To help people with both hearing and vision loss access the world more independently, a new AI-powered wearable device offers audio enhancement and audio communication of the visual world.

The unique technology results from a partnership between artificial vision pioneer OrCam Technologies of Jerusalem and American hearing industry leader Starkey

Their integrated product pairs Starkey’s Livio Edge AI hearing aids with OrCam’s wearable MyEye device via a wireless connection.

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

“OrCam’s cooperation with Starkey represents an advantageous opportunity, demonstrating OrCam’s ability to apply the advanced computer vision and machine learning methods we have developed to transmit the visual world through audio, in collaboration with Starkey’s Livio Edge AI hearing aids, to deliver a true and total solution.”

MyEye by OrCam

Wireless and lightweight, OrCam MyEye attaches to any pair of eyeglasses and discreetly reads printed and digital text out loud from any surface in real-time. The device also recognizes people’s faces, as well as identifies consumer products, colors, money notes, and more – all offline, without the need for a smartphone or Wi-Fi.

When paired with a Livio Edge AI hearing aid, the audio from OrCam MyEye is streamed wirelessly to the hearing aid.

The Starkey/OrCam combined technology is available through hearing or eye care professionals; providers may contact their local assistive technology distributor.

For more information on Livio Edge AI, click here. For more information on OrCam MyEye, click here.