Starkey Series S models

I have had two recent hearing tests, one from an audiologist and the other from a licensed hearing specialist. My audiogram was about the same for both tests, ranging from 50-80 db loss at all frequencies, increasing at the higher frequencies. The audiologist recommended the Starkey S Series 9 and the hearing specialist the Starkey S Series 5. I am new to this forum and have been wearing hearing aids for over 20 years, currently older model Unitrons. Can anyone tell me what makes the 9 better than the 5 (it costs more). I do not need any of the wireless technology features.


hello tider,

I have been wearing starkey s series 9 cic for 2 months now and has been satisfied at this moment. I also have hearing loss ranging from 50’s in the lows and up to 80’s in the high. With regards to your issue series 9 has more channels and bands compared to series 5 to compliment more frequency adjustments and fine tuning to your specific hearing needs. Mine have 4 programs to choose. what are you considering a bte or cic? if you always stay at home and don’t go out that much in a noisy place maybe s series 5 is fine.

Hello gpc1976,

I am 59 years old and still actively employed as an attorney. My main problem has been that I am having a more difficult time hearing judges and witnesses in a courtroom setting and even when they use the mics, the sound is sometimes muffled and difficult to understand. The price for the Series 9 aids doesn’t appear to be much more than the Series 5 aids (at least that’s what I’m being quoted) so it sounds as if I would probably be better off with the Series 9.

Thanks for the information.



I forgot to mention that I currently wear RIC and am comfortable with these, so am considering the same with the Starkeys



Depending on the room acoustics, you should also consider a FM system.
the top choices are Phonaks and Oticon Amigo. Phonak has some very go solution

Phonak has even some HI with integraded FM. So I would check them out…

hello tider,

i also experienced a muffled sound at first when fitted with the aid and somewhat frustrated even with constant follow-up adjustment it seems my audi don’t know what’s wrong with the device she even lowered the gain which is not a good idea just to illiminate the muffled effect it creates but even with it still the sound is horrible and muffled still present. Going home somewhat frustrated to what be a latest hearing aid produces uncomfortable sound and even try to give up with it. Some sleepness night thinking trying to figure out what could be the problem in which my audi can’t solve fortunately I stumbled a solution to it by closing the vent and to my surprise it produces a much clearer sound (muffled and distorded sound gone). it seems to be that the aid pick-up sounds then those sounds escaped through the vent then somewhat re amplified in a split of milliseconds back and back again causing it to produced a horrible sound you dont expect with a high end hearing aid. Closing the vent somewhat gives you a plug-up and uncomfortable feeling but gives you a quality of hearing you wanted to have. at first it is uncomfortable but with your experience in wearing an aid maybe 1 week you will get used to it. hope this will help you. by the way you ric is it a dome or a costum ear mold?


just an add to my previous reply. those muffled sound you hear is what to some form of feedback not those sounds you hear when removing and inserting your aid in the ear. as what you have also said that you find it difficult understanding inside the room I have also experienced that before my aid has an open vent it’s just too hard for me to understand speech even going to church i have difficulty understanding the priest’s sermon. For now so far so good. Anything you experienced you must discuss it with your audi for they are the one in charge as to adjusting your hearing needs eventhough they are not the one using it. Good luck

I would consider a small RIC from a manufacturer that has a remote control as an option. I fit a pair of hearing aids for a lawyer that has the same difficulties in the court room. The remote is small and he simply reaches into his pocket to make an increase or decrease in volume depending on who is speaking in the court room. Most of the time he does not have to make any adjustments but it is ready to go for a witness with a soft voice,etc.

He is using Unitron Next 16 CIC’s.

by the way s series from the starkey comes with a handy remote and that is your own cellular phone with its t2 technology. this pretty works fine and comes handy with me as I can change program, decrease or increase the volume of the aid it’s such a great help.:smiley:

  1. if the room acoustics is bad
  2. If there is a lot distance from where to sit to the signal of interest
  3. if there is a significant background noise

Im not sure, the T2 would help at all.
this calls for a FM system.

Note, It is not posible to fit an Earlevel receiver in a RIC instrument


I’ve just worn a pair of Starkey S Series 9 hearing aids for a month. My job requires me to try most of the new hearing aids that come out.

My problem with Starkey technology is that when in the automatic mode the hearing aids clamp down on noise very well until it is a very quiet world. But then, when a voice is picked up, the voice and all the noise come roaring back. I hate that. I want the voice sans the noise! I much preferred the music program over the the automatic program.

Most other top of the line aids are better in this regard. Probably the best aid when in the automatic mode is Phonak although they are the most expensive. Siemens, Unitron, and Resound are all close runners up.

I’m trialing the new Starkey S 11 Sweep in the next month and will report my thoughts on Starkey’s Sweep technology as well as their first offering in a non RIC open fit hearing aid.

The poster above suggested an FM system and if you decide to go that route the only real choice is Phonak. Get the SmartLink and a pair of Phonaks with CORE technology but be prepared to open your wallet!

Phonak’s CORE based Versata should be comparable to S-series 9 when it comes to pricing and it has all the automtaci programs of the upper class aids, except auto music.

I would suggest trying the Phonak RICs with SoundRecover as this technology would restore some of the frequencies you lost with your hearing.

Maybe try the Phonak Audeo YES?

The Audeo MIND and SMART were just released so I wouldn’t be surprised if the YES had a price reduction, especially since the MIND is pretty much exactly the same as the YES, only newer… the SMART offers a little manual control on the hearing aid itself so you don’t just have to use the remote. However, I believe you have to choose whether you want the hearing instrument to control the volume OR if you want to be able to change programs – of course you can still do both of these things with the remote.

Just a correction Patrick. It is the Audeo Mini not Mind and the Mini is not wireless, which the YES is. Both the Mini and the SMART are more expensive than the YES in Australia at least.

Maybe this is the best place for my question. I have the money set aside for two Starkey S, my first HA. I’m wondering just how many frequencies a person needs. Should I splurge on the 11? Go for the 9? The 7? Of course the doc wants to sell me the top one.

if you mean channels, in theory speech und. gets maximize at about 4-5 channels.
Generally instruments with higher freq. bands have other features that make them work better. An example, Phonak, Unitron, Oticon, Siemens top of the line instruments have
more channels but there are other features that make them sound better like
multiband adap diretionallity, wireless coordination-coordination, data learning, etc…