Starkey’s most exceptional sound yet
Released by Starkey on August 31, 2021, Evolv AI is Starkey’s newest, most complete line of hearing aids suitable for all hearing losses. Evolve ... READ MORE
Amazing sound quality and connectivity
As of August 31, 2021, Livio is an outdated model. If you're interested in Livio, we'd recommend checking out the next generation model, Evolv AI. ... READ MORE
Because no two ears are alike
As of August 31, 2021, Picasso is an outdated model. If you're interested in Picasso, we'd recommend checking out the next generation model, Evolv AI... READ MORE
Reimagining what a hearing aid can do
As of August 31, 2021, Livio AI is an outdated and unavailable model. If you're interested in Livio AI, we'd recommend checking out the next generatio... READ MORE
Starkey- “Hear better. Live better.”
Starkey has introduced several pioneering products in its decades-long history. Most recently, Starkey's 2019 model Livio AI hearing aid was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Best inventions of 2019.
Starkey is also widely regarded as the best in-the-ear hearing aid manufacturer on the market, and is the go-to choice for many people wanting invisible hearing aids.
Starkey at a glance
Relative sales popularity of Starkey models in the last 12 months
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Professional & user reviews
Read what a few of our favorite ZipHearing providers have to say about Starkey
What I like
I have been fitting hearing devices for over 30 years. Starkey is my "go to" as they have amazing noise reduction and strong feedback suppression. I especially appreciate the Artificial Intelligence features with Livio. The unique AI features with the premium level include a fall detector and voice assistance. Starkey makes great fitting custom devices too. The customer service is awesome when we do run into a problem with a device. That being said, I believe no one brand of hearing aid works best for every patient so it is important to have a line of brands to work with depending on individual's needs.
What needs improving
The app is very flexible and useful but can be cumbersome to those lacking technology expertise. The streaming signal is very good if the phone isn't in a pocket or purse. Starkey does not have true "hands free" function with phone use as the microphone is used on the telephone rather than hearing aids for streaming.
What I like
Starkey has been doing some really incredible things lately. They’ve been able to pack an insane amount of technology - from fall sensors, to activity tracking, to literal (and incredibly accurate) artificial intelligence, to nearly real-time language translation - all connected to a growing number of compatible smartphones (not JUST iPhone). In other words, if you are looking for technology and an all-in-one (rechargeable) device, Starkey Livio Edge AI and Starkey’s accompanying Thrive App is the way to go - 10/10. Aside from the technology factor, Starkey has always been my go-to for the smallest, most powerful custom IIC’s (Invisible-In-the-Canal) and rechargeable custom hearing aids - Starkey makes it happen successfully and consistently!
What needs improving
Since there is SO much tech on-board, sometimes it is a distraction and people sometimes get “lost” in the technology. These days the ‘hearing correction’ function is so accurate and consistent, it is largely unnecessary to make any on-the-fly adjustments, however, when you have the option to control so much, it can be tempting to “over use” the adjustment features in the app.
What I like
Starkey hearing aids are made in Minneapolis Minnesota. Over the years Starkey has been one of the hearing aid manufacturers who has consistently created some of the best hearing aids on the market. The work Starkey has done in creating their hearing aids has given them a very prestigious honor of holding more patents on their hearing aids then their competitors. Starkey believes hearing aids are not just hearing aids but health devices. With the release of Livio AI Starkey introduced motion sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. This helps the user to hear better and live better by enabling them to track physical activity and social engagement. Livio AI was the first hearing aid capable of automatic fall detection and text alerts to trusted contacts. Now with the release of the next generation of Livio Edge AI the hearing aids have even better benefits to the hearing aid user. When using the aids daily the Livio Edge AI continuously monitors the acoustic environment. This onboard learning technology dynamically applies appropriate levels of hearing to the user. Livio Edge AI has a “Edge Mode” that allows the hearing aid user to automatically access alternative settings to optimize comfort and clarity. Starkey Livio Edge AI allows the patient to optimize speech audibility in challenging listening environments. When looking for a hearing aid Starkey is at the pinnacle of innovation and technology.
What needs improving
No hearing aid is perfect, they all have their little bugs. One thing about Starkey hearing aids is they give a lot of high tone recovery. High tone recovery is the frequencies of 2,000 through 8,000. This poses a problem for some men and women who do not like their hearing aids to recover those frequencies. This would mean you have to spend more time working with the patient to get the sound quality they would like out of their hearing aids. The domes for fitting the hearing aids don’t work as well as other manufacturers; this can be a problem with some users.
Latest user reviews
The Livio AI’s have a multitude of new features
Hi, my names is Roger. As you can see, I have some age on me. I’m kind of an old guy. And if you look real close, you can see my hearing aids. Well maybe you can’t see them, because they are small and they blend in with my glasses and my hair color, they fit right in your ear socket, they’re comfortable to wear. I have significant hearing loss. Too many years working with equipment, too many years not wearing hearing protection and now I’m paying the price for it. So I got tired of saying to my wife, “what?”, it’s not that I didn’t hear her say something, I just couldn’t understand what she said. It was frustrating for her, it was frustrating for me. So I chose my first pair of hearing aids about 4 years ago, they were Starkey Halo 2s, nice little hearing aids, Bluetooth, programmable, and they were battery powered. So the downside for that is you had to change batteries maybe like once a week, especially if you’re doing lots of streaming, podcasts, or talking on the phone. What I liked about those hearing aids, and I still like about them, is that you can listen to podcasts or talk on the phone hands free, that was a big advantage. I chose, when those, when the microphones, you should know, that hearing aids aren’t forever, and my Starkey Halo 2s, the microphones finally quit working on them, and rather than having them refurbished, I wanted to get a new technology. Because they were battery powered that means you had to put a battery in them, and the little battery case was not completely water tight and if you’re like me out working in the yard in a humid environment like northern Virginia is, you sweat a lot, sweat gets in your ears, and eventually it degrades your hearing aid. I would recommend any of you who say “what?” too many times, who have trouble hearing in crowded environments to look at quality of life and get yourself a set of hearing aids. I chose the Starkey Livio AI. Why did I choose those? Because they have a multitude of new features that other hearing aids don’t have. Okay yeah they amplify sound, you have various settings that you can choose for different environments, if you’re listening to the TV you can set them one way, if you want normal you can set them one way, if you want a crowd you can set them, you can reduce background noise so that background noise around you is not interfering with your hearing. In addition, the Livio AIs also have a multitude of new features. They keep track of your steps for you, they keep track of your brain function, because unbeknownst to us, our brain is our major hearing source through our ears, and so we have to keep our brain sharp, and the Starkey Livios track the different types of environments that you’re in that are stimulating your brain. Because at our age we need to have our brain stimulated and the more we can do that the better off we are. I would encourage you to get the rechargeables because they’re more water tight, and being more water tight, you don’t have to change the batteries, #1, and #2, they’re probably going to last a little longer because the sweats not getting into your hearing aid and degrading it. So in addition to the environmental things that your hearing aid keeps track of, your steps, they also have a fall feature, which, if you fall and your head hits an object, maybe you get knocked out, maybe you slip on the ice, whatever, your hearing aids will notify chosen people, that you’ve indicated should get an alert, so it’s called a fall alert. So you know you get up in age, your balance isn’t as good, falls are part of our future. You fall, you get knocked out, your hearing aid will tell the person, and the person will also know where you are because of the GPS device that’s in them. So that’s another safety feature that’s really cool about the Starkey Livios. So I would recommend if you’re getting hearing aids, buy the most expensive ones that you can, within your budget, because they have a lot of features that make your life way more enjoyable. So, I hope this was a good advertisement for hearing aids because I have significant hearing loss and it’s all part of quality of life.
I recommend them 100%
Hello my name is Scott and I’m from Freedom, PA and I’m here to talk to you today, to review the Starkey Picasso in-the-ear, i2400 hearing aids. I’ve been wearing hearing aids now for the last 27 years and I really was self conscious about people seeing stuff in my ears, but the in-the-ear, makes it very unnoticeable. I like the hearing aids, I like the technology, with the Starkey hearing aids. Again, there’s so many things you can do with the hearing aid as I could never do before. I have a little button on my hearing aid where I can just push it, I can hit normal, I can hit crowd, I can hit television if I’m on the television, it automatically changes if I’m on the telephone. Just the technology in the last 27 years has been unbelievable with the Starkey. They’re US made, they take a 312 battery, I’m getting consistently 7 to 8 days on a battery, and again they’re just little batteries. I recommend them 100%, I’m very happy with Starkey, and I’m sure if I’m happy you’ll be definitely happy with them. Thank you
I was almost in tears
Hi, my name is Steve, I’m making this little video to kinda show you what my experience has been with hearing aids. I’m 72 years old and as far as hearing loss I’ve probably had it for some time but, these hearing aids now I finally just made the leap to get these, in, I guess it was late November of 2019, so they’re only what 3 months old or something. But my experience has been positive so far. The brand I chose is Starkey, and I’ll show you, I’ve got them on right now and I’ll just swing this thing around here and hopefully you can see them over my ear. So you can see they’re pretty discreet, you can hardly see that they’re there. I wouldn’t care if you could see them or not, because I need them, but anyway, and I’ll take these off in a minute and show you what they look like without being installed over my ear. Why did I choose this hearing aid? I chose the Starkey because of the ability to make adjustments to them on the phone app, so, it’s just handy that way. And I don’t think all of them come with that, the different brands, but this one did, and also because it’s rechargeable. Here’s the case that they come in and it’s got the little mini USB port in the back that plugs in and it holds at least a 2 or 3 day charge in it when its unplugged so I can take it with me when I’m on the road. The hearing aids are magnetized in that little rechargeable area , they fit right in there and they won't fall out. What do I like about them? They’re comfortable, good sound quality, the app is easy to use and they are rechargeable. What do I not like about it? There’s really nothing that’s bothersome. The little retention tail, and I’ll show you that when I take them off here in a second, they call it a retention tail or a sport clip that’s supposed to hold them in a little more secure, if your doing exercising. I had some trouble with that in the beginning, just getting them to stay in the position that they’re meant to be in. When I talked to Starkey about it they said, if you don’t need it to retain them and the hearing aids stay in place without it, just take them off and that’s really simple to do. Would I recommend them to a friend? Yes. When I first put them on, I was almost in tears I couldn’t believe how much I could hear with them on and how much I’d been missing over the years, so yeah I’d definitely recommend them. What is the number one piece of advice I’d give to someone that’s purchasing hearing aids? Well I went to three different providers, to see, to get tested, and the third one was the one that I found to be, the people that I felt most comfortable with. As far as ZipHearing, I placed the order through the provider that was going to fit them, and then everything worked out just fine. But I would recommend going to two or three different people to get your ears tested, your hearing tested, because you may find a better fit with one of them than with another. And the only problem I’ve ever had and it isn’t Starkeys, or any hearing aid manufacturer’s fault, but with this covid-19 and you’re wearing a mask, you have to be really careful when you’re taking the mask off so you don’t get it caught in the hearing aid and have it dislodged and come out of your ear and lose it. I’ve been real fortunate I haven’t lost anything but I have gotten them caught a couple times where they’ve come out of my ear. I’ll take them out right now and show you what they look like. Really small, I don’t know how to describe it, it’s probably about an inch long and maybe a half inch wide and maybe 3/16ths of an inch thick, but, and that little tail hanging down right here is what I’m talking about. When you put this thing on it kinda flips in your ear like a little kickstand, you curl it up and put it in the bottom of your ear, sometimes it just wants to go the wrong way for some reason, but that happened during the first month and since then I haven’t seemed to have a problem with it. I’ll take the other one off, that’s the same thing, show you what they look like just laying there, and that’s it. So hopefully the review is giving you some information that’s useful.
As good as they said they would be
Okay hello, my name is Mike H., I got the Starkey Evolv hearing aids, it’s probably been 3 months ago, something like that, and so far, I have no complaints. This is my fourth set of hearing aids in my life and I can say that these are the best ones I’ve ever had. I did choose the battery over the rechargeable, because I wanted the ability to take spare batteries with me when I go places and if the charge runs out I just swap out the batteries and good to go, and they’re really not that expensive as far as I’m concerned. Got them in, can’t even tell they’re there can you? That’s one thing I really like about them, they do a good job of fitting behind the ears and in my case, I chose the hard mold insert, the last pair of hearing aids I’d had that’s what I used and I’m used to it- it worked fine for me. Like I say I have no complaints with these, like any hearing aids, they’re still not perfect when there’s a lot of background noise. But that’s the nature of the best so to speak. I love the fact that they’re Bluetooth, I can do all my phone calls through my hearing aids, makes it very easy, gives me two hands to work while I’m talking. Also the adjustments on the app on my phone allow me a lot of control to fine tune how they’re doing if I am in a noisy environment and then those settings get applied permanently and all I have to do is click the mode on my hearing aid and change to whatever I need. Don’t have much else to say, again I’m pleased with them, and I hope you’ll trust this company, I was leery of ordering something over the internet and on a phone call, but they came through with everything they said they would do and the hearing aids are as good as they said they would be, can’t ask for any more than that. Good luck.
I don’t think you can go wrong
My name is Franklin and after playing guitar professionally for a number of years, standing in front of loud amplifiers, damaging my hearing, and then getting interested in riding loud motorcycles, sport bikes, I realized that my hearing had deteriorated quite a bit. About 5 years ago I was given a hearing test and told that I had 8% hearing in my left ear, and 20% hearing in my right ear, so basically I was considered legally deaf. So I was recommended to get hearing aids and I did, I got a pair of Rexton hearing aids, had them for 4 years, they worked reasonably well during that time, but they started to wear out and deteriorate and would need some expensive repairs, so I researched getting new hearing aids, and I came upon Starkey Livio AI 1600, which I show here in my hand. These are my relatively new, few months old, Starkey Livio AI 1600 hearing aids, nice champagne color, they’re very comfortable, I chose them after looking at the research on them, and reviews, because of their clarity, and also because they had great noise suppression. One of the things I struggle with is background noise, trying to hear what I need to hear, and my old hearing aids, the Rextons, did not do a good job with noise suppression and these were particularly good at that. So what I like about them is it does cancel out a lot of the background noise, they’re very comfortable to wear, the clarity is much brighter, music that I listen to with my bad ears sound amazingly great with these Starkeys, I like them a lot, I would certainly recommend them. The other thing that I like is they have several adjustments on them for different levels of sound, also different levels of noise suppression, and they’re bluetooth so they go right into my ears when I get a phone call, it’s great, I can be walking outside, the phone rings, it rings right in my ears, I answer my cell phone, and the person is talking right into my ears so I can always hear the call, that wasn’t the case with the Rextons that weren’t Bluetooth, and the clarity again is great with the Livios and that Bluetooth feature. As far as things that I do not like about it, from time to time I’ll get a message, there’s a mans voice that speaks and it says “Resolving the problem, problem resolved”, just things like that that come out of nowhere. I don’t really like that feature, it’s not terrible, but I don’t really like that, the other thing is, I’m waiting for a part for the them to adjust better to my ears, a longer wire, they came with shorter wires, which they offer, but I haven’t been able to get it yet, it’s not necessarily Livio’s fault, but I would like to have them fit better. The other thing I may not like about it quite as much as the Rextons for example is the battery life. Seems to be about 4 days, 5 if I’m lucky but no longer than that, and in the past with the other hearing aids it was a good 7 days, sometimes I got 8, but after 4 days, maybe 5, I get the message in their “battery” and it’s telling me that the battery is weak. So I’m changing batteries more often, because of convenience for me, and the different activities I do, I have battery operated, versus the rechargeable, that of course wouldn’t be an issue with the rechargeable. I would definitely recommend these to a friend, the Starkeys, I think the quality is very good, the sound is excellent, the noise suppression is excellent, so someone searching for good quality hearing aids and in fact, the Starkeys with all the clarity and suppression and Bluetooth were actually less than the Rextons 4 years ago, so I would tell you that there definitely is an improvement in the technology and yet they weren’t as expensive. And the number one piece of advice that I would give to someone who is considering purchasing hearing aids is do your research, look at the different brands, and talk to someone that has used them. I did talk to my local hearing professional and she connected me with someone who actually has used them, a Starkey customer who has had them over a year and has had a great experience and you can get to hear that first hand. So, do your research, see if you can talk to somebody who owns them, but I don’t think you can go wrong in my opinion, with the Starkey Livio AI 1600 hearing aids. Thank you
Nobody even knows I have them
Hi folks my name is John, I live in Sarasota, FL, I am 74 and 3 quarters years old. I have needed hearing aids for the last 4 or 5, maybe 6 years. Been tested a whole bunch of times, and finally at the urging of my wonderful wife I finally said okay I’m gonna get with it. Because a bunch of my friends from high school and other associates have them and so they have a bunch of experience and I started looking about 3, 4 years ago and the prices were 7, 8 thousand, all crazy stuff, there’s kind of a hearing aid shell game going on, so I went online and found the website for the guys I’m making this video for and they recommended me to a great company here in Florida. I got the, I’m gonna show them to you, my little Starkey hearing aids, I have the in ear hearing aids, they are absolutely wonderful, nobody even knows I have them, and the happiest person on the planet is my wife, because before I got these hearing aids, when we were watching TV I would have to have the closed captioning on and then I bought a set of noise dampening earphones, so when we were watching TV together we couldn’t even have a discussion. These hearing aids have basically changed her life as well as mine, I didn’t know my car turn signals made noise until I had my hearing aids in, so, the benefits are life altering, and the only complaint, it’s not really a complaint but the only thing I would say is they make my ears itch a little bit every now and then, but other than that, the service I got from all the people involved with my purchase are absolutely spectacular. You know, it just, Jeff and his guys are great, they work with great people in your market, so check them out, I couldn’t more highly recommend them, and they also worked out to be very affordable, I have a bunch of different features in mine for restaurants, movie theaters, I couldn’t hear the dialog, now I hear it and I gotta tone my hearing aids down a little bit, but absolutely couldn’t be happier. Hope you guys take advantage of it, have a great day, really appreciate your help, thanks.
I am extremely satisfied with the hearing aids
Great product Starkey!
They have become unreliable
Never knew my turn signals clicked before!
I couldn’t be happier with my Evolv hearing aids
The hearing aids are great
Size is perfect
Background noise is cut down
Better than expected
Common questions about Starkey hearing aids
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2021: Evolv AI
2020: Livio Edge AI
2018: Livio, Livio AI
Not sure which model you have? Check your user guide, or call the Starkey provider who sold the devices to you.
1. Make sure that your phone's Bluetooth is on. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and make sure the toggle switch is set to On.
2. Open and close the battery doors on your hearing device. Or, if you use rechargeable Starkey hearing aids, switch the hearing aids off and on again, by pressing and holding the toggle button for 3 seconds to turn them off, and repeating to turn them back on.
3. On your Apple device, go to Settings > Accessibility > Hearing, and select Hearing Devices.
4. Your Apple device will search for your hearing device.
5. Under MFi Hearing Devices, tap the name of your hearing device.
6. Tap Pair when you see the pairing request on the screen. If you have two hearing devices, you'll get two requests. Pairing could take up to a minute.
7. You can start using your hearing device when you see it under MFi Hearing Devices with a check mark.
2021: Evolv AI
2020: Livio Edge AI
2018: Livio, Livio AI
Please note that not all Android devices can directly stream to Starkey hearing aids. Check compatibility
1. Go to the Android phone’s home screen and tap on the “Settings” icon.
2. In the settings menu, tap on the Bluetooth icon.
3. Tap on the slider button to turn Bluetooth on.
4. Open the battery doors of your Starkey hearing aids for 5 seconds and then close them. If you use rechargeable Starkey hearing aids, switch the hearing aids off and on again, by pressing and holding the toggle button on the hearing aid for 3 seconds to turn the hearing aid off, and repeating to turn it back on.
4. The hearing aids that are available to pair will now appear in the Available Devices list.
5. Select only one hearing aid, and wait 30 seconds.
6. After 30 seconds has elapsed, select the second hearing aid.
1. Wait 30 seconds, and both hearing aids will be paired to your Android device.
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