Airpods as Hearing Aids

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Aston441, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Aston441 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    It would be nice if Apple added some software to just have the sounds picked up by the mic immediately amplified into the speaker of the Airpod, along with a graphic EQ, so people could tailor the frequency response to their particular hearing deficit.

    I think there's probably enough hardware inside the Airpod to do this natively. It couldn't make the trip through Bluetooth because if the delay, which would be annoying.

    Such a thing would help millions of people that can't afford thousands of dollars for custom hearing aids, and would also cut down on the embarrassment lots of people have about wearing hearing aids too.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 28, 2017 ---
    It could also give people without hearing deficits superhuman hearing powers.
  2. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    They already have a program exclusively for iPhone/iOS certified Hearing Aids with dozens of options:

    Apple has been working hard on this for years.
  4. Aston441 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    I clicked on your link. I checked the price of the first one listed, the Audibel A3i.

    I looked up the price:


    Each. TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for a pair.

    That's the point. That's why I started this thread.
  5. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    That is the cost of a good pair of hearing aids. And insurance doesn't cover them.

  6. EDH667 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2009
    Northern California
    Bose is working on something like this:
  7. Aston441 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    Nice. They're less than $300.

    If Bose can do it, certainly Apple can. Like I said, the hardware of the Airpods can probably already do it. It just needs the software.

    What a miracle if the hundreds of millions of hearing impaired people that can't afford $10,000 could suddenly hear better for $160.
  8. rockyromero macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2015
    In loud places, I use Airpods as earplugs to lower the volume.

    There is a good thought trending here.

  9. Aston441 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    I hope they do that. It seems the tech has finally progressed to where the world can finally have a mass produced hearing aid at $150 for the masses. Someone just needs to make it happen now. Maybe some Chinese company. Probably whoever first does it successfully will become a billionaire. I happen to spend a portion of my day with older folks: hearing loss is the norm. It causes older people to be far less interactive - they sort of shut down after a while and it's because they just can't afford $10,000.
  10. brian.soares macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2017

    I’ve tried Fennex app for iPhone. It claims to be an augmented hearing mobile app compatible with AirPods. First you take a hearing test ‘specifically designed for airpods’ and then you can amplify the sound based on your hearing loss (similar to a hearing amplifier). There is a variety of microphones you can choose from. The combination airpods as input and output doesn't work well. It seems you cannot capture sound beyond 1-2 meters and when you speak your own voice is very loud. However, if you use the iPhone’s microphone as an input and the AirPods as an output the sound quality is pretty impressive. I experience some delay, it might be because I am using an old iPhone 5.t . If you can leave your mobile phone few meters away you won’t notice this delay. These are ways to use it .On my experience at this time the Fennex app is good enough for all situations when delay is not so noticeable, like walkin aside someone or sitting in a car when you cant look a the lips that move, but hopefully this will soon be fixed.
  11. Aston441 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    Wow, thanks for the info! I'll play with the app later.


Share This Page