Starkey announced that the Evolv AI has been named a 2022 Medical Design Excellence (MDE) Award finalist in the Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products category. As the premier awards program for the MedTech industry, this competition recognizes significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.
“By believing in better innovation and technology, we’ve paved the way for cutting-edge products like Evolv AI,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “This award recognizes that we are making great strides in breaking the long-standing stigma around hearing aids – turning them into want-to-wear devices that not only help people hear better through superior sound quality but also live better lives with our Healthable technology.”
Evolv AI set the stage for an entirely new hearing ecosystem that not only emphasizes hearing’s impact on overall health and wellness but creates an effortless user experience. The hearing aids are built on Starkey Sound, a technology created by “years of refining Starkey’s research and science-based algorithms to power high-fidelity audio, which is modeled after the human auditory system.” Like the brain, Starkey Sound is designed to automatically suppress background noise and increase speech audibility and intelligibility with machine learning technology. The combination of these features help create what the company says is “an effortless hearing experience for users. Evolv AI’s always on and always automatic approach delivers realistic and genuine sound quality in every environment without the need to do anything extra.”
“Congratulations to the Starkey family for this impressive and well-deserved recognition,” said Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Dr Achin Bhowmik. “Starkey is working hard to change the conversation about hearing healthcare to help people understand that better hearing isn’t just a nice-to-have – it’s essential to overall health. With the launch of Evolv AI, we are continuing to push the boundaries of innovation to help patients in ways never before possible within this industry.”
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Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development, and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 29 facilities, and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide.