How to Use Your Apple Watch as Hearing Aid

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Are you looking for a way to amplify sound with your Apple Watch? If so, you've come to the rght place. With the latest advances in hearing aid technology, you can now connect your Apple Watch to compatible hearing devices and use it as a hearing aid.

Using an Apple Watch as a hearing aid is simple. All you have to do is pair your compatible hearing device with your Apple Watch and then adjust settings to suit your needs. This process is knon as “Live Listen” and can be enabled by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > MFi Hearing Devices and selecting your device from the list.

Once connected, you can adjust settings like volume and noise levels usng the Noise app on your watch. You can also create multiple profiles for different environments like quiet or noisy places. This makes it easy to switch between settings depending on where you are.

Another great feature of usng an Apple Watch as a hearing aid is that it has noise notifications enabled by default. This means that when sound levels exceed the threshold set in the Noise app, a notification will be sent directly to your watch so that you know when sound levels are too loud and need to be adjusted accordingly.

Finally, there are several available on the App Store designed specifically for people with hearing impairments that work with compatible hearing devices connected to an Apple Watch. These apps can help make conversations easier by providing real-time feedback on sound levels and providing visual cues of speech patterns so that conversations become easier to understand in noisy environments.

Using an Apple Watch as a hearing aid is becoming increasingly popular among people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss who want more control over ther environment without having to wear bulky traditional hearing aids all day long. With Live Listen, noise notifications, and special apps specifically designed for people with hearing impairments, using an Apple Watch as a hearing aid has never been easier or more convenient!

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Compatibility of Apple Hearing Devices

Apple Hearing is compatible with a variety of devices, including iPhone, iPad, AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Flex Pro and Made for iPhone hearing devices.

Live Listen is a feature that allows you to use your compatible Apple device to amplify sound from another person or device. To set up Live Listen on your device:

For iPhone:
1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
2. Tap the plus sign next to Hearing.
3. Tap the toggle switch next to Hearing to turn it on and make sure it is in the green position.
4. Once enabled, you will be able to find the Hearing icon in your Control Center and open Live Listen by tapping it.

For iPad:
1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
2. Tap the plus sign next to Hearing and tap “Done” in the upper right corner of your screen when finished customizing controls.
3. Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen or swiping down from the top right corner on newer models of iPad with Face ID enabled devices and tap the Hearing icon (it looks like an ear).
4. Once tapped it will automatically enable Live Listen so that you can begin amplifying sound around you uing your iPad's microphone(s).

For AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, AirPods and Powerbeats Pro:
1. Open Settings > Accessibility > /Visual then select “Hearing Devices” at the top of this page (it will say “AirPods” if you have any kind of AirPods connected).
2. Select “Live Listen” at the bottom of this page and make sure that it is turned on (it shuld be in green).

For Beats Flex Pro and Made for iPhone hearing devices:
1. Open Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual then select “Hearing Devices” at the top of this page (it shoud show the name of your specific hearing device).
2. Select “Live Listen” at the bottom of this page and make sure that it is turned on (it should be in green).

Turning On Hearing on Apple Watch

To turn on Noise notifications on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Noise. Next, tap Noise Threshold and choose a decibel level that works best for you. Finally, make sure that the toggle next to Noise is switched to the ‘On' position. You can also adjust other settings such as alert volume and haptic strength here. Once you're finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes.


In conclusion, Apple Watch hearing devices provide a great way to improve the listening experience for thse with hearing impairments. With Live Listen, the Apple Watch can be used as a microphone to amplify sound for better clarity. Additionally, Noise notifications can be enabled on Apple Watches to alert users of loud environments so they can take preventative measures. While there is no direct compatibility with Phonak hearing aids, users may still be able to benefit from Apple Watch hearing devices.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.