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27 October 2023

A teal background. An open laptop with hands hovering over the keyboard. Caption says Microsoft Trial Hearing Aid Support.

Microsoft has unveiled a new accessibility feature for Windows 11, catering to users with hearing aids. In a recent announcement, the company revealed that Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25977 now supports hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth LE Audio technology, allowing users to seamlessly take calls, listen to music, and stream audio from their PCs.

While this functionality is currently limited to select Windows devices with Bluetooth LE Audio support, Microsoft has plans to expand its availability to more PCs in the future. The tech giant also promises to introduce additional capabilities for hearing aids, including the ability to control audio presets within the Windows environment.

This development is part of a broader trend in the tech industry, where major companies are increasingly focusing on hearing technology. Sony, for example, launched self-fitting hearing aids in partnership with WS Audiology, and there have been reports of Apple exploring the idea of positioning Air Pods as hearing aids. These moves reflect a growing interest in the hearing aid market, especially since retailers began selling over-the-counter hearing aids last year.

In addition to the hearing aid support, Build 25977 also introduced privacy updates that notify users when apps attempt to access their location or Wi-Fi information, enhancing overall user security. For more information, please read MSN’s article about Windows 11 new accessibility feature with hearing aids.