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Starkey Hearing Aids

4.2 Stars (11 Reviews)
Updated: January 27, 2023
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Starkey Hearing Aids is the only American-owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer. Starkey Hearing Aids are high-tech, reliable devices from one of the world’s largest and most trusted hearing aid brands. The company has hearing aids for mild to severe hearing loss available in one dozen fits and styles.

Starkey Hearing Aids

Editorial Breakdown

Ease of Purchase 4.1 Stars
Warranty 3.9 Stars
Price 4.3 Stars
Customer Service 3.8 Stars

Overall Rating 4.1 Stars

Bottom Line

Starkey is an American owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer with more than 11 hearing aid models to choose from.

Starkey Hearing Aids Review

Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Minnesota, Starkey is one of the world’s largest hearing aid manufacturers. The parent company, Starkey Hearing Technologies, owns four other hearing aid brands, including Audible, All American Hearing, NuEar and MicroTech.

About 25% of Americans aged 65 to 74 have disabling hearing loss, and that percentage jumps to 50% for those over 75. Yet only 30% of adults who could benefit from hearing aids have ever used them. These individuals can benefit from Starkey Hearing Aids because of the wide selection of devices available.


  • Broad style selection
  • American owned and operated
  • Tinnitus relief
  • Smartphone compatible
  • Financing may be available


  • Can be more expensive than other brands

Starkey Hearing Aids Styles

Starkey hearing aids come in various colors and include wireless connectivity with special features for tinnitus relief. The company uses reliability and cutting-edge technology in its product design and manufacture.

Starkey offers six types of hearing aids to assist with all levels of hearing loss:

  • Invisible hearing aids
  • Receiver-in-canal
  • Completely-in-canal
  • Behind-the-ear
  • In-the-canal
  • In-the-ear

Starkey Hearing Aids Models

Starkey Hearing Aids is known for setting the industry standard for technology. The devices feature the latest speech and music processing technologies to optimize sound. Customers can use pre-set volumes with Bluetooth technology to adjust to the sounds around them. Some Starkey Hearing Aid models can be programmed and adjusted using a smartphone app called Thrive.

In addition to the convenience of the app, Starkey’s Livio AI is the first hearing aid to use embedded sensors and artificial intelligence to track physical and brain health. Livio AI can count steps and monitor social interactions as a proxy for brain health. This high-tech device can send app-based notifications to a loved one if you fall.

Starkey Hearing Aid Models
Style Severity Activity Tracking Phone App
Invisible (IIC) Mild – Moderately Severe No No
Receiver-in-canal (RIC) Mild – Severe Yes Yes
Completely-in-canal (CIC) Mild – Moderate No No
Behind-the-ear (BTE) Mild – Severe Yes Yes
In-the-canal (ITC) Mild – Moderate No No
In-the-ear (ITE) Mild – Severe No No

How to Choose the Right Hearing Aids

You’ll need to set an appointment with a hearing professional for an exam. Your degree of hearing loss influences the best type of hearing aid for your needs. See our Best Hearing Aids guide to learn more about what you should consider when buying hearing aids.

Where to Buy Starkey Hearing Aids

Only authorized dealers sell Starkey Hearing Aids. You can search for a retailer near you by visiting Starkey’s website.

The hearing aids are ordered directly from Starkey. When the hearing aids arrive, you’ll be fitted for comfort. You will learn how to adjust the volume and use the app to program your hearing aids. The specialist will also discuss common hearing aid adjustment issues that may occur.

Starkey Hearing Aids Cost

Starkey Hearing Aids does not publish pricing. Each device is custom-made, and the cost varies depending on the type and features. We found Starkey Hearing Aids from online retailers for around $5,000 to $6,500 for a set.

Starkey partners with Wells Fargo to offer financing to qualified customers. You may also qualify for a promotion or free trial through your local retailer. Veterans benefits, Medicare Advantage and other options can help defray the cost of hearing aids.

Starkey Hearing Aids Complaints

Starkey Hearing Aids has a strong reputation. The Better Business Bureau gives the company an A+ rating. ConsumersAdvocate rates the company with 4.3 out of 5 stars and notes the excellent product offerings and additional services. Trustpilot reviewers give Starkey Hearing Aids 4.5 out of 5 stars. Many reviewers appreciate Starkey’s customer service and the quality of the hearing aids.

Starkey Hearing Aids FAQ

  • Do Starkey Hearing Aids come with a warranty or guarantee?

    Every retail location sets its policies when it comes to hearing aid warranties. Most have a 30- or 60-day return policy. Many also offer warranties, but be sure to check with your retailer.

  • How should I choose which type of Starkey Hearing Aid?

    Hearing aid experts at your local retail location will help you choose. In general, the right hearing aid depends on the degree of your hearing loss and the features you want.

  • How do I know if I need Starkey Hearing Aids?

    You can take a free hearing test on Starkey’s website to see if you may need hearing aids. Of course, a hearing test with a qualified professional is the best way to determine which hearing aids you need.

  • Does Starkey offer hearing aids with rechargeable batteries?

    Yes, the Livio AI, Livio and Muse iQ receiver-in-canal models are all available with rechargeable batteries and a portable charging station.

  • What if I need help with my Starkey hearing aids?

    Starkey backs the hearing aids with top-notch customer service and support. The network of hearing professionals and patient counselors are available to help with questions or problems.


Starkey Hearing Aids provides solutions for all types of hearing loss and tinnitus. The company paves the way for hearing technology and has excellent customer support. Contact an authorized retailer near you for more information.

To contact Starkey about hearing aids, call (877) 452-8619

11 Starkey Hearing Aids Reviews

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2 Stars

January 15 2023 10:46PM

Starkey's proven to be every bad thing I had been told about hearing aids. Don't make the same mistake I made. If you purchased a pair of Starkey send them back. Don't believe what you heard my road back was Lexies. I think that they would be your way back to.

Give Lexies a chance. I purchased mine and don't receive any thang from any one. This is what Lexies done for me due to what Lexies done for me is reminded me there was a chance.

Rick B.
Ellisville, MS
2 Stars

August 30 2022 7:54PM

Do not believe this is a US manufacturer. I have waited 7 weeks for warranty replacement of a lost aid, but they say it will be another 3 weeks at best before they will receive the part from overseas. This in spite of the fact that dozens of air freight flights to Minneapolis will arrive in the next 3 days.

The part must weigh less than the 1 gram that my other aid weighs. The Apple app for Bluetooth connectivity is 4+ years old, and when I complain to my provider that it does not work, he blames apple for updating its OS.

Thomas D.
Atlanta, GA
5 Stars

May 28 2021 6:12PM

I have had excellent experience with my Starkey hearing Aids. I hear well with them. They are comfortable, discreet, and easy to put in and take out. The staff are very congenial and efficient and the service is prompt and excellent. Thank you.

Laurie R.
Lethbridge, SELECT A STATE
5 Stars

May 06 2021 6:20AM

After having spent thousands of dollars on hearing aids which wound up in the junk drawer and having gotten tired of being unable to participate in conversations and listen to my music (I have a large collection of albums and CDs), I, with the recommendation of my audiologist, a tenured Professor of Audiology who was retiring and had told me that my hearing objectives were "unrealistic", finally, because of my 'nagging wife', went to the Professional Hearing Aid Center in Hackensack, NJ, where I was fitted with a pair of Starkeys, that now come off only when I sleep and shower.

What a pleasure to have gotten back the gift of hearing! PS. From my experience, I believe that many of the problems people have, regardless of the brand of the hearing aid, originate with dispensers who understand the client's hearing problems, and are unable because of the time restrictions of their practice or lack of knowledge of fitting aids, to customize the fit of a complex precision instrument, to match the client's hearing loss. It took me several appointments lasting more than two hours each, to achieve my 5-star fit. PS.

Alan S.
Harrington Park, NJ
2 Stars

April 02 2021 4:58PM

I have purchased two sets ($10,000 ) of Starkey in the ear hearing aids over the past years. First pair were under warranty but the dealer would not stand behind the warranty.

Second pair from a different dealer. The left hearing aid continually quit working from day one and had to be sent in for repair numerous times. I would NEVER buy anything from Starkey again and would highly advise others not to buy from them.

Bob B.
Knoxville, TN
5 Stars

March 19 2021 9:55PM

I've had Starkey hearing aids for five years and never once had a problem. I just received the latest hearing aids and look forward to using them with the same confidence I had with the ones replaced. Thanks Starkey for a great product, made in America. Rev Ron **.

Romald R.
Niantic, CT
4 Stars

March 11 2021 12:40PM

Machines are very good. Morning to night I am warning. I purchased from Hearfon, Malleswaram, Bangalore last year March. Today I had gone there to give my machines to the yearly services.

Service Center is in Delhi it seems. They have to send there & it takes 3 weeks time. I felt very bad. Even Though Bangalore is metro city why there is no service center. Without hearing 3 weeks means..!! Or they have to provide alternate solution. Really very angry.

Shashiprabha H.
2 Stars

July 27 2020 5:46PM

Last year I purchased Starkey hearing aids. Have never worn a hearing aid before and recently have relocated to Las Vegas from Hawaii. Knowing very little about what is available, I paid over $6000 for the product.

I have now lost one of the hearing aids because they do Not fit behind my ear. I have to wear glasses all the time which takes up little space left behind the ear. Can't tell you how many times they have fallen out of my ear. Until now, I had been able to find the hearing aid.

Try looking all over in a Walmart--it's not easy. I know there is a "find your hearing aid" on the app. but when the battery dies, then what?

The technology of the product is very good but I cannot use the hearing aid because of lack of space behind the ears. It was a huge loss of money.

Ruth J.
Las Vegas, NV
5 Stars

March 28 2020 9:45PM

I worked for Beltone many years ago and never had the need to take notice of the different makes and models. Now I have a 70 percent hearing loss after wearing a headset for 16 years. I was fitted for 2 digital Starkeys and they are fantastic.

I have the ITE and they are so tiny, no one even knows I am wearing any. I can't say enough about them. I recommend them if anyone has a hearing loss and are tired of repeating, what, what, all the time. Remember, most of the time you need clarity, not something louder which only distorts everything. I was fitted by Clear Ear!!!! Love them!!!!

Valerie D.
Jacksonville, FL
1 Star

December 28 2019 6:35AM

Terrible. Have constant sizzle sound in the background. Very poor noise cancellation.a Said to work with Android app, but doesn't. Poorly trained fitter who seemed overwhelmed getting the equalization curve to compensate for my loss curve. Ended up sounding tinny. Frequently had issues with momentary feedback squeals. Android app looks like it's the most capable in the business, but continually stops working. Took the aids back for a refund. But the problems with Android app compatibility may be fixed when the Android 10 update becomes available.

Harold F.
Gig Harbor, WA