Are you in the market for a new hearing aid? It's always smart to shop around to get a good idea of the options available to you. The good news is, there are a plethora of brands to choose from, depending on your needs and lifestyle! ReSound and Starkey are two big players in the hearing aid industry, carrying top-notch products. Let's see how their hearing aids compare.
|Resound Fast Facts|
|Starkey Fast Facts|
From the perspective of basic amplification, ReSound and Starkey are relatively similar. Both offer a full range of products in different styles, including invisible in the canal (IIC) and behind the ear (BTE). ReSound has a unique product called Microphone-In-Ear, which allows their ITC hearing aid users to hear better when there is a lot of background noise. This style is also suitable for people with atypically shaped ears who have difficulty wearing receiver-in-canal (RIC) or BTE instruments.
Starkey has always been the industry leader in custom in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids that eliminate feedback for more severe hearing loss. They also offer some of the industry's first hearing aids that feature health, wellness, and safety features backed by AI technology. These features include fall detection, step tracking, and daily brain activity reports. For seniors who want a high-tech hearing aid that does more, we'd recommend Starkey.
|Bluetooth Capability||Yes||Yes (phone, TV)|
|Tinnitus Support Help||Yes||Yes|
|Customer Service||Videos, phone, online support||Phone, online FAQ, email|
|Warranty||Yes, only products sold by distribution providers||Yes|
|Free Trial||Yes, 30-day free trial||Yes, 30 & 45 day risk-free (professional fees may apply)|
ReSound's portfolio is based around advanced digital technologies that automatically evaluate the environment and attempt to adjust loudness and microphone settings to maximize hearing and understanding. The majority of their devices also have manual controls on the hearing aids and smartphone apps for those who prefer a more hands-on way to adjust.
ReSound offered the first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid. They have also developed a substantial collection of wireless accessories, including remote microphones and TV streamers. These allow users to hear better in noisy environments and at distances traditionally challenging for hearing aids.
Starkey also offers Made for iPhone devices and similar accessories. One of Starkey's stand-out features is fall detection. This feature will notify family members or other caregivers if the user falls. Starkey also allows you to track other wellness functions like daily steps and time spent in active conversations using their Thrive mobile app.
Neither Resound nor Starkey advertise their prices online, so it is best to get in touch with a hearing provider in your area to find out the exact numbers. Your hearing aid professional will also address any concerns or questions you may have about hearing aids so that you can find the right device for your needs. For more details on visiting a hearing provider, you can head over to our consumer buying guide for hearing aids.
In my clinical experience (nearly 30 years), I've had almost identical success with ReSound and Starkey. The real differences come down to lifestyle preferences. Both companies offer advanced technology and devices backed by reliable customer service. The only real difference would be for people at higher fall risk (Starkey gets the edge) or those with Cochlear Americas brand cochlear implants or BAHA devices (ReSound wins here). Aside from that, check them both out, pick a local provider, and you can't go wrong. For a more hands-on look at both providers, take a look at our in-depth ReSound and Starkey reviews.