For older Americans, headphones can be very expensive. The average cost for a doctor-prescribed pair can range from $2,000 to $7,000.
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The National Council on Aging recently revealed that only 20% of people who need a hearing aid use one, almost because they can’t afford one. However, a new study concludes that the Apple AirPods Pro, which cost $249, are almost as good as hearing aids and at a fraction of the cost.
Apple AirPods Pro vs. traditional hearing aids
In a recent study at Taipei Veterans Hospital, 21 people with mild to moderate hearing loss were tested with basic hearing aids, premium hearing aids, Apple AirPods 2nd Gen, and Apple AirPods Pro.
Using Live Listen with Apple AirPods Pro has been shown to be as effective as basic hearing aids in a quiet environment and slightly less effective than premium hearing aids. Live Listen with Apple AirPods Pro has proven to be more effective than premium hearing aids when the noise comes from the sides.
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The most surprising finding from the study was that the AirPods Pro meet four out of five ANSI/CTA-2051 standards, which are the electroacoustic standards for all hearing aids.
With all this in mind, should people who need hearing aids invest in a pair of Apple AirPods Pro headphones? Here’s a side-by-side comparison of some of the stats:
- Hearing aids are placed in the ear canal, and sometimes they are not visible to the eye against. AirPods Pro are earphones that are not only visible, but also easily put down and vulnerable to the elements
- A good hearing aid has a battery life of about 30 hours against. AirPods Pro usually last about 6 hours before they need to be charged
- Hearing aids usually come with a full 2 to 3 year warranty against. AirPods Pro come with a one-year limited warranty
Can AirPods Pro be used instead of hearing aids?
The fact that the AirPods Pro perform so well compared to hearing aids is likely to prove an attractive prospect for the hearing impaired community. However, you should always listen to what your doctor has to say first and foremost.
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No doctors currently prescribe the Apple Airpods Pro as a replacement for hearing aids, and Apple does not advertise the AirPods as a solution to hearing loss in any way.
However, if you have a pair of Apple Airpods Pro headphones and are having trouble hearing in a crowded and noisy place, know that there is at least a temporary alternative to being able to hear a little better with the Live Listen feature.
How does Live Listen work?
Live Hear acts as a microphone of sorts, allowing you to hear the voice of the person or people you’re talking to at a higher volume. Note that Live Listen is not available on all iPhone models and is currently only available for products using iOS 14.3 or later. Live Listen is not automatically enabled on all devices.
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to activate Live Listen on your iPhone
- go to the settings
- Faucet Control Center
- Scroll down to More controls
- Click on Plus sign symbol next to the Hearing tab
To use live listening
- your sure AirPods connected
- Swipe down from the top right to open Control Center
- Click on he heard button
- His job Live listen
Place your iPhone in front of the person you’re talking to, and their voice will be amplified for you through your AirPods. You will also be able to adjust the volume accordingly in the controls.
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Let us know if you use Apple’s Airpods Pro as an alternative to expensive hearing aids. We’d love to hear from you and find out what your experience was like.
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