CES 2019 Healthcare: Oticon Kaizn Is World’s First Personal AI Assistant For Hearing Aids

Posted: Dec 28 2018, 1:33am CST | by , in CES

 

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CES 2019 Healthcare: Oticon Kaizn is World’s First Personal AI Assistant for Hearing Aids

AI-powered tool learns to automate hearing aid settings based on wearer's preferences and behavior.

Oticon Kaizn, is the world's first personal AI assistant for hearing aids. The AI solution has received a 2019 CES Best of Innovation Award in the Software and Mobile Apps category, and has been named a CES Innovation Honoree in the Tech for a Better World category.

With Kaizn, Oticon, the same company that developed Opn, the world’s first Internet-connected hearing aid, pushes the boundaries of hearing aid capabilities. Just as Spotify recommends new songs based on a user's past listening behavior, an artificial intelligence built into Kaizn learns from a hearing aid wearer's listening preferences, habits, and environments to predict their preferences in a particular sound scenario and automatically adjust their hearing aid settings for an optimized listening experience.

"Oticon is a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in the audiology sector, with a long-standing commitment to innovation and excellence in technology that improves hearing and overall quality of life for people with hearing loss," says Annette Mazevski, Au.D., Ph.D., Manager, Technology Assessment at Oticon. "With Kaizn, we tap the full potential of data-driven personalized hearing care, using a combination of real-time local data, aggregated ‘big’ data and artificial intelligence to deliver a best sound experience."

Kaizn collects and analyzes data about an individual's hearing aid use and listening environments to learn their behaviors and hearing preferences, and ultimately provide real-time hearing aid recommendations and adjustments. The AI-powered tool communicates with hearing aid wearers at key moments to learn their "intent" or what they want to gain from different sound environments. For example, Kaizn will recognize when a hearing aid wearer enters a noisy environment, like a loud restaurant, and will contact the wearer, via a push notification, to ask whether they need "focus" or "comfort" in the scenario. Kaizn will then adjust the user's hearing aid settings to reflect that preference. Over time, Kaizn can automate adaptive changes based on the user's feedback/validation and adjust the user's Opn hearing aid settings automatically when they enter similar noise environments.

"Kaizn will support hearing care professionals in their efforts to engage and encourage patients to become active partners in their hearing health care," explains Donald Schum, Ph.D., Vice President of Audiology. "This ever expanding, ever improving AI-based solution and system will allow hearing care professionals to provide continuous added value that enables patients to optimize the choices they make daily that affect their hearing health and overall well-being."

Oticon has a 110 year-long history in developing hearing aids.

At the CES 2019, wearables compete with many other technologies. A few weeks later is a much more focused conference and expo in Germany that is only about wearables and related technologies. The Wearable Technologies 2019 Europe will kick off Feb. 3, 2019. I4U News readers get a 20% discount on tickets for the WT Wearable Technologies Conference 2019 with code WT_i4u. The organizer of the Wearable Technologies 2019 Europe will also speak at the CES 2019 in a special Wearable Tech conference track.

CES 2019 will run January 8-11, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is the world’s largest and most influential technology event, featuring 4,500 exhibitors across 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space. The hottest trends of CES 2019 include 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, mobility, smart home, smart cities, sports tech, machine learning and more. Read the latest CES 2019 News.

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