Starkey’s announced that the Evolv AI was named a 2022 iF Design Award finalist in the Medical/Health category. This international competition recognizes “excellence in design, and is a badge of quality for consumers and the design community alike.”
“Congratulations to the Starkey family for this impressive, international recognition,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “At Starkey, we know hearing is essential. When people can hear, they are more connected to the world around them. We are constantly innovating and creating better technology, paving the way for cutting-edge products that truly help people live healthier, better lives.”
Evolv AI helps “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,” according to the company’s announcement. 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, the company says. 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 creates “an effortless hearing experience for users.” Evolv AI’s always on and always automatic approach helps “deliver realistic and genuine sound quality in every environment, without the need to do anything extra.”
“I would like to offer my thanks and congratulations to the entire Starkey team for this tremendous achievement,” said Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Dr Achin Bhowmik. “Evolv AI embodies a stunning architecture that packs advanced technologies into ergonomic designs. Our researchers, engineers, and manufacturing teams have dedicated themselves to creating smaller, more powerful devices that enhance quality of life, and connect people with the world around them.”
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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.
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