ReSound vs. Starkey

ReSound offers some of the best rechargeable hearing aids, while Starkey has unique health and wellness features like step tracking and fall detection.

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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. The good news is that 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

  • Hearing aids automatically adjust to new sound environments
  • Best devices for users with atypically shaped ears
  • First “Made for iPhone” hearing aids on the market

Starkey Fast Facts

  • Hearing aids equipped with advanced AI technology
  • An industry leader in devices with health and wellness features
  • Best custom solutions for severe hearing loss

ReSound vs. Starkey Comparison

Our favorite is ReSound
  Resound Logo Starkey Logo
Bluetooth Capability Yes Yes (phone, TV)
Tinnitus Support Help Yes Yes
Customer Service Videos, phone, online support Phone, online FAQ, email
Accompanying App Yes Yes
Warranty Yes, only products sold by distribution providers Yes
Free Trial Yes, 90 day return policy Yes, 30 & 45 day risk-free (professional fees may apply)

An Introduction to ReSound and Starkey

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.

ReSound Linx Quattro

ReSound Linx Quattro

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.

Starkey Hearing Aids Lineup

Starkey Hearing Aids Lineup

Starkey vs. Resound Equipment

ReSound’s portfolio is based on advanced digital technologies that automatically evaluate the environment and attempt to adjust loudness and microphone settings to maximize hearing and understanding. Most 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.

Testing out ReSound hearing aids

Testing out ReSound hearing aids

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.

Testing out Starkey hearing aids

Testing out Starkey hearing aids

Buyer’s Tip:

Buyer’s Tip: Want to compare Resound and Starkey to the industry’s other top providers? Our top picks for hearing aid providers page is the best place to start.

The Cost of ReSound and Starkey Hearing Aids

Resound and Starkey don’t advertise their prices online, so it is best to contact 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.

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To Sum it All Up

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 2024 ReSound review and Starkey review.

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Written By:
Dr. Brad Ingrao
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