Hi All – we hope everyone has had an amazing week so far. In case you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, we highly recommend CODA. Here’s the description from IMDB:
As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) Ruby is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.
Trust us, it’s good. It won a ton of awards and definitely pulls at your heartstrings.
Zooming out, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 15% (37.5 million) Americans over the age of 18 have some form of hearing loss. Globally, 1.5 billion people in the world experience hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization.
Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids on Fire TV Cube
Why is this relevant? Well, Amazon Fire TV recently unveiled the first-ever streaming media player in the US that supports what’s known as, Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA).
Now, with the help of Amazon’s Fire TV Cube (2nd gen) and compatible Bluetooth hearing aids from Starkey, those who are hard of hearing will be able to connect their hearing aids directly to a Fire TV Cube for private listening.
This opens up a completely new world for a large portion of our population. Nearly 40 million Americans will now have the option to enjoy audio from games, apps, streaming services, and of course, Alexa.
The Set-Up Is Easy
Starkey manufactures brands including Audibel, NuEar, MicroTech, and Audigy and the setup is super simple.
All users have to do in order to pair the hearing aids is head to Fire TV Settings, Accessibility, then select Hearing Aids. It’s essentially like connecting Bluetooth headphones.
Other streaming platforms and services have accessibility features, but none compare to this amazing service from Amazon.
Whether it’s for older members of our families or those that are simply hard of hearing, this is an incredible option for every household.