Starkey Releases Next-Generation Sound Never Before Possible with Livio Edge AI

Starkey Releases Next-Generation Sound Never Before Possible with Livio Edge AI

Improved sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning take Livio AI to the next level

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Feb. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Building on the success of the world’s first Healthable hearing aid, Livio AI, Starkey is pleased to announce the release of Livio Edge AI. Livio Edge AI combines the best of both worlds: industry-leading sound quality and sound processing for challenging listening environments. With a simple double tap, Edge Mode brings the power of artificial intelligence to a patient’s fingertips, by instantaneously conducting an AI-based analysis of the acoustic environment and making immediate adjustments.

“As a global leader in innovation, Starkey continues to defy the limits of what others thought was possible,” said Starkey CEO Bill Austin. “By using artificial intelligence, we’ve transformed the hearing aid into a tool that can unlock the ear’s ability to be a source of complex biological information. In doing so, we’re bridging the gap between a patient’s hearing health and their overall health and wellness.”

As part of this new product launch, Starkey is proud to introduce the world’s first 2.4 GHz lithium-ion ITC and ITE custom rechargeable hearing aids. This new rechargeable solution will bring added convenience to even more patients.

A variety of other exciting new features includes improvements to the usability and performance of the Thrive Hearing Control app, a 2.4 GHz Table Microphone with eight built-in microphones to help users enjoy group settings, and AI for all. This means Livio AI is now available in the 2000, 1600, 1200 and 1000 technology tiers.

“We are proud to be leading the hearing industry at the speed of innovation,” said Starkey President Brandon Sawalich. “Livio AI broke barriers by becoming the first hearing aid to use artificial intelligence to monitor body and brain activity. It even achieved high-profile recognition from the likes of TIME Magazine, but at Starkey, we don’t rest on our laurels. We continue to push ourselves to make the impossible possible, so we can help people live better lives through better hearing.”

For more information on the new products available now, please click here.

About Starkey

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 6,000 employees, operates 26+ facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at

This press release reminds me of my robot vacuum. It has absolutely the best mapping function of any robot vacuum. Doesn’t suck very well. I sure hope these new Starkey aids sound better than my vacuum sucks. AI may be great and all, but many of those features are available other ways. Not so much the hearing.


Sounds kind of like Autosense on steroids. I don’t think I would like it. I would much rather see someone come out with an aid that had true sound reproduction, and didn’t sound like a hearing aid.

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I have been fitting Starkey products for a couple decades…

When the Livio line was introduced, we upgraded many people from older Starkeys, but also from Phonak, Resound, Oticon, Unitron, etc.

After patients get past the initial shock of how much more they hear than with their old aids, (I attribute this to not chopping off the highs to reduce feedback like so many companies do, so much better frequency response above 4k) 95% of them all said that the hearing ability with Livio was superior to anything they had tried in the past.

I have not had a chance to hear the “Edge” yet, but if it is as big of a jump as Livio was over their older products, I have no doubt it’s going to be an outstanding performer.

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It’s been a few months since the Starkey Livio Edge AI products were released–how do you rate their performance? I don’t see much info about these two hearing aids, or any Starkey’s, in these forums, so I’m interested in your opinion of these Starkey Livio Edge AI hearing aids.

If my local VA every opens up and I get to keep my 3rd postponed appointment in mid-July, I want to trial the ITC-R or ITE-R hearing aids. I don’t see much info about these two hearing aids, or any Starkey’s, in these forums, so I’m interested in your opinion of these Starkeys. Thanks…

I was asking about the rechargeable Livio Edge AI custom hearing aids. While the Picasso’s are custom ITE hearing aids, I don’t believe they are Livio Edge AI OR rechargeable.