Starkey has released the first-ever custom (in-the-ear) rechargeable hearing aid, the Livio Edge AI. Starkey is using the reliable lithium-ion battery, a mainstay in behind-the-ear hearing aid technology since 2016. The hearing aids are placed in a contact charger every night and can be used for up to 23 hours before needing to be recharged. The hearing aid is visible in the ear in order to make room for the battery and other features but the black design with gold battery contacts give it a high tech look. It is available in traditional hearing aid colours as well.
4 key features that set the Livio Edge AI apart from other hearing aids:
Fall Alert System:
Starkey Livio Edge AI has direct connectivity via Bluetooth® to iPhone and Android smartphones. Any audio, including phone calls, audio books, Facetime, music or podcasts, can be streamed directly through both hearing aids for a clear, crisp sound.
The Thrive App can be downloaded on both Apple and Android 7.0+ smartphones. The app is a remote control for the hearing aids, allowing the user to increase or decrease the volume on the hearing aids or change the program. It also records information on physical activity (step count) and social engagements which can then be shared with individuals of the wearer's choice. This can be valuable information for any caregiver who wants to know, for example, if their loved one is awake and going about their everyday routines. Through the Thrive App, the hearing aids can be checked to ensure proper functionality without having to visit the clinic.
Balance Builder App:
And finally, their new Balance Builder App provides guided exercises to improve balance, stability, strength and gait using data from head movements detected by sensors in the hearing aid. In our evaluation, this hearing aid has the most features for clients with hearing loss who have concurrent balance issues.