iPad is designed to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing do what they love. FaceTime is a great way to communicate through sign language. And with Type to Siri mode, you can quickly ask questions, set up reminders or issue commands for everyday tasks.

Headphone Accommodations Customize your headphones to your hearing needs.

Whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or talking to your mom, Headphone Accommodations help you customize your audio experience to make the world sound crisp and clear. Amplify soft sounds and adjust certain sound frequencies based on your individual hearing needs. If you already have your own audiogram, you can add it to your settings. If not, you’ll walk through a series of listening tests that allow you to set up as many as nine unique profiles based on your personal sound preferences.1

Sound Recognition Sound the alarm without hearing a sound.

Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to notify users who might otherwise miss audible environmental alerts around them. On iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, users receive a notification when a particular type of sound or alert, such as a fire alarm or doorbell, is detected.2

Made for iPhone Hearing Aids Designed to just work. Wherever your day takes you.

Made for iPhone hearing aids

Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids and sound processors designed specifically for iPhone and iPad. These advanced hearing devices provide outstanding sound quality, offer many helpful features, and are as easy to set up and use as any other Bluetooth device. Quickly access the features and settings of your paired hearing device by triple-clicking the Home button (or the top button on iPad Pro with Face ID). Glance at the battery status or change the left and right volume, together or separately. Or instantly apply your audiologist’s environmental presets as you go outdoors or enter noisy locations, like restaurants, without having to rely on additional remotes.

Live Listen Tune out the noise and hear more of what matters.

Made for iPhone hearing aids, sound processors and AirPods can help you have better conversations in loud places. Just turn on the Live Listen feature and move your iPad toward the people you’re talking with.3 Live Listen uses the microphone to pick up what they’re saying more clearly.

Noise App Track your hearing health.

The Noise app tracks decibel levels of the ambient sounds around you, helping you identify when the levels could negatively impact your hearing. The information is stored in the Health app so you can refer to your data whenever you need it.

Made for iPhone hearing aids

Type to Siri Your digital assistant is ready. Just type the word.

Siri helps you with the things you do every day.4 You can set Siri to “Type to Siri” mode if you prefer to communicate through typing. Or use your onscreen keyboard to ask questions, set up reminders, issue commands and more.

FaceTime Sign across the street or across the globe.

FaceTime on iPad

Catch every gesture and facial expression — from raised eyebrow to ear-to-ear smile. High-quality video and a fast frame rate make FaceTime ideal for people who communicate using sign language. FaceTime detects when you are using sign language in Group FaceTime calls and will automatically make you prominent. And because Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch all come equipped with FaceTime, you can talk to iOS, iPadOS and macOS users across the street or across the globe.5

iMessage Chat through type, photos, smileys and more.

iMessage lets you start up a conversation without needing to say or hear a word. Send unlimited messages to anyone on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Mac. Or send a group message to keep everyone in the loop. You can also share photos, videos, locations, links or the occasional smiley.6

FaceTime on iPad

Closed Captions Customizable captions for movies, TV shows and podcasts.

Watch movies, TV shows and podcasts with closed captions. Just look for the CC icon to buy or rent captioned movies from the iTunes Store or find captioned podcasts in iTunes U. Download straight to your iPad to watch on the go. iOS and iPadOS also support open captions and subtitles. You can even customize captions with different styles and fonts, including styles that are larger and outlined for better legibility. For those who are deaf-blind, iPad lets VoiceOver users access closed caption and subtitle tracks through their braille displays.

Mono Audio Find the right balance for you.

When you’re using headphones, you may miss some audio if you’re hard of hearing or deaf in one ear. That’s because stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. Your iPad can help by playing both audio channels in both ears, and letting you adjust the balance for greater volume in either ear, so you won’t miss a single note of a concerto or word of an audiobook.

Enable accessibility features on iPad.

  1. From the Home screen, go to Settings.
  2. Select accessibility. Then select and turn on the features you want to use.

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