Starkey Hearing Aids – Are They Worth It?

Starkey Hearing Aids – Are They Worth It?

by | Jul 16, 2021 | Hearing Aids, News, Patient Resources, Technology

Inevitably, there’s always going to be a little apprehension before trying out something new – especially when it’s a big investment.

While you can do as much research as possible and get all the advice from your friends, it all comes down to your own individual circumstances.

Over the years, our experts have been closely monitoring Starkey and its progress, as it’s important to us that we are offering only high-end products to our patients.

While our opinion on Starkey stands true, we understand that it takes a lot of education and information to make your own judgment. It’s not as easy as a one-size-fits-all approach.

In this article, using our expertise and knowledge of the past 20 years, we will be explaining everything you need to know about Starkey hearing aids to allow you to make an informed decision.

But first, let’s backtrack slightly…

Who Is Starkey?

As an American-owned company, most people are familiar with Starkey. You may even remember when Ronald Reagan was famously featured wearing Starkey hearing aids during his presidency!

With a family of hearing aid products, they cater to all different types of listening requirements, lifestyles, and backgrounds.

Known for their natural sound quality and sleek design, they also have a range of other impressive functions, such as tinnitus technology and feedback management.

As a worldwide recognized manufacturer, they have only improved year after year, and it’s no surprise that they are winning awards for it.

They were recently awarded the 2021 Platinum Award for Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices & Research Equipment for the Livio Edge AI model.

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What Hearing Aids Do They Offer?

Founded in 1967, Starkey has invested their time into researching the needs of every user, ensuring each device is going to be beneficial, whatever their listening requirements.

With an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, there are only a few people who have been unhappy with the results.

Below are some of the devices they currently offer:

Livio Edge AI

In the words of Starkey, this device offers “game-changing sound performance,” and rightly so because it helps you hear in all types of environments.

This means that you don’t have to worry about going to busy restaurants or public spaces, as you’ll be able to hear all the voices around you.

Its most notable function is the AI, which gives you access to brain and body tracking, where you can monitor your steps and other functions.

Alongside being very sleek in design, the Livio Edge AI has a 24-hour battery life, allowing you to have a full day’s worth of charge without having to worry about it running out.

It is available in BTE, RIC, ITE, and ITC styles.

Livio AI

Slightly different from the Livio Edge AI, the Livio AI is a healthable hearing aid, which allows you to monitor your health and wellness.

Through brain and body activity tracking, it can measure things such as social engagement to see how attentive you are in conversations as well as warn you when you’re at risk of a fall.

It is available in BTE, RIC, ITE, and ITC.


Aimed to help users “hear more comfortably and clearly in challenging environments,” the Livio works to produce a more natural sound quality.

You don’t have to worry about facemasks as it has a reliable performance that can aid you in all types of situations.

It connects to Apple and Android devices via Bluetooth, so you can take calls and listen to music directly from your hearing aids. With the Thrive Hearing Control app, you can manage your hearing aid settings and access other functions.

What To Expect From Starkey Hearing Aids   

With each product Starkey offering different capabilities and functions, there is a device made for every user. Below are some factors which are consistent throughout all Starkey products.


  • Thrive Care App – gives you helpful information about your physical activities, hearing aid usage, and social engagement.
  • Natural sound quality
  • Starkey offers a 30-day money-back guarantee – providing you are unhappy with your hearing aids.
  • Various options for purchasing smart financing options, installments, and insurance coverage.
  • You can only purchase them through a hearing healthcare clinic, so you are protected from damage to your hearing.


  • It can be expensive in comparison to other alternative hearing aid amplification products.

Helping You Make Your Decision

With so much information available on the internet, it can be overwhelming trying to sift through heaps of technical jargon and text.

Not to forget, your decision is based on a combination of factors which is not necessarily pricing.

From your listening preferences to lifestyle and occupation, there are so many vital touchpoints that are essential to the success of your hearing journey. It’s even more critical that you partner with a reputable hearing healthcare provider.

The good news is that we are here to help.

As Maryland’s leading audiologists, our experts have been recognized as leading hearing healthcare providers.

Whether you have a question about Starkey hearing aids, would like advice, or want to know more about the options available, a member of our team will be happy to chat. You can get in touch by clicking here.

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Dr. Melissa Segev Au.D, F.A.A.A.

Dr. Segev, co-owner of Audiology Associates, proudly represents the values of excellent patient care upon which her practice was established in 1977. She understands that to properly treat the patient, excellent state-of-the-art medical testing is required along with acute listening and understanding of the patient’s perceptions of how they are feeling and what their needs might be.

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