Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple's AirPods are getting new 'Live Listen' accessibility feature with iOS 12

So, those with hearing difficulties will be able to place their phone near to the other person during a conversation and use the handset as a microphone.

That same feature is being rolled into the AirPods later this year along with the launch of iOS 12, according to a report on Tuesday published by TechCrunch.

After enabling the feature in the iPhone's settings, users will be able to use their phones effectively as a directional mic. With iOS 12, the AirPods will also be getting functionality to Live Listen. The feature, called Live Listen, has been offered in Made for iPhone hearing aids for years and has let people with hearing problems better pick up conversations being held around them.

With Live Listen, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch becomes a remote microphone that sends sound to your Made for iPhone hearing aid. For instance, you can put your iPhone somewhere and walk away, with the audio being recorded by your iPhone played back live to your AirPods.

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AirPods may be selling like insane, but Apple didn't take any time at its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote to announce any new features coming to the headphones.

Of course, Live Listen isn't a replacement for hearing aids, which are often tuned to amplify certain frequencies the wearer has trouble hearing.

Apple's AirPods are about to get a feature that helps you hear better. The inclusion of this feature makes AirPods more capable and more alluring; it's significant given they are nearly universally hailed as one of Apple's best products in years.

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