Starkey® Hearing Technologies announced it is a CES 2019 Innovation Award Honoree for its Livio™ AI hearing aid. Its technology was recognized in the Awards’ ‘Accessibility’ category, which is dedicated to products and services with innovative features that improve accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities.
The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together media, exhibitors, and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019, which will run January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.
“Starkey Hearing Technologies is driven by the vision, hear better, live better,” said Starkey President Brandon Sawalich. “Livio AI is the best sounding hearing aid we’ve ever made. By pairing this innovative technology with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence, we’ve transformed the hearing aid into a revolutionary, multi-use device. Allowing people to track their brain and body health is truly helping people live better lives.”
The Consumer Technology Association uses an independent, three-member panel that judges products on engineering, design, intended function, and user value. This is the fourth time Starkey Hearing Technologies has been named a CES Honoree.
Livio AI interfaces with a brand-new mobile app — Thrive™ Hearing and three new wireless accessories—the Starkey Hearing Technologies TV, the Remote, and the Remote Microphone +. With the Remote Microphone +, Livio AI is said to be “the first hearing aid to feature Amazon® Alexa connectivity.”
Hearing Reality™ technology reportedly reduces listening effort and enhances speech clarity, while artificial intelligence is said to “optimize the hearing experience,” according to Starkey’s announcement.
“Artificial intelligence is disrupting the world. Starkey Hearing Technologies is the company bringing it into the hearing industry,” said Achin Bhowmik PhD, Chief Technology Officer. “Starkey has done for hearing aids what Apple® did for phones. Before Apple, the phone was only used to make calls. Now your phone is a camera, GPS, and a tool to browse the internet. Livio AI is no longer ‘just’ an incredible hearing aid. It’s a multi-functional device that tracks brain and body health, offers real-time language translation, and soon will even detect falls. This is a new era for the hearing industry.”
Livio AI is available in the United States and Canada and expanding to more than 20 countries in 2019.
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Peter, filtering background noise is a brain issue. Background noise is always present, and normal hearing people hear it too. The problem for most who wear hearing aids is that they wait too long to treat their hearing loss. As our hearing is going away, the acuity of our hearing system is failing, and one of the first things to go is the ability to focus on this, and filter out that. Most people don’t view their hearing like other health issues, so they put off treating it long after they would most other health problems. There will be improvements, probably huge improvements. But until people are convinced that hearing should be treated like any other health condition: sooner rather than later, even the most mind blowing tech won’t make a difference.
I had been hoping that Starkey (or another company)has managed to master the complex algorithms to filter out reverberation or background noise. This is probably the most widespread hearing problem for seniors. A big market for whoever manages to crack this.