Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Hearing Aids

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Hearing aids today are much smaller and smarter than ever before! Today’s hearing aids don’t just make sounds louder – they’re equipped with technology that helps target the sounds you need and want to hear, making those sounds more prominent than other background sounds.

Artificial Intelligence Is New to the Hearing Aid Industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) in hearing aids is relatively new to the industry. This technology is programmed to solve complex problems with intelligent solutions. It is able to “learn” from experience and can adjust in complex listening situations, and it’s something many of us are already taking advantage of, whether we realize it or not, when we use our smartphones and a variety of phone applications.

AI Hearing Aids Can Learn and Adjust to Your Preferences

Now, AI is set to change the hearing aid industry, bringing a wide range of capabilities to the technology that helps you hear. According to the Hearing Industries Association, hearing aids built with AI can detect your environment and learn your preferences for listening. 

For example, when seated in a noisy restaurant with a friend or spouse, hearing aids with AI can automatically shift to provide more comfort or more clarity to help you perform your best. For areas that you frequent, the hearing aid will remember your preferred settings and automatically adjust when you enter that location. AI hearing aid features recently released include step trackers, an engagement tracker, and fall detection. 

Two New Hearing Aids Using Artificial Intelligence Technology

Here are two hearing aids that are breaking ground in artificial intelligence, and helping individuals hear better:

Widex Evoke

Widex was the first manufacturer to implement machine learning in its new Evoke hearing aids. Evoke’s machine learning program is called SoundSense Adapt. This feature uses real-time machine learning to learn your preferences in any listening environment. 

SoundSense Learn allows you to easily personalize your listening preferences on demand by selecting the sound settings that you like best through a simple A/B comparison. This way, no matter where you are, you are able to control your environment to hear your best.  

In addition to learning from your preferences, Evoke learns from users all over by sending anonymous preference data to a secured Widex Cloud. This allows the system to get smarter each and every day, benefiting all wearers of the technology over time.

Starkey Livio

Livio® AI is the world’s first hearing aid with the ability to monitor your daily steps and activities, as well as engagement. Featuring integrated sensors and artificial intelligence, Livio AI can detect if you’ve fallen and act as an assistant. Using your smartphone, it also provides translation of 27 different spoken languages direct to the hearing devices.

Newer models of hearing aids may also connect to other smart devices so you can benefit from seamless TV and computer streaming, doorbell notifications, and smartphone notifications.

The world of AI in hearing aids is quickly expanding. Schedule an appointment with a doctoral-level audiologist at Associated Audiologists. These professionals can evaluate your hearing, tell you more about the latest AI technology, and determine whether you are a good candidate for these advanced devices. Call us at 1-855-547-8745 or schedule an appointment online.