“Your AirPods can function as hearing aids thanks to ‘Live Listen’ in iOS 12,” Chris Hoffman writes for How-To Geek. “This feature uses your iPhone (or iPad) as a directional microphone, capturing sound and reducing noise before piping it through your AirPods.”

“Live Listen has been around since 2016, but originally only worked with MFi-certified hearing aids,” Hoffman writes. “In iOS 12, it works with Apple’s own AirPods, too.”

“When you enable Live Listen, your iPhone or iPad functions as a remote microphone that captures audio, reduces noise, and increases the volume before sending it straight to the AirPods in your ears,” Hoffman writes. “For example, if you’re in a noisy restaurant, you could place your phone on the table, activate Live Listen, and have your iPhone pick up the conversation and play it through your AirPods. Someone could even talk directly into your iPhone’s microphone and you’d hear them clearly on your AirPods.”

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MacDailyNews Take: A huge number of people will be able to benefit from this for the relatively tiny price of a pair of AirPods!

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s AirPods to get ‘Live Listen’ feature in iOS 12 – June 6, 2018
Apple files for ‘Live Listen’ trademark – August 12, 2013
Apple and GN ReSound team up for ‘smartest hearing aid in the world’ – May 7, 2014
Can Apple help make hearing aids cool? – March 10, 2014
Following GN Store Nord, hearing aid maker William Demant to join Apple’s ‘Made for iPhone’ program this spring – February 27, 2014
Apple co-developed next-gen iPhone-compatible hearing aid to debut early next year – November 25, 2013
With ‘Live Listen,’ Apple iPhones could be remote mic for Bluetooth hearing aids and more – August 12, 2013