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Hearing Aid manufacturer Starkey has made an announcement that their Livio line of hearing aids will be offering direct audio streaming of phone calls and media for Android phones. This opens up a whole new range of functionality to all existing Livio and Via AI models.

Starkey and Audibel hearing aids are the only ones to have binaural (both ears) streaming of phone calls and media played from an Android phone.

Android 10 Support

While Android 10 operating system supports the new functionality through it's Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) protocol, there are hardware requirements. Right now several Google phones support streaming. They are the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL.

Features We'd Like To See

  • Voice Commands: Android devices are everywhere. Whether it's a phone, tv, or cable box of some kind, wouldn't it be nice to use voice commands to run everything?
  • Appointments: when you're super busy it's easy to not notice a reminder that you have already heard too many times in the same day so - how about a voice reminder for appointments?
  • Medication Compliance: any medical professional will tell you compliance is always and issue. Similar to reminders, how about an audio alert for medications?

When it comes to uses, the possibilities are endless. What features would you like to see your hearing aids be able to stream?

 

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