“Audio quality innovations can benefit everyone, while also improving communication access to those with hearing loss. Having choices in technology to meet the varying needs of people with hearing loss is critical. The advent of technologies like Auracast™ broadcast audio has the potential to give people who wear hearing aids and cochlear implants an important new option for hearing access in their everyday lives.”
– Barbara Kelley, HLAA
How It Works
An unlimited number of in-range Auracast™ receivers will be able to join an Auracast™ broadcast from a nearby Auracast™ transmitter.
Auracast™ transmitters (e.g., smartphones, TVs, PA systems, etc.) will broadcast advertisements, notifying Auracast™ assistants (e.g., smartphones, smartwatches, etc.) that there is an Auracast™ transmission available in the area. The advertisement includes a name, whether the transmission is secured or open, and other information about the Auracast™ transmission.
Auracast™ assistants scan for these advertisements and provide a user interface (UI) to enable users to select an Auracast™ transmission, similar to the UI commonly used to connect to Wi-Fi networks in public spaces.
Once an Auracast™ transmission is selected, the Auracast™ assistant informs the Auracast™ receiver (e.g., headphone, earbud, hearing aid, etc.) how to join the Auracast™ transmission.