Starkey’s Livio Edge AI Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award

Hearing industry leader continues to earn recognition for technological innovations

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (January 12, 2021) – Starkey is pleased to announce Livio Edge AI has won a 2021 BIG Innovation Award, presented by the Business Intelligence Group. The annual business awards program recognizes organizations, products and people that are bringing new ideas to life in innovative ways. Nominations were judged by a select group of global business leaders and executives.

“We are delighted to receive this honor for innovation,” said Chief Innovation Officer Dave Fabry, Ph.D. “Hearing health care is changing quickly and dramatically in many ways. As a dedicated partner to hearing providers and hearing aid wearers, Starkey is intently focused on providing professionals with patient-focused technology that helps them deliver outstanding benefits to those with hearing loss.”

Starkey’s Livio Edge AI hearing aids use artificial intelligence to optimize for speech understanding. With a simple double tap, Edge Mode instantaneously conducts an AI-based analysis of the acoustic environment and makes immediate adjustments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has proven to be highly effective in resolving speech intelligibility challenges created by face masks. As a Healthable hearing aid, it also allows users to take a proactive approach to their health and wellness with brain and body activity tracking. It tracks daily steps, measures movement and monitors vigorous physical activity. It also monitors the brain-health benefits of wearing hearing aids by tracking active listening.

“The vision to reinvent the hearing aid has been part of Starkey’s story from the very beginning,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “We are grateful for recognition like this award, which helps us continue to raise awareness about hearing health care and tear down the stigma associated with hearing loss. My sincere thanks goes out to the entire Starkey family for your tireless work in pushing technological boundaries. Together, we’re helping people not only hear better, but live better.”

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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 and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at

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