Q & A with Daymond John, The People's Shark

In addition to being a co-star of the Emmy winning show, Shark Tank, and author of several best-selling books, including The Power of Broke, Daymond John wears Starkey hearing aids — red Livio AI hearing aids! He recently spoke at our 2020 Hearing Innovation Expo, and took part in this short Q & A on the side.

When did you first realize you had trouble hearing?

DAYMOND JOHN — I can’t pinpoint the exact moment that I realized I had trouble hearing, but I can remember always thinking that other people were mumbling or that a TV wasn’t on loud enough. But honestly, I didn’t think it was a problem until I was invited to a Starkey Hearing Foundation event and had the chance to try on a hearing device. That’s when I knew. It was like night and day and I know that I needed to get tested and figure out what was going on. 


What do you like best about your Livio AI hearing aids?

DAYMOND JOHN — I don’t know if I can name one thing that I like best, but a few would be: how easy they are to control through my iPhone on the Thrive App, the ability to listen to audiobooks, the language translation feature and the ability to save certain settings for whenever I’m at loud events, in loud restaurants, etc. 


Why do you wear red hearing aids?

DAYMOND JOHN — I wear red hearing aids because I want people to ask me about them. Normally, hearing aids are flesh tone and blend in. My custom red devices stick out and that’s why I love them.


Were you surprised to hear Livio AI was named a TIME Best Invention?

DAYMOND JOHN — I was surprised to hear that this was the first time it was named a TIME Best Invention! These hearing aids better people’s lives on a daily basis and Starkey continues to push the limits of innovation every year.


What would you say to someone who was on the fence about getting hearing aids?

DAYMOND JOHN — I would encourage them to try and drown out the noise and drown out the haters. There is a lot of stigma around wearing hearing aids. I get that. But at the end of the day, hearing aids can drastically improve your quality of life. Isn’t that worth it?


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