In iOS 14, Apple continues to build out its extensive accessibility features, and here we’re going to show you how you can use the new Headphone Accommodations to amplify certain sounds if you’re having difficulty hearing them.
Headphones Accommodations works with Apple and Beats headphones, and is designed especially for those who are hard of hearing: It’s able to amplify soft sounds and adjust frequencies to make music, movies, calls, and more sound crisper and clearer.
Follow the steps below to activate the Headphones Accommodations feature in iOS 14 and later.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Scroll down to the Physical and Motor menu and select AirPods.
- Tap the Audio Accessibility Settings option in blue text.
- Tap Headphone Accommodations.
- Toggle the switch next to Headphone Accommodations to activate it and extend the menu of options.
From here, you can access a range of options such as tuning audio for Balanced Tone, Vocal Range, or Brightness, and adjusting the volume of soft sounds to be louder.
There’s also a Custom Audio Setup that walks through a test with soft speaking and different music to determine whether you have specific audio preferences that should be compensated for with the Headphone Accommodations feature.
Headphone Accommodations works with the Transparency mode on AirPods Pro too, making quiet voices louder and tuning the sounds of the environment around you to meet your audio needs.