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    Default Mechanical reputation of Starkeys?

    Good day, all.

    I am new to the forum and just recently posted this question in another area of the forum. However, I thought maybe this might be a better place to get some feedback (no pun intended ). If there is already information regarding my question, I apologize and would appreciate someone directing me to where it is on the forum. Otherwise..

    I am being fitted for hearing aids this month (BTE with open wire that goes into the canal), and due to my unique situation I am limited to using one particular audiologist who I think exclusively uses Starkey HA's and fully recommends them due to her experiences with the product. However, I was tested three years ago (but did not get hearing aids then) by another audiologist who vehemently said "DO NOT BUY STARKEY HA's!". They said that they break constantly and that users have perpetual issues with them. I recently went online and did a search for customer reviews on Starkey HA's and I found the majority of the reviews from users to be very negative - confirming what I was told by the prior audiologist.

    So what has been your experience with this brand, mechanically speaking? Reliable or continually giving you problems with not working correctly?

    Thank you kindly for any input, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by musikfan View Post
    Good day, all.

    I am new to the forum and just recently posted this question in another area of the forum. However, I thought maybe this might be a better place to get some feedback (no pun intended ). If there is already information regarding my question, I apologize and would appreciate someone directing me to where it is on the forum. Otherwise..

    I am being fitted for hearing aids this month (BTE with open wire that goes into the canal), and due to my unique situation I am limited to using one particular audiologist who I think exclusively uses Starkey HA's and fully recommends them due to her experiences with the product. However, I was tested three years ago (but did not get hearing aids then) by another audiologist who vehemently said "DO NOT BUY STARKEY HA's!". They said that they break constantly and that users have perpetual issues with them. I recently went online and did a search for customer reviews on Starkey HA's and I found the majority of the reviews from users to be very negative - confirming what I was told by the prior audiologist.

    So what has been your experience with this brand, mechanically speaking? Reliable or continually giving you problems with not working correctly?

    Thank you kindly for any input, folks.
    I have had Starkey Halo's for 3 years. Never had a repair. I walk a lot and sweat a lot in the summer, no problems with that. The little whisker thing (fishing line) that is supposed to lock them in broke off the RH one the other day and I will go in to have it replaced when I get a round tuit.
    They work well with my phone for telecalls and for voice commands from the Maps program when I am driving (not phone calls when I drive, I don't do that). Are there better ones? Probably. The Halo 2's are probably better than the originals too. I have size 13 batteries and replace them every Saturday morning. Mechanically? No problems here, unless you consider that mono filament thing a mechanical failure (I probably pulled on it too many times).

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    Thanks for the input, louyo. Your comment makes me feel a little bit more at ease. I think I'm probably just going to have to go with the Starkeys and trust that my audiologist won't steer me wrong. I'm probably worrying about something needlessly at this point since I haven't even got them yet.

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    I would look into what type of warranty they have and how helpful your audiologist is. If you have problems and need to have them sent in some will be happy to give you a loner pair. With any technology you can get a lemon, so it's really the service that makes the main difference.

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