Starkey Hearing Technologies has launched the world’s first hearing aid that utilizes ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘integrated sensors’ at the Yas Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This is the world’s first Healthable that tracks physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. Livio AI also features the first-ever fall detection and alert capability and translates 27 languages instantly including Arabic. Starkey’s ‘AI framework’ set to transform Middle East’s US$660 million hearing aids marketplace.
At the launch event in Abu Dhabi, Bill Austin, Founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies said, “I have always dreamed about making a monumental positive impact on society. Livio AI and its Fall Alert feature will not only provide peace of mind to caregivers but could potentially save lives all over the world.”
The global launch includes a brand-new mobile app—Thrive Hearing Control; and three new wireless accessories—the Starkey Hearing Technologies TV, the Remote and the Remote Microphone+. With the Remote Microphone+, Livio AI features Amazon Alexa connectivity.
“We are delighted to add value to the lives of people in the Middle East by introducing this state-of-the-art product. Livio AI is the best performing and best sounding hearing aid we have ever made. What makes today a pivotal moment in the global hearing industry, is that with Livio AI, we have transformed a single-use device into the world’s first multi-purpose hearing aid, a Healthable with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Livio AI is so much more than just a hearing aid, it is a gateway to better health, wellness and ultimately, a better quality of life,” said Giscard Bechara, Director, Starkey MEA FZCO.
The new Hearing Reality technology provides an average 50 percent reduction in noisy environments, significant reduced listening effort, and newly enhanced clarity of speech, while the use of artificial intelligence and integrated sensors enable it to optimize the hearing experience. Livio AI has revolutionized what ‘hearing better’ means.
“This is such an exciting time to be a part of the hearing industry. We continue to transform hearing aids with embedded sensors and artificial intelligence – whether it be through integrating Fall Alert, Heart Rate Measurement or Translation,” Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering of Starkey Hearing Technologies Achin Bhowmik said. “And we are just getting started – with advanced environmental detection, geotagged settings, a natural user interface and now a rechargeable option, Livio AI is the ultimate in sound quality, in usability and a multi-functional, must-have device.”