Technology aid: Apple's AirPods about to get a hearing aid feature

Apple has always touted its focus on helping its users in their day-to-day life in meaningful ways. The Apple Watch is one product that is attached to many stories where health issues were discovered early, or where it was the only device in reach that helped users call for help when needed.

Now, it seems Cupertino wants to enhance the wireless AirPods earbuds to help people with health issues as well.

You may or may not know that there's a feature called Live Listen baked into iOS. It is accessible when you have an MFi hearing aid device paired with your iPhone. Well, in iOS 12 beta, your pair of AirPods will be recognized as earphones that can work with Live Listen.

Basically, the idea is to use the AirPods' built-in microphones, amplify the sound, and feed it into the user's ears. Obviously, this probably won't solve all issues out there and will not be replacing prescription hearing aids. We can't know if and how Apple plans to expand on the feature, but it's there to help with lighter hearing issues. Or to help you listen in on conversations... we'll have to get back to you on that one.

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1. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

This is what is nice about ios12, it has a lot of little things like this sprinkled throughout the OS. I like when companies improve little things like that, which can make a world of difference from day to day for regular users than a big update which brings nothing or little to most of us.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Agree, this will be a useful feature for a number of AirPod users.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is perfect for spying on your kids, spouse, etc.

4. mynameisPZee

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

i don’t entertain trolls, but how can something meant to improve lives be spying on kids. if u have nothing nice to say, then be gone!

6. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

that wuznt very nice

7. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Come on, what he is saying is if you can hear better then you can hear better what your kids are saying. But it's pretty sad that a parent would spy on their kid.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Maybe use your head?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31771; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Things like this, and BP monitoring are awesome, glad to see companies like Apple and Samsung moving in this direction.

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