It’s nearly impossible to leave your house and not see someone walking around with small, white headphones in their ears. These are, of course, Apple’s AirPod headphones.
AirPods are wireless listening devices to help you hear music on your phone without the hassle of wires. They are smart in the sense that they have personalized amplification and noise reduction.
Blue Angels hearing aids are even smarter because they control sound intuitively. They improve the quality of the audio within the frequency range of human speech. Hearing aids can also improve the quality of broadcast music, too.
As Apple is a brand people trust, many wonder if they can use AirPods or AirPod Pros as hearing aids. The short answer is no. Read on to learn exactly how you can use AirPods as ‘hearing aids,’ and when you cannot.
People Hope to Use AirPods Because They Are Affordable
A pair of AirPod Pros could set you back $250 if you purchase direct, or $41.50 per month for 6 months. It’s not difficult to spend five times that amount on hearing aids if you visit a few big name specialty stores. How could they possibly cost that much, given their mass-produced technology?
It’s simple when you drill down into the hearing aid industry. Their ingenious devices should be plug-and-play, order-on-the-internet like Blue Angels. However, this is not the case with stores in shopping malls you find. They are not just selling hearing aids, they are selling lifestyle.
People are hoping to use AirPod headphones instead, because they don’t want to pay three-times over for hearing tests, high-paid technicians, and the cost of those shops. We could not agree with them more. However, unfortunately, Apple itself says AirPods are not nearly as good as proper hearing aids.
Would You Like to Try Apple AirPods for Minimal Hearing Loss?
Locate a friend with an Apple phone with Bluetooth capability who already owns a pair of AirPods Plus. You need to sterilize these carefully before you put them on and after you take them off. Do not do this with alcohol-based sanitizer because this could damage electronic surfaces inside. Rather do this:
- Obtain a new lint-free cloth and soak it in soapy water
- Squeeze the cloth out to get rid of all the dripping moisture
- Wipe the AirPod Pros gently for twenty seconds or so
- Wipe around, not across any openings. Let the devices dry
- Ask your friend to set up their phone to play someone talking
Press your temporary Apple AirPod ‘hearing aids’ gently into your ear openings while the phone keeps talking. It’s okay to experiment with the volume. Did your hearing improve satisfactorily or not? If it did, then you may have minimal hearing loss.
But steady on for a moment please. Did you know how much an Apple phone with AirPods cost? If you don’t already own the kit, and know how to work it, you may compare that deal with these fine digital hearing aid choices. The prices are for pairs.
Apple Confirms Its AirPods Only Help with Minimal Hearing Loss
That’s right! Apple admits its made-for-phone hearing aids only make a difference for minimal-loss-hearing people. Wesley Hiliard wrote a review for Apple Insider that tells you anything you need to know.
In a medium-size nutshell, it points to detail research published on March 2, 2021 on Apple:
- Apple collected data from thousands of people across the United States
- It analyzed with the University of Michigan School of Public Health
- It shared results with World Health Organization’s Make Listening Safe
- A professional audiologist advises 10% of participants have hearing loss
- Half of those hard-of-hearing had not had a hearing test in ten years
Apple Inc. has developed a number of devices to support healthier hearing. These include a noise app on their watch than warns when ambient sound is too loud. And AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max it says can help hearing in loud places with the live listen app.
However, Apple says it is not promoting these devices as health products or hearing aids. Rather, it prefers to view them ‘as a cheap first step to accepting the need for a hearing aid’. Whether it eventually decides to make hearing aids itself is anybody’s guess.
We commend Apple Inc. for its ethical take on the simple fact it never meant for its AirPod range to replace tried and trusted hearing aids. Moreover, it likes to stay close to its customers through regular press releases. No wonder Apple is a technological juggernaut.
The Blue Angels Hearing Aid Business Model
Our policy is to sell genuine, rechargeable digital hearing aids for considerably less than brick-and-concrete store prices. However, we don’t cut corners on quality. We cut prices by bypassing those stores and saving our tens-of-thousands-of-customers money.
Does this sound like a good deal to you? It sure does to those customers, because their orders come streaming in. We may sell more hearing aids a day than some of those stores turn over in a month. But we’ll never compromise on quality, because we believe deeply in what we do.