As a top-rated Audiology and hearing aid clinic in Sioux Falls and Wentworth, Sioux Falls Audiology Associates is committed to providing you with the most advanced hearing solutions. In line with our mission, we are thrilled to introduce the state-of-the-art Starkey Genesis AI hearing aid. This innovative device offers industry-leading rechargeable battery life, improved processing speeds, and a completely new design, aiming to enhance your hearing experience.
Comfort and Design
The Genesis AI Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) devices are designed for comfort. Their lightweight construction, ergonomic shape, and FlexForm™ receiver cables make them easy to wear throughout the day.
Advanced Sound Processing
Equipped with a powerful chip platform, the Genesis AI leverages AI and deep neural networks (DNN) for superior sound quality and efficient speech-in-noise processing.
Genesis AI stands out with its extensive feature set, including health and fitness monitoring, language translation, and transcription capabilities.
The battery life of Genesis AI is beyond compare. The standard RIC RT device offers up to 51 hours of battery life per charge.
Compatibility and Control
Genesis AI hearing aids are compatible with iOS and Android devices, offering seamless audio streaming, hands-free calling for iOS, and wireless control via the My Starkey app.
Variety of Models
Genesis AI is available in various form factors, including Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) and custom In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC), Completely-in-Canal (CIC), and Invisible-in-Canal (IIC) models.
The new aids are compatible with Starkey's full library of wireless accessories, enhancing their functionality.
While the Genesis AI presents a host of benefits, it's important to acknowledge a few limitations:
- Genesis AI is a prescription-fit hearing aid. Therefore, it requires professional fitting, which may involve multiple visits to a clinic.
- At present, Genesis AI does not offer a behind-the-ear (BTE) model.
- Hands-free calling is not available with Android smartphones.
- The Genesis AI Completely-in-Canal (CIC) model does not have the same wireless capabilities as its predecessor, the Evolv AI CIC.
Who Should Consider Starkey Genesis AI?
Genesis AI is ideal for individuals seeking the best in hearing aid technology. It's suitable for those who:
- Value top-quality hearing aids: Genesis AI RIC devices are highly advanced and compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
- Have a flexible budget: Genesis AI hearing aids represent the latest in technology from Starkey, and therefore are more expensive due to the R&D involved.
- Appreciate hands-on support: Your hearing care professional will guide you through the fitting process and assist with the My Starkey app features.
- Could benefit from health-related monitoring: The My Starkey app includes step counting, standing time, exercise tracking, and a fall alert.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that you may have several questions about Genesis AI. Here are some common queries we encounter:
- Does the AI in Genesis AI improve speech clarity?Yes, Starkey's onboard deep neural network (DNN) engine is trained to mimic human hearing processes, thereby improving speech clarity and reducing listening effort.
- What is the battery life of Starkey's Genesis AI RIC RT?Starkey's Genesis AI RIC RT has the industry's longest-lasting lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with a life of up to 51 hours (without streaming).
- Does Starkey offer tinnitus technology?Yes, Starkey integrates its Multiflex Tinnitus Technology sound therapy into all its hearing aids. This can be set up and tuned for your personal needs with your hearing care professional. Starkey also offers Relax, their iOS- and Android-compatible tinnitus app.
Use of Genesis AI
Genesis AI hearing aids are traditional devices that a hearing care professional must fit. The diagnostic testing and fitting process is similar to other devices. Once fitted, Genesis AI aims to improve your hearing automatically and doesn't require frequent manual adjustments via either the onboard switches or the My Starkey wireless app. Regular follow-up appointments with your Audiologist are recommended to ensure optimal device performance. Starkey Hearing makes this easier with their complete remote care solution TeleHear, which allows you to meet virtually with your provider for adjustments and updates.
Bluetooth Streaming and Wireless Control
Compatible with both iOS 14 through 16 and Android 7.0 and higher Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, Genesis AI hearing aids allow audio streaming and wireless control with the My Starkey app. Hands-free calling is available for iOS users. Android users, however, will need to rely on their phone microphones to pick up their voice.
In addition to the My Starkey app, Genesis AI RICs and the custom ITE and ITC models can be controlled manually in three ways:
- Multi-function rocker switch: Located on the back of the device, the default short press setting adjusts the device's volume. A longer press turns the devices off or on.
- Tap Controls: Found in previous models, a firm double tap near the rocker switch can adjust smart features such as starting or stopping audio while streaming.
- Push-button control: The CIC model has a push-button for volume and program changes, and to power the aid on/off.
Battery Life and Rechargeability
Most Starkey Genesis AI devices have internal Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The standard RIC RT model has a reported battery life of up to 51 hours without streaming and 45 hours with audio streaming. Genesis AI RIC devices can be recharged using the standard StarLink Charger or the StarLink Premium Charger, which includes an onboard battery pack for on-the-go charging. Both chargers offer a new turbo-charging feature where just 7 minutes in the case can provide an additional 3 hours of hearing aid use. The smaller in the ear models use either size 10 or slightly larger size 312 zinc-air batteries, with an expected battery life of 5-7 or 8-10 days, respectively. The IIC uses a size 10 battery and the batteries should last for 5-7 days.
The My Starkey App
The My Starkey app, available for both iOS and Android platforms, extends your control over Genesis AI. It allows you to adjust settings, stream calls, track lost devices, manage your Personalized Health Monitoring, and more. Some of the features in the app are:
- Smart Assistant - Starkey's Smart Assistant allows you to use your voice to adjust settings, set reminders, and access other helpful features.
- Edge Mode+ - Edge Mode+ uses AI to optimize your hearing aids based on your listening environment. You can select between various modes for Best Sound, Enhance Speech, and Reduce noise.
- Health - The Health tab offers several metrics for you to monitor and estimate physical activity such as steps, standing time, exercise tracking, and other goals for the day.
- Fall Alerts - Fall Alerts can automatically send a text message to your contact(s), with your location, if a fall is detected.
- Learn - Learn is your pocket-hearing care provider. It provides useful information about hearing health and technologies.
- TeleHear - The My Starkey app offers TeleHear, which is a video chat-based remote care solution. This feature allows you to connect virtually with your hearing professional for adjustments and updates.
- Translate & Transcribe - The Translate feature offers real-time text and audio translation across an impressive 71 languages. The Transcribe feature provides quicker real-time speech-to-text assistance.
Our Verdict on Genesis AI
Genesis AI is a cutting-edge hearing aid that offers several advantages over similar traditional hearing aids. It's ideal for those looking for the latest technology, industry-leading rechargeable battery life, and advanced app-based personalization. However, it may not be suitable for those too busy to schedule clinic visits. Genesis AI hearing aids can be fit right here in Sioux Falls or Wentworth by one of our Doctors of Audiology. Call us today at 605-306-3050 to schedule an appointment.