Introducing Mask Mode – hearing aids made for masks

Across the country, governments have mandated the use of face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For those with hearing loss, they have caused a number of communication challenges.


Face masks muffle speech and block important lip-reading cues, making it a lot harder to hear and understand what your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, servers, and local cashiers are saying.

Our latest hearing aid technology can help

Now more than ever, it’s vital to help hearing aid users engage in the world around them and not feel limited when wearing face masks or social distancing.


Hearing aids can help to offset these challenges for those with hearing loss by making it easier to hear surrounding sounds. By their very nature, hearing aids amplify sound which, in many cases, is all it takes to hear what face-mask wearers are saying.


New hearing aid technology has been engineered to go above and beyond simple sound amplification to specifically tackle the challenges created by face masks, social distancing and background noise.

Masks make hearing harder

Our Edge Mode technology — available only in our Livio Edge AI hearing aids — has been proven to be highly effective in resolving speech intelligibility issues caused by masks.


With a simple double tap of your hearing aids, Edge Mode can be activated anytime you encounter a noisy situation or challenging listening environment. Using artificial intelligence (AI), Edge Mode prompts the hearing aids to scan the acoustic environment you’re in. Then, it instantly optimizes sound — taking masks, distance and background noise into consideration — to deliver enhanced speech audibility on demand.


Our new Mask Mode feature was specifically designed to help improve communication while wearing masks. Mask Mode is a new custom memory in our Thrive app that offsets the loss of speech audibility due to face masks by boosting sound in the affected frequency regions.


This great new feature is available NOW to existing Livio Edge AI, Livio AI and Livio hearing aid wearers with a simple update of the Thrive app.

Custom rechargeable hearing aids are the ideal solution

Livio Edge AI Custom rechargeable hearing aids were tailored for this time

If you really want the ideal hearing solution for these mask-wearing times, you’ll want to try our Livio Edge AI custom rechargeable hearing aids. Not only do they include Edge Mode, Mask Mode and other great features, but they can be worn comfortably without interfering with a face mask! These hearing aids are customized to your unique ear shape and are designed to sit inside of the ear, not behind them. They won’t get tangled or pulled off when you’re wearing or removing your face mask.


Plus, they’re the only wireless custom rechargeable hearing aids available on the market today! 


Want to experience for yourself how hearing aids can help? Click here to book an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional near you.


By Starkey Canada