Native Hearing Aid

Hearing aids, for the most part, have been easily compatible with iPhones. Thanks to Android’s fragmentation, the manufacturing of hearing aid for Android devices has been difficult, not anymore. Google is working to bring native hearing aid support for streaming on Android.

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Native Hearing Aid Support For Android

Google announced that it’s working with a hearing aid manufacturer GN heading to create a new hearing aid spec for Android smartphones called ASHA, or Audio Streaming for Hearing aids. This is designed to be battery-efficient while providing high-quality audio with low latency.

Native Hearing Aid

This hearing aid will be able to connect to and stream from Android devices without having to use another intermediate device. ASHA will enable Bluetooth heading aids to be utilized the same way as headphones, used to call friends or listen to music.

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Google has also published the new protocol specifications online for any hearing aid manufacturer to build native hearing aid support for Android. Furthermore, GN hearing has announced that the ReSound LiNX Quattro and Beltone Amaze will be the first hearing aids to receive direct streaming support in a future update.


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