Do you have the Starkey AI hearing aids?
For anyone who already owns the Starkey Livio AI hearing aids, we wanted to remind you about the useful technology that is built into these hearing aids, making them “healthable hearing aids.”
The Livio AI is a world-first hearing aid that has artificial intelligence which can track brain and body health. Until now there has never been a device that can track and measure physical activity and cognitive health. Most fitness tracking devices use the wrist but research shows that the ear provides far more accurate data. In fact, the ear is the body’s sweet spot for reliable health monitoring and tracking, this is all available in your hearing aids, devices you wear every day.
Compatible with both Android and Apple smartphones, Livio AI provides a body score, brain score and an overall score, combining the two, using an app called Thrive. The Livio AI is truly a “healthable hearing aid“.
What is a healthable hearing aid?
A healthable hearing aid uses artificial intelligence (AI) and embedded sensors to produce superior sound quality and smart health & wellness benefits too.
Watch this Starkey video to find out more:
How to use the Livio AI extra features
Some of the features of the Livio AI hearing aid are:
- Tracking your steps, body movement & physical activity
- Measuring social engagement & active listening
- Fall detection
- Foreign language translation
- Connection to Siri
- Create geo-tagged memories
Step and movement tracking
Healthable hearing technology can do things like track your daily steps and activity levels, motivating you to move more, which can help keep you healthier as you age. Experts agree that the head — and the ear, specifically — is a much more accurate place to measure our physical activity and monitor our body’s “signals” than on the wrist or in a pocket. By including 3D motion sensors like an accelerometer and gyroscope, Livio AI hearing aids are able to detect movement and gestures and give a more reliable readout of your steps and activity.
Livio AI hearing aids make it easy to stay on top of both your body and brain health. Paired with the Starkey Thrive Hearing app, Livio AI hearing aids track your physical activity (similar to a FitBit) and measure actions that are good for your brain health, like daily usage of your hearing aids, social engagement, and time spent listening actively. Each day, the Thrive app then combines your body and brain activity to give you a Thrive Wellness Score, which helps you know if you’re meeting your physical and cognitive health goals.
Fall detection and alerts
If you’re an older adult — or care for someone who is — falling is likely to be high on your list of worries. And rightfully so, according to Age UK:
- According to data released by NHS Digital, nearly 100,000 older people (aged 60+) suffered hip fractures in 2017/18
- Falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75 with over 5,000 older people dying as a result of a fall in 2017, a 70% increase on the numbers in 2010, according to Age UK.
How fall detection and alerts work
- The hearing aid wearer selects up to three contacts to be notified if they fall.
- They (or their hearing professional) can enter contacts easily into the Thrive Hearing app.
- The auto alert feature automatically sends an alert to the contact(s) if the hearing aid wearer falls.
- The alert contains the GPS location of the wearer.
- The contact can then immediately call the wearer back to check on them or otherwise get them help.
- The manual alert feature allows the wearer to simply tap their hearing aid to send an alert for a fall or non-fall related event.
The Livio AI hearing aid translates languages as you hear them – 27 languages are catered for.
How the translation tool works
- Select your language and that of the other speaker to engage in a conversation.*
- When you speak into your iPhone®, the Thrive Hearing app will translate your speech and display it on the screen in the other person’s language. Show them the screen so they can see what you’re saying.
- When the other person speaks into your phone, the app will translate their speech, display it in your language on the phone, and also stream the translated text to your hearing aids in your language.
*Choose from these 27 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmal, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Self Check provides a quick, convenient way for you to analyse your hearing aid system’s performance. Your hearing professional sets the feature and establishes a baseline at the initial fitting.
Self Check is an app-based feature that provides you with a quick and convenient way to find out how your hearing aid system is performing. To get started, your hearing professional sets this feature during the initial fitting and establishes a baseline. Then, at any time, you can run a diagnostic test, using the Thrive™ Hearing Control app.
After you initiate the test, a diagnostic analysis runs on the main components of your hearing aids – the receiver, microphone, sensor and circuit. If an issue is uncovered, instructions on how to fix it will appear on your smartphone screen. At this point you may wish to make an appointment with your hearing professional depending on what the specific issue is.
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Healthable hearing aid – where to find out more
If you’d like to find out more about how to use these features of your Livio AI hearing aids, please get in touch with us by email, fill in our online contact form, or call us on 0345 222 0579, we’d be happy to help.
In summary, the question isn’t “What is hearable health technology?” The question is: “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?”
During the Coronavirus lockdown, although we are unable to see patients face to face, we are available by phone and video call and are also operating a drop-off and collect as well as a postal service for any servicing you require for your hearing aids. Please read our Covid-19 update page for more details of how this operates.