Fire TV Cube useful for people with hearing problems

Amazon Today ad that your Fire TV Cube (2nd generation) streaming device now supports streaming audio for hearing aids, commonly known as ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

According to Amazon, this makes Fire TV the first ASHA-compliant streaming media player and allows customers to directly connect compatible headphones via Bluetooth wireless technology.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders offers important figures of the problem affects 15% (37.5 million) of Americans over the age of 18, who have different levels of hearing loss.

Fire TV Cube - 2nd Generation

At this early stage, this new Fire TV Cube feature will benefit nearly 29 million American adults.

Among Amazon users who are hearing impaired and use special hearing aids that meet ASHA standards, this was one of the most requested features.

With this feature, the headphones connect to Fire TV at the system level, which also allows the user to enjoy other apps and features like Alexa, music, navigation sounds, and more.

To activate this function, Amazon explains that they must do the following:

  • To pair your headphones, visit Fire TV Settings, Accessibility, select Headphones, and follow the on-screen instructions to connect, just like you would with Bluetooth headphones.
  • To control streaming volume, use the Fire TV remote as you otherwise would. When you’re done with your movie, you can disconnect via a shortcut by pressing and holding the “Home” button and selecting “Disconnect Headphones.”
  • For an optimal experience, we recommend that customers connect over a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, within a 10-foot radius, and in line of sight with the Fire TV Cube. Due to the small size of hearing aids, their radio antennas require closer proximity for the best connection. Customers with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi can still enjoy the feature, with range varying based on spectrum congestion.

Amazon also notes that if they’re using compatible Starkey Bluetooth headphones, users can connect directly to the Fire TV Cube for private listening and can use the volume buttons on their remote to control the streaming audio level.

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