Week One – Starkey Livio Edge AI
Last week we embarked on a patient’s journey with Starkey Livio Edge AI hearing devices. In this entry, we highlight Alpha One’s experience during the first week and provide our insight on an accessory he mentions numerous times in his reflection, the Table Microphone by Starkey.
Experimented with the table mic and the TV last night. The table mic does help with volume and clarity of speech on the TV. It does not work very well when you have conversation while the TV is on and the person you are having a conversation with is at a 90 degree angle from the line of you and the TV. After that experience I shut down the table mic and changed the orientation of the hearing device microphones to front, and it worked better than the table mic, and allowed better reception of ambient conversation. I am now curious as to how the table mic will work in a restaurant setting with 4 or 6 people around a table with ambient conversation from 360 degrees around. Restaurants may not open in time.
I also tried signing in with Amazon. Alexa was right there, being her usual busybody self.
Haven’t figured out the exercise elements, which may be the next experiment since it contemplates social distancing.
A late report. Went to King Soopers. The hearing aids worked well cycling down the ambient noise and quickly up cycling when dealing with a cashier. Tried the table mic again, but cannot get the switch between the TV and the hearing aid to work independently. I may need some pilot assistance.
The Rest of Week One
Not too much to report since testing in challenging environments is delayed. I can report that battery life in the new model is the same as the older model. It is a much more comforting voice when your battery is at low levels, but it does not give you a half hour notice.
Starkey Table Microphone
In his notes, Alpha One mentions the table microphone multiple times. Starkey and Phonak remain the only two manufacturers to offer a table microphone accessory. A table microphone is designed to stream conversation directly into hearing devices. This can be useful for patients struggling to understand speech in noisy environments. The table microphone from Starkey can be used as remote microphone, table microphone or streaming device for television.
From Starkey, “The table microphone is designed for group settings like meetings, family gatherings or noisy restaurant environments. Place it in the center of a table and it will utilize the eight built-in microphones to determine the primary speaker’s voice and stream it directly to your hearing aids.”
Click here to read more about Starkey’s newest wireless accessory or check out the video below on the anatomy of the device!
We’ll keep you posted with updates from Alpha One’s experience with the Starkey Livio Edge AI. if you’re interested in a risk free demonstration of this amazing technology, please give our office a call at (303) 988-7299 or click here to schedule online!
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