Since 2013, Apple users have had the ability to stream music and calls directly to their hearing aids. Over the past several years, however, Google and Resound Hearing Aids have been collaborating to improve the technology they offer to deliver the same experience to Android users.

Now, the technology is here. Thanks to the ASHA system, also known as Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids, Android users can now stream music and calls directly to their hearing aid device. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way many users interact with their hearing aids and their phones, allowing them unprecedented freedom to enjoy those everyday tasks without the addition of another device, like a Telecoil.

Enhanced Technology Benefits

Hearing aid users often want the ability to take advantage of the same apps and programs that are used by other smartphone users. Unfortunately, those apps have, previously, been less accessible to users of hearing aids, since they can’t easily stream that content to their hearing aids. Previous incarnations of the technology might have caused battery life on either the device or the hearing aids to drop substantially, making it impractical for users who wanted to use that technology for any length of time.

Now, the technology has improved.

Users who have access to the Android 10 operating system, and who are using the latest Resound LiNX Quattro hearing aids, can now take advantage of seamless streaming to their hearing aids. This means:

  • Clearer sound from movies and music
  • Clearer call transmission–which means you can more easily hear the people who are calling to talk to you
  • Easy app integration and control, so that you can easily set the volume and sound control at a level that works for you

Android users have always been able to connect their hearing aids to their Android phones using the Resound Smart 3D app. This app, however, allowed for relatively basic control of the hearing aids, including shifting volume and changing the program used by the hearing aids. The latest advances in the app, on the other hand, allow the user much more control and convenience, including controlling streaming of sounds directly from the phone, like music, movies, and calls, and the volume levels at which those sounds appear.

How to Pair Your Hearing Aids or Check Compatibility

Currently, the latest version of the Resound Smart 3D app is available for the Google Pixel 3 line of smartphones and Samsung Galaxy 9’s & 10’s.  These features can be accessed by downloading the Resound Smart 3D app, clicking on “Get Started,” and following the prompts on the screen to set up your hearing aids. You will then receive one of three messages:

  • A screen showing you that you’re ready to use your hearing aids

  • A red warning icon noting that changes are required to your settings in order to connect your hearing aids and use the feature

  • Warning icons on “My Resound” and “Direct audio streaming” indicating that your device is not compatible

 

Do you need to know more about the technology available for the Resound LiNX Quattro hearing aids and how it can benefit your life? Contact us today to learn more about these hearing aids and the streaming technology that will allow you to transmit your music, movies, and calls directly from your device to your hearing aids.

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Briana Bruno Holtan, Au.D. , F.A.A.A. Audiologist

Briana Bruno Holtan, Au.D. , F.A.A.A. Audiologist

Dr. Bruno Holtan is the co-owner of Audiology Associates, Inc. and she received her master’s degree (M.S.) in audiology from Towson State University and her doctor of audiology (Au.D.) degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has extensive knowledge of and experience in the evaluation and fitting of advanced state-of-the-art hearing aid technologies. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Bruno Holtan has served as the treasurer and president of the Maryland Academy of Audiology.  She has worked tirelessly on behalf of audiologists and consumers on both the state and federal legislative fronts.  She is co-author of “Institutionalizing Patient’s Freedom of Choice,” a published article in “Audiology Today.”