound quality and comfortable fit, I am pleased to be able to hear adain. The technology of the devices with the app is amazing. I definitely recommend these hearing aids.
Review by Jay on Jul 14, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 mRIC R
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Boynton Beach, FL

new starkey geneis

very crisp sound and quality. it is hands down better the my old phonak. i was thinking twice about spending the money for it but i am glad i bought the genesis a24
Review by David on May 31, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 RIC RT(Beige)
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Columbus, GA
Genesis AI tucking away neatly behind the wearers ear
Genesis AI in the left ear with only the receiver wire barely visible to others

Long overdue decision to get hearing aids

Much improved hearing. Long delayed decision to get. Sound quality is excellent. No loud feedback that I’ve heard with other brands from family and friends. I have rechargeable model. Plenty of battery life remaining after 30 hour flight overseas. Stigma of having aids was in my mind. Almost unnoticeable in appearance. Programs for restaurant, outdoors and crowds, along with “edge” are a big help.
Review by Shirley on Sep 05, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 20 mRIC R
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Indianapolis, IN

Quiet with superb range

The quality of Starkey hearing aids is better than my three previous brands of aids. So quiet that you wonder if they are really "on." The clarity of sound (picking up syllables, consonants and "sh" words it extremely high. I've experienced no "squalking" when I turn the sound higher. Especially love the ability to "up the sound" by pressing one button on the aid. At my first checkup, I'm going to ask if the aids can set deeper in my ear.
Review by Bill on Jun 13, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 20 mRIC R
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Grand Rapids, MI

Above my expectations

The sound quality on my new hearing aids is really great. Above my expectations. The ability to adjust to the environment, and enhance voices is a real positive. The rechargeable battery is a very nice feature.
Review by Susan on Aug 25, 2023
Model: Starkey Genesis AI 24 RIC RT(Beige)
Rating:
VERIFIED BUYER | Ocala, FL
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single beige starkey genesis ai in palm of hand

Starkey Genesis AI24

The sound quality is very good. They fit better than my last pair (different brand). The app is easy to use and it works well with my IPhone 14. They only minor issue is switching from my phone to my IPad and then back. It’s a nuisance to gave to keep turning the blue tooth off and on when I want to switch devices. But, a real positive and one of the main reasons for choosing Starkey Genesis is the long battery life. I have not had them die on me once. My old instruments used to die around 9 pm every night. So happy with these!
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Common questions about Starkey Genesis AI hearing aids

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Can this hearing aid be paired directly to my Bluetooth TV?
No. To stream audio from the TV you'll need the TV Streamer accessory.
Does this hearing aid allow for hands-free phone calls?
If you have an iPhone 11 or newer, running on iOS 15.1 or newer, and you have any Genesis AI model other than the IIC NW or CIC NW models, then you'll be able to talk on the phone hands-free. If you have any other phone or operating system, hands-free talking on the phone requires the Remote Mic + accessory. This will allow you to keep your phone in your pocket/purse, etc, and the microphone on the accessory will pick up your voice so the caller can hear you. If you have the IIC NW or CIC NW models, neither of these will allow hands-free calling, as they are not compatible with the Remote MIC + accessory.
Is this hearing aid Bluetooth compatible?
Genesis AI is Made for iPhone, which means it can connect directly with iPhones to stream music, phone calls, and more. Genesis AI is also compatible with the new Android protocol, Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA), allowing direct streaming from select Android devices with Android 10 or later and Bluetooth 5.0. If your phone isn't directly compatible with Genesis AI, you can still get Bluetooth functionality via the Remote Microphone +.
What if I'm on-the-go and my battery dies?
The battery should last long enough that this isn't an issue. But if your battery does quit, you have a few options. First, if you have the Starlink Charger charger with you, it features an on-board turbo charging feature for three hours of use time in just seven minutes of charging, but it must be plugged into an external power source (i.e, wall outlet) to charge the hearing aids. If you have the Starlink Premium Charger, it'll offer the same turbo charging, with the added benefit that it doesn't need to be plugged into to a wall outlet to charge your hearing aids, because it has it's own on-board battery for on-the-go charging. If you use the custom (in-ear) Genesis hearing aids, you're able to charge your hearing aids on-the-go if you get the Premium Custom Charger (which has it's own battery on-board), but it does not have the turbo charging features— that's a feature only available in the mRIC R and RIC R T model hearing aids.
How many hours a day do the batteries last?

It depends on the model, and the figures that follow include a few hours per day of Bluetooth streaming use. RIC RT: 51 hrs, mRIC R: 33 hours, ITC R and ITE R: 33 hours.

What is the lifespan of the rechargeable batteries?
Your battery will last a minimum of 3 years. After that point, your Starkey provider will send your hearing aid to Starkey for a battery replacement. We expect most providers to charge between $150-$250 per device for this service.
How will I know when my battery needs to be charged?
When the battery is low, you'll hear a spoken notification through the hearing aid that says "battery." Then, 10-15 minutes later, you'll hear a long tone, and the hearing aid will die shortly after that and will require charging before use.
How long does it take to get a full charge?
The hearing aids will be fully charged in less than 3.5 hrs, providing 24 hours of power.
Does the charger include a dehumidifier?
None of the Genesis AI chargers include a dehumidifer. If you're concerned about moisture impacting your hearing aids, you may want to purchase small desiccant that you can put inside your charger.
How will I know when it's time to change the battery?
When the battery is low, you'll hear a spoken notification through the hearing aid that says "battery." Then, 10-15 minutes later, you'll hear a long tone, and the hearing aid will die shortly after that unless the battery is replaced.
How long do the batteries last?

The batteries on the IIC and CIC models will usually need to be changed about once every 3-5 days.

Are the batteries hard to change?
The size 10 batteries which power the small CIC and IIC models can be tricky for some people to handle, and they require pretty good dexterity, especially with the IIC model. If you're concerned about this we'd recommend getting the larger and rechargeable ITC R model, so changing batteries isn't necessary.
How do I turn this hearing aid on and off?
If you use a model that takes disposable batteries, simply open the battery door to turn the hearing aid off, and when you close it, the aid will turn on. If you use a rechargeable model, the aid will automatically turn off when you put it back in it's charger, and will turn on when you take it out. To turn a rechargeable aid off manually, just press and hold the pushbutton for 3 seconds. Repeat to turn it back on.
Does the app have a “Find My Hearing Aid” feature?
Yes, but it in order for this feature work, your phone and hearing aids must've been paired before the hearing aids were lost. If they were, and you lose your hearing aids, the app will tell you show you a location on a map, where the hearing aids were last connected to the phone.
How can I control this hearing aid, and which settings can I control?

Using either the onboard rockerswitch, push button, or the handheld remote, you can control the volume and program, and on some models, "Edge Mode." You can also activate Edge Mode using the My Starkey app, and you also have access to an equalizer that lets you adjust the base and treble of the hearing aids. Note that the CIC NW and IIC models cannot be controlled via the My Starkey App, and the IIC model does not have room for an onboard push button. The only way to control the IIC model is via Starkey's T2 app, and via that app you can control the volume and program of the hearing aids. The CIC NW can be controlled via a push button, or the T2 app, or a combination of both. 

How do I activate Edge Mode?
With the 24 tech level, Edge Mode can be activated by double "air tapping" near the near the hearing aid, via a push button on the hearing aid, or through the My Starkey app. With the 20 and 16 tech levels, Edge Mode can only be activated via the My Starkey app.
Which tech level is the IIC available in?
All levels except the 12 level.
Can I get this hearing aid with a telecoil?

The RIC RT and RIC 312 models come with a telecoil, and the ITE R model can have a telecoil added (optional).

Is this hearing aid CROS compatible?
The RIC RT model is compatible with the CROS RIC.
Which models have Edge Mode?
All models with a tech level of 16 and above have Edge Mode, and all models have except the IIC NW and CIC NW have Edge Mode .
Genesis AI vs Evolv AI
Genesis AI differs from Evolv AI in just about every way that a new generation hearing aid can differ from its predecessor.

Starting with what's on the inside, Genesis AI features a new Neuro Processor, which Starkey boasts is the smallest and most powerful processor in the industry.

The processor is 4x faster than Starkey's previous processor and has 6x more transistors, and remarkably, operates even more efficiently than the previous processor, which means better battery life—more on that below.

Most notably, the Neuro Processor has an on-board Deep Neural Network (DNN) accelerator engine that mimics the cerebral cortex of the human brain. Utilizing complex pattern recognition with advanced machine learning technology, it adapts to more listening situations than ever before.

Starkey says this new processor pushes energy-efficient artificial intelligence to its limits, analyzing and automatically optimizing sound over 80 million times an hour. All of this means hearing aids that can auto-adjust themselves better, and more frequently, requiring less engagement from the wearer.

Starkey has also released all-new fitting software 'Pro Fit', which they remade from the ground up based on input from hearing professionals around the globe. Designed for efficiency, ease of use and a seamless fitting experience — from first fit to fine tuning. This means a more streamlined programming and adjustment period with Genesis AI hearing aids.

Genesis AI also features 2 new styles from Starkey, the mRIC R, and RIC RT. Both new models have lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, with the RIC RT model lasting an industry-best 51 hours on a single charge. These new RIC models feature a new exterior casing and improved water resistance as compared to Evolv AI RIC models.

Finally, Genesis AI is compatible with an all-new app, called My Starkey, and you can learn more about that app in the 'Apps & Accessories' section further down this page.

Compatible apps & accessories

Apps (by popularity)

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My Starkey

My Starkey

The all new My Starkey applet's you take control of your hearing experience. Adjust hearing aid volume, base and treble, create customized programs, and stream music or phone calls with the touch of a button. Adapt to hearing aids faster with quick how-to's, tips, and videos. All tailored for where you are on your hearing journey. Access remote hearing aid adjustments from your hearing care professional. Lose a hearing aid? Use My Starkey to track the location and simplify your life. Monitor daily hearing and physical activity to help you stay healthy. Set and achieve goals for hearing, steps, exercise, and beyond. Get personal and detailed insights into your activity levels. My Starkey can even detect your falls and notify the people you choose – keeping you safe while active.
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Hear Share

Hear Share

This app is designed for caregivers and/or family members of hearing aid wearers. The Hear Share app allows hearing aid wearers to share data like hearing aid use, physical activities, and overall wellness. Wearer's may even use the Hear Share app to have loved ones or caregivers notified in the event of a fall.
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T2 Remote

T2 Remote

This app serves as a remote control for your hearing aids, allowing you to change the volume and program. Simply hold your phone near your ear while pressing a button in the app to make the change you desire. Your phone will then emit a sound, which the hearing aid interprets as instructions to make the change you requested.

*Double tap on the app to open it in the store

Accessories (by popularity)

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*Included with rechargeable mRIC R and RIC RT orders
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StarLink Charger, $99

StarLink Charger, $99

*Included with rechargeable mRIC R and RIC RT orders

This is the standard charger that comes with the mRIC R and RIC RT rechargeable hearing aids. Fully charges hearing aids in 3.5 hours, providing 24 hours of power. The charger also offers turbo charging, for three hours of hearing aid use time in just seven minutes of charging. The charger must be plugged into an external power source to charge the hearing aids.
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StarLink Premium Mini Charger, $149

StarLink Premium Mini Charger, $149

This is an optional premium charger that is compatible with the mRIC R and RIC RT rechargeable hearing aids. Fully charges hearing aids in 3.5 hours, providing 24 hours of power. The charger also offers turbo charging, for three hours of hearing aid use time in just seven minutes of charging. The main benefit of this premium charger is that it includes an on-board battery for on-the-go charging, and that on-board battery can provide three full charges to your hearing aids (without needing to be plugged into a power source).
RATING3
*Included with in-ear rechargeable orders
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Custom Charger, $99

Custom Charger, $99

*Included with in-ear rechargeable orders

This is the standard charger that comes with the custom in-ear rechargeable models. Fully charges hearing aids in 3.5 hours, providing 24 hours of power. The charger must be plugged into an external power source to charge the hearing aids.
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Premium Custom Charger, $149

Premium Custom Charger, $149

This is an optional premium charger that is compatible with the custom in-ear rechargeable models. Fully charges hearing aids in 3.5 hours, providing 24 hours of power. The main benefit of this premium charger is that it includes an on-board battery for on-the-go charging, and that on-board battery can provide three full charges to your hearing aids (without needing to be plugged into a power source).
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TV Streamer, $319

TV Streamer, $319

Plug it into the back of your TV or soundbar and the audio will be streamed directly to your hearing aids. Others can keep the TV at their preferred volume level, while you set your own volume via the app, on the hearing aids themselves, or via the buttons on the device itself.
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Mini Remote Microphone, $199

Mini Remote Microphone, $199

If you have a hard time hearing in noise this accessory is a lifesaver. Attach this microphone to a companion's shirt and their voice will stream directly to your hearing aids. Their voice will come through much stronger than all the competing noise in the environment.
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Remote Microphone +, $299

Remote Microphone +, $299

If you have a hard time hearing in noise this accessory is a lifesaver. Attach this microphone to a companion's shirt and their voice will stream directly to your hearing aids. Their voice will come through much stronger than all the competing noise in the environment. In the event your smartphone isn't directly compatible with your hearing aids for streaming audio, this device also doubles as a Bluetooth streamer.
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Table Microphone, $469

Table Microphone, $469

Set it in the middle of the table and enjoy group settings like family gatherings or noisy restaurants. It's eight built-in microphones detect the primary speaker's voice and stream it directly to the hearing aids.
RATING9
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Remote, $179

Remote, $179

You probably don't need this. Most people use the app to control their hearing aids, and if not the app, then the push button on the hearing aid itself. But if neither of those suit you, this remote is a simple way to control the volume and program.
Models
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KEY FEATURES

1. Dome

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The dome slips over and encloses/protects the receiver/speaker. Domes are made with medical-grade silicone. They come in different shapes and sizes—your hearing care professional will help you pick the right size and style. Selecting the appropriate dome will change the sound performance of your hearing aids, so if you’re not achieving satisfying results with your hearing aids, your hearing provider will often consider trying a different dome style. In some cases, such as for wearers with severe or profound hearing loss, an earmold will be used instead of a dome.

2. Microphone

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The microphone picks up the sound from the environment and sends it into the hearing aid for processing. You’ll mostly want to leave the microphone alone, but periodically check it to ensure it’s not being plugged up by hair care products or oils.

3. Receiver

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The receiver AKA speaker delivers the sound into the ear. Starkey receivers are available in 4 different strengths, L (low), M (medium), P(power), and UP(ultra power). Your ZipHearing provider will help you determine the appropriate gain (strength/power) receiver based on the results of your hearing test. Expect to have to replace your receivers every year or so, and this is something that usually takes just a few minutes with your local ZipHearing provider.

4. Receiver wire

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This thin, plastic-coated wire transmits power and signals to the receiver/speaker, which is worn inside the ear. Starkey receivers are available in 5 different lengths: 1,2,3,4 & 5. Your ZipHearing provider will help you determine the appropriate length of receiver wire, by measuring your ear. In cases when your ZipHearing provider is unsure of the exact receiver length that will work best for you, we’re happy to send out a few different receiver lengths for you to try.

5. Rechargeable battery

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The RIC RT model shown at the top of this page is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, expected to last 50+ hours on a full charge. The slightly smaller mRIC R model is expected to last 30+ hours on a full charge. The battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge, and a 30 minute quick charge will get you about 6 hours of power.

6. Rocker switch

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The rocker switch is very versatile on Genesis AI and can be set up a number of different ways by your hearing provider. Depending on your preferences, you can use these switches to control the hearing aid volume and/or program, tinnitus levels, Edge Mode +, Smart Assistant, on/off/mute functionality, and with iPhone 11 or newer and iOS 15.1 or newer, you can even accept/deny/end calls with the button. Some people use these buttons exclusively to control the hearing aids, and others use the app to control the hearing aids. Others (most people), use a combination of both the app and rocker switch to make adjustments to their hearing aids. You likely won’t have to use these buttons often, but some people find them handy to make quick adjustments to their hearing aids when they change listening environments (ie, entering a noisy restaurant, or a quiet room). Your hearing provider will go over the options available and make sure your hearing aids are set up to your ideal preferences.

7. Water resistant

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Genesis AI has an IP68 rating, meaning it’s protected from dust getting inside and can withstand exposure to water. Starkey has engineered Genesis AI hearing aids with more gaskets and silicone seals than ever before, to help ensure the devices are watertight and corrosion-proof. A full protective nano coating further shields the hearing aids both inside and out. Even the built-in lithium-ion battery is now fully enclosed to prevent damage. Genesis hearing aids also underwent an additional accelerated-aging test to ensure they could maintain their waterproof muscle well into the future. We would still recommend exercising caution around water (as we would with all hearing aids).

8. Wax filter

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When it comes to maintaining your hearing aids, this is where you’ll spend most of your time. The wax filter (mostly) prevents wax and oils from getting into the receiver/speaker. Your hearing provider may supply you with Starkey Hear Clear wax filters enabling you to periodically change these on your own. Some people never have to change these wax filters, others have to change them weekly. Your purchase includes 1 pack of wax filters, and you can purchase additional wax filters directly from your ZipHearing provider, or through a number of sites online such as Amazon.

9. Dome

The image of Dome hearing aids feature

The dome slips over and encloses/protects the receiver/speaker. Domes are made with medical-grade silicone. They come in different shapes and sizes—your hearing care professional will help you pick the right size and style. Selecting the appropriate dome will change the sound performance of your hearing aids, so if you’re not achieving satisfying results with your hearing aids, your hearing provider will often consider trying a different dome style. In some cases, such as for wearers with severe or profound hearing loss, an earmold will be used instead of a dome.

10. Microphone

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The microphone picks up the sound from the environment and sends it into the hearing aid for processing. You’ll mostly want to leave the microphone alone, but periodically check it to ensure it’s not being plugged up by hair care products or oils.

11. Receiver

The image of Receiver hearing aids feature

The receiver AKA speaker delivers the sound into the ear. Starkey receivers are available in 4 different strengths, L (low), M (medium), P(power), and UP(ultra power). Your ZipHearing provider will help you determine the appropriate gain (strength/power) receiver based on the results of your hearing test. Expect to have to replace your receivers every year or so, and this is something that usually takes just a few minutes with your local ZipHearing provider.

12. Receiver wire

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This thin, plastic-coated wire transmits power and signals to the receiver/speaker, which is worn inside the ear. Starkey receivers are available in 5 different lengths: 1,2,3,4 & 5. Your ZipHearing provider will help you determine the appropriate length of receiver wire, by measuring your ear. In cases when your ZipHearing provider is unsure of the exact receiver length that will work best for you, we’re happy to send out a few different receiver lengths for you to try.

13. Rechargeable battery

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The RIC RT model shown at the top of this page is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, expected to last 50+ hours on a full charge. The slightly smaller mRIC R model is expected to last 30+ hours on a full charge. The battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge, and a 30 minute quick charge will get you about 6 hours of power.

14. Rocker switch

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The rocker switch is very versatile on Genesis AI and can be set up a number of different ways by your hearing provider. Depending on your preferences, you can use these switches to control the hearing aid volume and/or program, tinnitus levels, Edge Mode +, Smart Assistant, on/off/mute functionality, and with iPhone 11 or newer and iOS 15.1 or newer, you can even accept/deny/end calls with the button. Some people use these buttons exclusively to control the hearing aids, and others use the app to control the hearing aids. Others (most people), use a combination of both the app and rocker switch to make adjustments to their hearing aids. You likely won’t have to use these buttons often, but some people find them handy to make quick adjustments to their hearing aids when they change listening environments (ie, entering a noisy restaurant, or a quiet room). Your hearing provider will go over the options available and make sure your hearing aids are set up to your ideal preferences.

15. Water resistant

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Genesis AI has an IP68 rating, meaning it’s protected from dust getting inside and can withstand exposure to water. Starkey has engineered Genesis AI hearing aids with more gaskets and silicone seals than ever before, to help ensure the devices are watertight and corrosion-proof. A full protective nano coating further shields the hearing aids both inside and out. Even the built-in lithium-ion battery is now fully enclosed to prevent damage. Genesis hearing aids also underwent an additional accelerated-aging test to ensure they could maintain their waterproof muscle well into the future. We would still recommend exercising caution around water (as we would with all hearing aids).

16. Wax filter

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When it comes to maintaining your hearing aids, this is where you’ll spend most of your time. The wax filter (mostly) prevents wax and oils from getting into the receiver/speaker. Your hearing provider may supply you with Starkey Hear Clear wax filters enabling you to periodically change these on your own. Some people never have to change these wax filters, others have to change them weekly. Your purchase includes 1 pack of wax filters, and you can purchase additional wax filters directly from your ZipHearing provider, or through a number of sites online such as Amazon.