Starkey announced that the Livio Edge AI has been selected as a CES 2021 Innovation Awards honoree in the accessibility category. Its “innovative design and engineering features” scored highly across the evaluation criteria, according to the company.
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“This recognition is a testament to the incredible talent at Starkey and the organization’s relentless drive to lead the hearing industry by breaking down technological barriers,” said Chief Technology Officer Achin Bhowmik, PhD. “We have developed industry-leading artificial intelligence technology and transformed hearing aids into smart devices that automatically understand and adapt to challenging listening situations. During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, our Edge AI technology helped patients with hearing loss connect and communicate with loved ones during what continues to be a very challenging time.”
Starkey’s Edge Mode technology, available only in Livio Edge AI devices, is “proven to be highly effective in resolving speech intelligibility challenges created by face masks,” according to the company. With a double tap, Edge Mode helps account for the impact of mask type, social distance, and background noise to the acoustic signal and delivers what Starkey says is “greatly enhanced speech audibility and clarity.” Additionally, Starkey’s Thrive Hearing Control app now includes Mask Mode, a new custom memory that helps “boost the frequency response in certain channels to help patients better hear people who are wearing face masks.”
“At Starkey, we’re in the business of helping people live better lives through better hearing. For us, winning an award like this is a great honor,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “I’d like to congratulate the entire Starkey team on this recognition and extend my sincere gratitude for their unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence. I’m excited about what lies ahead, because, in many ways, we’re just getting started.”
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