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How is Livio AI Giving Patients More Control?

Amanda Szarythe, AuD

July 26, 2019

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How is Livio AI giving patients more control?

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At Starkey, we are reimagining what a hearing aid can do. Imagine that a hearing aid can increase accessibility for patients with either mobility, dexterity, or visual difficulties by providing features that can enhance their lives. Going beyond just the best-sounding hearing aid. If your patient doesn't have the visual acuity, manual dexterity, or fingertip sensation, they once did this can be a challenge. Then layer all of these issues on top of the cognitive ability for older adults to be able to manage a hearing aid. So that's why we are excited to be the world's first hearing aid to provide this natural user interface, our tap control, Translate future, Thrive Assistant, and Voice-to-Text Transcription.

Tap control. The natural user interface or tap control, if you will. The patient is going to reach up and double tap his hearing aid. He's touching his ear, that will double tap his hearing aid. Let's say he is watching TV and he's going to either stop or start that accessory stream (TV streamer or remote microphone plus). Remember the patient doesn't have to reach up and feel for the user control, even though it's a nice rocker switch in this case. They can double tap the hearing aid, they get an audible indicator, and then the streaming from that accessory will stop and start.

Thrive Assistant. This is an app-based assistant that can answer questions like "what's the weather today?" or "how do I create a custom memory?". The tap adjuster is available just on Livio AI devices because of the sensor. This Thrive Assistant is available for Livio AI, as well as Livio 2400 devices.

Translate feature. This is an integrated feature that helps patients easily communicate with people who speak other languages via an easy-to-use translation tool in the Thrive app. I'm also excited to tell you that this is not only available for our iPhone users, but this is also available for your Android users when streaming through the Remote Mic +.  You don't have to have a hearing loss to use this feature, this can be used for even normal-hearing people who need some help with live-time translation.

Voice-To-Text Transcription. Think closed captioning for the real world. The conversation is going to be transcribed so the user can see it on their smartphone screen. Then they can save, send a message, copy and email the transcribed text. There are many ways that you can use this voice-to-text transcription. Whatever is said into the microphone of the iPhone is going to be transcribed right onto the patient's screen. Very easy to use.

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from Livio AI: Evolution of the Hearing Revolution. For more information, visit www.starkey.com or visit Starkey's Partner Page on AudiologyOnline.


amanda szarythe

Amanda Szarythe, AuD

Education & Training Audiologist

Amanda Szarythe graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014 with a Bachelor of science degree in Communication Disorders. She went on at UMass to earn her Doctor of Audiology degree in 2018. For her fourth year clinical placement and after graduating, she worked at a private practice on the North Shore of Massachusetts where she fit hearing aids, completed diagnostic audiological testing, carried out physician marketing and hosted informational seminars for patients. She was excited to join the Starkey Education and Training team in January 2019. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through ASHA. She enjoys reading, running, the beach and watching the Patriots with her Dad!


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