The hearing aid that Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies is marketing as a "next-generation sound never before possible" has made its US entry in the latest episode of a much-watched artificial intelligence saga.
Livio Edge AI brings users the power of advanced and complex computer calculations, otherwise known today as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Just a simple double tap sets this hearing aid to instantaneously conduct an AI-based analysis of the acoustic environment, from which it makes immediate self-adjustments.
Starkey also claims a world first for Livio Edge AI as a 2.4 GHz lithium-ion ITC and ITE custom rechargeable hearing aid. On top of this convenience for users, other new features include improvements to the usability and performance of the Thrive Hearing Control app, a 2.4 GHz Table Microphone with eight built-in microphones to help users enjoy group settings, and AI for all. This means Livio AI is now available in the 2000, 1600, 1200 and 1000 technology tiers of the range.
“We are proud to be leading the hearing industry at the speed of innovation,” said Starkey President Brandon Sawalich. “Livio AI broke barriers by becoming the first hearing aid to use artificial intelligence to monitor body and brain activity. It even achieved high-profile recognition from the likes of TIME Magazine, but at Starkey, we don’t rest on our laurels. We continue to push ourselves to make the impossible possible, so we can help people live better lives through better hearing.”
“As a global leader in innovation, Starkey continues to defy the limits of what others thought was possible,” said Starkey CEO Bill Austin. “By using artificial intelligence, we’ve transformed the hearing aid into a tool that can unlock the ear’s ability to be a source of complex biological information. In doing so, we’re bridging the gap between a patient’s hearing health and their overall health and wellness.”