Use Your iPhone and AirPods As a Hearing Aid

You can use the Live Listen feature on your iPhone to use it and your AirPods as a simple hearing aid, allowing you to hear voices clearer even in the next room.

Comments: 20 Responses to “Use Your iPhone and AirPods As a Hearing Aid”

    Julie
    4 months ago

    Thanks, Gary. This is brilliant! I have so many aging friends that are losing their hearing, but aren't ready for the move to hearing aids. I'll be sharing this knowledge with them--and using it myself when I want to move around during a TV show. Also, it would work for listening to birds, maintaining a distance that doesn't scare them away!

    Peter Eckle
    4 months ago

    Under Live Listen it said "connect a compatibles audio device to use Live Listen. What do I do?

    4 months ago

    Peter: Do you have your AirPods or Beats connected?

    Linda
    4 months ago

    I have my airpodpros connected to my iPhone and get the message Peter stated above.

    4 months ago

    Linda: Not sure why it isn't working for you. Maybe the AirPods are somehow not getting updated (should happen automatically). If you really want to use this feature, you may need to call Apple to troubleshoot.

    Joe
    4 months ago

    In settings, under “Accessability”, scroll done till you find “Hearing Devices”. If it’s set to on for a hearing aid, I found the “Live Listen” won’t work. Turn off connected to hearing devices and it should work as Gary describes. Hope this helps…

    Joe
    4 months ago

    In settings, under “Accessability”, scroll done till you find “Hearing Devices”. If it’s set to on for a hearing aid, I found the “Live Listen” won’t work. Turn off connected to hearing devices and it should work as Gary describes. Hope this helps…

    Norm Bradley
    4 months ago

    How do I turn it off! I followed the steps up to “hearing” but India not have my ear buds in place. Got to a screen that said falling rain. Great but can’t get out of the rain necessitating turning down the volume

    Linda
    4 months ago

    Norm. Touch “icon” Bottom center to change from on to off.
    Joe. Mine is not set for hearing aids and still will not work.

    Linda
    4 months ago

    Seems you have to go to sound and have sound recognition turned on for this to work! Hope this helps!

    Lynda Farabee
    4 months ago

    I did as Joe suggested. Removed hearing aids app and told Bluetooth to forget them. I still get the "connect a compatibles audio device to use Live Listen." and even tho iPod show connected, no sound through them.

    Joel
    4 months ago

    I have the same connect a compatibles audio device as well. On a whim I pressed the play music button in control menu, heard music thru EarPods, then turned it off and then the live listen prompt appeared when I touched the hearing icon.

    4 months ago

    Norm: Just turn it off. Starting at about 1:40 I show you where it switches on and off.

    Dally Messenger
    4 months ago

    Gary- that is so bloody brilliant and helpful.

    rhkennerly
    4 months ago

    You missed the boat on Airpods as hearing aids, Gary. There is nearly professional level hearing aid tools in accessibility>audio/visual>headphone accommodations>custom audio setup>

    You can use a profile generated by audio testing apps like MiMi hearing test. Or, take the test built into the iPhone. Then there are sliders for amplification, transparency balance, tone, ambien noise reduction, & conversation booster.

    Listening & noise canceling is done through the two airpod microphones

    rhkennerly
    4 months ago

    Oh…BTW, the Conversation Boost is a miracle in a noisy restaurant. With that switch on, the airpod pro microphones become highly directional & focus on the voice in the direction of where your head is turned. I used to get up & wander off mid-meal, frustrated that I couldn’t participate. Now, i can follow along the entire meal.

    marcia christ
    4 months ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Gene
    4 months ago

    Any idea as to why Apple doesn't allow it to work with other ear buds?

    4 months ago

    Gene: I'm not it is not a matter of "allow" but that those others don't have the hardware to support it. AirPods are pretty complex with special comm chips, audio hardware, etc.

    Vicki Baxter
    4 months ago

    In the Apple show "The After Party" one of the characters uses his iPhone and AirPods in this way to listen to conversation in another room.

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