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Have you heard people talking about Live Listen with AirPods and asked yourself, “what are Live Listen AirPods?” Well, if you have trouble with your hearing occasionally, but not often enough to need hearing aids, then you should try the iPhone’s Live Listen feature with your AirPods. But first, a brief history on the origins of Live Listen.
First introduced in 2014, Live Listen was originally designed for hearing aids certified through Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) hearing aid program. But, thanks to iOS 12, AirPods have been integrated to support Live Listen and open the door to better hearing for all that use this feature.
With Live Listen AirPods, the iPhone’s microphone picks up the sound around you and sends it to your AirPods, helping you hear whatever the mic is pointed at, such as your dining companion in a noisy restaurant. Using AirPods Live Listen is a great way to funnel all of that ambient chatter that often takes place in crowded settings. That way, you can focus on the discussion rather than replying with, “what’d you say?” over and over.
Live Listen AirPods are even helpful when you need to hear someone speaking from across the room, which can come in handy during large gatherings with no powered microphone present. The person speaking can be over almost 50 feet away, and you’ll still be able to pick up what they’re saying.
AirPods Live Listen can even work through walls. It can be pretty handy for eavesdropping — but we don’t recommend it. The spying-potential aspect may freak some people out, but remember that someone must place an iPhone near the voice they want to pick up, and most people don’t want to leave an expensive iPhone lying around for someone to scoop up!
Ready to turn on Live Listen? It’s a breeze! But before you turn on Live Listen, make sure to connect your AirPods to your iPhone or iPad. Note that the Live Listen icon looks like an ear.
Here’s how to turn on Live Listen:
Live Listen is a great feature for when you want to hear isolated conversations better. However, it’s good to remember that it’s an iPhone microphone picking up sound. We put together some tips to help get the best possible audio from AirPods Live Listen.
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