Starkey announced the Evolv AI, its newest full line of hearing aids. According to the company, the Evolv AI “is setting 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.”
“In 2018, we reinvented the hearing aid with Livio AI,” said Starkey Chief Technology Officer Achin Bhowmik, PhD. “Today, the smartest hearing aid just got smarter. For example, every single hour, an Evolv AI hearing device will make 55 million adjustments – automatically. And we aren’t done yet. The next 18 months from Starkey will redefine hearing healthcare for the decade ahead.”
Evolv AI is 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.” Like the brain, Starkey Sound is designed to automatically suppress background noise and designed to increase speech audibility and intelligibility with machine learning technology, according to the company’s announcement.
Starkey also introduces the industry’s “smallest 2.4 GHz CIC,” as part of the Evolv AI line of hearing aids.
“Craftsmanship is something of a lost art,” said Chief Audiology Officer Sara Burdak, AuD. “At Starkey, Chairman Bill Austin pioneered the concept that designing and manufacturing hearing aids requires excellence. Our researchers, engineers, and manufacturing teams have continued that long-standing tradition of handcrafted excellence by dedicating themselves to create smaller, more powerful, and longer-lasting devices every single day.”
Additional features of the Evolv AI product family include:
- “40% reduction in noise energy compared to Starkey’s previous technology,”
- Additional refinement of Edge Mode,
- Fall Alert and Voice Reminders at all technology tiers,
- Thrive usability enhancements,
- TeleHear first and follow-up fit additions.
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.”
“The connection between better hearing and improved overall health outcomes is indisputable,” said Starkey Chief Health Officer Archelle Georgiou, MD. “However, we know that if the technology inside a device isn’t easy to use, patients won’t reap the benefits. Evolv AI certainly leads the way in sound quality, but its ease of use is truly game changing.”
“We know better hearing is best served through you, the hearing professional,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “At Starkey, Hear Better, Live Better is much more than a tagline. It’s our commitment to you to help your patients live better through better hearing. We can’t wait for you to see how Evolv AI does that, in a way that is effortless out in the real world.”
The company also announces that Starkey Expo 2022, the hearing industry’s biennial event, will be held May 11– 15, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned!
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