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What Activity Can be Tracked by Starkey's Livio AI Embedded Sensors?

Luis F. Camacho, AuD, FAAA

December 18, 2018

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What exactly is meant by the statement that Livio AI has “embedded sensors”?  Why is this unique?

Answer

The Livio AI devices have what is known as an Inertial Measurement Unit, or IMU, as part of the circuit itself. This IMU has an accelerometer and gyroscope that can measure a user’s body movement and position.  This is unique because the Livio AI is the only hearing device that has this sensor.  It allows for independent tracking of body activity without the user needing to have a smartphone or other accessory on them for body activity tracking.

Can Livio AI perform similarly to Fit Bit or other activity trackers?

Yes!  That is exactly what the IMU does.  It can track how many steps the user takes daily, how much exercise they get if they go for a jog, or if they are getting up and walking regularly.  And, since the sensor is integrated into the hearing device, the user doesn’t have to have their smartphone with them for this tracking to work.

Livio AI uses the Thrive app, doesn’t that mean you need a smart phone?

The Thrive app, which is compatible with both Apple and Android mobile devices, is how the Livio AI wearer views their body and brain activity.  Thrive also is used to control things like volume, memory changes, etc.  The Thrive app and the smartphone are not doing the activity tracking, the Livio AI device is.  If a wearer went for a walk and left their smartphone at home, those steps would be tracked onboard Livio AI.  The next time they used their smartphone, Livio AI would connect to the Thrive app and the user could see how many steps they took.

You also mentioned “brain activity”.  Is that related to the sensor?

No. Brain activity is tracked using the first integration of artificial intelligence in a hearing device.  Artificial intelligence works in conjunction with machine learning to track how long the Livio AI devices are being worn daily.  What types of listening situations the user is in.  Is there noise present.  Is there music present.  Are they out in the wind.  With the artificial intelligence, we can judge how much auditory stimulation the user is getting. Are they stimulating their brain?

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luis f camacho

Luis F. Camacho, AuD, FAAA

Audiologist in the Education and Training Department

Luis Camacho began working for Starkey in August 2000 as a Field Sales Representative covering Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.  In 2008, he joined the Education & Training Department.  Current duties include leading training classes for Starkey staff and customers, development of training materials and overseeing Starkey’s online and e-learning initiatives.  He received his BA in Telecommunications and Audio Engineering from Indiana University and continued on to receive his MA in Audiology from Indiana University in 1991.  After graduate school, he worked as a staff audiologist for an otology practice in Indianapolis where his duties included clinical audiology, special testing, hearing aid dispensing, marketing and public relations. In October of 2013 he earned his AuD from A.T. Still University.   Luis is married with three children and resides in Bloomington, Indiana.


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