LE Audio and the Future of Hearing

Learn how Bluetooth® LE Audio will improve the lives of people with hearing loss and introduce a new generation of hearing aids and assistive listening systems.

As human beings, our sense of hearing connects us. The Bluetooth SIG believes in a connected world, free from wires, and the first wire that Bluetooth® technology cut was the audio cable, forever changing the way we experience sound. The Bluetooth SIG is honored and excited to support World Hearing Day.

Mark Powell
CEO, Bluetooth SIG

Hearing loss, a global yet silent epidemic

World Hearing Day is held each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. On World Hearing Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) reminds us that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.

LE Audio introduced to improve lives of people with hearing loss

The Bluetooth SIG worked closely with the hearing aid industry to define and introduce LE Audio, the next-generation of Bluetooth® wireless audio. LE Audio adds support for the development of standard Bluetooth hearing aids as well as support for Audio Sharing, which is expected to enable the next generation of Assistive Listening Systems (ALS).

MORE, AND BETTER, BLUETOOTH®
HEARING AIDS

Support for Bluetooth technology in hearing aids to date has been based on proprietary implementations. As a result, relatively few hearing aids include Bluetooth technology and compatibility is limited. By standardizing support for Bluetooth technology within hearing aids, LE Audio will lead to the availability of more Bluetooth hearing aids and will enable true global interoperability. Thanks to LE Audio, people with hearing loss will be able to realize the same benefits of Bluetooth audio enjoyed by users of standard Bluetooth headphones and earbuds, including wireless calling, listening, and watching.

AN ADVANCED NEW TYPE OF ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEM

While current Assistive Listening Systems (ALSs), such as inductive loops, have been providing tremendous benefit to people with hearing loss, they suffer from a number of challenges, including quality, cost, spill-over, and privacy issues, that have limited deployment. Bluetooth® Audio Sharing will enable an advanced new type of Assistive Listening System with higher audio quality and greater privacy that avoids spill-over challenges and will be significantly easier and lower cost to deploy.

ON-DEMAND WEBINARSIG Member Only

Important Updates on LE Audio Schedules, Branding & Requirements

Watch this detailed discussion of adoption and publication of the final set of LE Audio specifications, along with our plans to announce, promote, and celebrate the milestone.

WATCH NOW

Blog Posts

Introducing: The Bluetooth Low Energy Primer

Bluetooth® technology has been around for more than 20 years. Initially created to allow…

LE Audio Will Drive Audio Market Trends

Bluetooth® audio streaming has been around for decades and is still experiencing steady, step-ladder…

New Wireless Trends and Forecasts for the Next 5 Years

Every year, the Bluetooth® Market Update provides the latest Bluetooth technology trends and forecasts.…

Introducing LE Audio - Setting Up and Using Broadcast Audio Streams

Available for digital download, this new book from Nick Hunn, Chair of the Bluetooth…

Introducing LE Audio - Bluetooth LE Audio Applications

Available for digital download, this new book from Nick Hunn, Chair of the Bluetooth…

Introducing LE Audio - The Use Cases

Now available for digital download, a new book from Nick Hunn, Chair of the…

Audio Industry Braces for Bluetooth Audio Sharing in 2021

Highly anticipated, Bluetooth® Audio Sharing will be a new, global consumer service that will…

Hearing Aid Manufacturer Explains Why Bluetooth Audio Sharing Will Be a Game Changer for Those With Hearing Loss

A well-known manufacturer of hearing aids in North America, Starkey is committed to supplying…

A New, Global Consumer Service Will Enhance Audio Accessibility for Everyone

Bluetooth® Audio Sharing will be a new, global consumer service that will deliver enhanced…

Additional Related Resources

Important Updates on LE Audio Schedules, Branding & Requirements

Download the webinar Q&A (PDF) Thanks to the tireless commitment of our member companies,…

The Future Of Sound: Envisioning The Ecosystem Of Bluetooth LE Audio

When the Bluetooth 4.0 specification was released, Bluetooth Smart (now Bluetooth Low Energy (LE))…

The 2021 State of Sound Report

The State of Sound Report is an annual study featuring research insights based on…

Bluetooth® Core Specification Version 5.3 Feature Enhancements

Bluetooth® Core Specification version 5.3 includes several feature enhancements with the potential to improve…

Bluetooth LE Audio Technology: Faster And More Efficient

Bluetooth LE Audio The connection type of the future. What is Bluetooth LE Audio? here are…

Bluetooth shipments to reach six billion by 2025

Annual shipments of Bluetooth-enabled devices are set to top six billion by 2025, according…

Revealed: New Trends Driving the Future of Bluetooth® Technology

Watch Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development for the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),…

Bluetooth Technology for Audio - When Technology Meets Market Demand

In this webinar, UL and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group explore the most recent…

The Future of Bluetooth Hearing Aids: How LE Audio Will Revolutionize the Way You Hear the World

Imagine walking into an airport and tapping a prompt on your smartphone. Immediately, your…

 Get Help