Phonak and Starkey have been in the hearing aid business for decades with a long list of hearing aid products. Starkey's product line includes in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, in-the-ear-canal, and invisible hearing aids. In comparison, Phonak offers in-the-ear, behind-the-ear, and invisible, extended-wear hearing aids. Each manufacturer has a few signature products that set them apart, which we'll cover in detail below.
As one of the world's “Big Six” providers, Phonak is a trusted hearing aid company with a long track record of providing hearing aids to a variety of seniors. Phonak's latest platform, called Marvel, offers direct streaming for both Apple (iOS) and select Android devices. Their long-proven Roger remote microphone technology is now available to connect to Marvel hearing aids without an additional receiver, making it an excellent option for those who want to control their hearing aids without an extra device. Phonak is known for its extensive product lineup, which provides solutions for all levels of hearing loss and lifestyles.
|Phonak Fast Facts|
Starkey not only has hearing aids with technology for better hearing quality, but its premium products also have features that can monitor your body and brain health through the Thrive Hearing app. Fall detection is one of these features, which is particularly useful to seniors and their families. A report will automatically be sent to the user's emergency contacts if they fall, whether it's a family member, caregivers, or first responders. These health and safety features set Starkey apart from Phonak and most other popular hearing aid providers on the market. You can also stream phone calls, music, and messages directly from your iOS smartphone to your hearing aids. Android users can connect using a small, Bluetooth rebroadcaster. These hearing aids offer remote programming, so your health care professional can make minor adjustments without an office visit.
|Starkey Fast Facts|
|Bluetooth capability||Yes (phone, TV)||Yes (phone, TV)|
|Tinnitus support help||Yes||Yes|
|Customer service||Online FAQ, 1-800 number, Online form||Online FAQ, 1-800 number, email|
|Warranty||1-year limited international warranty, inquire about local warranty||Limited, contact dealer|
Phonak offers hearing aids that can be worn in the ear and some that are truly invisible. These powerful hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and colors to suit people's needs. One unique model that the company offers is a titanium device with half the thickness of existing hearing aid shells. Phonak takes into consideration seniors with single-sided hearing loss and makes hearing aids to help those users specifically. Phonak also has a lineup of microphones designed to help users focus on conversations in noisy environments that can stream sound directly to the hearing aids.
Starkey not only has an impressive line of hearing aids that come in a variety of BTE and ITE styles, but also a line of accessories to accompany them. In addition to a companion mobile app, Starkey has accessories such as an all-in-one hands-free cell-phone transmitter, media streamer, and hearing aid remote, along with a simple external remote for those who don't want to control their devices with a smartphone.
Phonak and Starkey don't list their prices online. Like most other major hearing aid providers, you'll need to make an appointment with a hearing professional or audiologist to purchase your devices. You'll receive a hearing evaluation and fitting at your appointment so the provider can help you find the right hearing aid for your needs and budget.
If you're searching for more details on pricing before visiting a hearing professional, read through our guidebook for purchasing hearing aids. This guide covers overall pricing, financing options, insurance coverage, and more.
Phonak has many different types of hearing aids and styles to suit a wide variety of customers. The company also prides itself on offering the world's only 100 percent invisible hearing aid. Through the Phonak app, users can customize their experience. Phonak also stands by its products with an international warranty.
Starkey has a wide variety of hearing aid products and accessories to make usage more customizable and straightforward. The company offers a limited warranty for all of its products.