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A World First Hearing Aid with Artificial Intelligence

In a world first, Starkey® Hearing Technologies has reinvented both the hearing experience and the hearing aid with Livio AI. The award-winning device is the world’s first Healthable™ hearing aid to utilise integrated sensors and artificial intelligence, and the first device to track 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.

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.

“First and foremost, Livio AI is the best performing and best sounding hearing aid we have ever made,” said Starkey Hearing Technologies President, Brandon Sawalich at the launch of the new device.

“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.”

The new Hearing Reality™ technology provides an average 50 per cent reduction in noisy environments, significantly reduced listening effort, and newly enhanced clarity of speech, while the use of artificial intelligence and integrated sensors enable it to optimise the hearing experience. Livio AI has revolutionised what “hearing better” means for users.

Starkey Hearing Technologies has continued to push the boundaries for the hearing-impaired and is introducing breakthrough advancements that are powered by artificial intelligence such as:

  • Fall detection and alerts

  • Translation in 27 languages

  • 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 (Thrive Wellness 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 + more

The device will soon even be able to monitor the wearer's heart rate measurement.

“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 is thrilled to introduce a product that can help give millions of people, their families and caregivers peace of mind. 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.

“I have always dreamed about making a monumental positive impact on society,” said Bill Austin, Founder and CEO of Starkey Hearing Technologies. “Livio AI and it's Fall Alert feature will not only provide peace of mind to caregivers but could potentially save lives all over the world.”

Livio AI is currently available in the U.S. and Canada and will have global availability in more than 20 countries in early 2019. For more information about Livio AI hearing aids, the Thrive mobile app and new Starkey Hearing Technologies accessories, please visit

Locally you’ll be able to try out this amazing new piece of technology at iHear New Lambton and iHear Toronto. Visit for more information and contact details.


About Starkey Hearing Technologies

Starkey Hearing Technologies 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 Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned and operated provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 6,000 employees, operates 25+ facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide.

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