June 25, 2022

What you need to know

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) has gained a new capability to send audio directly to compatible hearing aids.
  • This feature works with Starkey’s hearing aids, allowing users with hearing impairments to listen to private audio from streaming services, apps, and games.
  • More hearing aid models will pick up support for this new accessibility feature later this year.

While many of the best streaming devices already include accessibility features like text-to-speech support and closed captioning, none of the current options allow streaming directly with hearing aids. That changes now with a new feature for the Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen).

Amazon has announced that the streaming media player has added support for Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) for compatible Bluetooth hearing aids from Starkey. This means that people with hearing impairments can now pair their hearing aids with the Fire TV Cube.