Using Wireless AirPod Earphones as a Hearing Aid

Using Wireless AirPod Earphones as a Hearing Aid

Published: 2022-11-16
Author: Cell Press | Contact: cell.com
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.105436
Additional References: Library of Hearing Aids and Devices Publications

Synopsis: Investigating whether AirPods and other earbuds can be used as an alternative to expensive hearing aid devices. Globally, the wireless earphone market is increasing. Some companies are interested in exploring the possibility of designing earbuds with sound amplification features. Our study proves that the idea is plausible. The team compared Airpods 2 and AirPods Pro-the model with a noise canceling feature with premium hearing aids and a basic pair of hearing aids.

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AirPods

AirPods are wireless Bluetooth earbuds designed by Apple Inc. The most recent model, AirPods (3rd Generation), is a replacement for the 1st and 2nd Generation models. These models are Apple’s entry-level wireless headphones, sold alongside the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. In addition to playing audio, the AirPods contain two microphones – one facing outward at ear level and another at the bottom of the stem – that filter out background noise, as well as built-in accelerometers and optical sensors capable of detecting taps and pinches (e.g., double-tap or pinch to pause audio) and placement within the ear, which [...]

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