While it seems like there is plenty of competition in the world of hearing aids, in recent times a lot of acquisitions have taken place meaning certain companies have a larger market share than you might have originally thought. Times are changing along with the advance technology these companies can offer.
For example, did you know Unitron and Phonak are essentially the same company? Unitron and Phonak are owned by Swiss based umbrella company Sonova.
Oticon, Sonic and Bernafon hearing aids all come from the same place too as they are owned by parent company William Demant group. Starkey Hearing Technologies Brands Established 1967 - Nuear Acquired in 1976 - Audibel Established in 2000, Siemens, GN Resound and Widex are still independent
You can flip through the complete Starkey hearing aid catalog, but here we’ll be looking at the cream of the company’s crop. Before we start, however, there are some things you should know:
Our estimated prices are based on a single hearing aid, not a pair
Additional costs, like tunings and checkups, may be bundled with your hearing aid package
Livio and Picasso
Major Starkey models
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There’s nothing better than the American free market. While almost all of the world’s biggest hearing aid companies come from Europe, there’s one brave American company willing to throw its hat into the ring. Starkey, founded in 1967, has risen through the ranks to become a member of the “Big Six” – the six largest hearing aid companies in the world.
Interesting Facts About Hearing Aid Manufacturers
Blazing onto the scene in 1967, Starkey is this article’s first and only good ol’ American company. It's so American, that our own President Ronald Reagan was fitted for a pair of Starkey hearing aids back in the ‘80s! Starkey also has a burning passion for a good cause. Every purchase of a Starkey hearing aid incurs a donation to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which supplies hearing aids to underprivileged people around the world.
As you can tell from their placement, Starkey is the cheapest of the Big Six. The two heavy hitters we’ll be looking at here are the Starkey Livio 2400 and the Picasso i2400.
Starkey Hearing Aids
We’ll go over both hearing aids at once, since while they’re different models, they have similar features. Starkey seems to be very forward-thinking when it comes to active lifestyles for those with hearing loss. They provide a load of different channels and frequencies, which allow for easy listening in a variety of settings, whether it’s a windy hike, riding a motorcycle or a loud concert.
The main difference between the Livio and the Picasso is their forms. The Livio is what people picture when they think of a hearing aid, curving around behind the ear. The Picasso is a more interior hearing aid, being worn in the ear canal. One Picasso design is even known as “invisible-in-canal” design, which means it’s theoretical invisible to the naked eye.
Both of these hearing aids can connect to your smartphone, and have very impressive battery lives, ranging from three days to two weeks of life.
When looking at prices, even though we said that Starkey is the cheapest, these models will be around the same as the others we’ve discussed. Starkey’s thriftiness only makes a substantial difference when looking at their back catalogue. These two models discussed seem to be around $3,700 bundle or un-bundle at $2,800. This is certainly still on the cheaper side of the spectrum.