Starkey hosted an exclusive, global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Hearing Health Summit featuring experts in the AI and hearing healthcare space, including Apple, Google, MIT, and Stanford. 

At the summit, attendees had the opportunity to meet Starkey’s hearing technology developers, hear from global innovation leaders, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the science and engineering that went into the advanced hearing technology, Genesis AI.

“For the past five years, Starkey has intentionally thought differently about hearing technology innovation — bringing in experts at the forefront of AI and neuroscience to engineer solutions that more accurately mimic how a healthy auditory system works,” says Brandon Sawalich, president and CEO at Starkey. “By continuing to push the limits of technology, Starkey is leading the hearing industry in redefining the future of hearing health, not just with incremental improvements, but with breakthrough benefits.”

AI Hearing Health Summit attendees heard from leaders in the AI space, including:

  • Josh McDermott, PhD, associate professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
  • Sarah Herrlinger, director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Apple
  • Phillip Moyer, global VP, AI Business and Solutions, Google
  • Matt Fitzgerald, assistant professor of Otolaryngology and chief of Audiology, Stanford

“Starkey has been an incredible partner with Google, and we’ve had a great opportunity to collaborate on a whole variety of artificial intelligence initiatives,” says Moyer during his keynote presentation. “So, it’s exciting to see everything that’s happened since January 2020 – from fall detection to the breakthroughs you’re [Starkey is] having in noise reduction, the use of technology to track things like steps, as well as being able to integrate deeper with some of Google’s technologies.”

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With Genesis AI, Starkey says it aims to push artificial intelligence to its limits, enhancing sound perception, personal health monitoring, and engagement to unprecedented levels.

“Starkey continues to be at the forefront of hearing technology, and we do that through our collaborations with leading technology innovators like the experts featured in our AI Hearing Health Summit,” says Starkey’s chief technology officer and executive VP of Engineering, Achin Bhowmik, PhD. “We are using advanced artificial intelligence technologies to transform hearing aids from single function listening enhancement devices into multipurpose health and communication tools that have a real impact on people’s lives.”