IoT-Healthcare: Hearing Aids with Connection to Android

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IoT-Healthcare: Hearing Aids with Connection to Android

GN Hearing will be the first manufacturer to enable a full spectrum of direct audio streaming from Android devices to hearing aids. Direct streaming is likely to become available to users of the recently launched hearing aids ReSound LiNX Quattro and Beltone Amaze in coming Android releases.

According to the World Health Organization, around 466 m people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. This number is expected to increase to 900 m people by the year 2050. Google is working with GN Hearing to create a new open specifcation for hearing aid streaming support on future versions of Android devices,

states Seang Chau, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

IoT-Healthcare: Hearing Aids with connection to Android

Users will be able to connect and monitor their hearing aids, so they can stream sound from their Android devices without additional hardware. This will allow more people to call friends and enjoy music and brilliant sound experiences. Google’s hearing aid specifcation for Android smartphones is published as “Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids” (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection-oriented channels. GN Hearing will be the first IoT-Healthcare manufacturer to be able to utilize the new specification – in time, other hearing aid manufacturers will also employ native hearing aid support for Android.

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