Widex Evoke: New Machine Learning Hearing Aids
Denmark-based hearing aid manufacturer, Widex, has recently announced the launch of the new Evoke platform, the first ever to bring advanced real-time machine learning technology to hearing aids. This is exciting news: when it comes to customizing the settings of their hearing aids for specific listening situations, hearing aid users will now have more flexibility.
Before we get into this exciting new hearing aid- a video review!
How Widex Machine Learning Technology Works
The new Widex Machine Learning Tech is called SoundSense and works in coordination with the dedicated smartphone app called Evoke. We’re excited about this new technology because of the control it gives hearing aid users. Let me show you how it works.
Let’s say you’re in a restaurant and are struggling to hear with your default program. You can launch the Evoke app on your phone and create an entirely new program—with the help of the app.
Machine learning might sound like a big scary buzzword, but users don’t have to worry about how it works. All you have to do is choose between two programs that the app creates for you in real-time. After you choose your favorite, the app will show you another pair of options, and you’ll keep choosing until you’re happy with what you hear.
By doing so, you’re actually training your app to understand your hearing preferences and hearing situations. What’s super interesting is (thanks to machine learning) the app can learn from other users’ preferences, which will make your suggestions more accurate, as well.
Here’s a short demo (no sound) of how SoundSense works.
Create Your Own Programs With The Evoke App
Through the SoundSense Learn feature, you can create personalized programs for any situation like work or your favorite restaurant. And give each program a customized photo, if you like.
The Evoke platform adopts a new compression strategy, which could mean clearer sound. As the Evoke hearing aids are based on the recent Widex Beyond platform, they come with all the usual features you’d expect top-end hearing aids to have, such as direct connectivity with your iPhone, and a companion app (Tonelink) to control basic things like sound directionality, volume, and programs. But they don’t have direct connectivity with Android, so if you’d like to stream your phone calls you will have to purchase a streamer device.
The Evoke platform comes with a full range of hearing aids: ITE (in-the-ear), RIC (receiver-in-the-ear), and BTE (behind-the-ear) hearing aids. The range has four performance levels (and price points) 440, 330, 220, and 110. So essentially, there is an Evoke model for any type of hearing loss.
Frequently Answered Questions About the Widex Evoke Hearing Aids
Are the Evoke rechargeable? Yes, the RIC units comes with a ZPower rechargeable option.
What is the battery size on the Evoke Fusion hearing aids?
Battery size is 312.
What are the IP Ratings?
The Evoke hearing aids have an IP rating of 68, which means they’re essentially dust and waterproof. It doesn’t mean you can wear them while swimming, though.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of the new Evoke hearing aids. Are you excited about the new machine learning technology? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments!