Starkey Livio AI
Starkey Livio AI Hearing Aid review
Livio is the latest Starkey released aids. The Livio rang of hearing aids replaces the previous range of Starkey Halo hearing aids. These aids come in two separate devices, the Livio, and the Livio Ai. The Livio comes in 3 performance levels. The Livio 2400, Livio 2000, and Livio 1600.
The Livio Ai only comes in the Premium 2400 level.Livio AI a new hearing aid that is a combination between hearing aid and health tracker. Starkey Livio AI is available in BTE, RIC (Receiver in the Canal) and in both battery and rechargeable modes. But the exciting news about Livio AI is that this hearing aid is the first hearing aid to take advantage of Artificial Intelligence (IA). The idea in design Livio AI is to go beyond the hearing health and incorporate other health parameters into one single device, the same way that our mobile devices these days have replaced cameras, maps, and music players. Livio AI is therefore particularly suitable for those who enjoy an active life and would like to keep track of their day to day health performance not only in hearing but also in other criteria such as heart rate, steps monitoring, active listening, and brain health. Starkey Thrive App provides scores to the client about these criteria which can motivate hearing aid suers to be more involved in conversations and more physically active and hence increasing their overall health benefits. Another feature of Livio AI is fall detection: This feature is especially suitable for older people who are at risk of fall. The sensors installed in these hearing aids are designed to detect falls and send a message to up to 3 people via the Starkey hearing aids App (Thrive) to notify them that the hearing aid user has experienced a fall. This is one of the most exciting features about Starkey Livio AI which can provide peace of mind not only to the hearing aid user but to their family and care givers, knowing that if they experience a fall, someone will be immediately notified and can attend to the patient.
These features truly make Livio AI a fascinating hearing aid. However, I have found that having too many features might be a bit frustrating to some clients especially those who would like to “keep things simple”. Considering that age demographics of most of hearing aids users (older people), having all these features might not necessarily be the best options. In fact, it might be better for clients to only use certain features and not all of them as they might become overwhelming. In terms of Bluetooth connectivity, Starkey Thrive app is compatible for both iphone and Android phone. However, accessories such as trulink are made for iPhone users which introduce a limitation those who use other mobile operating systems. In terms of hands-free mobile conversations, client requires to use an accessory such as ‘Surflik Mobile 2’ as an interface between their mobile phone and hearing aid which compared to other manufacturers (such as Phonak for example, who provides true hands-free conversations) might make things more complicated as the client still needs to carry an extra device with them to be able to have a hands-free conversation.
Overall, I have found the new features and incorporation of AI in Starkey aids very fascinating, but suitable only for the right users. If you find yourself interested in a technology like Livio AI, contact your audiologist to discuss your priorities and to find out if Livio AI is for you.
Review By: Mahsa Bakhit, Clinical Audiologist, Melbourne, Australia