Hearing Aid Features on Win10 and Surface Pro
To include a ‘hearing aid’ feature option on Windows 10 and Surface Pro’s to seamlessly connect to hearing aids when using Microsoft Teams. This feature is already available on iPhones but makes conference & content sharing views difficult to see.
I use most Microsoft devices, but needing hearing aids means that my Surface Pro use is limited by not connecting to bluetooth hearing aids. will I go over to the dark side?
Muhammad Mansuri commented
ok hearing aids is cool but what about me, I uses cochlear implant. (hearing aid only boost ppl who has little hearing. Cochlear helps people that is full on deaf.) It works on apple which is awesome but what about microsoft surface pro 7. I uses it for study so i rlly need it.
PLEASE!!! I am able to connect my hearing aids to my iPhone and iPad, but I use a SurfacePro at work and unable to connect. HELP!!!
PLEASE add support for hearing aids! Phone companies are clearly leading in this area.
I've used hearing aids for several years now and using any kind of earbuds / hands free device for telephone calls, MIcrosoft Teams etc can be difficult at the best of times. Physically, the additional devices don't easily fit in the ear and over the ear devices can be very uncomfortable. If you do get the ear bud to stay in, it doesn't isolate outside sounds because the hearing aid microphones are outside the ear. The only effective solution is take the hearing aids out or turn them off. Both are inconvenient and indiscreet. I got some new hearing aids a few days ago and the ability to stream directly to them via Bluetooth from my iPhone is a game-changer. Phone calls, music, Teams meetings, radio ... everything works seamlessly with no fuss or embarrassment. Now, if only my Surface could do the same. Apparently my Surface is compatible with low energy bluetooth but for some reason it doesn't recognise my hearing aids :-(. iPhone, iPod and iPad can all stream directly to hearing aids. If Microsoft can't add this feature then sadly, my next tablet will be an iPad or Android device.
Ed O'Brien commented
Android 10 recently announced Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHS) to compete with iOS that has had the feature for a few years. It is a game changer. The feature uses BT 5.0 LE to stream audio from the phone directly to the hearing aid or cochlear implant processor. Today people are limiting their search to hearing devices that support BT 5.0 LE and the hearing device protocol.
It would be absolutely awesome, if my Windows Surface Book Pro could support it as well.
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