May 23, 2022

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube can now stream audio straight to Starkey hearing aids

By Jay Bonggolto published 23 days ago

It’s the first streaming media player in the U.S. to support audio streaming for compatible hearing aids.

Amazon Fire Tv Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) (Image credit: Amazon)

What you need to know

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) has gained a new capability to send audio directly to compatible hearing aids.
  • This feature works with Starkey’s hearing aids, allowing users with hearing impairments to listen to private audio from streaming services, apps, and games.
  • More hearing aid models will pick up support for this new accessibility feature later this year.

While many of the best streaming devices already include accessibility features like text-to-speech support and closed captioning, none of the current options allow streaming directly with hearing aids. That changes now with a new feature for the Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen).

Amazon has announced that the streaming media player has added support for Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) for compatible Bluetooth hearing aids from Starkey. This means that people with hearing impairments can now pair their hearing aids with the Fire TV Cube.

The integration also provides a system-level experience. For example, users can use the streaming box’s remote to control volume. They can also privately listen to audio from their favorite streaming services, apps, and games, as well as Amazon Alexa.Sponsored LinksWhy Are Dubai Villas So Cheap? (Take A Look)Luxury Villas in Dubai

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For now, the feature is compatible only with hearing aids from Starkey, including the Audibel, NuEar, MicroTech, and Audigy brands. Later this year, ASHA support is expected to arrive on more devices.

The second-generation Fire TV Cube is the first streaming media player in the United States to stream audio directly to hearing aids, according to Amazon.

Fire TV Cube alongside Starkey hearing aids
Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) alongside Starkey hearing aids (Image credit: Amazon)

Pairing your hearing aids is as smooth as connecting your Bluetooth headphones. You can head over to the Fire TV Settings and then go to the Accessibility Section. From there, select Hearing Aids and follow the on-screen instructions.

There’s a caveat, though. Hearing aid wearers must stay within 10 feet of the streaming box to maintain an optimal signal. This is one of the drawbacks of relying on Bluetooth connectivity.

Amazon also recommends connecting over a 5GHz Wi-Fi network. “Due to the small size of hearing aids, their radio antennas require closer proximity for the best connection,” the company said. “Customers with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi can still enjoy the feature, with range that varies depending on spectrum congestion.”

The latest update elevates the Fire TV Cube’s accessibility features to a new level, and we can only hope that other streaming brands will follow suit.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is the most powerful Fire TV model available, as it can function as a smart TV hub as well as a smart speaker. There’s even a slew of microphones built in to ensure Alexa never misses a request.€155at Conrad ElectronicCheck Amazon

Jay Bonggolto

Jay Bonggolto 

News Writer

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.MORE ABOUT…Control free to play for AT&T customers through white-label Stadia Google Assistant comes to Galaxy Watch 4 almost a year after its releaseLATESTGoogle TV is finally rolling out profiles for a more ‘personalized space’

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