A hearing-aid company enters the “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” industry. Pay attention..

This Medical Alert industry, for many decades now, has manufactured devices designed to alert caregivers after a fall occurs, via a transmitter devices worn around a patient’s neck.

That’s about to change.

Starkey Laboratories (Eden Prarie MN, founded 1967) is developing a device for predicting the long-term and short-term risk of falls. The device includes a sensor connected to a hearing device, along with a controller. The controller is adapted to determine a fall risk value based on the sensor signal, compare the fall risk value to a fall risk threshold, and generate a fall prevention output if the fall risk value exceeds the fall risk threshold.


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