I’m surprised at the silence from other hearing aid manufacturers since Resound has released the ASHA update. I expected other hearing aid manufacturers would be saying that they’ll be making an announcemet “soon,” or maybe something like “in the 4th quarter.” Heck, I remember when Oticon promised it’s Connect Clip for well over a year. Any theories on why it’s so silent? Perhaps Abram’s about Android 10 glitches sheds some clues? Or maybe this is way harder than we think and even though ASHA standards have been published for awhile, manufacturers are really struggling with implementing it?
Did I see a Starkey announcement of android/iPhone hands free?
Starkey appears to be planning ASHA for livio.
The problem as I see it is that there are so many different hardware companies that use android OS and every last one of them turn Andriod OS in to a different beast
Good point. I must admit that I tend to discount Starkey but in many ways they are cutting edge.
Response to my inquiry to Signia:
"Hello and thank you for contacting us.
While we can’t comment or speculate on future product innovations, rest assured that our Signia customers will be among the first to know about them.
We hope this information is helpful. Thank you again for visiting our website and your interest in our products."
Samsung has had a hearing aid research group since at least 2014 with no published results.
Bluetooth 5 LE has been available since 2016.
I can only speculate that hearing aids are such a small market that manuf. don’t prioritize research/development.
I hope that the U.S. govt. regulation allowing hearing aids to be sold as consumer items instead of medical devices will open up this market.
Samsung had a functional hearing aid years ago. I demoed it and it was able to send remote mic Bluetooth audio from a galaxy s from across the room… Using the Galaxy’s mic. It looked a lot like a Siemens pure aid, but had the Samsung logo on it.
@ aggie60 posted this in another thread:
Response from my audiologist a few minutes ago.
“…I spoke with a rep from Oticon and they said they have no official date for being compatible with android phones but when they are compatible, it will just require an update to your hearing aids. He was aware of the article you sent and said that Oticon is working on it, but no official word has been made as of yet😊
Let me know if you have any more questions!”
OK I’ll bite. What the hell is ASHA?
Sent from the resident #1 Anagram hater…
Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (aka Android low energy Bluetooth streaming) GN Hearing first to support direct Android streaming using ASHA
I suspect ASHA has a long way to go to become mainstream. The data at this link says that Apple has 50% of the mobile market in North America. So far only Google which is at 2.3% is the only one building ASHA into their mobile devices. That does not make much of a sales market potential for hearing aid manufacturers which in comparison to cell phone manufacturers are the small fish in the ocean. I suspect that until Samsung (26%) and LG (6%) and Motorola (5%) join in with their versions of Android, the hearing aid manufacturers will not take it too seriously. From their point of view MFi has a lot more sales potential.
My crystal ball is pretty fuzzy, but I’d guess Samsung will join in. I suspect for purchasers of high end hearing aids that Samsung’s percentage is higher than the overall mobile market (likely same is true for Apple. ) We’ve already heard from Starkey that they are joining in and strong rumors that Oticon will. I doubt Signia/Widex will ignore it. To me biggest questionmark is whether Phonak will stick with their generic approach or join in on a new standard.