Annual Advancements in Medicine Section – Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing Aid Technology

Hearing loss is the third most prevalent condition facing older adults today. By age 65, 1 in 3 Americans suffers from hearing loss, and by age 75, 1 in 2 Americans is affected. Unfortunately, a loss of hearing can be devastating. Communication issues and difficulty conversing can lead to isolation and even depression. At the same time, even a mild hearing loss drastically increases the risk of falls – the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. In fact, the National Council on Aging reports that an older adult is admitted to the emergency room because of a fall every 11 seconds.

New Solutions for Hearing Loss

The Livio AI is a multi-purpose, multi-functional hearing aid device equipped with 3-D sensors and artificial intelligence. In addition to amplifying sounds, the Livio AI is equipped with a fall detection feature that alerts up to three contacts that the wearer has fallen.

How It Works

When fitting you with your new hearing aid, your hearing specialist will activate the fall detection and alerts software. You can enter up to three auto-alert contacts, who will be notified in the case of a fall.

If the device detects a fall, you have 60 seconds to cancel the alert if you don’t require help. If the alert is not canceled, the device will confirm each contact has received the fall notification. The Livio AI also features a manual alert button, which may be used if you haven’t fallen but still need help.

The device is also designed to reduce false positives, so dropping the device or quickly jerking your head won’t trigger the system.

Benefits to Patients

Compared to other fall detection devices, many of which are worn around the neck and can be easily forgotten or left at home, the Livio AI hearing aid is with you during your active hours. If you wear aids in each ear, they will both be equipped with fall detection sensors and will thus give better and more accurate results than a fall detection device worn around the neck.

If your loved one is suffering from hearing loss, the fall detection technology can provide peace of mind, knowing you’re always just a quick alert away from vital information. HS


expert opinion on hearing aid advancements with Cheryl Ward, BC-HIS Hearing Instrument Specialist Audiology Services of Chattanooga