Google has published an open specification in partnership with GN Hearing to cater to users who use hearing aids.
In its announcement, the company cited World Health Organisation data which states that 466 million people worldwide have disabled hearing loss – with this number expected to increase to 900 million by 2050.
Google’s new specification will add native hearing aid streaming support on future versions of Android, allowing users to connect their hearing aids to their devices and improve their audio experience.
The technology allows audio streaming to hearing aids using Bluetooth Low Energy and is designed to have a minimal impact on battery life, while delivering high-quality audio.
Google’s specifications details the pairing and connectivity process system architecture, and requirements for implementing hearing aid usage.