What is it about?

Hearing aid technologies have begun to incorporate sensors, which in some devices, permit fitness monitoring and/or fall detection and alerting. These fitness and lifestyle functions are emerging technologies that may have potential to address issues of sedentary lifestyles and safety in the aging adult population.

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Why is it important?

The prevalence of sedentary lifestyles, alongside the impacts of falling and hearing loss in older adults, motivates the development of hearables with activity monitoring characteristics.


The multi-functionality of hearing aids have the potential to free users from wearing additional accessories to obtain step count and fall detection functions.

Mohamed Rahme
Western University

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating the Accuracy of Step Tracking and Fall Detection in the Starkey Livio Artificial Intelligence Hearing Aids: A Pilot Study, American Journal of Audiology, March 2021, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2020_aja-20-00105.
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