Apple AirPods in support of live listening hearing aid function

Apple AirPods are displayed during a media event in San Francisco, California, USA September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/File Photo S1AEUJHRVQAA

Having a conversation in a crowded bar or party? Soon you’ll be able to pop in your Apple AirPods to hear that the person with whom you speak a little bit better.

That is because AirPods will soon support Apple’s Live Listening, hearing-aid function, which is scheduled to come on the AirPods as part of iOS 12 this fall, according to TechCrunch.

For the first time launched in 2014, Live Listening makes of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an external microphone that sends sound to your … hearing aid,” Apple says in a support page. “Live Listening can help you hear a conversation in a noisy room, or hear someone speak about the room,” Apple wrote.

Up until now it only worked with a special “Made for iPhone” hearing aids. Using AirPods with Live Listening must be useful in some scenarios, but not in the place of an actual hearing aid for people dealing with hearing loss.

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AirPods earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review; we praised their “clear audio performance,” and found the fact that the case acts as a back-up battery.

“From an audio point of view, the AirPods offer decent bass response and crisp, clear treble, but would greatly benefit from creating an in-canal seal like most earphones do,” we wrote. “Instead, you hear the outside world and get less bass response than you might otherwise.”

In the meantime, if you are paranoid about losing your $159 AirPods, you might want to pick up the Elago AirPods Wrist Fit, a convenient yet slightly silly-looking AirPods holder that slides on an Apple Watch band, so you can keep track of your wireless headphones close by at all times.

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