How Evolv AI hearing aids sound compared to others I’ve worn

In his newest blog written exclusively for Starkey, Justin Osmond — who was born with a severe-to-profound hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since he was two years old — explains how Evolv AI hearing aids raise the bar when it comes to sound quality. 

Just when I thought hearing aids couldn’t get any better… they got BETTER!

I can be very skeptical when it comes to hearing aids. I think that’s because I’ve worn hearing aids my whole life, which has now been over 40 years. I started out with the analog body aids & bulky BTEs when I was about two years old. Back then, there was the constant feedback and noise coming from my hearing devices as my ears were changing and growing. It was a constant battle not only for me, but for my family, teachers and friends. This was the standard that I accepted throughout most of my life — and one that I thought I was destined with for the rest of my life.

Then one day in 1998 — in my 21st year — my audiologist sent me to the Starkey Center of Excellence in Minnesota. It was there where my life changed forever. Starkey raised the bar in my standard of hearing and from that day forward, I’ve witnessed over 20 years of dramatic changes in hearing technology. I’ve seen it go from analog, to programmable, to digital and now artificial intelligence (AI). I’ve learned to never settle and to expect the standard of hearing to keep climbing and improving our quality of life.

Evolv AI are the best sounding hearing aids I’ve ever worn!

Today, I proudly wear Starkey Evolv AI hearing aids. Last year, I was wearing the Starkey Livio devices and I’ll admit that I was so over-the-moon happy with them and didn’t want to switch to anything else. One of the primary reasons I don’t like switching to another hearing device is because every time you put on new hearing aids with new technology, it takes a while for your brain to get accustomed to the new sounds. I kept telling myself that it can’t get any better than my Livios, but what if there was something better that could get me a little more closer to better and normal hearing? So I decided to give them a try.


Honesty has always been my best policy and I would never embellish or exaggerate to mislead anyone, especially when it comes to one of our five senses. 43 years of wearing different hearing aids and devices and all the research and technology combined cannot approach the sublime and ultimate experience of wearing these new Evolv AIs. They are truly the BEST, most innovative, most clear, precise hearing devices I’ve ever owned! THANK YOU Starkey Hearing!

Just a few new observations I’ve noticed with my new Evolv AI hearing aids:

  • They are now compatible with my Apple’s 2-Way Audio protocol on my iPhone. This allows my Evolv AI hearing aid’s microphones to be used for voice pick-up during calls. Now I can have hands-free conversations!
  • I can now hear the high-pitch car signals when I take a left/right turn while driving.
  • I not only “hear” conversations in the car better, but I can “understand” my wife and kids in the car and that is a game changer not only for me, but everyone in my family. They appreciate that they don’t have to repeat over and over again until I get their message.

Thanks to my new Starkey Evolv AI hearing aids, I’m living life to its fullest and loving every minute of it!

You can follow Justin Osmond on Facebook at JAOsmond; on Instagram at justin_osmond; on LinkedIn at or at his website


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