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Starkey launches AI-powered hearing aid in UAE

ABU DHABI, March 11, 2019

US-based 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 $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 per cent 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.”
 
Starkey Hearing Technologies has continued to push the boundaries for the hearing-impaired and is introducing breakthrough advancements that are powered by artificial intelligence:

Some of the key features in this revolutionary AI products include, fall detection and alerts, translation in 27 languages, heart rate measurement, understand and see the real-time health benefits of using hearing aids -- overall health and wellness tracking through the app’s combined brain and body health score, rechargeable option, voice-to-text transcription, self-check for hearing performance, Natural user interface with tap control, remote programming by users’ hearing professionals to put hearing healthcare in the hands of the users unprecedented, natural listening and speech clarity in the noisiest environments with the new Hearing Reality technology, universal connectivity to various audio outlets and accessories, including Amazon Alexa, wireless streaming of phone calls, music, media and more.

Fall Alert, a revolutionary feature of Livio AI, can detect falls and send alert messages to selected contacts. Starkey Hearing Technologies incorporated significant new inventions to avoid false-positives and flag only true falls.

Livio AI is currently available in the US and Canada and will be available in the Middle East markets in 2019 post its Global Launch Event in Abu Dhabi. – TradeArabia News Service




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