Google has added native hearing aid support to its Android mobile operating system. That means users can stream audio to their hearing aid using Bluetooth, much like you would to a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
The technology is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (Asha). By baking it into Android, Google hopes phone makers will utilise it to make their devices more usable by the 466 million people worldwide who have disabled hearing loss.
The spec offers low-latency, high-quality audio, and promises not to sap your phone’s battery life. GN Hearing is the first manufacturer to use the spec, which it helped Google develop. Once the Android update has rolled out, it will be available first for users of the ReSound LiNX Quattro and Beltone Amaze hearing aids.
As well as streaming audio and music to their hearing aids, users will be able to monitor their hearing aids from their phones.
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