Starkey announced that its  Thrive Hearing Control app has been updated to enable the Fall Alert feature in the “basic mode” for both iOS and Android versions. This feature was previously only available in “advanced mode.” Using their built-in 3D sensors, Starkey’s Livio Edge AI hearing aids can detect when the wearer falls and send alert messages to selected contacts. This update will “allow hearing healthcare professionals to give even more patients the opportunity to maintain their independence and caregivers peace of mind—which, due to current social distancing practices, is more crucial now than ever before.”

“We find it increasingly important for hearing aid wearers to feel secure in their day-to-day lives,” said Starkey Chief Innovation Officer Dave Fabry, PhD. “Because some Livio Edge AI wearers prefer the easy layout of basic mode, the simplified version of our Thrive Hearing Control app, enabling the Fall Alert feature for them was a vital task for us.” 

Unlike other fall-detection devices, which are worn around the neck or on the wrist, Livio Edge AI is reportedly “the world’s first ear-worn, fall-detection device and alert system.” To learn more about Starkey and Livio Edge AI, please click here.

Source: Starkey