WIDEX EVOKE – THE WORLD’S FIRST “SMART” HEARING AID

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Widex EVOKE hearing aid sound settings evolve in real time as you wear them and keep getting better and better. The EVOKE learns from your hearing choices in the moment and over time. With just a few simple A or B choices (which sounds better?) on your smartphone, you choose the sound settings you prefer, putting you in control of your hearing.

EVOKE automatically switches between sound programs based on the environment you are in.

EVOKE learns from you and your choices and from the choices of other EVOKE hearing aid users from all over the world. Widex then uses this amalgamated data to create a better hearing experience for every EVOKE wearer. The great hearing aid you are wearing today will become an even better hearing aid in the future!

Widex EVOKE provides a very natural and personalized hearing experience.

  • EVOKE uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and is the world’s first real-time machine-learning hearing aid –  learning from your hearing preferences in the moment and over an extended period of time for better hearing today, tomorrow and beyond.
  • EVOKE provides an extremely accurate environmental sound mapping technology that helps you hear better in more situations.
  • EVOKE offers faster processing – capturing nuanced sounds in real time.

Whether your hearing loss requires a discreet or powerful solution, there’s an EVOKE hearing aid for you. The Widex EVOKE family of hearing instruments is available in four technology levels and in a variety of colors, offering different options to suit your lifestyle, hearing loss and budget.

HearSource provides remote programming of all Widex hearing aids. From the comfort of your own home, HearSource technicians can adjust the hearing aid sound settings for you using a standard internet connected computer. Contact HearSource.com for more information and to find the right Widex EVOKE Hearing Aid for you.

New insights from WIDEX EVOKE™ data bring the benefits of Artificial Intelligence to hearing impaired

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The first data gathered from the ground-breaking WIDEX EVOKE™ hearing aid, which achieves a new level of Artificial Intelligence through machine learning, is bringing new insights into how users are taking control of their sound environment to improve their hearing experience.
Denmark-based Widex launched the WIDEX EVOKE hearing aid in April. The hearing aid is the first to give users the ability to employ real-time machine learning that can solve the tricky hearing problems that users face in their daily lives.

“We launched WIDEX EVOKE with SoundSense technology to put users back in control of the most difficult hearing situations,” says Jens Brehm Nielsen, Data Science & Machine Learning Architect at Widex. “And we can see that EVOKE users have taken the opportunity to do that and, in the process, are helping us understand more about them. That information will help us to make the EVOKE and future hearing aids even better.”

SoundSense Learn is an Artificially Intelligent system, because AI refers to systems that solve tasks humans are inherently good at – such as driving a car, doing the dishes etc. SoundSense Learn expands into entirely new applications by helping end users adjust their hearing aids precisely in the moment, something no humans can replicate to the same degree of accuracy.

The SoundSense Learn smartphone app is connected to the EVOKE hearing aids and uses machine learning to guide the users in optimizing the settings to their exact needs. The app gathers a variety of anonymous data such as how often they turn the volume up or down, which sound presets they use and how many custom settings they create – including those made with SoundSense Learn.

What’s in a tag?
Tagging of custom settings has proved to be one of the interesting pieces of data generated by EVOKE.

“We found that many people have created a setting and tagged it with, for instance, ‘Work’ which suggests that it is something that our end-users need and want. And from SoundSense Learn we already have an idea of how they like the settings.”

Most hearing aids give users the ability to customise their sound experience by adjusting frequency bands to boost or cut bass, middle or high tones. Adjusting frequencies works well in many situations once the initial settings have been set by a skilled audiologist. However, some situations are so complex that hitting the right combination of adjustments can be difficult.

“Widex hearing aids are well-known for the quality of their sound,” says Jens. “But SoundSense Learn has added an extra layer of quality sound on top of that by using a machine learning algorithm together with reinforcement learning – the two key ingredients in state-of-the art AI algorithm – that enables the algorithm to learn in the moment.

“The algorithm learns an optimal setting every time a user finds the sound to be a little below expectations in a given sound environment. It learns these settings by simply asking the user to compare two settings that are carefully picked by the algorithm. This allows it to learn an optimal setting in a new environment very fast.”

By collating and analysing the anonymous data WIDEX EVOKE will continue to become even smarter as time passes.

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Widex Evoke Hearing Aids are available from HearSource.com.

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