iOS 14 turns AirPods Pro into a Hearing Aid Device

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Apple AirPods are the best of the best when it comes to providing premium quality features and audio. A recent iOS update shows that AirPods Pro can be used as a hearing aid as well.

A thing to note is that the FDA(US Food and Drug Administration) doesn’t approve AirPods to be used as a hearing aid. Well, at-least not yet.

Still, with iOS 14, and AirPods Pros. The duo can assist users with hearing loss. Here’s how:

iOS14 comes with features such as sound amplification, and noise reduction which gives way to better hearing of the surrounding. These features, when combined with AirPods Pro’s Transparency mode, gives amazing results.

The transparency mode makes quite noises more audible tuning the sound of your environment to your hearing needs. It allows the sound of your environment to pass through the headphones. While the Head Accommodation option in iOS 14 and iPad OS14 enables you to adjust its loudness. 

The results produced are similar of an hearing aid device. 

Here’s how you can use it;

How to use the AirPods Pro as Hearing Aids 

The Headphone Accommodation feature can work with normal Apple and beats headphones but are not preferred if you want to use your headphones as hearing aids machines.

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So here’s what you’ll need:

  1. A device running iOS 14, or iPadOS 14. 
  2. AirPods Pros.

On your device, goto Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual then turn on Headphone Accommodations. 

Now you can use custom sound settings. You can turn on the Phone to apply these to phone calls and turn on Media to apply these to music, films, podcasts, audiobooks, Siri, Voicemail, and Live Listen.

When you turn on your “Transparency mode” your accommodation settings may change and how you listen to your voice and your surrounding sounds may also change.

It’s best to start from low and gradually increase the tone slider until you can listen to people’s voices and natural sounds around you clearly. 

You can customize your Transparency mode settings by opening Headphone Accommodations and then selecting Transparency Mode. Then tap Custom Transparency mode and adjust the audio-volume balance between the right and left channels controlling the Transparency Balance slider. 

You can also access the Transparency mode settings from your Control Centre. 


There is a reason why Apple devices are famous for its user friendliness. The Cupertino company has always been serious about helping people with impairments. And providing helpful features so every one of us can live our lives easier with the help of tech.

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