Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today updated its Research app for the iPhone and the iPad to add AirPods Pro support for an ongoing hearing study.


According to Apple's release notes, the app now supports AirPods Pro and includes an improved VoiceOver experience for those participating in the hearing study plus battery life improvements on Apple Watch.
This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes and is recommended for all users:
- Support for AirPods Pro in the Apple Hearing study
- Improved experience for VoiceOver users while participating in the Apple Hearing study and the hearing test
- Battery life improvements with the latest watchOS update
Apple's Research app launched in November with three studies related to heart and movement, women's health, and hearing.

The hearing test in particular is designed to examine factors that impact hearing health, and it is being conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan.

Apple is collecting hearing data over time to understand how everyday sound can impact hearing.

Article Link: Apple's Research App Gains AirPods Pro Support for Hearing Study


macrumors G5
May 30, 2002
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Estimates from the SIPP indicate that fewer than 1 in 20 Americans are currently deaf or hard of hearing. In round numbers, nearly 10,000,000 persons are hard of hearing and close to 1,000,000 are functionally deaf. More than half of all persons with hearing loss or deafness are 65 years or older and less than 4% are under 18 years of age. However, these findings are limited to those who report difficulty hearing "normal conversation" and do not include the larger population of persons with hearing loss for which only hearing outside the range and circumstances of normal conversation is affected.

a very important study and great progress. The internal microphones and the external used for ambient sound is cohesively working to detect your hearing

Expos of 1969

Aug 25, 2013
This is like the booze companies giving meagre funding to "sensible drinking" campaigns. A bit of positive pr with no interest whatsoever in changing people's habits.

The wearing of white ear buds by Apple customers over the past years has undoubtedly contributed to hearing loss or hearing problems in many.


macrumors 68020
Apr 6, 2011
Tinnitus study would be good. It literally ruins many people's quality of life 24/7.
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.