How Your Apple Wireless Earbuds Could Double As Hearing Aids?

Technology made it possible by making a hearing aid which could be replaced with a pair of wireless earbuds and a smartphone app.

A Swiss startup company has recently released an app for iPhone called “Fennex”. This app works with Apple’s  $159 AirPods Wireless Earbuds.

Fennex is a hearing aid app that provides augmented hearing by turning your Apple headphones that is AirPods into a personal hearing amplifier.

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Apple always stands on the top when we talk about the new and latest technology. There is no doubt in this that you can use your Apple AirPods as a hearing aid. According to TechCrunch, the latest addition of apple to AirPods is live listening technology. This is the technology that is installed on Apple certified hearing aids from 2014. Now you must be thinking what is Live Listen Technology and how it affects hearing aids user? Don’t worry we have, explained it below. Let’s take a look at all of it.

Live Listen Technology

Live Listen is the most important feature included in the Apple AirPods.BY the help of this technology the user can stream the live videos from an iPhones microphone to directly in their hearing aids. Bluetooth technology is used by Live Listen to deliver clearer sound to listeners, and also helps people to receive and make phone calls and listen to music or watch videos much more easily and comfortably.

Currently, Live Listen is only available with “Made for iPhone” hearing aids“. However, with the addition of Live Listen in Apple AirPods, millions of people are about to have access to this new technology.

Apple Wireless AirPods As Hearing Aids

Now the apple AirPods have installed Live Listen to technology then there is a question in the mind of lot people which is, Can they be used as the replacement for the hearing aids? The answer is no the apple AirPods cannot take the place of the traditional hearing aids. However, the Live Listen technology may help users to hear more clearly in the noise. The people with mild to severe hearing loss cannot take benefit from the Apple AirPods.

Apple Wireless AirPods Work As a Hearing Aid

Apple’s  AirPods are wireless headphone which connects with a simple one-tap set-up to the entire Apple ecosystem. When Apple announced the launch last year and thousands of consumers get excited about the idea of turning them into an inexpensive and powerful hearing aid.

People with normal or mild hearing loss use this Fennex app because it helps them to listen to sound smoothly. Investors are claiming to help everyday users to hear better when they need it.

Fennex relies on Apple technology for its establishment because of its high-quality sound and a dual beam-forming microphone system. AirPods are the most technologically advance and most people are using Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP).

This is a free app but it charges on certain features. As this app is new. Therefore, the founder of this app Mari says, the app is slated to gain features that will help reduce unwanted noise and feedback.

This app works perfectly fine with wired headphones. However, when it comes to the wireless solution with AirPods, Fennex is just at the beginning of the journey.

However, the app is still in working and providing positive feedback on specific usage. There are also two limitations for mainstream and wider adoptions.

With apple airpods, you can now access multiple features and can enhance your listening experience

Volume Boost: Amplify the sound around you

Balance: Regulate the volume of the left and right speaker

Compression: Apply sound compression to amplify or limit sounds

Sound Presents: Keep or remove high/low-pitched sounds

Equalizer: Adapt treble, mid and bass sounds too, according to your personal hearing preferences

Conversation Focus: Select among 4 different microphones

Fennex app

According to CEO Alex Mari, the company is dealing with an excessive time delay between the recorded sounds and when it’s streamed out wirelessly. This latency issue of the app was showing the link between the app and the Bluetooth technology working at present. When  Apple AirPods uses Fennex, there was a registration of a 130ms delay. A fraction of a second but still it is very difficult for the human brain to process.”

So, it’s a complementary and innovative solution that can provide some real benefit to people with some degree of hearing difficulties.

The company has also launched a 2.0 version of this mobile app.

Fennex 2.0 includes new features, such as a simplified user interface and a feature that enables or disables the “hearing correct” function based on results of the hearing test. Overall the company says the update offers “greater personalization of the hearing experience”.

How to use AirPods as Hearing Aids

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • select Control Center from there.
  • choose Customize Controls.
  • Click on the green + button next to Hearing to include it to your control center list.

Now you can turn on the Live Listen feature by opening control center whenever you want to To do this:

  • Place your AirPods into your ears.

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