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iOS 18 to include new ‘hearing aid mode’ for AirPods Pro, report says


AirPods today offer a handful of different features related to hearing health and Accessibility. A new report today, however, says Apple has big plans for iOS 18: a new “hearing aid mode” for AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro with iOS 18

In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman writes that AirPods Pro aren’t set to see any hardware changes in 2024. Instead, he says that the “big news will be a major new hearing aid mode, coming alongside iOS 18.”

AirPods already offer a feature called Live Listen, which launched as part of iOS 12 in 2018. This feature essentially turns an iPhone into a directional microphone, transmitting the audio captured by that iPhone to AirPods in real time. A handful of testimonials over the years have shown how useful this feature can be.

Apple also introduced a Conversation Boost capability to AirPods Pro in 2021, which boosts mic pickup from directly in front of you, to better hear someone talking to you. A study in 2022 showed that some of these existing AirPods Pro features already compare well to much more expensive dedicated devices.

Also notable: in 2022, the FDA established new guidelines to allow for a category of hearing aids that can be purchased over-the-counter. Hearing aids within this category can be sold directly to consumers in stores or online without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist.

More details on this new iOS 18 feature for AirPods Pro users are unclear. This isn’t the first time Gurman has written about Apple’s plans to bring new hearing health features to AirPods, though. Last year, he reported that Apple is also working on a hearing test feature for future AirPods as well.

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