Starkey and OrCam partner for single tech solution

The companies plan to pair the Orcam MyEye device with the Livio Edge AI hearing aids to support people with hearing and vision loss

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OrCam Technologies, and hearing technology company Starkey, have partnered to provide a single solution to support people with both hearing and vision loss.

The companies plan to integrate their artificial intelligence technologies; pairing the OrCam MyEye device to the Livio Edge AI hearing aids through a wireless connection. The company suggests this will provide users with hearing enhancement as well as audio communication of visual information.

The OrCam MyEye wearable device attaches to a pair of spectacles and discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud to the wearer. The device also recognises faces, consumer products, colours and money.

The Livio Edge AI hearing aids, meanwhile, conduct an AI-based analysis of the acoustic environment, making adjustments and supporting sound processing for challenging listening environments.

The companies highlight that, when the devices are paired, the audio from the OrCam MyEye is streamed wirelessly to the hearing aid.

OrCam Technologies co-founder and co-CEO professor, Amnon Shashua, said: “People who have both vision and hearing loss are often unable to find solutions that effectively address both of these limitations.”

By combining the technologies of both companies, Mr Sashua said: “This holistic technological approach provides the ability for those with both vision and hearing loss to access the world more independently.”

Reflecting on the Livio AI, Starkey chief technology officer, Achin Bhowmik, said: “By using AI we’re bridging the gap between a patient’s hearing health and their overall health and wellness.”

“This partnership with the OrCam MyEye device allows us to achieve even greater success in our quest to help people live happier and healthier lives by enhancing and augmenting human perception and cognition with advanced technology,” he added.

Patients will be able to purchase the technology through their eye care or hearing professional, and the companies advised providers to contact their local assistive technology distributor.

Read more about OrCam’s developments over the past few months in OT’s interview with Jennifer Kerfoot, UK opticians’ sales manager, here.