can they be used as hearing aids?

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    There are several iOS apps that function as a hearing aid using the single microphone in the wired EarPods (See Petralex for one app that adjusts for L&R hearing loss by frequency). Since the AirPods feature a microphone on *both* left and right devices, I am extremely optimistic that developers will create an iOS app that will be able to triangulate audio inputs for improved directional reception and sound adjustment. Based on my current experience with that app using EarPods in noisy restaurants and at concerts, I anticipate that the Airpods may well provide an affordable adaptive device alternative for people with gradual age-related hearing loss.

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  • It all comes down to the Bluetooth, which causes a .5 second lag between when a sound is made and when it is heard by the user.

    With their built-in mics and processor, and Siri support, AirPods seem like an ideal hardware solution for developers of hearing assistance software like Petralex. I very much hope they can get around the Bluetooth delay and give us iPhone users an alternative to overpriced conventional hearing aids.

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  • No, they're just wireless earphones, nothing more I'm afraid.

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