Hearing

Catch every word, sign or signal.

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Conversation Boost

Make clearer connections.

Conversation Boost is a feature for AirPods Pro that can help you stay more connected in crowded or noisy environments. Computational audio and beamforming microphones focus AirPods Pro on the voice of the person directly in front of you, helping you distinguish their speech from background noise and follow along better during face‑to‑face conversations in loud locations.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, AirPods Pro

Conversation Boost is a feature for AirPods Pro that can help you stay more connected in crowded or noisy environments. Computational audio and beamforming microphones focus AirPods Pro on the voice of the person directly in front of you, helping you distinguish their speech from background noise and follow along better during face‑to‑face conversations in loud locations.

Set up Conversation Boost on:

Made for iPhone hearing devices

Designed to just work. Wherever your day takes you.

Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids, cochlear implants 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. Instantly apply your audiologist’s environmental presets as you go outdoors or enter noisy locations, like restaurants, without having to rely on additional remotes.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad

Apple has worked with top manufacturers to create hearing aids, cochlear implants 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. Instantly apply your audiologist’s environmental presets as you go outdoors or enter noisy locations, like restaurants, without having to rely on additional remotes.

Headphone Accommodations

Customise your headphones to your hearing needs.

Whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or talking to a loved one, Headphone Accommodations lets you customise your audio to best suit your hearing needs. Amplify soft sounds and adjust certain sound frequencies based on your individual preferences. If you already have an audiogram, you can import it from a paper or a PDF. If not, you’ll walk through a series of listening tests that help you set up as many as nine unique profiles based on your personal sound preferences.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, AirPods, EarPods, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo Pro

Whether you’re listening to music, watching a movie or talking to a loved one, Headphone Accommodations lets you customise your audio to best suit your hearing needs. Amplify soft sounds and adjust certain sound frequencies based on your individual preferences. If you already have an audiogram, you can import it from a paper or a PDF. If not, you’ll walk through a series of listening tests that help you set up as many as nine unique profiles based on your personal sound preferences.

Update:

Import audiograms into the Health app. Customise your audio experience to your hearing needs by importing your audiogram directly into the Health app.

Sound Recognition

Sound the alarm without hearing a sound.

Sound Recognition listens for certain sounds and uses on‑device intelligence to notify you when they are detected. This feature recognises 15 different sounds — or you can train your device to listen for electronic sounds that are unique to your environment, like the beeping of appliances in your kitchen, specific types of alarms or doorbells. You’ll receive a notification when a particular type of sound or alert is detected.1

Available on:

iPhone, iPad

Sound Recognition listens for certain sounds and uses on‑device intelligence to notify you when they are detected. This feature recognises 15 different sounds — or you can train your device to listen for electronic sounds that are unique to your environment, like the beeping of appliances in your kitchen, specific types of alarms or doorbells. You’ll receive a notification when a particular type of sound or alert is detected.1

Set up Sound Recognition on:

Update:

Additional customisation for Sound Recognition. Train your iPhone and iPad to listen for and notify you when certain electronic sounds that are specific to your environment are detected, like the beeping of a kitchen appliance, the ring of a doorbell and more.

FaceTime

Capture speech and sign. All in real time.

FaceTime is a great way to communicate using sign language. With high-quality video and a fast frame rate, FaceTime helps you catch every gesture and facial expression — from raised eyebrow to ear-to-ear smile. FaceTime also detects when you are using sign language in Group FaceTime calls and automatically makes you prominent.2 And with Picture in Picture for FaceTime, you can continue viewing your call while multitasking.3

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac

FaceTime is a great way to communicate using sign language. With high‑quality video and a fast frame rate, FaceTime helps you catch every gesture and facial expression — from raised eyebrow to ear‑to‑ear smile. Now staying connected is even easier with Live Captions in FaceTime, which can caption speech in one-on-one and Group FaceTime calls in real time. Live Captions in FaceTime are integrated directly into your video call, and offer speaker attribution so you can easily track who is speaking during group calls with family and friends.1 FaceTime also detects when you are using sign language in Group FaceTime calls and automatically makes you prominent.2 And with Picture in Picture for FaceTime, you can continue viewing your call while multitasking.3

Set up FaceTime on:

Live Listen

Tune out the noise
and hear more of what matters.

Live Listen is an assistive listening feature that helps you have better conversations in loud places. Just turn on the feature and move your device towards the people you’re talking with. Audio is picked up by the device microphone and sent to your wireless headphones or Made for iPhone hearing devices, so you can hear what they’re saying more clearly.4

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Fit Pro, Made for iPhone hearing devices

Live Listen is an assistive listening feature that helps you have better conversations in loud places. Just turn on the feature and move your device towards the people you’re talking with. Audio is picked up by the device microphone and sent to your wireless headphones or Made for iPhone hearing devices, so you can hear what they’re saying more clearly.4

Sensory Alerts

See your alerts.
Or feel them.

Your device lets you know when something’s up, in a way you’ll notice. Choose visual or vibrating alerts for incoming Phone and FaceTime calls, new text messages, new and sent mail, and calendar events. You can set an LED light flash for incoming calls or have your iPhone display a photo of the caller. If you’re on your Mac, have it flash its screen when an app needs your attention. Or if you’re on the go, turn on the Taptic Engine on your Apple Watch to give you a gentle tap every time a notification comes in.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch

Your device lets you know when something’s up, in a way you’ll notice. Choose visual or vibrating alerts for incoming Phone and FaceTime calls, new text messages, new and sent mail, and calendar events. You can set an LED light flash for incoming calls or have your iPhone display a photo of the caller. If you’re on your Mac, have it flash its screen when an app needs your attention. Or if you’re on the go, turn on the Taptic Engine on your Apple Watch to give you a gentle tap every time a notification comes in.

Mono Audio

Find the right balance for you.

Stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right‑channel audio tracks. Mono Audio can help streamline the differences by playing both audio channels in both ears. You can 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.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV

Stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. Mono Audio can help streamline the differences by playing both audio channels in both ears. You can 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.

Set up Mono Audio on:

Closed Captions

Customisable captions for TV programmes, movies and podcasts.

Closed captions are a text transcription of a video’s dialogue, as well as non-verbal communication, music and sound effects. Supported in apps like the Apple TV app, closed captions are available in more than 40 languages for TV programmes, movies, videos and podcasts — just look for the CC icon. Customise captions with different styles and fonts, including styles that are larger and outlined for better legibility.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV

Closed captions are a text transcription of a video’s dialogue, as well as non-verbal communication, music and sound effects. Supported in apps like the Apple TV app, closed captions are available in more than 40 languages for movies, TV programmes, videos and podcasts — just look for the CC icon. Customise captions with different styles and fonts, including styles that are larger and outlined for better legibility.

Set up Closed Captions on:

Messages

Chat through type, photos, smileys and more.

Start a conversation without needing to say or hear a word. Send unlimited messages to anyone using the Messages app. Or send a group message to keep everyone in the loop. You can share photos, videos, locations, links or the occasional smiley.

Available on:

iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch

Start a conversation without needing to say or hear a word. Send unlimited messages to anyone using the Messages app. Or send a group message to keep everyone in the loop. You can share photos, videos, locations, links or the occasional smiley.

Noise app

Track your hearing health.

The Noise app tracks decibel levels of the ambient sounds around you, helping you identify when sound levels in your environment, or from your headphones, could negatively affect your hearing. When you configure the Noise app on Apple Watch and connect compatible headphones, Control Centre shows you if the sounds playing through the headphones reach unsafe levels.5 And all your information is stored in the Health app on iPhone for easy access to your data whenever you need it.

Available on:

Apple Watch

The Noise app tracks decibel levels of the ambient sounds around you, helping you identify when sound levels in your environment, or from your headphones, could negatively affect your hearing. When you configure the Noise app on Apple Watch and connect compatible headphones, Control Centre shows you if the sounds playing through the headphones reach unsafe levels.5 And all your information is stored in the Health app on iPhone for easy access to your data whenever you need it.

Set up the Noise app on:

Apple Watch

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