Use Live Lis­ten with Ap­ple’s AirPods

Once only for MFi hear­ing aids, this nifty sound-boost­ing tool now works with your AirPods. Ja­son Cross shows how

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If you have MFi-com­pat­i­ble hear­ing aids, you can do more than just play mu­sic or make calls straight from your iPhone: you can also use your smart­phone as a spe­cial sound-boost­ing mi­cro­phone to help you hear in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

You sim­ply turn on the fea­ture – called Live Lis­ten – and place your phone near the per­son you’re talk­ing

to. Say, over on their side of the ta­ble in a crowded and noisy restau­rant. Your iPhone’s mic will pick up nearby sounds and send them, boosted, to your hear­ing aids.

With iOS 12, the Live Lis­ten fea­ture comes to AirPods, too. It’s a great fea­ture that can re­ally help those who don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a hear­ing aid but are hav­ing trou­ble hear­ing oth­ers in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. Here’s how to get it work­ing.

1. Head to Set­tings > Con­trol Cen­tre > Cus­tom­ize Con­trols.

2. Look for the ‘Hear­ing’ con­trol and add it to your In­clude list by tap­ping the ‘+’ sign next to it.

Now, when you want to use Live Lis­ten, do the fol­low­ing:

1. Make sure your AirPods are con­nected to your iPhone (check your Blue­tooth set­tings).

2. Open Con­trol Cen­tre (swipe down from the up­per right on iPhone X, or swipe up from the bot­tom edge on older iPhones).

3. Tap the Live Lis­ten icon, which looks like an ear. If your AirPods are con­nected, you should see them listed along with a lit­tle sound level mon­i­tor.

Just add Live Lis­ten to your Con­trol Cen­tre to use the fea­ture with your AirPods

Just add Live Lis­ten to your Con­trol Cen­tre to use the fea­ture with your AirPods

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