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Amazon Fire TV Cube: Is The First Set Top Box To Direct Streaming For Hearing Aids

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 29 Apr, 2022

Watching TV with hearing aids is getting easier for Amazon Fire TV owners.

The 2nd generation of the Fire TV Cube can support Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids for compatible Bluetooth-enabled Starkey hearing aids.

While the ability to stream TV audio to hearing aids has been around for a while, it usually requires an additional third-party device.

Not all intelligent TVs support Bluetooth; many hard-of-hearing users are forced to join their hearing aids to their special adapter.

However, Fire TV will allow users to pair their hearing aids directly with the streaming box.

The key is the system-level connectivity which means that all audio from the Fire TV Cube is getting sent to the hearing aid.

Nothing is left out, and you can also control it with the Alexa TV remote. It,s the same watching experience as everyone else gets.

When you’re done, a simple shortcut behind the home button is all that’s needed to disconnect.

Setting up the hearing aid support can be done in the accessibility section of the Fire TV Cube’s settings menu.

ASHA - This is a Google-led initiative that has been available for Bluetooth devices.

Fire TV Cube will be the initial streaming device in the US to support ASHA, but it,s a safe bet to say more platforms will be on board in the future.

Users should choose , Settings , from Fire TV,s home screen for a couple of their hearing aids to their Fire TV Cube; users should select ,Settings, from Fire TV,s home screen.

Users should then select ,Accessibility,, followed by ,Hearing Aids,, and follow the on-screen instructions to pair them.

One disadvantage is that customers need to sit within 10 feet and in line of sight to their Fire TV Cube to get a good connection.

Amazon conjointly recommends that customers connect over a 5 GHz WiFi network. But, those with 2.4 GHz WiFi can use the feature with a range that varies depending on spectrum congestion.

The company is conjointly apparently exploring connecting cochlear implants to Amazon Fire TV.

The Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids on Fire TV Cube is a step in the right direction for more accessibility across entertainment devices.

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